1953 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1953 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) 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.[2]

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 105 49 0.682 60–17 45–32
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 0.597 13 45–31 47–31
Philadelphia Phillies 83 71 0.539 22 48–29 35–42
St. Louis Cardinals 83 71 0.539 22 48–30 35–41
New York Giants 70 84 0.455 35 38–39 32–45
Cincinnati Redlegs 68 86 0.442 37 38–39 30–47
Chicago Cubs 65 89 0.422 40 43–34 22–55
Pittsburgh Pirates 50 104 0.325 55 26–51 24–53


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1953 National League Records

Sources:

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

Team BR CHC CIN MIL NYG PHI PIT STL
Brooklyn 13–9–1 15–7 13–9 15–7 14–8 20–2 15–7
Chicago 9–13–1 12–10 8–14 9–13 5–17 11–11 11–11
Cincinnati 7–15 10–12 8–14 9–13 12–10 15–7 7–15–1
Milwaukee 9–13 14–8 14–8 14–8–1 13–9–1 15–7 13–9–1
New York 7–15 13–9 13–9 8–14–1 9–13 11–11 9–13
Philadelphia 8–14 17–5 10–12 9–13–1 13–9 15–7 11–11–1
Pittsburgh 2–20 11–11 7–15 7–15 11–11 7–15 5–17
St. Louis 7–15 11–11 15–7–1 9–13–1 13–9 11–11–1 17–5


Game log[edit]

1953 Game Log: 50–104 (Home: 26–51; Away: 24–53)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

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]

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. ^ The Best Game Ever, Prologue, p. xx, Jim Reisler, Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7867-1943-3
  3. ^ Gus Bell page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Don Williams page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Johnny O'Brien page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Eddie O'Brien page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Ralph Kiner page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Hal Rice page at Baseball Reference

References[edit]