1941 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Owner(s)Bill Benswanger
Manager(s)Frankie Frisch
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Rosey Rowswell, Jack Craddock
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The 1941 Pittsburgh Pirates was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the National League with a record of 81–73, 19 games behind the first-place Brooklyn Dodgers.

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 100 54 0.649 52–25 48–29
St. Louis Cardinals 97 56 0.634 53–24 44–32
Cincinnati Reds 88 66 0.571 12 45–34 43–32
Pittsburgh Pirates 81 73 0.526 19 45–32 36–41
New York Giants 74 79 0.484 25½ 38–39 36–40
Chicago Cubs 70 84 0.455 30 38–39 32–45
Boston Braves 62 92 0.403 38 32–44 30–48
Philadelphia Phillies 43 111 0.279 57 23–52 20–59

Record vs. opponents


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


Game log

1941 Game Log: 81–73 (Home: 45–32; Away: 36–41)
April: 3–10 (Home: 2–3; Away: 1–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 15 @ Cubs 4–7 Passeau Klinger (0–1) 17,008 0–1
2 April 17 @ Cubs 7–2 Sewell (1–0) Olsen 4,109 1–1
3 April 18 Reds 4–1 Butcher (1–0) Walters 18,644 2–1
4 April 19 Reds 3–5 Derringer Bauers (0–1) 10,465 2–2
5 April 20 Reds 3–7 Turner Bowman (0–1) Thompson 19,060 2–3
6 April 22 @ Cardinals 8–9 (12) Grodzicki Heintzelman (0–1) 1,776 2–4
7 April 23 @ Cardinals 1–3 Nahem Butcher (1–1) 1,875 2–5
8 April 24 Cubs 2–1 (11) Lanning (1–0) French 1,959 3–5
9 April 25 Cubs 7–8 Page Heintzelman (0–2) 3,902 3–6
10 April 26 @ Reds 3–10 Vander Meer Bauers (0–2) 8,112 3–7
11 April 27 @ Reds 2–3 Walters Sewell (1–1) 19,114 3–8
12 April 29 @ Phillies 2–6 Crouch Butcher (1–2) 800 3–9
13 April 30 @ Phillies 4–8 Blanton Lanahan (0–1) 3,385 3–10
May: 11–11 (Home: 7–4; Away: 4–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
14 May 1 @ Phillies 15–2 Bauers (1–2) Johnson 1,500 4–10
15 May 2 @ Giants 7–7 (13) 3,268 4–10
16 May 3 @ Giants 3–2 Butcher (2–2) Bowman 7,417 5–10
17 May 4 @ Dodgers 6–4 Heintzelman (1–2) Hamlin 27,015 6–10
18 May 6 @ Dodgers 3–7 Wyatt Sewell (1–2) 7,443 6–11
19 May 7 @ Braves 6–7 Tobin Lanning (1–1) 2,458 6–12
20 May 11 Cardinals 4–7 Nahem Butcher (2–3) Hutchinson 12,388 6–13
21 May 12 Cardinals 2–6 Warneke Heintzelman (1–3) 6–14
22 May 13 Phillies 6–3 Sewell (2–2) Grissom 986 7–14
23 May 14 Phillies 12–7 Klinger (1–1) Bruner 1,254 8–14
24 May 16 Dodgers 3–2 (11) Bowman (1–1) Brown 3,984 9–14
25 May 18 Giants 4–5 Adams Sewell (2–3) Brown 13,659 9–15
26 May 19 Giants 2–1 Butcher (3–3) Hubbell 2,574 10–15
27 May 20 Giants 7–5 Klinger (2–1) Schumacher 3,050 11–15
28 May 21 Braves 8–4 Wilkie (1–0) Tobin 2,311 12–15
29 May 23 @ Cardinals 1–2 Cooper Butcher (3–4) 18,555 12–16
30 May 24 @ Cardinals 7–10 Nahem Sewell (2–4) Lanier 2,952 12–17
31 May 25 @ Cardinals 4–6 Gumbert Wilkie (1–1) White 12–18
32 May 25 @ Cardinals 3–4 Krist Klinger (2–2) Lanier 18,749 12–19
33 May 26 @ Reds 3–7 Walters Strincevich (0–1) 20,567 12–20
34 May 28 @ Reds 7–4 Butcher (4–4) Moore 2,560 13–20
35 May 30 Cubs 6–7 Lee Sewell (2–5) 13–21
36 May 30 Cubs 5–4 Sewell (3–5) Passeau 17,297 14–21
June: 14–12 (Home: 5–7; Away: 9–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
37 June 2 @ Braves 0–2 Errickson Lanning (1–2) 1,034 14–22
38 June 3 @ Braves 9–5 Heintzelman (2–3) LaManna Bowman (1) 1,776 15–22
39 June 6 @ Giants 5–4 Butcher (5–4) McGee 16–22
40 June 6 @ Giants 4–3 Sewell (4–5) Lohrman 8,324 17–22
41 June 7 @ Phillies 0–2 Blanton Lanning (1–3) 3,802 17–23
42 June 8 @ Phillies 12–2 Bowman (2–1) Hughes Sewell (1) 18–23
43 June 8 @ Phillies 2–5 Podgajny Bauers (1–3) 18–24
44 June 9 @ Phillies 5–0 Wilkie (2–1) Grissom 892 19–24
45 June 10 @ Dodgers 3–4 Fitzsimmons Heintzelman (2–4) 6,426 19–25
46 June 11 @ Dodgers 8–1 Sewell (5–5) Higbe 30,469 20–25
47 June 14 Braves 8–2 Butcher (6–4) Salvo 2,908 21–25
48 June 15 Braves 1–5 Posedel Wilkie (2–2) 12,562 21–26
49 June 17 Giants 3–6 Hubbell Sewell (5–6) 1,586 21–27
50 June 18 Giants 2–2 (11) 24,738 21–27
51 June 19 Giants 6–9 Brown Heintzelman (2–5) 2,127 21–28
52 June 20 Phillies 7–6 Dietz (1–0) Pearson 1,046 22–28
53 June 21 Phillies 2–0 Bowman (3–1) Grissom 2,321 23–28
54 June 22 Phillies 4–1 Sewell (6–6) Blanton 24–28
55 June 22 Phillies 4–7 Hughes Butcher (6–5) Johnson 10,060 24–29
56 June 23 Dodgers 4–9 Fitzsimmons Klinger (2–3) Brown 2,335 24–30
57 June 24 Dodgers 0–8 Davis Lanning (1–4) 20,537 24–31
58 June 25 Dodgers 4–5 Higbe Heintzelman (2–6) 2,425 24–32
59 June 27 @ Cubs 4–2 Sewell (7–6) Passeau 4,622 25–32
60 June 28 @ Cubs 2–3 Olsen Butcher (6–6) 3,654 25–33
61 June 29 @ Cubs 8–2 Lanning (2–4) French 26–33
62 June 29 @ Cubs 3–2 Sullivan (1–0) Lee Sewell (2) 17,440 27–33
63 June 30 Cardinals 4–3 Heintzelman (3–6) Gumbert 16,306 28–33
July: 22–9 (Home: 13–3; Away: 9–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
64 July 1 Cardinals 7–11 Warneke Sewell (7–7) 28–34
65 July 2 Reds 8–3 Butcher (7–6) Derringer 1,941 29–34
66 July 4 @ Reds 0–6 Walters Lanning (2–5) 29–35
67 July 4 @ Reds 6–4 Heintzelman (4–6) Pearson 14,391 30–35
68 July 5 Cubs 9–6 Sullivan (2–0) Lee Klinger (1) 4,571 31–35
69 July 6 Cubs 2–1 Sewell (8–7) Passeau 32–35
70 July 6 Cubs 13–4 (8) Butcher (8–6) Root Lanning (1) 14,306 33–35
71 July 10 @ Phillies 6–3 Sewell (9–7) Hughes Sullivan (1) 34–35
72 July 12 @ Phillies 6–1 Lanning (3–5) Podgajny 1,500 35–35
73 July 13 @ Giants 4–0 Heintzelman (5–6) Lohrman 36–35
74 July 13 @ Giants 2–8 Schumacher Butcher (8–7) 22,865 36–36
75 July 14 @ Giants 2–3 Hubbell Sewell (9–8) 3,125 36–37
76 July 15 @ Giants 5–1 Butcher (9–7) Melton 3,296 37–37
77 July 16 @ Braves 1–4 Tobin Lanning (3–6) 37–38
78 July 16 @ Braves 13–5 Dietz (2–0) Hutchings Wilkie (1) 3,278 38–38
79 July 18 @ Braves 5–1 Heintzelman (6–6) Johnson 39–38
80 July 18 @ Braves 3–4 LaManna Wilkie (2–3) 3,315 39–39
81 July 20 @ Dodgers 1–5 Davis Sewell (9–9) 39–40
82 July 20 @ Dodgers 5–1 Lanning (4–6) Wyatt 40–40
83 July 21 @ Dodgers 8–3 Heintzelman (7–6) Kimball 41–40
84 July 22 Phillies 4–3 Klinger (3–3) Podgajny 1,730 42–40
85 July 23 Phillies 5–2 Butcher (10–7) Blanton 13,109 43–40
86 July 24 Phillies 3–2 Klinger (4–3) Grissom 1,326 44–40
87 July 25 Dodgers 8–4 Sullivan (3–0) Wyatt 45–40
88 July 25 Dodgers 8–2 Lanning (5–6) Davis 46–40
89 July 26 Dodgers 2–3 Hamlin Heintzelman (7–7) Higbe 7,009 46–41
90 July 27 Dodgers 4–3 Klinger (5–3) Davis 47–41
91 July 27 Dodgers 8–0 (8) Sewell (10–9) Casey 40,093 48–41
92 July 29 Braves 5–3 (8) Sullivan (4–0) Javery Klinger (2) 4,860 49–41
93 July 30 Braves 2–3 (10) Tobin Bowman (3–2) 11,362 49–42
94 July 31 Braves 9–8 Lanning (6–6) Errickson Dietz (1) 1,870 50–42
August: 18–15 (Home: 5–4; Away: 13–11)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
95 August 1 Giants 6–3 Butcher (11–7) Hubbell 4,324 51–42
96 August 2 Giants 0–2 (10) Schumacher Sewell (10–10) 5,550 51–43
97 August 3 Giants 5–4 Dietz (3–0) McGee 52–43
98 August 3 Giants 10–4 (6) Klinger (6–3) Wittig 25,688 53–43
99 August 4 @ Reds 4–1 Lanning (7–6) Thompson 2,109 54–43
100 August 5 @ Reds 7–5 Butcher (12–7) Turner Klinger (3) 2,390 55–43
101 August 6 @ Cubs 13–3 Sewell (11–10) Pressnell 5,574 56–43
102 August 7 @ Cubs 4–3 Dietz (4–0) Mooty 5,035 57–43
103 August 8 @ Cubs 0–1 Erickson Lanning (7–7) 5,846 57–44
104 August 9 @ Cardinals 5–4 (13) Klinger (7–3) Hutchinson 5,223 58–44
105 August 10 @ Cardinals 2–3 White Sewell (11–11) Crouch 58–45
106 August 10 @ Cardinals 2–4 Cooper Heintzelman (7–8) 26,513 58–46
107 August 13 Cubs 4–6 Eaves Lanning (7–8) Mooty 24,373 58–47
108 August 14 Cubs 2–6 Passeau Butcher (12–8) 3,032 58–48
109 August 16 Cardinals 4–2 Heintzelman (8–8) White 59–48
110 August 17 Cardinals 1–7 Cooper Butcher (12–9) 59–49
111 August 17 Cardinals 8–2 Sewell (12–11) Warneke 34,292 60–49
112 August 18 @ Dodgers 5–6 Casey Butcher (12–10) 9,832 60–50
113 August 19 @ Dodgers 0–9 Davis Sullivan (4–1) 60–51
114 August 19 @ Dodgers 2–6 Drake Heintzelman (8–9) Casey 9,372 60–52
115 August 20 @ Dodgers 6–7 Allen Sewell (12–12) 14,752 60–53
116 August 21 @ Giants 5–3 Butcher (13–10) McGee 11,845 61–53
117 August 22 @ Giants 5–3 Lanning (8–8) Bowman 2,439 62–53
118 August 23 @ Giants 3–5 Schumacher Dietz (4–1) 62–54
119 August 23 @ Giants 4–3 Klinger (8–3) Brown 63–54
120 August 24 @ Braves 3–4 (12) Salvo Sewell (12–13) 63–55
121 August 24 @ Braves 7–3 (6) Klinger (9–3) Javery 13,411 64–55
122 August 26 @ Braves 3–4 Tobin Wilkie (2–4) 64–56
123 August 26 @ Braves 6–1 Butcher (14–10) Errickson 3,527 65–56
124 August 27 @ Phillies 12–2 Lanning (9–8) Blanton 1,748 66–56
125 August 28 @ Phillies 3–2 Dietz (5–1) Pearson Klinger (4) 5,500 67–56
126 August 30 @ Cubs 1–4 Erickson Sewell (12–14) 6,777 67–57
127 August 31 @ Cubs 4–3 Butcher (15–10) Passeau 68–57
September: 13–16 (Home: 13–11; Away: 0–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
128 September 1 @ Cardinals 3–5 White Heintzelman (8–10) 68–58
129 September 1 @ Cardinals 3–6 (8) Pollet Klinger (9–4) 34,812 68–59
130 September 3 Reds 3–2 Lanning (10–8) Riddle 18,428 69–59
131 September 4 Reds 4–0 (5) Sewell (13–14) Walters 1,720 70–59
132 September 5 Reds 4–10 Derringer Butcher (15–11) Beggs 70–60
133 September 5 Reds 1–0 (7) Dietz (6–1) Starr 4,897 71–60
134 September 6 Cubs 6–4 Heintzelman (9–10) Mooty 3,040 72–60
135 September 7 Cubs 1–3 Eaves Lanning (10–9) 6,619 72–61
136 September 9 Giants 2–4 (10) Schumacher Sewell (13–15) 1,873 72–62
137 September 10 Giants 10–7 Lanning (11–9) Lohrman Wilkie (2) 1,076 73–62
138 September 11 Braves 7–5 Heintzelman (10–10) Hutchings 74–62
139 September 11 Braves 0–10 Earley Gee (0–1) 2,320 74–63
140 September 12 Braves 6–3 Dietz (7–1) Johnson 75–63
141 September 12 Braves 0–5 Javery Lanning (11–10) 2,083 75–64
142 September 13 Braves 1–0 Strincevich (1–1) Salvo 76–64
143 September 14 Phillies 2–1 Butcher (16–11) Hoerst 77–64
144 September 14 Phillies 3–6 Hughes Sewell (13–16) 7,495 77–65
145 September 17 Dodgers 4–6 Davis Heintzelman (10–11) Hamlin 6,206 77–66
146 September 18 Dodgers 6–5 Sewell (14–16) Casey 6,803 78–66
147 September 20 @ Reds 1–2 Walters Butcher (16–12) 78–67
148 September 20 @ Reds 3–7 Derringer Strincevich (1–2) 9,817 78–68
149 September 21 @ Reds 0–2 Riddle Dietz (7–2) 10,248 78–69
150 September 23 Cardinals 4–0 Heintzelman (11–11) Cooper 79–69
151 September 23 Cardinals 0–9 Lanier Sewell (14–17) 79–70
152 September 24 Cardinals 0–4 Gumbert Lanning (11–11) 79–71
153 September 25 Cardinals 3–1 Butcher (17–12) White 80–71
154 September 26 Reds 3–4 Vander Meer Brandt (0–1) 717 80–72
155 September 27 Reds 9–15 Riddle Gee (0–2) Beggs 1,695 80–73
156 September 28 Reds 3–2 Clemensen (1–0) Walters 4,137 81–73
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Tie
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Roster

1941 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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 Al Lopez 114 317 84 .265 5 43
1B Elbie Fletcher 151 521 150 .288 11 74
2B Frankie Gustine 121 463 125 .270 1 46
3B Lee Handley 124 459 132 .288 0 33
SS Arky Vaughan 106 374 118 .316 6 38
LF Maurice Van Robays 129 457 129 .282 4 78
CF Vince DiMaggio 151 528 141 .267 21 100
RF Bob Elliott 141 527 144 .273 3 76

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
Stu Martin 88 233 71 .305 0 19
Alf Anderson 70 223 48 .215 1 10
Debs Garms 83 220 58 .264 3 42
Bud Stewart 73 172 46 .267 0 10
Spud Davis 57 107 27 .252 0 6
Bill Baker 35 67 15 .224 0 6
Ripper Collins 49 62 13 .210 0 11
Billy Cox 10 37 10 .270 0 2
Vinnie Smith 9 33 10 .303 0 5
Ed Leip 15 25 5 .200 0 3
Culley Rikard 6 20 4 .200 0 0
Lloyd Waner 3 4 1 .250 0 1
Joe Schultz 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
Rip Sewell 39 249.0 14 17 3.72 76
Max Butcher 33 236.0 17 12 3.05 61
Ken Heintzelman 35 196.0 11 11 3.44 81
Johnny Lanning 34 175.2 11 11 3.13 41

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
Bob Klinger 35 116.2 9 4 3.93 36
Dutch Dietz 33 100.1 7 2 2.33 22
Lefty Wilkie 26 79.0 2 4 4.56 16
Joe Bowman 18 69.1 3 2 2.99 22
Joe Sullivan 16 39.1 4 1 2.97 10
Russ Bauers 8 37.1 1 3 5.54 20
Nick Strincevich 12 31.0 1 2 5.23 12
Bill Clemensen 2 13.0 1 0 2.77 4
Johnny Gee 3 7.1 0 2 6.14 2
Bill Brandt 2 7.0 0 1 3.86 0
Dick Conger 2 4.0 0 0 0.00 2

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
Dick Lanahan 7 0 1 0 5.25 5
Mace Brown 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

Awards and honors

1941 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

League top five finishers

Vince DiMaggio

Elbie Fletcher

Rip Sewell

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
A Albany Senators Eastern League Specs Toporcer
B Harrisburg Senators Interstate League Les Bell
C Gloversville-Johnstown Glovers Canadian–American League Buster Blakeney
C Hutchinson Pirates Western Association Johnny Gooch
D Moultrie Packers Georgia–Florida League Buzz Arlitt
D Oil City Oilers Pennsylvania State Association George Norton
D London Pirates PONY League Jimmy Jordan

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Harrisburg

Notes

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Side in 1907.

References