List of Pittsburgh Pirates team records

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This article is about the statistical records of the Pittsburgh Pirates. For their season-by-season win–loss records, see List of Pittsburgh Pirates seasons.
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Roberto Clemente holds five Pirates franchise records, including most career hits, singles, total bases, and games played.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are a professional baseball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They compete in the Central Division of Major League Baseball's (MLB) National League (NL). Founded in 1882 as Allegheny, the franchise has been variously known throughout its history as the Pittsburgh Alleghenys (1887–1889), the Pittsburg Innocents (1890) and the Pittsburg Pirates (1891–1911) until becoming the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1912. The list below documents players and teams that hold particular club records.

In 133 seasons from 1882 through 2014, the team has won over 9,000 games and five World Series championships. The team has appeared in 17 postseasons and has won nine league pennants. Roberto Clemente owns the most career batting records with five. Ralph Kiner, Arky Vaughan and Paul Waner each own three single-season batting records. Bob Friend owns the most career pitching records and Ed Morris the most single-season pitching records, both with six.

In their history, the Pittsburgh Pirates have set three Major League Baseball records. In 1912, Chief Wilson hit an MLB-record 36 triples and, on May 30, 1925, the team collectively hit a major league-record eight triples in a single game. In addition, six no-hitters have been thrown in the history of the franchise, with the most recent on July 12, 1997. The Pirates also hold the MLB—and North American professional sports—record for most consecutive losing seasons with 20. The stretch began with the 1993 season and concluded with the 2012 season, at which point the Pirates recorded a winning record and a playoff berth in the 2013 season.

Table key[edit]

Table key
# Tie between two teams
National League record
* Major League record

Statistics are current through the 2013 season.

Individual career records[edit]

These are records of players with the best performance in particular statistical categories during their tenure with the Pirates.[1][2]

Career batting[edit]

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Willie Stargell is the Pirates' all-time leader in Home runs and RBIs.
Career batting records
Statistic Player Record Pirates career Ref
Batting average Jake Stenzel .360 1892–1896 [3]
On-base percentage Jake Stenzel .429 1892–1896 [3]
Slugging percentage Brian Giles .591 1999–2003 [4]
On-base plus slugging Brian Giles 1.018 1999–2003 [4]
Runs Honus Wagner 1,521 1900–1917 [5]
Plate appearances Honus Wagner 10,220 1900–1917 [5]
At bats Roberto Clemente 9,454 1955–1972 [6]
Hits Roberto Clemente 3,000 1955–1972 [6]
Total bases Roberto Clemente 4,492 1955–1972 [6]
Singles Roberto Clemente 2,154 1955–1972 [6]
Doubles Paul Waner 558 1926–1940 [7]
Triples Honus Wagner 232 1900–1917 [5]
Home runs Willie Stargell 475 1962–1982 [8]
Runs batted in Willie Stargell 1,540 1962–1982 [8]
Walks Willie Stargell 937 1962–1982 [8]
Strikeouts Willie Stargell 1,936 1962–1982 [8]
Stolen bases Max Carey 688 1910–1926 [9]
Games played Roberto Clemente 2,433 1955–1972 [6]

Career pitching[edit]

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Wilbur Cooper holds the Pirates record for most wins and complete games.
Career pitching records
Statistic Player Record Pirates career Ref(s)
Wins Wilbur Cooper 202 1912–1924 [10]
Losses Bob Friend 218 1951–1965 [11]
Win-loss percentage Ed Doheny .731 1901–1903 [12]
Earned run average[a] Vic Willis 2.08 1906–1910 [13]
Saves Roy Face 188 1953–1968 [14]
Strikeouts Bob Friend 1,682 1951–1965 [11]
Shutouts Babe Adams 44 1907–1926 [15]
Games Roy Face 802 1953–1968 [14]
Innings pitched Bob Friend 3,480⅓ 1951–1965 [11]
Games started Bob Friend 477 1951–1965 [11]
Games finished Roy Face 547 1953–1968 [14]
Complete games Wilbur Cooper 263 1912–1924 [10]
Walks Bob Friend 869 1951–1965 [11]
Hits allowed Bob Friend 3,610 1951–1965 [11]
Wild pitches Bob Veale 90 1962–1972 [16]
Hit batsmen Wilbur Cooper 93 1912–1924 [10]

Individual single-season records[edit]

These are records of Pirates players with the best performance in particular statistical categories during a single season.[1][2]

Single-season batting[edit]

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Chief Wilson set the MLB all-time record for triples in a single season in 1912 with 36.
Single-season batting records
Statistic Player Record Season Ref(s)
Batting average Arky Vaughan .385 1935 [17]
Home runs Ralph Kiner 54 1949 [18]
Runs batted in Paul Waner 131 1927 [7]
Runs Jake Stenzel 150 1894 [3]
Hits Paul Waner 237 1927 [7]
Singles Lloyd Waner 198 1927 [19]
Doubles Paul Waner 62 1932 [7]
Triples Chief Wilson 36* 1912 [20][21]
Stolen bases Omar Moreno 96 1980 [22]
At bats Matty Alou 698 1969 [23]
Slugging percentage Ralph Kiner .658 1949 [18]
Extra-base hits Willie Stargell 90 1973 [8]
Total bases Kiki Cuyler 369 1925 [24]
On-base percentage Arky Vaughan .491 1935 [17]
On-base plus slugging Arky Vaughan 1.098 1935 [17]
Walks Ralph Kiner 137 1951 [18]
Strikeouts Pedro Álvarez 186 2013 [25]

Single-season pitching[edit]

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Ed Morris holds six single-season Pirates pitching records including wins, strikeouts and shutouts.
Single-season pitching records
Statistic Player Record Season Ref(s)
Wins Ed Morris 41 1886 [26]
Losses Fleury Sullivan 35 1884 [27]
Strikeouts Ed Morris 326 1886 [26]
Earned run average Babe Adams 1.11 1909 [15]
Earned runs allowed Fleury Sullivan 206 1884 [27]
Hits allowed Fleury Sullivan 496 1884 [27]
Shutouts Ed Morris 12 1886 [26]
Saves Mike Williams 46 2002 [28]
Games Kent Tekulve 94 1979 [29]
Games started Ed Morris 63 1885 [26]
Complete games Ed Morris 63 1885 [26]
Innings pitched Ed Morris 581 1885 [26]

Team single-game records[edit]

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Drawing of a man wearing a white pinstriped "PIRATES" baseball jersey and cap.
Clyde Barnhart (left) and Max Carey (right) each hit two triples during the Pirate's MLB-record eight-triple game on May 30, 1925.[30]

These are records of Pirates teams with the best performance in particular statistical categories during a single game.[31]

Single-game batting[edit]

Single-game batting records
Statistic Record Opponent Date
Home runs hit 7# Boston Beaneaters June 6, 1894
Home runs hit 7# St. Louis Cardinals August 16, 1947
Home runs hit 7# St. Louis Cardinals August 20, 2003
Runs scored 27 Boston Beaneaters June 6, 1894
Hits 27 Philadelphia Phillies August 8, 1922
Triples (since 1900) 8* St. Louis Cardinals May 30, 1925
Grand slams 2# St. Louis Cardinals June 22, 1925
Grand slams 2# Philadelphia Phillies May 1, 1933
Grand slams 2# Chicago Cubs September 14, 1982
Grand slams 2# St. Louis Cardinals April 16, 1996
Strikeouts 17# Los Angeles Dodgers June 14, 1995
Strikeouts 17# Philadelphia Phillies July 21, 1997

Single-game pitching[edit]

Single-game pitching records
Statistic Record Opponent Date
Hits allowed 28 Brooklyn Dodgers June 23, 1930
Runs allowed 28 Boston Beaneaters August 27, 1887
Home runs allowed 8 Milwaukee Braves August 30, 1953
Strikeouts 16 Philadelphia Phillies June 1, 1965

Team season records[edit]

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Brian Giles led the team in home runs in 1999, hitting 39 of the Pirates' franchise record 171 that season.[4]

These are records of Pirates teams with the best and worst performances in particular statistical categories during a single season.[32]

Season batting[edit]

Season batting records
Statistic Record Season
Home runs 171 1999
Runs 912 1925
Hits 1,698 1922
Doubles 320 2000
Triples 129 1912
Total bases 2,430 1966
Runners left on base 1,241 1936
Strikeouts 1,197 1999
Stolen bases 264 1907

Season pitching[edit]

Season pitching records
Statistic Record Season
Hits allowed 1,730 1930
Runs allowed 928 1930
Home runs allowed 183 1996
Strikeouts 1,124 1969
Shutouts 26 1906

Team all-time records[edit]

Source:[33]
Team all-time records
Statistic Record
Home runs 10,795
Runs 90,700
Hits 184,057
Batting average .265
Earned run average 3.71
Runs allowed 90,054

Notes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Pittsburgh Pirates Pitching Leaders". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Jake Stenzel Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Brian Giles Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Honus Wagner Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Roberto Clemente Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Paul Waner Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Willie Stargell Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Max Carey Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "Wilbur Cooper Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Bob Friend Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Ed Doheny Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Vic Willis Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c "Roy Face Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Babe Adams Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
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  18. ^ a b c "Ralph Kiner Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Lloyd Waner Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "Chief Wilson Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Single Season Records & Leaders for Triples". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "Omar Moreno Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  23. ^ "Matty Alou Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "Kiki Cuyler Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  25. ^ "Pedro Alvarez Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  26. ^ a b c d e f "Ed Morris Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  27. ^ a b c "Fleury Sullivan Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
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  32. ^ "Pirates Season Records". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  33. ^ "Complete Baseball Team and Baseball Team Encyclopedias". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 13, 2009. 

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