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1970 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1970 Pittsburgh Pirates
1970 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (since 1882)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) John W. Galbreath
    General manager(s) Joe L. Brown
    Manager(s) Danny Murtaugh
    Local television KDKA-TV
    Bob Prince, Nellie King, Gene Osborn
    Local radio KDKA
    Bob Prince, Nellie King, Gene Osborn
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    The 1970 Pittsburgh Pirates season resulted in the team winning their first National League East title with a record of 89-73, five games ahead of the Chicago Cubs. However, they lost the NLCS to the NL West Champion Cincinnati Reds, three games to none.

    The Pirates were managed by Danny Murtaugh and played their home games at Forbes Field during the first part of the year, before moving into the brand new Three Rivers Stadium on July 16. Coinciding with their move, the Pirates became the first major league team to adopt pullover jerseys and sans-a-belt pants for their uniforms, a style copied by a majority of the MLB for the next two decades and which the Pirates themselves would wear through the 1990 season.[1]

    Offseason

    Three Rivers Stadium

    In 1958, the Pirates had sold Forbes Field to the University of Pittsburgh, who wanted the land for expanded graduate facilities. Pitt then leased Forbes back to the Pirates until a new multipurpose stadium could be built. The Steelers opted to play at Pitt Stadium in the meantime. In June 1970, the Pirates played their final game at Forbes Field. It was a doubleheader sweep of the Chicago Cubs and Bill Mazeroski got the final hit at Forbes Field.[2]

    A site on the North Side had been chosen earlier in the year, but it took until April 25, 1968 to finally break ground. Three Rivers Stadium opened on July 16, 1970, and became the home of the Pirates and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Notable transactions

    Regular season

    • June 12, 1970: Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres.[4] Allegedly, Ellis pitched the no-hitter on acid. According to Ellis, in Donald Hall's book, In the Country of Baseball, the Pirates were starting a west-coast road trip. After the Pirates landed in San Diego, Ellis visited his hometown of Los Angeles for a party. Ellis had forgotten he was slated to pitch the next day, so he started doing acid the night before the game. At around 10 a.m., after catching maybe an hour of sleep, he realized he was in the wrong place.[5]

    Season standings

    NL East W L Pct. GB
    Pittsburgh Pirates 89 73 .549 --
    Chicago Cubs 84 78 .519 5
    New York Mets 83 79 .512 6
    St. Louis Cardinals 76 86 .469 13
    Philadelphia Phillies 73 88 .453 15.5
    Montreal Expos 73 89 .451 16

    Opening Day lineup

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1970 Pittsburgh Pirates
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    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
    2B Mazeroski, BillBill Mazeroski 112 367 84 .229 7 39

    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
    Pagán, JoséJosé Pagán 95 230 61 .265 7 29
    Martínez, JoséJosé Martínez 19 20 1 .050 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
    Blass, SteveSteve Blass 31 196.2 10 12 3.52 120
    Ellis, DockDock Ellis 30 201.2 13 10 3.21 128
    Cambria, FredFred Cambria 6 33.1 1 2 3.51 14

    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

    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
    Lamb, JohnJohn Lamb 23 0 1 3 2.78 24
    Hartenstein, ChuckChuck Hartenstein 17 1 1 1 4.56 14
    Brunet, GeorgeGeorge Brunet 12 1 1 0 2.70 17
    Acosta, EdEd Acosta 3 0 0 1 13.50 1

    Postseason

    National League Championship Series

    The Cincinnati Reds won the series, three games to none, over the Pirates.

    Game Score Date Location Attendance
    1 Cincinnati - 3, Pittsburgh - 0 October 3 Three Rivers Stadium 33,088
    2 Cincinnati - 3, Pittsburgh - 1 October 4 Three Rivers Stadium 39,317
    3 Pittsburgh - 2, Cincinnati - 3 October 5 Riverfront Stadium 40,538

    Awards and honors

    1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Waterbury

    Notes

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