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1979 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
1979 NL East Champions
1979 NL Champions
1979 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (since 1882)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) John W. Galbreath
    General manager(s) Pete Peterson
    Manager(s) Chuck Tanner
    Local television KDKA-TV
    Milo Hamilton, Lanny Frattare, Nelson Briles
    Local radio KDKA
    Milo Hamilton, Lanny Frattare
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    The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates had 98 wins and 64 losses and captured the National League East Division title by two games over the Montreal Expos. The Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds to win their ninth National League title, and the Baltimore Orioles to win their fifth World Series title - and also their last playoff series victory to date. The wildly popular disco hit "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge was used as the team's theme song that season.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Season standings

    NL East W L GB Pct.
    Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 -- .605
    Montreal Expos 95 65 2 .594
    St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 12 .531
    Philadelphia Phillies 84 78 14 .519
    Chicago Cubs 80 82 18 .494
    New York Mets 63 99 35 .389

    Opening Day lineup

    1. SS Frank Taveras
    2. CF Omar Moreno
    3. RF Dave Parker
    4. 1B Willie Stargell
    5. LF Bill Robinson
    6. 2B Rennie Stennett
    7. C Ed Ott
    8. 3B Phil Garner
    9. P Bert Blyleven

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Game log

    1979 Game Log (98–64)[11]
    Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie           = Postponement
    Bold = Pirates team member

    Postseason game log

    1979 Postseason Game Log (7–3)
    Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
    Bold = Pirates team member

    Player stats

    = Indicates team leader

    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 Ott, EdEd Ott 117 403 110 .273 7 51
    1B Stargell, WillieWillie Stargell 126 424 119 .281 32 82
    2B Stennett, RennieRennie Stennett 108 319 76 .289 0 24
    3B Madlock, BillBill Madlock 85 311 102 .328 7 44
    SS Foli, TimTim Foli 133 525 153 .291 1 65
    LF Robinson, BillBill Robinson 148 421 111 .264 24 75
    CF Moreno, OmarOmar Moreno 162 695 196 .282 8 69
    RF Parker, DaveDave Parker 158 622 193 .310 25 94

    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
    Garner, PhilPhil Garner 150 549 161 .293 11 59
    Milner, JohnJohn Milner 128 326 90 .276 16 60
    Nicosia, SteveSteve Nicosia 70 191 55 .288 4 13
    Lacy, LeeLee Lacy 84 182 45 .247 5 15
    Berra, DaleDale Berra 44 123 26 .211 3 15
    Sanguillén, MannyManny Sanguillén 56 74 17 .230 0 4
    Easler, MikeMike Easler 55 54 15 .278 2 11
    Taveras, FrankFrank Taveras 11 45 11 .244 0 1
    Alexander, MattMatt Alexander 44 13 7 .538 0 1
    Boyland, DoeDoe Boyland 4 3 0 .000 0 0
    Hargis, GaryGary Hargis 1 0 0 ---- 0 0
    Lois, AlbertoAlberto Lois 11 0 0 ---- 0 0

    Note: Pitchers' batting stats not included

    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
    Blyleven, BertBert Blyleven 37 237.1 12 5 3.60 172
    Candelaria, JohnJohn Candelaria 33 207.0 14 9 3.22 101
    Kison, BruceBruce Kison 33 172.1 13 7 3.19 105
    Robinson, DonDon Robinson 29 160.2 8 8 3.87 96
    Rooker, JimJim Rooker 19 103.2 4 7 4.60 44
    Rhoden, RickRick Rhoden 1 5 0 1 7.20 2

    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
    Bibby, JimJim Bibby 34 137.2 12 4 2.81 103
    Whitson, EdEd Whitson 19 57.2 2 3 4.37 31
    Ellis, DockDock Ellis 3 7 0 0 2.57 1

    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
    Tekulve, KentKent Tekulve 94 10 8 31 2.75 75
    Romo, EnriqueEnrique Romo 85 10 5 5 2.99 106
    Jackson, GrantGrant Jackson 72 8 5 14 2.96 39
    Roberts, DaveDave Roberts 21 5 2 1 3.26 15
    Coleman, JoeJoe Coleman 10 0 0 0 6.10 14

    Postseason

    National League Championship Series

    Game 1

    October 2, Riverfront Stadium

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
    Pittsburgh 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 10 0
    Cincinnati 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
    W: Grant Jackson (1-0)  L: Tom Hume (0-1)   SV: Don Robinson (1)
    HRs: PITPhil Garner (1)   Willie Stargell (1)   CINGeorge Foster (1)

    Game 2

    October 3, Riverfront Stadium

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
    Pittsburgh 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 0
    Cincinnati 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 0
    W: Don Robinson (1-0)  L: Doug Bair (0-1)   SV: None
    HRs: PIT – None   CIN – None

    Game 3

    October 5, Three Rivers Stadium

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 1
    Pittsburgh 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 X 7 7 0
    W: Bert Blyleven (1-0)  L: Mike LaCoss (0-1)   SV: None
    HRs: CINJohnny Bench (1)   PITWillie Stargell (2)   Bill Madlock (1)

    World Series

    Main article: 1979 World Series

    The Pirates became one of only six teams in the 20th century to have won a World Series after trailing three games to one. Two of those teams were the Pirates, in 1925 and 1979. The others were the 1903 Boston Red Sox (in a best-of-nine series), 1958 New York Yankees, 1968 Detroit Tigers, and 1985 Kansas City Royals. Five Pirates had 10 or more hits in this series, a World Series record.

    Chuck Tanner's mother died the morning of Game 5 (this was mentioned during the telecast by announcer Howard Cosell). 1960 World Series hero Bill Mazeroski threw out the first ball in Game 5. The Pittsburgh Pirates were the last team in the 20th Century to win Game 7 of the World Series on the road. U.S. President Jimmy Carter made an appearance in Game 7, he threw out the first ball, and after the game made a visit to the victorious Pittsburgh locker room.

    Willie Stargell at 39 was the oldest player to win MVP honors for both the National League and the World Series.[citation needed] In the World Series, he hit .400 with a record seven extra-base hits and matched Reggie Jackson's record of 25 total bases, set in 1977. Stargell, pitcher Bruce Kison, infielder Rennie Stennett, and catcher Manny Sanguillén were the only players left over from the 1971 World Series, when the Pirates faced the Orioles. Orioles' pitcher Jim Palmer, Mark Belanger, and manager Earl Weaver were the only ones who were still with the team that faced the Pirates in 1971.

    As was the case when the same two teams played in the 1971 World Series, a game in Baltimore was rained out. Game 1 of this series was postponed, while Game 2 of the 1971 series had to be moved back a day. In this Series, it was the American League team's "turn" to play by National League rules, meaning that there was no designated hitter and the Orioles' pitchers would have to bat. While this resulted in pitcher Tim Stoddard getting his first major league hit and RBI in Game 4. Overall, it hurt the Orioles because Lee May, their designated hitter for much of the season and a key part of their offense, was only able to bat three times in the whole series. The Pirates wore four different uniform combinations during the series: gold cap, black jersey and gold pants for Games 1 & 5, black cap, gold jersey and black pants for Games 2, 6 & 7, black cap and solid white pinstriped uniform for Game 3 and a black cap and solid gold uniform for Game 4.

    Game 1

    October 10, 1979 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendance: 53,735

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Pittsburgh 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 4 11 3
    Baltimore 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 3
    W: Mike Flanagan (1-0)   L: Bruce Kison (0-1)
    HR: PITWillie Stargell (1); BALDoug Decinces (1)

    Game 2

    October 11, 1979 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendance: 53,739

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Pittsburgh 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 2
    Baltimore 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 1
    W: Don Robinson (1-0)   L: Don Stanhouse (0-1)  S: Kent Tekulve (1)
    HR: PIT – none; BALEddie Murray (1)

    Game 3

    October 12, 1979 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 50,848

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Baltimore 0 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 8 13 0
    Pittsburgh 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 9 2
    W: Scott McGregor (1-0)   L: John Candelaria (0-1)
    HR: BALBenny Ayala (1); PIT – none

    Game 4

    October 13, 1979 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 50,883

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Baltimore 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 0 9 12 0
    Pittsburgh 0 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 17 1
    W: Tim Stoddard (1-0)   L: Kent Tekulve (0-1)
    HR: BAL – none; PITWillie Stargell (2)

    Game 5

    October 14, 1979 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 50,920

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Baltimore 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
    Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 x 7 13 1
    W: Bert Blyleven (1-0)   L: Mike Flanagan (1-1)
    HR: BAL – none; PIT – none

    Game 6

    October 16, 1979 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendance: 53,739

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 10 0
    Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
    W: John Candelaria (1-1)   L: Jim Palmer (0-1)  S: Kent Tekulve (2)
    HR: PIT – none; BAL – none

    Game 7

    October 17, 1979 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendance: 53,733

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 10 0
    Baltimore 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
    W: Grant Jackson (1-0)   L: Scott McGregor (1-1)  S: Kent Tekulve (3)
    HR: PITWillie Stargell (3); BALRich Dauer (1)

    Composite Box

    1979 World Series (4-3): Pittsburgh Pirates (N.L.) over Baltimore Orioles (A.L.)

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Pittsburgh Pirates 1 8 0 1 1 8 4 6 3 32 81 9
    Baltimore Orioles 5 1 6 5 1 1 1 6 0 26 54 9
    Total Attendance: 367,597   Average Attendance: 52,514
    Winning Player’s Share: – $28,264,   Losing Player’s Share – $22,114 * Includes Playoffs and World Series

    Awards and honors

    All-Stars

    1979 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

    League leaders

    • Omar Moreno, National League stolen base leader, 77[14]
    • Dave Parker, led NL in extra-base hits
    • Dave Parker, led NL in sacrifice flies

    Other team leaders

    • Runs scored - Omar Moreno (110)
    • Stolen bases - Omar Moreno (77)
    • Walks - Dave Parker (67)

    Farm system

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    References

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