1935 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Owner(s)Bill Benswanger
Manager(s)Pie Traynor
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The 1935 Pittsburgh Pirates season was a season in American baseball which involved the Pirates finishing fourth in the National League.

The roster featured five future Hall of Famers: player-manager Pie Traynor, pitcher Waite Hoyt, shortstop Arky Vaughan, center fielder Lloyd Waner, and right fielder Paul Waner.

Offseason

Regular season

Vaughan hit .385 on his way to being named the NL's Most Valuable Player by The Sporting News. It is considered the best offensive season ever by a shortstop other than Honus Wagner.[3]

On May 25, 1935, Babe Ruth of the Boston Braves hit the final three home runs of his career in one game against the Pirates at Forbes Field.[4]

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 100 54 0.649 56–21 44–33
St. Louis Cardinals 96 58 0.623 4 53–24 43–34
New York Giants 91 62 0.595 50–27 41–35
Pittsburgh Pirates 86 67 0.562 13½ 46–31 40–36
Brooklyn Dodgers 70 83 0.458 29½ 38–38 32–45
Cincinnati Reds 68 85 0.444 31½ 41–35 27–50
Philadelphia Phillies 64 89 0.418 35½ 35–43 29–46
Boston Braves 38 115 0.248 61½ 25–50 13–65

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 6–16 3–19 10–12 5–16 8–14 2–20 4–18
Brooklyn 16–6 5–17 11–11 9–13 12–9–1 11–11 6–16
Chicago 19–3 17–5 14–8 14–8 13–9 15–7 8–14
Cincinnati 12–10 11–11 8–14 8–14–1 13–9 8–13 8–14
New York 16–5 13–9 8–14 14–8–1 12–10–2 14–8 14–8
Philadelphia 14–8 9–12–1 9–13 9–13 10–12–2 6–16 7–15
Pittsburgh 20–2 11–11 7–15 13–8 8–14 16–6 11–11
St. Louis 18–4 16–6 14–8 14–8 8–14 15–7 11–11


Game log

1935 Game Log: 86–67 (Home: 46–31; Away: 40–36)
April: 6–8 (Home: 1–4; Away: 5–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 16 @ Reds 12–6 Hoyt (1–0) Freitas 27,400 1–0
2 April 17 Reds 4–7 Derringer Bush (0–1) 1–1
3 April 18 Reds 4–9 Frey Weaver (0–1) 1,560 1–2
4 April 19 Cardinals 3–0 Blanton (1–0) Hallahan 2–2
5 April 20 Cardinals 1–4 Walker Hoyt (1–1) 2–3
6 April 21 Cardinals 1–6 Dean Bush (0–2) 28,000 2–4
7 April 23 @ Reds 4–3 Weaver (1–1) Freitas Swift (1) 8,836 3–4
8 April 24 @ Reds 5–2 Blanton (2–0) Hollingsworth 4,036 4–4
9 April 25 @ Reds 0–6 Frey Hoyt (1–2) 2,590 4–5
10 April 26 @ Cardinals 2–3 (11) Heusser Swift (0–1) 4–6
11 April 27 @ Cardinals 8–5 Weaver (2–1) Hallahan 10,000 5–6
12 April 28 @ Cardinals 3–2 Blanton (3–0) Dean 12,000 6–6
13 April 29 @ Cubs 11–12 Kowalik Salveson (0–1) Bryant 6–7
14 April 30 @ Cubs 0–3 Henshaw Birkofer (0–1) 6–8
May: 17–11 (Home: 9–6; Away: 8–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
15 May 3 @ Dodgers 1–2 Mungo Weaver (2–2) 6–9
16 May 4 @ Dodgers 1–0 Blanton (4–0) Zachary 7–9
17 May 5 @ Dodgers 9–2 Bush (1–2) Clark 13,000 8–9
18 May 6 @ Braves 8–6 Hoyt (2–2) Benton Blanton (1) 9–9
19 May 8 @ Braves 3–12 Frankhouse Weaver (2–3) 9–10
20 May 9 @ Giants 1–3 Hubbell Blanton (4–1) 6,000 9–11
21 May 11 @ Giants 4–1 Bush (2–2) Schumacher 10–11
22 May 11 @ Giants 0–3 Fitzsimmons Hoyt (2–3) 40,000 10–12
23 May 12 @ Giants 1–3 Parmelee Weaver (2–4) 20,000 10–13
24 May 13 @ Phillies 10–1 Blanton (5–1) Bivin 11–13
25 May 14 @ Phillies 8–1 Birkofer (1–1) Walters 1,500 12–13
26 May 15 @ Phillies 20–5 Swift (1–1) Jorgens 13–13
27 May 16 Dodgers 0–2 (13) Zachary Hoyt (2–4) 6,000 13–14
28 May 17 Dodgers 1–7 Benge Weaver (2–5) 13–15
29 May 18 Dodgers 8–2 Blanton (6–1) Mungo 8,000 14–15
30 May 19 Dodgers 9–6 Swift (2–1) Eisenstat Hoyt (1) 10,000 15–15
31 May 20 Giants 11–4 Lucas (1–0) Hubbell 16–15
32 May 21 Giants 4–9 Castleman Hoyt (2–5) Smith 16–16
33 May 22 Giants 2–5 Parmelee Blanton (6–2) 6,000 16–17
34 May 23 Braves 7–1 Swift (3–1) Cantwell 10,000 17–17
35 May 24 Braves 7–6 Weaver (3–5) Brandt 18–17
36 May 25 Braves 11–7 Hoyt (3–5) Cantwell 19–17
37 May 26 Phillies 3–1 Blanton (7–2) Prim 10,000 20–17
38 May 27 Phillies 2–4 Pezzullo Swift (3–2) Moore 20–18
39 May 28 Phillies 3–1 Weaver (4–5) Pezzullo 21–18
40 May 30 Cubs 4–6 Henshaw Blanton (7–3) 40,430 21–19
41 May 30 Cubs 4–1 Lucas (2–0) French 40,430 22–19
42 May 31 @ Reds 4–1 Swift (4–2) Hollingsworth 19,429 23–19
June: 16–11 (Home: 5–1; Away: 11–10)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
43 June 2 @ Reds 8–0 Weaver (5–5) Derringer 2,973 24–19
44 June 4 Cardinals 9–5 Blanton (8–3) Dean 4,000 25–19
45 June 6 Cardinals 2–1 Bush (3–2) Haines 26–19
46 June 7 Reds 4–13 (7) Derringer Weaver (5–6) 1,110 26–20
47 June 8 Reds 14–8 Hoyt (4–5) Brennan Bush (1) 5,800 27–20
48 June 9 Reds 7–4 Blanton (9–3) Johnson 5,046 28–20
49 June 10 Reds 14–1 Swift (5–2) Hollingsworth 1,186 29–20
50 June 11 @ Dodgers 4–0 Bush (4–2) Zachary 3,000 30–20
51 June 12 @ Dodgers 7–3 Birkofer (2–1) Leonard 31–20
52 June 13 @ Dodgers 0–3 Mungo Blanton (9–4) 31–21
53 June 14 @ Dodgers 1–0 Swift (6–2) Clark 32–21
54 June 15 @ Phillies 5–6 Johnson Blanton (9–5) 32–22
55 June 16 @ Phillies 4–12 Pezzullo Birkofer (2–2) 32–23
56 June 17 @ Phillies 12–5 Swift (7–2) Walters 33–23
57 June 20 @ Giants 2–6 Smith Bush (4–3) 33–24
58 June 21 @ Giants 4–11 Castleman Lucas (2–1) 33–25
59 June 22 @ Giants 5–4 (11) Hoyt (5–5) Smith 34–25
60 June 22 @ Giants 3–7 Schumacher Weaver (5–7) 10,000 34–26
61 June 23 @ Braves 4–3 Weaver (6–7) MacFayden 35–26
62 June 23 @ Braves 7–4 Bush (5–3) Smith 36–26
63 June 25 @ Braves 2–7 MacFayden Birkofer (2–3) 36–27
64 June 26 @ Braves 4–2 Bush (6–3) Cantwell 37–27
65 June 26 @ Braves 5–1 Swift (8–2) Betts 38–27
66 June 28 @ Cubs 0–8 Henshaw Weaver (6–8) 38–28
67 June 29 @ Cubs 0–1 (12) French Hoyt (5–6) 38–29
68 June 29 @ Cubs 1–2 Warneke Lucas (2–2) 17,400 38–30
69 June 30 @ Cubs 9–7 Blanton (10–5) Root 10,400 39–30
July: 15–14 (Home: 14–12; Away: 1–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
70 July 2 @ Cardinals 0–7 Hallahan Bush (6–4) 39–31
71 July 4 @ Reds 9–5 Hoyt (6–6) Frey 40–31
72 July 4 @ Reds 4–5 Brennan Blanton (10–6) Freitas 13,000 40–32
73 July 5 Cubs 4–0 Lucas (3–2) Henshaw 10,000 41–32
74 July 6 Cubs 8–10 (13) Warneke Swift (8–3) 41–33
75 July 7 Cubs 1–13 Lee Blanton (10–7) 41–34
76 July 10 Giants 3–10 Schumacher Hoyt (6–7) 41–35
77 July 11 Giants 2–4 Parmelee Lucas (3–3) 41–36
78 July 13 Giants 6–7 Hubbell Hoyt (6–8) 41–37
79 July 14 Giants 4–2 Blanton (11–7) Smith 12,000 42–37
80 July 16 Dodgers 3–9 Zachary Swift (8–4) 2,000 42–38
81 July 17 Dodgers 4–5 Clark Bush (6–5) Leonard 42–39
82 July 17 Dodgers 0–5 Earnshaw Hoyt (6–9) 42–40
83 July 18 Dodgers 3–5 Benge Blanton (11–8) Leonard 42–41
84 July 19 Braves 6–5 Bush (7–5) Cantwell 43–41
85 July 20 Braves 14–2 Brown (1–0) Frankhouse 44–41
86 July 20 Braves 6–3 Weaver (7–8) MacFayden 45–41
87 July 21 Braves 7–0 Swift (9–4) Brandt 46–41
88 July 22 Phillies 5–4 Bush (8–5) Pezzullo 47–41
89 July 24 Phillies 8–6 Birkofer (3–3) Prim Bush (2) 48–41
90 July 24 Phillies 4–3 Brown (2–0) Johnson Hoyt (2) 49–41
91 July 25 Phillies 9–8 Bush (9–5) Davis 50–41
92 July 27 Cardinals 10–4 Blanton (12–8) Collins 51–41
93 July 28 Cardinals 3–4 Dean Bush (9–6) 36,000 51–42
94 July 28 Cardinals 5–4 Swift (10–4) Walker 36,000 52–42
95 July 29 Cardinals 3–2 Lucas (4–3) Hallahan 53–42
96 July 30 Cubs 6–9 Lee Brown (2–1) 53–43
97 July 31 Cubs 2–4 Henshaw Blanton (12–9) French 53–44
98 July 31 Cubs 6–5 (11) Birkofer (4–3) Root 54–44
August: 20–11 (Home: 7–2; Away: 13–9)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
99 August 1 Cubs 6–5 Swift (11–4) Warneke Hoyt (3) 55–44
100 August 3 @ Cardinals 0–6 Walker Lucas (4–4) 55–45
101 August 4 @ Cardinals 3–4 (10) Dean Hoyt (6–10) 17,000 55–46
102 August 4 @ Cardinals 5–6 Walker Swift (11–5) 17,000 55–47
103 August 6 @ Cubs 1–2 Henshaw Birkofer (4–4) 16,000 55–48
104 August 7 @ Cubs 6–0 Blanton (13–9) French 56–48
105 August 8 @ Cubs 5–9 Carleton Bush (9–7) 56–49
106 August 9 Reds 1–0 Swift (12–5) Hollingsworth 57–49
107 August 10 Reds 0–2 Derringer Birkofer (4–5) 57–50
108 August 11 Reds 5–4 Blanton (14–9) Freitas 58–50
109 August 11 Reds 3–4 Schott Bush (9–8) Derringer 58–51
110 August 12 Reds 7–4 Lucas (5–4) Hollingsworth Birkofer (1) 59–51
111 August 14 @ Phillies 8–1 Swift (13–5) Davis 60–51
112 August 14 @ Phillies 7–4 Weaver (8–8) Pezzullo 61–51
113 August 15 @ Phillies 1–9 Bowman Bush (9–9) 61–52
114 August 17 @ Phillies 2–0 Lucas (6–4) Jorgens 62–52
115 August 17 @ Phillies 5–1 Birkofer (5–5) Walters 63–52
116 August 18 @ Dodgers 0–3 Clark Swift (13–6) 63–53
117 August 18 @ Dodgers 3–9 Benge Bush (9–10) Reis 63–54
118 August 20 @ Dodgers 2–0 Weaver (9–8) Zachary 64–54
119 August 21 @ Dodgers 0–5 Earnshaw Birkofer (5–6) 64–55
120 August 23 @ Braves 7–5 Swift (14–6) Cantwell Hoyt (4) 65–55
121 August 24 @ Braves 3–2 Blanton (15–9) Frankhouse 2,000 66–55
122 August 25 @ Braves 9–2 Weaver (10–8) Smith 67–55
123 August 25 @ Braves 6–5 (11) Lucas (7–4) Betts 68–55
124 August 26 @ Giants 10–2 Birkofer (6–6) Smith 69–55
125 August 28 @ Giants 6–1 Blanton (16–9) Hubbell 70–55
126 August 28 @ Giants 9–5 Swift (15–6) Parmelee 15,000 71–55
127 August 29 Cardinals 5–1 Weaver (11–8) Dean 7,000 72–55
128 August 30 Cardinals 9–3 Lucas (8–4) Hallahan 73–55
129 August 31 Cubs 5–0 Birkofer (7–6) French 74–55
September: 12–12 (Home: 10–6; Away: 2–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
130 September 1 Cubs 2–8 Henshaw Blanton (16–10) 74–56
131 September 2 @ Cardinals 3–4 (16) Dean Hoyt (6–11) 31,000 74–57
132 September 2 @ Cardinals 1–4 (5) Dean Swift (15–7) 31,000 74–58
133 September 5 Dodgers 5–4 Birkofer (8–6) Leonard Hoyt (5) 1,000 75–58
134 September 6 Dodgers 13–0 Blanton (17–10) Zachary 76–58
135 September 7 Dodgers 5–4 Bush (10–10) Benge 77–58
136 September 8 Giants 1–3 Hubbell Lucas (8–5) 18,000 77–59
137 September 10 Giants 3–4 Castleman Blanton (17–11) Stout 77–60
138 September 10 Giants 2–4 Smith Birkofer (8–7) 4,000 77–61
139 September 11 Giants 10–7 Bush (11–10) Parmelee 78–61
140 September 12 Phillies 11–0 Weaver (12–8) Pezzullo 79–61
141 September 13 Phillies 1–5 Davis Swift (15–8) 79–62
142 September 14 Phillies 5–7 Prim Blanton (17–12) 79–63
143 September 15 Phillies 5–3 Birkofer (9–7) Jorgens 80–63
144 September 16 Braves 5–3 Brown (3–1) Brown 81–63
145 September 17 Braves 6–4 Weaver (13–8) Brandt Hoyt (6) 82–63
146 September 18 Braves 5–2 Blanton (18–12) Frankhouse 83–63
147 September 19 Braves 7–6 Hoyt (7–11) Cantwell 84–63
148 September 21 @ Cubs 3–4 Henshaw Bush (11–11) Warneke 39,000 84–64
149 September 22 @ Cubs 0–2 French Blanton (18–13) 40,558 84–65
150 September 23 @ Cardinals 12–0 Weaver (14–8) Heusser 7,500 85–65
151 September 24 @ Cardinals 2–11 Hallahan Lucas (8–6) 85–66
152 September 29 @ Reds 5–1 Brown (4–1) Hollingsworth 86–66
153 September 29 @ Reds 6–9 Derringer Passeau (0–1) 8,021 86–67
Legend:        = Win        = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Roster

1935 Pittsburgh Pirates
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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
C Tom Padden 97 302 82 .272 1 30
1B Gus Suhr 153 529 144 .272 10 81
2B Pep Young 128 494 131 .265 7 82
3B Tommy Thevenow 110 408 97 .238 0 47
SS Arky Vaughan 137 499 192 .385 19 99
LF Woody Jensen 143 627 203 .324 8 62
CF Lloyd Waner 122 537 166 .309 0 46
RF Paul Waner 139 549 176 .321 11 78

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
Cookie Lavagetto 78 231 67 .290 0 19
Earl Grace 77 224 59 .263 3 29
Pie Traynor 57 204 57 .279 1 36
Bud Hafey 58 184 42 .228 6 16
Babe Herman 26 81 19 .235 0 7
Earl Browne 9 32 8 .250 0 6
Bill Brubaker 6 11 0 .000 0 0
Aubrey Epps 1 4 3 .750 0 3
Steve Swetonic 1 0 0 ---- 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
Cy Blanton 35 254.1 18 13 2.58 142
Jim Weaver 33 176.1 14 8 3.42 87
Red Lucas 20 125.2 8 6 3.44 29
Claude Passeau 1 3.0 0 1 12.00 1

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
Guy Bush 41 204.1 11 11 4.32 42
Bill Swift 39 203.2 15 8 .270 74
Waite Hoyt 39 164.0 7 11 3.40 63
Ralph Birkofer 37 150.1 9 7 4.07 80
Mace Brown 18 72.2 4 1 3.59 28

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
Jack Salveson 5 0 1 0 9.00 2
Wayne Osborne 2 0 0 0 6.75 1
Hal Smith 1 0 0 0 3.00 0

Awards and honors

1935 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

League top five finishers

Cy Blanton

Bill Swift

Arky Vaughan

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AA Kansas City Blues American Association Dutch Zwilling
A Birmingham Barons Southern Association Clyde Milan and Bill Pierre
C Portsmouth Pirates Middle Atlantic League Jake Pitler

References

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Side in 1907.
  2. ^ Leon Chagnon page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ James, Bill. The New Historical Baseball Abstract
  4. ^ Shrum, Rick (May 10, 2006). "Parting shots: Two local men recall being witness to Babe Ruth's final three home runs". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.