1953 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1953 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) John W. Galbreath
Manager(s) Fred Haney
Local television none
Local radio WWSW
Rosey Rowswell, Bob Prince
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The 1953 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 72nd in franchise history. In April 1953, the New York Yankees visited Forbes Field and played two preseason games against the Pirates. Mickey Mantle hit a 500 foot home run that landed on the roof.[1]

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
Brooklyn Dodgers 105 49 -- .682
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 13 .597
Philadelphia Phillies 83 71 22 .539
St. Louis Cardinals 83 71 22 .439
New York Giants 70 84 35 .455
Cincinnati Redlegs 68 86 37 .442
Chicago Cubs 65 89 40 .422
Pittsburgh Pirates 50 104 55 .325

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1953 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
2B O'Brien, JohnnyJohnny O'Brien 89 279 69 .247 2 22
SS O'Brien, EddieEddie O'Brien 89 261 62 .238 0 14
OF Abrams, CalCal Abrams 119 448 128 .286 15 43
OF Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas 128 455 116 .255 30 102

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Rice, HalHal Rice 78 286 89 .311 4 42
Kiner, RalphRalph Kiner 41 148 40 .270 7 29
Garagiola, JoeJoe Garagiola 27 73 17 .233 2 14
Smith, DickDick Smith 13 43 7 .163 0 2
Metkovich, CatfishCatfish Metkovich 26 41 6 .146 1 7

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Friend, BobBob Friend 32 170.2 8 11 4.90 66

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dickson, MurryMurry Dickson 45 200.2 10 19 4.53 88
Face, RoyRoy Face 41 119 6 8 6.58 56
Pollet, HowieHowie Pollet 5 12.2 1 1 10.66 8

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bowman, RogerRoger Bowman 30 0 4 0 4.82 36

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AA New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association Danny Murtaugh
A Charleston Rebels Sally League Frank Oceak, Norm Shope and Larry Shepard
A Denver Bears Western League Andy Cohen
B Waco/Longview Pirates Big State League Buster Chatham
B Burlington-Graham Pirates Carolina League Stan Wentzel
C Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Cliff Dapper
C St. Jean Canadiens Provincial League George Genovese
C Hutchinson Elks Western Association Wes Griffin
D Bristol Twins Appalachian League George Detore
D Dublin Irish Georgia State League John George and Frank Oceak
D Brunswick Pirates Georgia-Florida League Jack Paepke
D Batavia Clippers PONY League George Kinnamon

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Hutchinson, Brunswick

Waco franchise transferred to Longview, May 22, 1953

Notes[edit]

References[edit]