1897 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Owner(s)William Kerr and Phil Auten
Manager(s)Patsy Donovan
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The 1897 Pittsburgh[a] Pirates season was the 16th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; their 11th in the National League. The Pirates finished eighth in the league standings with a record of 60–71.

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Beaneaters 93 39 0.705 54–12 39–27
Baltimore Orioles 90 40 0.692 2 51–15 39–25
New York Giants 83 48 0.634 51–19 32–29
Cincinnati Reds 76 56 0.576 17 49–18 27–38
Cleveland Spiders 69 62 0.527 23½ 49–16 20–46
Washington Senators 61 71 0.462 32 40–26 21–45
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 61 71 0.462 32 38–29 23–42
Pittsburgh Pirates 60 71 0.458 32½ 38–27 22–44
Chicago Colts 59 73 0.447 34 36–30 23–43
Philadelphia Phillies 55 77 0.417 38 32–34 23–43
Louisville Colonels 52 78 0.400 40 34–31 18–47
St. Louis Browns 29 102 0.221 63½ 18–41 11–61

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS BR CHI CIN CLE LOU NYG PHI PIT STL WSH
Baltimore 6–6 9–3–2 9–3–3 6–6 7–4 10–1 5–7 10–2–1 9–3 10–2 9–3
Boston 6–6 9–3 8–4–1 9–3 7–5 9–3 8–4 10–2–1 10–2 10–2 7–5–1
Brooklyn 3–9–2 3–9 6–6 7–5 7–5 5–7 3–9–2 6–6 7–5 7–5 7–5
Chicago 3–9–3 4–8–1 6–6 5–7 4–8 6–6–1 5–7–1 5–7 6–6 8–4 7–5
Cincinnati 6–6 3–9 5–7 7–5 7–5 9–3 7–5–1 8–4 5–7–1 11–1 8–4
Cleveland 4–7 5–7 5–7 8–4 5–7 5–7 3–9 9–3 6–6 11–1–1 8–4
Louisville 1–10 3–9 7–5 6–6–1 3–9 7–5 6–6–1 3–9 4–8–2 8–3–1 4–8–1
New York 7–5 4–8 9–3–2 7–5–1 5–7–1 9–3 6–6–1 7–5 8–3–1 12–0 9–3–1
Philadelphia 2–10–1 2–10–1 6–6 7–5 4–8 3–9 9–3 5–7 5–7 8–4 4–8
Pittsburgh 3–9 2–10 5–7 6–6 7–5–1 6–6 8–4–2 3–8–1 7–5 8–4 5–7
St. Louis 2–10 2–10 5–7 4–8 1–11 1–11–1 3–8–1 0–12 4–8 4–8 3–9
Washington 3–9 5–7–1 5–7 5–7 4–8 4–8 8–4–1 3–9–1 8–4 7–5 9–3


Opening Day lineup

Roster

1897 Pittsburgh Pirates

Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

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 Joe Sugden 84 288 64 .222 0 38
1B Harry Davis 111 429 131 .305 2 63
2B Dick Padden 134 517 146 .282 2 58
SS Bones Ely 133 516 146 .283 2 74
3B Jesse Hoffmeister 48 188 58 .309 3 36
OF Steve Brodie 100 370 108 .292 2 53
OF Mike Smith 123 467 145 .310 6 54
OF Patsy Donovan 120 479 154 .322 0 57

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
Bill Merritt 62 209 55 .263 1 26
Jesse Tannehill 56 184 49 .266 0 22
Jim Donnelly 44 161 31 .193 0 14
Denny Lyons 37 131 27 .206 2 17
Jack Rothfuss 35 115 36 .313 2 18
Tom Leahy 24 92 24 .261 0 12
Jim Gardner 27 76 12 .158 1 8
Charlie Kuhns 1 3 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
Frank Killen 42 337.1 17 23 4.46 99
Pink Hawley 40 311.1 18 18 4.80 88
Jim Hughey 25 149.1 6 10 5.06 38
Jesse Tannehill 21 142.0 9 9 4.25 40
Jim Gardner 14 95.1 5 5 5.19 35

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
Charlie Hastings 16 118.0 5 4 4.58 42

Uniforms

The team wore white and brown uniforms at home and gray and brown on the road.[1][2]

Notes

  1. ^ Until early in the 20th century, the name of Pittsburgh was spelled both with and without the final 'h'.

References

  1. ^ "Uniforms Selected". Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette. January 26, 1897. p. 6.
  2. ^ "Baseball Brevities". The Pittsburg Press. December 14, 1897. p. 5.