1951 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1951 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) John W. Galbreath (majority shareholder); Bing Crosby, Thomas Johnson, Branch Rickey (minority shareholders)
General manager(s) Branch Rickey
Manager(s) Billy Meyer
Local television none
Local radio WWSW
Rosey Rowswell, Bob Prince
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The 1951 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 70th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 65th in the National League . The Pirates finished seventh in the league standings with a record of 64–90.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Giants 98 59 0.624 50–28 48–31
Brooklyn Dodgers 97 60 0.618 1 49–29 48–31
St. Louis Cardinals 81 73 0.526 15½ 44–34 37–39
Boston Braves 76 78 0.494 20½ 42–35 34–43
Philadelphia Phillies 73 81 0.474 23½ 38–39 35–42
Cincinnati Reds 68 86 0.442 28½ 35–42 33–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 64 90 0.416 32½ 32–45 32–45
Chicago Cubs 62 92 0.403 34½ 32–45 30–47


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1951 National League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 10–12–1 10–12 10–12 8–14 12–10 13–9 13–9
Brooklyn 12–10–1 14–8 14–8 14–11 15–7 10–12 18–4
Chicago 12–10 8–14 10–12 7–15 7–15 9–13 9–13–1
Cincinnati 12–10 8–14 12–10 5–17 11–11 12–10–1 8–14
New York 14–8 11–14 15–7 17–5 16–6 14–8 11–11
Philadelphia 10–12 7–15 15–7 11–11 6–16 15–7 9–13
Pittsburgh 9–13 12–10 13–9 10–12–1 8–14 7–15 5–17
St. Louis 9–13 4–18 13–9–1 14–8 11–11 13–9 17–5


Opening Day lineup[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1951 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
OF Metkovich, CatfishCatfish Metkovich 120 423 124 .293 3 40
OF Howerton, BillBill Howerton 80 219 60 .274 11 37

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
Garagiola, JoeJoe Garagiola 72 212 54 .255 9 35
Westlake, WallyWally Westlake 51 181 51 .282 16 45
Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas 39 148 39 .264 2 16
Cole, DickDick Cole 42 106 25 .236 1 11
Smith, DickDick Smith 12 46 8 .174 0 4

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
Dickson, MurryMurry Dickson 45 288.2 20 16 4.02 112
Pollet, HowieHowie Pollet 21 128.2 6 10 5.04 47
Chambers, CliffCliff Chambers 10 59.2 3 6 5.58 19
Carlsen, DonDon Carlsen 7 43 2 3 4.19 20

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
Queen, MelMel Queen 39 168.1 7 9 4.44 123
Friend, BobBob Friend 34 149.2 6 10 4.27 41
Dempsey, ConCon Dempsey 3 7 0 2 9.00 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
Wilks, TedTed Wilks 48 3 5 12 2.83 43
Koski, BillBill Koski 13 0 1 0 6.67 6
Muir, JoeJoe Muir 9 0 2 0 2.76 5

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Don Gutteridge
AAA Hollywood Stars Pacific Coast League Fred Haney
AA New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association Rip Sewell
A Charleston Rebels Sally League Frank Oceak
B Waco Pirates Big State League Walt Tauscher
B Burlington Bees Carolina League Frank Barrett and Mike Kash
C Modesto Reds California League Tony Freitas
C Butler Tigers Middle Atlantic League Norm Gerdeman, William Allen and Frank Barrett
C Hutchinson Elks Western Association Wes Griffin
D Eugene Larks Far West League Duster Mails, George Matile and Cliff Dapper
D Brunswick Pirates Georgia–Florida League Mickey O'Neil
D Bartlesville Pirates Kansas–Oklahoma–Missouri League Tedd Gullic
D Mayfield Clothiers KITTY League Jerry Gardner
D Salisbury Pirates North Carolina State League George Detore

References[edit]

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. ^ Catfish Metkovich page at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Joe Garagiola page at Baseball-Reference

External links[edit]