1958 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1958 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) Joe L. Brown
Manager(s) Danny Murtaugh
Local television KDKA-TV
Bob Prince
Local radio KDKA
Bob Prince, Paul Long, Jim Woods
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The 1958 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 77th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 72nd in the National League. The Pirates finished second in the league standings with a record of 84–70, a 22-game improvement over 1957, they ended the year in the first division for the first time since 1948 and recorded their highest league standing since the 1944 edition also finished in second place. Manager Danny Murtaugh, in his first full season at the Pirates' helm, was voted Major League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 0.597 48–29 44–33
Pittsburgh Pirates 84 70 0.545 8 49–28 35–42
San Francisco Giants 80 74 0.519 12 44–33 36–41
Cincinnati Redlegs 76 78 0.494 16 40–37 36–41
Chicago Cubs 72 82 0.468 20 35–42 37–40
St. Louis Cardinals 72 82 0.468 20 39–38 33–44
Los Angeles Dodgers 71 83 0.461 21 39–38 32–45
Philadelphia Phillies 69 85 0.448 23 35–42 34–43


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1958 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team CHC CIN LAD MIL PHI PIT SF STL
Chicago 10–12 11–11 10–12 13–9 9–13 12–10 7–15
Cincinnati 12–10 11–11 5–17 15–7 10–12 11–11 12–10
Los Angeles 11–11 11–11 14–8 10–12 8–14 6–16 11–11
Milwaukee 12–10 17–5 8–14 13–9 11–11 16–6 15–7
Philadelphia 9–13 7–15 12–10 9–13 12–10 8–14 12–10
Pittsburgh 13–9 12–10 14–8 11–11 10–12 12–10 12–10
San Francisco 10–12 11–11 16–6 6–16 14–8 10–12 13–9
St. Louis 15–7 10–12 11–11 7–15 10–12 10–12 9–13


Game log[edit]

1958 Game Log: 84–70 (Home: 49–28; Away: 35–42)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1958 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

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
C Hank Foiles 104 264 54 .205 8 50
1B Ted Kluszewski 100 301 88 .292 4 37
2B Bill Mazeroski 152 567 156 .275 19 68
3B Frank Thomas 149 562 158 .281 35 109
SS Dick Groat 151 584 175 .300 3 66
LF Bob Skinner 144 529 170 .321 13 70
CF Bill Virdon 144 604 161 .267 9 46
RF Roberto Clemente 140 519 150 .289 6 50

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
Román Mejías 76 157 42 .268 5 19
Bill Hall 51 116 33 .284 1 15
John Powers 57 82 15 .183 2 2
Dick Schofield 26 27 4 .148 0 2
Hardy Peterson 2 6 2 .333 0 0
Paul Smith 6 3 1 .333 0 0
Johnny O'Brien 3 1 0 .000 0 0

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
Bob Friend 38 274 22 14 3.68 135
Ron Kline 32 237.1 13 16 3.53 109
Vern Law 35 202.1 14 12 3.96 56

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
Bennie Daniels 8 27.2 0 3 5.53 7

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
Roy Face 57 5 2 20 2.89 47
Don Gross 40 5 7 7 3.98 59
Ron Blackburn 38 2 1 3 3.39 31
Bob Smith 35 2 2 1 4.43 24
George Perez 4 0 1 1 5.40 2
Don Williams 2 0 0 0 6.75 3
Eddie O'Brien 1 0 0 0 13.50 1

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Jets International League Clyde King
AAA Salt Lake City Bees Pacific Coast League Larry Shepard
A Lincoln Chiefs Western League Monty Basgall
B Tri-City Braves Northwest League Ray Hathaway
C Douglas Copper Kings Arizona–Mexico League Bob Clear
C San Jose Pirates/Las Vegas Wranglers California League Jack Paepke
C Grand Forks Chiefs Northern League James Adlam
D Salem Rebels Appalachian League Larry Dorton
D Clinton Pirates Midwest League Stan Wentzel and Wally Millies
D San Angelo Pirates Sophomore League Al Kubski

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Douglas

San Jose franchised transferred to Las Vegas and renamed, May 26, 1958

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References[edit]