1959 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1959 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) John W. Galbreath
Manager(s) Danny Murtaugh
Local television KDKA-TV
Bob Prince, Jim Woods
Local radio KDKA
Bob Prince, Paul Long, Jim Woods
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The 1959 Pittsburgh Pirates season saw the team finish in fourth place in the National League at 78–76, nine games behind the NL and World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • May 26, 1959: Harvey Haddix took a perfect game into the 13th inning of a game against the Milwaukee Braves. Haddix retired 36 consecutive batters in 12 innings, but lost the game 1–0.[3] Braves pitcher Lew Burdette also pitched a shutout for 13 full innings, giving up 12 hits. NOTE: On September 4, 1991, MLB redefined no-hitters to no longer include games in which the first hit was surrendered in extra innings. Until then, Haddix had been credited with a perfect game.

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 88 68 -- .564
Milwaukee Braves 86 70 2 .551
San Francisco Giants 83 71 4 .539
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 76 9 .506
Chicago Cubs 74 80 13 .481
Cincinnati Reds 74 80 13 .481
St. Louis Cardinals 71 83 16 .461
Philadelphia Phillies 64 90 23 .416

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1959 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
C Burgess, SmokySmoky Burgess 114 377 112 .297 11 59
2B Mazeroski, BillBill Mazeroski 135 493 119 .241 7 59
3B Hoak, DonDon Hoak 155 564 166 .294 8 65
RF Clemente, RobertoRoberto Clemente 105 432 128 .296 4 50

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
Mejías, RománRomán Mejías 96 276 65 .236 7 28
Schofield, DickDick Schofield 81 145 31 .234 1 9
Hamlin, KenKen Hamlin 3 8 1 .125 0 2
Peterson, HardyHardy Peterson 2 1 0 .000 0 0

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 35 234.2 8 19 4.03 104
Haddix, HarveyHarvey Haddix 31 224.1 12 12 3.13 149

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
Daniels, BennieBennie Daniels 34 100.2 7 9 5.45 67
Hall, DickDick Hall 2 8.2 0 0 3.12 3

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
Face, RoyRoy Face 57 18 1 10 2.70 69
Blackburn, RonRon Blackburn 26 1 1 1 3.65 19
Gross, DonDon Gross 21 1 1 2 3.55 15
Smith, BobBob Smith 20 0 0 0 3.49 12
Green, FredFred Green 17 1 2 1 3.13 20
Williams, DonDon Williams 6 0 0 0 6.75 3
Giel, PaulPaul Giel 4 0 0 0 14.09 3

Awards and honors[edit]

Records[edit]

  • Roy Face, major league record, most wins in one season by a relief pitcher (18)[6]
  • Harvey Haddix, major league record, Most consecutive batters retired in one game (36) [7]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Jets International League Cal Ermer
AAA Salt Lake City Bees Pacific Coast League Larry Shepard
A Columbus/Gastonia Pirates Sally League Ray Hathaway
B Wilson Tobs Carolina League Harding "Pete" Peterson and Don Osborn
C Grand Forks Chiefs Northern League James Adlam
C Idaho Falls Russets Pioneer League Bob Clear
D Salem Rebels Appalachian League Larry Dorton
D Dubuque Packers Midwest League Wally Millies, John Armstrong,
Syd Thrift and Al Kubski
D San Angelo/Roswell Pirates Sophomore League Al Kubski, Joe Bauman and Wally Millies

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Salt Lake City, Gastonia

Columbus (GA) franchise transferred to Gastonia, May 26, 1959; San Angelo franchise transferred to Roswell, June 9, 1959

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Smoky Burgess page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Dick Rand page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1959/B05260MLN1959.htm
  4. ^ Gene Baker page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Bob Smith page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 290, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  7. ^ Baseball’s Top 100: The Game’s Greatest Records, p. 29, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7

References[edit]