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1959 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1959 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Forbes Field (since 1909)
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (since 1887)
  • 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

    Regular season

    • 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

    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

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1959 Pittsburgh Pirates
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    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

    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

    Starting pitchers

    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

    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

    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

    Records

    • 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

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Salt Lake City, Gastonia

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

    References

    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

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