1979 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
1979 NL East Champions
1979 NL Champions
1979 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) John W. Galbreath
General manager(s) Pete Peterson
Manager(s) Chuck Tanner
Local television KDKA-TV
Milo Hamilton
Lanny Frattare
Nelson Briles
Local radio KDKA
Milo Hamilton
Lanny Frattare
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The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates had 98 wins and 64 losses and captured the National League East Division title by two games over the Montreal Expos. The Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds to win their ninth National League title, and the Baltimore Orioles to win their fifth World Series title - and also their last playoff series victory to date. The wildly popular disco hit "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge was used as the team's theme song that season.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L GB Pct.
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 -- .605
Montreal Expos 95 65 2 .594
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 12 .531
Philadelphia Phillies 84 78 14 .519
Chicago Cubs 80 82 18 .494
New York Mets 63 99 35 .389

Opening Day lineup[edit]

  1. SS Frank Taveras
  2. CF Omar Moreno
  3. RF Dave Parker
  4. 1B Willie Stargell
  5. LF Bill Robinson
  6. 2B Rennie Stennett
  7. C Ed Ott
  8. 3B Phil Garner
  9. P Bert Blyleven

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

1979 Game Log (98–64)[11]
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie           = Postponement
Bold = Pirates team member

Postseason game log[edit]

1979 Postseason Game Log (7–3)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Pirates team member

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

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 Ott, EdEd Ott 117 403 110 .273 7 51
1B Stargell, WillieWillie Stargell 126 424 119 .281 32 82
2B Stennett, RennieRennie Stennett 108 319 76 .289 0 24
3B Madlock, BillBill Madlock 85 311 102 .328 7 44
SS Foli, TimTim Foli 133 525 153 .291 1 65
LF Robinson, BillBill Robinson 148 421 111 .264 24 75
CF Moreno, OmarOmar Moreno 162 695 196 .282 8 69
RF Parker, DaveDave Parker 158 622 193 .310 25 94

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
Garner, PhilPhil Garner 150 549 161 .293 11 59
Milner, JohnJohn Milner 128 326 90 .276 16 60
Nicosia, SteveSteve Nicosia 70 191 55 .288 4 13
Lacy, LeeLee Lacy 84 182 45 .247 5 15
Berra, DaleDale Berra 44 123 26 .211 3 15
Sanguillén, MannyManny Sanguillén 56 74 17 .230 0 4
Easler, MikeMike Easler 55 54 15 .278 2 11
Taveras, FrankFrank Taveras 11 45 11 .244 0 1
Alexander, MattMatt Alexander 44 13 7 .538 0 1
Boyland, DoeDoe Boyland 4 3 0 .000 0 0
Hargis, GaryGary Hargis 1 0 0 ---- 0 0
Lois, AlbertoAlberto Lois 11 0 0 ---- 0 0

Note: Pitchers' batting stats not included

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
Blyleven, BertBert Blyleven 37 237.1 12 5 3.60 172
Candelaria, JohnJohn Candelaria 33 207.0 14 9 3.22 101
Kison, BruceBruce Kison 33 172.1 13 7 3.19 105
Robinson, DonDon Robinson 29 160.2 8 8 3.87 96
Rooker, JimJim Rooker 19 103.2 4 7 4.60 44
Rhoden, RickRick Rhoden 1 5 0 1 7.20 2

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
Bibby, JimJim Bibby 34 137.2 12 4 2.81 103
Whitson, EdEd Whitson 19 57.2 2 3 4.37 31
Ellis, DockDock Ellis 3 7 0 0 2.57 1

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
Tekulve, KentKent Tekulve 94 10 8 31 2.75 75
Romo, EnriqueEnrique Romo 85 10 5 5 2.99 106
Jackson, GrantGrant Jackson 72 8 5 14 2.96 39
Roberts, DaveDave Roberts 21 5 2 1 3.26 15
Coleman, JoeJoe Coleman 10 0 0 0 6.10 14

Postseason[edit]

National League Championship Series[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 2, Riverfront Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 10 0
Cincinnati 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
W: Grant Jackson (1-0)  L: Tom Hume (0-1)   SV: Don Robinson (1)
HRs: PITPhil Garner (1)   Willie Stargell (1)   CINGeorge Foster (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 3, Riverfront Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 0
Cincinnati 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 0
W: Don Robinson (1-0)  L: Doug Bair (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: PIT – None   CIN – None

Game 3[edit]

October 5, Three Rivers Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 1
Pittsburgh 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 X 7 7 0
W: Bert Blyleven (1-0)  L: Mike LaCoss (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: CINJohnny Bench (1)   PITWillie Stargell (2)   Bill Madlock (1)

World Series[edit]

The Pirates became one of only six teams in the 20th century to have won a World Series after trailing three games to one. Two of those teams were the Pirates, in 1925 and 1979. The others were the 1903 Boston Red Sox (in a best-of-nine series), 1958 New York Yankees, 1968 Detroit Tigers, and 1985 Kansas City Royals. Five Pirates had 10 or more hits in this series, a World Series record.

Chuck Tanner's mother died the morning of Game 5 (this was mentioned during the telecast by announcer Howard Cosell). 1960 World Series hero Bill Mazeroski threw out the first ball in Game 5. The Pittsburgh Pirates were the last team in the 20th Century to win Game 7 of the World Series on the road. U.S. President Jimmy Carter made an appearance in Game 7, he threw out the first ball, and after the game made a visit to the victorious Pittsburgh locker room.

Willie Stargell at 39 was the oldest player to win MVP honors for both the National League and the World Series.[citation needed] In the World Series, he hit .400 with a record seven extra-base hits and matched Reggie Jackson's record of 25 total bases, set in 1977. Stargell, pitcher Bruce Kison, and catcher Manny Sanguillén were the only players left over from the 1971 World Series, when the Pirates faced the Orioles. Orioles' pitcher Jim Palmer, Mark Belanger, and manager Earl Weaver were the only ones who were still with the team that faced the Pirates in 1971.

As was the case when the same two teams played in the 1971 World Series, a game in Baltimore was rained out. Game 1 of this series was postponed, while Game 2 of the 1971 series had to be moved back a day. In this Series, it was the American League team's "turn" to play by National League rules, meaning that there was no designated hitter and the Orioles' pitchers would have to bat. While this resulted in pitcher Tim Stoddard getting his first major league hit and RBI in Game 4. Overall, it hurt the Orioles because Lee May, their designated hitter for much of the season and a key part of their offense, was only able to bat three times in the whole series. The Pirates wore four different uniform combinations during the series: gold cap, black jersey and gold pants for Games 1 & 5, black cap, gold jersey and black pants for Games 2, 6 & 7, black cap and solid white pinstriped uniform for Game 3 and a black cap and solid gold uniform for Game 4.

Game 1[edit]

October 10, 1979 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendance: 53,735

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 4 11 3
Baltimore 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 3
W: Mike Flanagan (1-0)   L: Bruce Kison (0-1)
HR: PITWillie Stargell (1); BALDoug Decinces (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 11, 1979 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendance: 53,739

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 2
Baltimore 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 1
W: Don Robinson (1-0)   L: Don Stanhouse (0-1)  S: Kent Tekulve (1)
HR: PIT – none; BALEddie Murray (1)

Game 3[edit]

October 12, 1979 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 50,848

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 8 13 0
Pittsburgh 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 9 2
W: Scott McGregor (1-0)   L: John Candelaria (0-1)
HR: BALBenny Ayala (1); PIT – none

Game 4[edit]

October 13, 1979 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 50,883

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 0 9 12 0
Pittsburgh 0 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 17 1
W: Tim Stoddard (1-0)   L: Kent Tekulve (0-1)
HR: BAL – none; PITWillie Stargell (2)

Game 5[edit]

October 14, 1979 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 50,920

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 x 7 13 1
W: Bert Blyleven (1-0)   L: Mike Flanagan (1-1)
HR: BAL – none; PIT – none

Game 6[edit]

October 16, 1979 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendance: 53,739

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 10 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
W: John Candelaria (1-1)   L: Jim Palmer (0-1)  S: Kent Tekulve (2)
HR: PIT – none; BAL – none

Game 7[edit]

October 17, 1979 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendance: 53,733

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 10 0
Baltimore 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
W: Grant Jackson (1-0)   L: Scott McGregor (1-1)  S: Kent Tekulve (3)
HR: PITWillie Stargell (3); BALRich Dauer (1)

Composite Box[edit]

1979 World Series (4-3): Pittsburgh Pirates (N.L.) over Baltimore Orioles (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 1 8 0 1 1 8 4 6 3 32 81 9
Baltimore Orioles 5 1 6 5 1 1 1 6 0 26 54 9
Total Attendance: 367,597   Average Attendance: 52,514
Winning Player’s Share: – $28,264,   Losing Player’s Share – $22,114 * Includes Playoffs and World Series

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

1979 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

League leaders[edit]

  • Omar Moreno, National League stolen base leader, 77[14]
  • Dave Parker, led NL in extra-base hits
  • Dave Parker, led NL in sacrifice flies

Other team leaders[edit]

  • Runs scored - Omar Moreno (110)
  • Stolen bases - Omar Moreno (77)
  • Walks - Dave Parker (67)

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Johnny Lipon
AA Buffalo Bisons Eastern League Steve Demeter
A Salem Pirates Carolina League Jim Mahoney
A Shelby Pirates Western Carolinas League Tom Zimmer
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Philadelphia Phillies
1978
NL East Championship Season
1979
Succeeded by
Philadelphia Phillies
1980
Preceded by
Los Angeles Dodgers
1978
National League Championship Season
1979
Succeeded by
Philadelphia Phillies
1980