1923 Pittsburgh Pirates
LeagueNational League
BallparkForbes Field
CityPittsburgh, Pennsylvania[1]
OwnersBarney Dreyfuss
ManagersBill McKechnie
← 1922 Seasons 1924 →

The 1923 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 42nd season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 37th in the National League. The Pirates finished third in the league standings with a record of 87–67.

Regular season

Season standings

National League
Team W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Giants 95 58 .621 47‍–‍30 48‍–‍28
Cincinnati Reds 91 63 .591 46‍–‍32 45‍–‍31
Pittsburgh Pirates 87 67 .565 47‍–‍30 40‍–‍37
Chicago Cubs 83 71 .539 12½ 46‍–‍31 37‍–‍40
St. Louis Cardinals 79 74 .516 16 42‍–‍35 37‍–‍39
Brooklyn Robins 76 78 .494 19½ 37‍–‍40 39‍–‍38
Boston Braves 54 100 .351 41½ 22‍–‍55 32‍–‍45
Philadelphia Phillies 50 104 .325 45½ 20‍–‍55 30‍–‍49

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 8–14 6–16 7–15 6–16 13–9 5–17 9–13–1
Brooklyn 14–8 10–12 8–14 11–11 12–10–1 11–11 10–12
Chicago 16–6 12–10 9–13 10–12 13–9 11–11 12–10
Cincinnati 15–7 14–8 13–9 12–10 19–3 8–14 10–12
New York 16–6 11–11 12–10 10–12 19–3 13–9 14–7
Philadelphia 9–13 10–12–1 9–13 3–19 3–19 9–13 7–15
Pittsburgh 17–5 11–11 11–11 14–8 9–13 13–9 12–10
St. Louis 13–9–1 12–10 10–12 12–10 7–14 15–7 10–12


Game log

1923 Game Log: 87–67 (Home: 47–30; Away: 40–37)
April: 6–7 (Home: 3–0; Away: 3–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 17 @ Cubs 3–2 Morrison (1–0) Osborne 33,000 1–0
2 April 18 @ Cubs 2–7 Alexander Boehler (0–1) 1–1
3 April 19 @ Cubs 5–10 Aldridge Adams (0–1) 1–2
4 April 20 @ Cubs 11–12 Osborne Adams (0–2) 1–3
5 April 21 @ Reds 6–12 Donohue Cooper (0–1) 1–4
6 April 22 @ Reds 15–9 Morrison (2–0) Rixey Bagby (1) 2–4
7 April 23 @ Reds 8–4 Boehler (1–1) Couch Glazner (1) 3–4
8 April 24 @ Reds 4–5 Luque Kunz (0–1) 3–5
9 April 25 Cubs 7–3 Cooper (1–1) Fussell 30,000 4–5
10 April 26 Cubs 7–2 Adams (1–2) Osborne 5–5
11 April 27 Cubs 2–1 Morrison (3–0) Alexander 6–5
12 April 29 @ Cardinals 2–3 Haines Glazner (0–1) 6–6
13 April 30 @ Cardinals 5–7 Doak Boehler (1–2) Sherdel 5,000 6–7
May: 18–9 (Home: 9–1; Away: 9–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
14 May 1 @ Cardinals 6–2 Cooper (2–1) Sherdel 3,500 7–7
15 May 2 @ Cardinals 1–12 Pfeffer Morrison (3–1) 2,000 7–8
16 May 3 Reds 3–1 Adams (2–2) Donohue 3,000 8–8
17 May 4 Reds 11–6 Glazner (1–1) Rixey Bagby (2) 9–8
18 May 5 Reds 10–7 Cooper (3–1) Keck Morrison (1) 10–8
19 May 6 @ Reds 7–8 Donohue Hamilton (0–1) 10–9
20 May 7 Cardinals 11–4 Adams (3–2) Sherdel 8,000 11–9
21 May 8 @ Robins 8–6 Morrison (4–1) Harper 3,500 12–9
22 May 11 @ Robins 6–7 Grimes Bagby (0–1) 2,000 12–10
23 May 13 @ Giants 0–9 McQuillan Cooper (3–2) 35,000 12–11
24 May 14 @ Giants 4–1 Adams (4–2) Nehf 8,000 13–11
25 May 16 @ Giants 2–6 Scott Morrison (4–2) 5,000 13–12
26 May 17 @ Braves 0–1 (10) Rudolph Cooper (3–3) 13–13
27 May 18 @ Braves 4–3 Adams (5–2) Fillingim Kunz (1) 14–13
28 May 19 @ Braves 5–0 Glazner (2–1) McNamara 15–13
29 May 21 @ Phillies 5–3 Morrison (5–2) Behan 16–13
30 May 22 @ Phillies 13–6 Cooper (4–3) Meadows 17–13
31 May 23 @ Phillies 7–6 Kunz (1–1) Head 18–13
32 May 24 Cardinals 11–4 Adams (6–2) Sherdel 10,000 19–13
33 May 25 Cardinals 2–1 Morrison (6–2) Doak 6,000 20–13
34 May 26 Cardinals 4–5 Haines Cooper (4–4) 15,000 20–14
35 May 27 @ Cubs 4–2 Meadows (1–0) Aldridge 21–14
36 May 28 @ Cubs 4–5 (11) Fussell Kunz (1–2) 21–15
37 May 29 Cubs 7–6 Bagby (1–1) Stueland 22–15
38 May 30 Cubs 5–4 Morrison (7–2) Kaufmann 20,000 23–15
39 May 30 Cubs 10–2 Cooper (5–4) Aldridge 30,000 24–15
40 May 31 @ Cardinals 1–4 Toney Meadows (1–1) 1,000 24–16
June: 15–8 (Home: 11–6; Away: 4–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
41 June 1 @ Cardinals 3–4 (11) Pfeffer Hamilton (0–2) 24–17
42 June 3 @ Cardinals 3–4 Haines Cooper (5–5) 24–18
43 June 4 Robins 3–5 Grimes Morrison (7–3) 7,000 24–19
44 June 5 Robins 5–2 Meadows (2–1) Dickerman 5,000 25–19
45 June 6 Robins 7–3 Hamilton (1–2) Ruether 4,000 26–19
46 June 8 Giants 9–6 Morrison (8–3) McQuillan 15,000 27–19
47 June 9 Giants 0–6 Bentley Meadows (2–2) 30,000 27–20
48 June 12 Giants 4–2 Cooper (6–5) Nehf 15,000 28–20
49 June 13 Phillies 4–2 Morrison (9–3) Behan 29–20
50 June 14 Phillies 1–2 Ring Meadows (2–3) 29–21
51 June 16 Phillies 4–1 Cooper (7–5) Weinert 30–21
52 June 18 Braves 8–3 Morrison (10–3) Marquard 31–21
53 June 20 Braves 8–14 (10) Benton Boehler (1–3) Barnes 31–22
54 June 21 Braves 2–1 Adams (7–2) Barnes 3,000 32–22
55 June 22 Reds 8–2 Meadows (3–3) Donohue 33–22
56 June 23 Reds 4–5 Rixey Cooper (7–6) Benton 10,000 33–23
57 June 24 @ Cardinals 6–4 Morrison (11–3) Pfeffer Bagby (3) 34–23
58 June 25 @ Cardinals 3–1 Hamilton (2–2) Haines 5,000 35–23
59 June 26 @ Cardinals 7–5 Meadows (4–3) Doak Adams (1) 2,000 36–23
60 June 27 @ Cardinals 6–0 Cooper (8–6) Sherdel 2,000 37–23
61 June 29 Reds 0–2 Luque Morrison (11–4) 37–24
62 June 29 Reds 5–3 Bagby (2–1) Benton 38–24
63 June 30 Reds 4–3 Adams (8–2) Rixey 22,000 39–24
July: 19–13 (Home: 10–3; Away: 9–10)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
64 July 1 @ Reds 2–3 Donohue Cooper (8–7) Luque 39–25
65 July 2 Cardinals 4–1 Hamilton (3–2) Pfeffer 40–25
66 July 3 Cardinals 4–2 Meadows (5–3) Toney 8,000 41–25
67 July 4 Cardinals 7–5 Cooper (9–7) Pfeffer 42–25
68 July 4 Cardinals 6–1 Morrison (12–4) Haines 43–25
69 July 6 @ Phillies 2–5 Mitchell Cooper (9–8) 1,000 43–26
70 July 7 @ Phillies 18–5 Meadows (6–3) Glazner 44–26
71 July 9 @ Phillies 2–4 Behan Morrison (12–5) 44–27
72 July 10 @ Giants 8–9 (10) Blume Bagby (2–2) 10,000 44–28
73 July 11 @ Giants 1–6 Watson Hamilton (3–3) 44–29
74 July 12 @ Giants 5–3 Meadows (7–3) McQuillan 25,000 45–29
75 July 12 @ Giants 2–4 Scott Adams (8–3) 40,000 45–30
76 July 13 @ Giants 10–1 Morrison (13–5) Bentley 7,500 46–30
77 July 14 @ Robins 1–2 Vance Cooper (9–9) 20,000 46–31
78 July 14 @ Robins 5–3 Bagby (3–2) Henry 23,000 47–31
79 July 15 @ Robins 3–2 Hamilton (4–3) Ruether 15,000 48–31
80 July 16 @ Robins 4–8 Grimes Meadows (7–4) 48–32
81 July 17 @ Robins 2–6 Smith Morrison (13–6) 2,500 48–33
82 July 18 @ Braves 5–1 Cooper (10–9) Marquard 49–33
83 July 19 @ Braves 8–6 Meadows (8–4) Barnes Morrison (2) 50–33
84 July 20 @ Braves 5–8 Genewich Hamilton (4–4) 50–34
85 July 21 @ Braves 14–4 Morrison (14–6) McNamara 51–34
86 July 21 @ Braves 6–4 Cooper (11–9) Miller 52–34
87 July 23 Cubs 3–12 (12) Alexander Meadows (8–5) 52–35
88 July 25 Braves 5–2 Adams (9–3) Benton 53–35
89 July 25 Braves 10–3 Morrison (15–6) Fillingim 54–35
90 July 26 Braves 8–7 (12) Hamilton (5–4) Barnes 55–35
91 July 27 Braves 8–5 Meadows (9–5) Oeschger 56–35
92 July 28 Braves 3–1 Cooper (12–9) Genewich 57–35
93 July 30 Giants 5–4 Steineder (1–0) Scott 32,000 58–35
94 July 30 Giants 2–17 Nehf Morrison (15–7) Jonnard 32,000 58–36
95 July 31 Giants 4–5 McQuillan Hamilton (5–5) Ryan 10,000 58–37
August: 14–14 (Home: 4–9; Away: 10–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
96 August 1 Giants 2–1 Cooper (13–9) Bentley 15,000 59–37
97 August 2 Giants 2–3 Watson Meadows (9–6) 18,000 59–38
98 August 4 Phillies 2–4 Ring Adams (9–4) 59–39
99 August 4 Phillies 4–3 Morrison (16–7) Weinert 60–39
100 August 6 Phillies 4–6 Mitchell Cooper (13–10) 60–40
101 August 7 Phillies 5–7 Glazner Meadows (9–7) Behan 60–41
102 August 8 Robins 2–9 Vance Hamilton (5–6) 5,000 60–42
103 August 8 Robins 5–2 Morrison (17–7) Grimes 7,000 61–42
104 August 9 Robins 6–2 Adams (10–4) Dickerman 4,000 62–42
105 August 11 Robins 6–7 Ruether Cooper (13–11) 12,000 62–43
106 August 12 @ Robins 2–11 Vance Hamilton (5–7) 22,000 62–44
107 August 12 @ Robins 0–6 Grimes Morrison (17–8) 22,000 62–45
108 August 13 @ Robins 5–2 Meadows (10–7) Smith 4,000 63–45
109 August 14 @ Phillies 10–16 Couch Stone (0–1) Weinert 63–46
110 August 15 @ Phillies 4–3 Cooper (14–11) Behan 64–46
111 August 16 @ Phillies 5–8 Betts Morrison (17–9) 64–47
112 August 17 @ Phillies 11–6 Hamilton (6–7) Ring 65–47
113 August 18 @ Phillies 9–8 (13) Adams (11–4) Ring 10,000 66–47
114 August 19 @ Giants 1–2 (12) Scott Cooper (14–12) 25,000 66–48
115 August 20 @ Giants 3–1 Morrison (18–9) Nehf 7,000 67–48
116 August 21 @ Giants 9–5 Adams (12–4) Watson Hamilton (1) 8,000 68–48
117 August 23 @ Braves 8–3 Meadows (11–7) Barnes 69–48
118 August 24 @ Braves 7–2 Cooper (15–12) Oeschger 70–48
119 August 25 @ Braves 5–2 Morrison (19–9) Marquard 71–48
120 August 26 @ Robins 9–2 Adams (13–4) Ruether 10,000 72–48
121 August 29 Cubs 2–6 Kaufmann Cooper (15–13) 5,000 72–49
122 August 30 Cardinals 4–6 Haines Morrison (19–10) 5,000 72–50
123 August 31 Cardinals 2–3 Doak Cooper (15–14) 4,500 72–51
September: 13–16 (Home: 10–11; Away: 3–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
124 September 1 Cardinals 2–8 Sherdel Adams (13–5) 10,000 72–52
125 September 2 @ Cubs 8–6 (11) Meadows (12–7) Kaufmann 73–52
126 September 3 Reds 7–2 Morrison (20–10) Benton 74–52
127 September 4 Reds 1–2 Rixey Cooper (15–15) 7,000 74–53
128 September 5 Reds 6–2 Meadows (13–7) Luque 5,000 75–53
129 September 6 Cubs 5–1 (5) Hamilton (7–7) Alexander 76–53
130 September 7 Cubs 4–6 Keen Adams (13–6) 76–54
131 September 8 Cubs 4–0 Morrison (21–10) Aldridge 77–54
132 September 9 @ Reds 3–8 Luque Cooper (15–16) 10,000 77–55
133 September 10 @ Reds 8–0 Meadows (14–7) Donohue 78–55
134 September 11 @ Reds 4–3 Morrison (22–10) Benton 79–55
135 September 13 Robins 4–7 Vance Hamilton (7–8) 5,000 79–56
136 September 13 Robins 6–3 Cooper (16–16) Henry 12,000 80–56
137 September 15 Robins 4–1 Meadows (15–7) Ruether 6,000 81–56
138 September 15 Robins 2–13 Grimes Morrison (22–11) 12,000 81–57
139 September 17 Braves 1–6 Marquard Cooper (16–17) 81–58
140 September 18 Braves 12–2 Morrison (23–11) Barnes 82–58
141 September 19 Braves 4–5 Genewich Adams (13–7) 82–59
142 September 21 Giants 4–8 Scott Meadows (15–8) Nehf 10,000 82–60
143 September 21 Giants 1–8 Watson Cooper (16–18) 20,000 82–61
144 September 22 Giants 3–4 Bentley Morrison (23–12) 82–62
145 September 24 Phillies 2–4 Couch Meadows (15–9) Behan 82–63
146 September 24 Phillies 4–3 (10) Cooper (17–18) Betts 83–63
147 September 25 Phillies 18–5 Steineder (2–0) Glazner 84–63
148 September 26 Phillies 6–0 Morrison (24–12) Behan 85–63
149 September 27 @ Cubs 2–8 Keen Hamilton (7–9) 85–64
150 September 28 @ Cubs 1–2 Aldridge Cooper (17–19) 85–65
151 September 29 @ Cubs 4–5 (10) Alexander Meadows (15–10) 85–66
152 September 30 @ Cubs 4–5 Wheeler Morrison (24–13) 20,000 85–67
October: 2–0 (Home: 0–0; Away: 2–0)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
153 October 6 @ Reds 7–1 Meadows (16–10) Rixey 86–67
154 October 7 @ Reds 7–5 Morrison (25–13) Donohue 87–67
Legend:        = Win        = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

Roster

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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 Walter Schmidt 97 335 83 .248 0 37
1B Charlie Grimm 152 563 194 .345 7 99
2B Johnny Rawlings 119 461 131 .284 1 45
SS Rabbit Maranville 141 581 161 .277 1 41
3B Pie Traynor 153 616 208 .338 12 101
OF Max Carey 153 610 188 .308 6 63
OF Carson Bigbee 123 499 149 .299 0 54
OF Clyde Barnhart 114 327 106 .324 9 72

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
Reb Russell 94 291 84 .289 9 58
Johnny Gooch 66 202 56 .277 1 20
Cotton Tierney 29 120 35 .292 2 23
Walter Mueller 40 111 34 .306 0 20
Spencer Adams 25 56 14 .250 0 4
Kiki Cuyler 11 40 10 .250 0 2
Jim Mattox 22 32 6 .188 0 1
Jewel Ens 12 29 8 .276 0 5
Eddie Moore 6 26 7 .269 0 1
Frank Luce 9 12 6 .500 0 3
Eppie Barnes 2 2 1 .500 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
Johnny Morrison 42 301.2 25 13 3.49 114
Wilbur Cooper 39 294.2 17 19 3.57 77
Lee Meadows 31 227.0 16 10 3.01 66
Babe Adams 26 158.2 13 7 4.42 38

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
Earl Hamilton 28 141.0 7 9 3.77 42
Jim Bagby 21 68.2 3 2 5.24 16
Ray Steineder 15 55.0 2 0 4.75 23
Whitey Glazner 7 30.0 2 1 3.30 8
George Boehler 10 28.1 1 3 6.04 12

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
Earl Kunz 21 1 2 1 5.52 12
Arnie Stone 9 0 1 0 8.03 2
Hal Carlson 4 0 0 0 4.73 4

Notes

  1. ^ From 1882-1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Side in 1907.
  2. ^ Cotton Tierney page at Baseball Reference

References