1944 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 1944 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 63rd season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 58th in the National League. The Pirates finished second in the league standings with a record of 90–63.

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 105 49 0.682 54–22 51–27
Pittsburgh Pirates 90 63 0.588 14½ 49–28 41–35
Cincinnati Reds 89 65 0.578 16 45–33 44–32
Chicago Cubs 75 79 0.487 30 35–42 40–37
New York Giants 67 87 0.435 38 39–36 28–51
Boston Braves 65 89 0.422 40 38–40 27–49
Brooklyn Dodgers 63 91 0.409 42 37–39 26–52
Philadelphia Phillies 61 92 0.399 43½ 29–49 32–43

Record vs. opponents


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


Game log

1944 Game Log: 90–63 (Home: 49–28; Away: 41–35)
April: 3–5 (Home: 1–1; Away: 2–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 18 @ Cardinals 0–2 Lanier Roe (0–1) 4,030 0–1
2 April 20 @ Cardinals 3–5 Munger Rescigno (0–1) 2,272 0–2
3 April 21 Reds 2–4 Beggs Sewell (0–1) 10,877 0–3
4 April 26 Cubs 6–1 Roe (1–1) Fleming 3,463 1–3
5 April 28 @ Reds 0–2 Heusser Butcher (0–1) 1,080 1–4
6 April 29 @ Reds 7–3 Sewell (1–1) Ferguson 2,695 2–4
7 April 30 @ Reds 7–1 Strincevich (1–0) Riddle 3–4
8 April 30 @ Reds 1–4 Walters Rescigno (0–2) 16,060 3–5
May: 16–11 (Home: 10–6; Away: 6–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
9 May 2 Cardinals 3–1 Roe (2–1) Jurisich Cuccurullo (1) 4,895 4–5
10 May 3 Cardinals 1–5 Gumbert Sewell (1–2) 5,007 4–6
11 May 4 Cardinals 6–3 Butcher (1–1) Cooper 3,877 5–6
12 May 7 @ Cubs 6–5 (14) Sewell (2–2) Derringer 6–6
13 May 7 @ Cubs 3–2 (11) Rescigno (1–2) Wyse Butcher (1) 19,067 7–6
14 May 10 Braves 4–2 Strincevich (2–0) Barrett Cuccurullo (2) 23,011 8–6
15 May 11 Braves 2–7 Tobin Butcher (1–2) 2,509 8–7
16 May 12 Braves 3–10 Andrews Roe (2–2) 2,302 8–8
17 May 13 Braves 2–16 Barrett Rescigno (1–3) 4,037 8–9
18 May 14 Giants 1–0 (10) Sewell (3–2) Voiselle 9–9
19 May 14 Giants 8–2 Strincevich (3–0) Pyle 23,771 10–9
20 May 15 Giants 7–8 Adams Cuccurullo (0–1) Polli 1,699 10–10
21 May 17 Dodgers 8–5 (6) Roe (3–2) McLish 18,748 11–10
22 May 18 Dodgers 4–3 Butcher (2–2) Melton 3,361 12–10
23 May 19 Dodgers 5–2 Sewell (4–2) Webber 2,520 13–10
24 May 20 Phillies 4–3 Strincevich (4–0) Gerheauser 4,096 14–10
25 May 21 Phillies 4–3 Butcher (3–2) Schanz 15–10
26 May 21 Phillies 4–9 Barrett Rescigno (1–4) 23,009 15–11
27 May 24 @ Braves 8–1 Sewell (5–2) Tobin 1,706 16–11
28 May 25 @ Braves 0–1 Javery Strincevich (4–1) 1,318 16–12
29 May 26 @ Braves 7–5 Rescigno (2–4) Hutchinson Sewell (1) 1,518 17–12
30 May 28 @ Phillies 4–0 Sewell (6–2) Schanz 18–12
31 May 28 @ Phillies 2–8 Barrett Strincevich (4–2) 18–13
32 May 29 @ Phillies 3–2 (11) Rescigno (3–4) Raffensberger 19–13
33 May 30 @ Dodgers 3–9 Flowers Butcher (3–3) Ostermueller 19–14
34 May 30 @ Dodgers 3–4 Gregg Rescigno (3–5) Davis 25,845 19–15
35 May 31 @ Dodgers 4–8 McLish Strincevich (4–3) 16,993 19–16
June: 14–11 (Home: 7–7; Away: 7–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
36 June 1 @ Dodgers 2–1 Sewell (7–2) Davis 20–16
37 June 2 @ Giants 4–6 Fischer Roe (3–3) Polli 2,532 20–17
38 June 3 @ Giants 7–6 (10) Rescigno (4–5) Adams 9,171 21–17
39 June 4 @ Giants 9–4 Ostermueller (1–0) Voiselle Rescigno (1) 22–17
40 June 4 @ Giants 7–4 Roe (4–3) Pyle Rescigno (2) 30,659 23–17
41 June 7 Reds 4–2 Sewell (8–2) de la Cruz Rescigno (3) 17,161 24–17
42 June 8 Cubs 6–10 Vandenberg Roe (4–4) 2,616 24–18
43 June 9 Cubs 3–3 (11) 13,119 24–18
44 June 10 Cubs 9–4 Roe (5–4) Fleming 1,710 25–18
45 June 11 Cubs 0–5 Erickson Butcher (3–4) 25–19
46 June 11 Cubs 0–1 Chipman Strincevich (4–4) 23,016 25–20
47 June 13 @ Reds 3–2 (5) Starr (1–0) Heusser 2,460 26–20
48 June 14 @ Reds 2–3 (11) Walters Rescigno (4–6) 6,455 26–21
49 June 15 @ Reds 1–0 Butcher (4–4) de la Cruz 1,101 27–21
50 June 17 @ Cardinals 1–2 Munger Roe (5–5) 18,645 27–22
51 June 18 @ Cardinals 2–12 Cooper Sewell (8–3) 27–23
52 June 18 @ Cardinals 3–1 Ostermueller (2–0) Lanier 16,292 28–23
53 June 20 Reds 0–3 Walters Butcher (4–5) 7,369 28–24
54 June 21 Reds 2–1 Starr (2–0) Heusser 2,414 29–24
55 June 22 Reds 9–4 Sewell (9–3) de la Cruz 30–24
56 June 22 Reds 7–4 Strincevich (5–4) Gumbert 5,394 31–24
57 June 23 Cardinals 5–5 (14) 12,086 31–24
58 June 24 Cardinals 0–16 Cooper Ostermueller (2–1) 4,899 31–25
59 June 25 Cardinals 1–2 Munger Sewell (9–4) 31–26
60 June 25 Cardinals 5–5 33,111 31–26
61 June 28 Giants 9–2 Butcher (5–5) Fischer 18,479 32–26
62 June 29 Giants 1–1 (5) 2,057 32–26
63 June 30 Giants 5–7 Adams Sewell (9–5) 32–27
64 June 30 Giants 9–8 Cuccurullo (1–1) Adams 5,378 33–27
July: 19–13 (Home: 8–3; Away: 11–10)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
65 July 1 Braves 5–1 Starr (3–0) Tobin 2,940 34–27
66 July 2 Braves 1–4 Andrews Roe (5–6) 34–28
67 July 2 Braves 7–6 (12) Sewell (10–5) Barrett 16,076 35–28
68 July 4 Phillies 2–3 Gerheauser Sewell (10–6) Schanz 35–29
69 July 4 Phillies 4–0 Butcher (6–5) Lee 16,285 36–29
70 July 5 Phillies 2–12 Barrett Starr (3–1) 2,055 36–30
71 July 6 Phillies 6–5 Strincevich (6–4) Raffensberger Rescigno (4) 9,136 37–30
72 July 7 Dodgers 13–2 Ostermueller (3–1) Melton 2,356 38–30
73 July 8 Dodgers 8–5 Sewell (11–6) McLish 3,732 39–30
74 July 9 Dodgers 10–1 Roe (6–6) Head 40–30
75 July 9 Dodgers 9–7 Rescigno (5–6) Davis Ostermueller (2) 18,706 41–30
76 July 13 @ Cubs 3–2 Ostermueller (4–1) Wyse 7,160 42–30
77 July 14 @ Cubs 5–11 Vandenberg Starr (3–2) 5,630 42–31
78 July 15 @ Cubs 3–4 Fleming Roe (6–7) Derringer 6,972 42–32
79 July 16 @ Cubs 0–1 Wyse Sewell (11–7) 42–33
80 July 16 @ Cubs 1–0 Butcher (7–5) Passeau 40,920 43–33
81 July 18 @ Giants 2–5 Voiselle Ostermueller (4–2) 26,164 43–34
82 July 19 @ Phillies 2–4 Raffensberger Strincevich (6–5) 7,784 43–35
83 July 20 @ Phillies 4–1 Starr (4–2) Lee 44–35
84 July 20 @ Phillies 2–3 (11) Schanz Rescigno (5–7) 44–36
85 July 21 @ Phillies 5–3 Butcher (8–5) Gerheauser 8,527 45–36
86 July 22 @ Dodgers 11–0 Ostermueller (5–2) Warren 8,479 46–36
87 July 23 @ Dodgers 7–5 Rescigno (6–7) Gregg 47–36
88 July 23 @ Dodgers 9–4 (11) Strincevich (7–5) Webber Rescigno (5) 16,571 48–36
89 July 24 @ Dodgers 7–12 Fuchs Sewell (11–8) Davis 9,072 48–37
90 July 25 @ Giants 15–0 Butcher (9–5) Barthelson 4,524 49–37
91 July 26 @ Giants 6–5 Ostermueller (6–2) Feldman Strincevich (1) 12,909 50–37
92 July 28 @ Giants 0–4 Voiselle Roe (6–8) 12,871 50–38
93 July 29 @ Braves 3–0 Sewell (12–8) Tobin 2,065 51–38
94 July 30 @ Braves 4–6 Klopp Starr (4–3) Tobin 51–39
95 July 30 @ Braves 0–2 Javery Strincevich (7–6) 7,143 51–40
96 July 31 @ Braves 9–2 Ostermueller (7–2) Andrews 1,346 52–40
August: 20–10 (Home: 17–6; Away: 3–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
97 August 1 @ Braves 13–8 Starr (5–3) Tobin Sewell (2) 1,787 53–40
98 August 2 Cardinals 4–8 Lanier Sewell (12–9) 27,481 53–41
99 August 3 Cardinals 2–15 Wilks Roe (6–9) 3,001 53–42
100 August 4 Cubs 3–4 Derringer Butcher (9–6) 10,022 53–43
101 August 5 Cubs 2–7 Fleming Ostermueller (7–3) Passeau 2,861 53–44
102 August 6 Cubs 13–5 Roe (7–9) Derringer Starr (1) 54–44
103 August 6 Cubs 5–4 Strincevich (8–6) Chipman Roe (1) 13,362 55–44
104 August 8 Giants 4–8 Voiselle Butcher (9–7) 2,277 55–45
105 August 9 Giants 4–3 Ostermueller (8–3) Fischer 12,683 56–45
106 August 10 Giants 10–4 Roe (8–9) Brewer 4,324 57–45
107 August 11 Giants 12–8 Cuccurullo (2–1) Pyle 13,024 58–45
108 August 12 Giants 8–0 Butcher (10–7) Voiselle 3,335 59–45
109 August 13 Braves 8–1 Sewell (13–9) Tobin 60–45
110 August 13 Braves 3–1 Ostermueller (9–3) Hutchings 15,079 61–45
111 August 14 Braves 5–0 Roe (9–9) Barrett 2,409 62–45
112 August 15 Braves 7–5 Rescigno (7–7) Hutchinson Strincevich (2) 12,397 63–45
113 August 17 Phillies 7–6 Rescigno (8–7) Karl 64–45
114 August 17 Phillies 6–5 (10) Strincevich (9–6) Barrett 3,262 65–45
115 August 18 Phillies 2–3 Raffensberger Sewell (13–10) 14,566 65–46
116 August 19 Phillies 5–3 Roe (10–9) Gerheauser 3,327 66–46
117 August 20 Dodgers 10–7 Butcher (11–7) Chapman Cuccurullo (3) 67–46
118 August 20 Dodgers 7–1 Strincevich (10–6) Wyatt 20,953 68–46
119 August 21 Dodgers 7–6 (10) Starr (6–3) Webber 3,039 69–46
120 August 22 Dodgers 7–5 Sewell (14–10) Sunkel 19,444 70–46
121 August 25 @ Cardinals 0–4 Schmidt Roe (10–10) 11,000 70–47
122 August 27 @ Cardinals 14–6 Sewell (15–10) Lanier 71–47
123 August 27 @ Cardinals 1–1 (10) 10,676 71–47
124 August 29 @ Cubs 4–15 Derringer Butcher (11–8) 71–48
125 August 29 @ Cubs 5–4 Roe (11–10) Passeau 11,649 72–48
126 August 30 @ Cubs 5–12 Wyse Sewell (15–11) Lynn 72–49
127 August 30 @ Cubs 3–6 Passeau Starr (6–4) Wyse 17,438 72–50
September: 17–12 (Home: 6–5; Away: 11–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
128 September 1 Cardinals 3–2 Ostermueller (10–3) Lanier 17,030 73–50
129 September 2 Cardinals 5–4 Butcher (12–8) Wilks 5,864 74–50
130 September 3 Cardinals 6–5 Sewell (16–11) Cooper 75–50
131 September 3 Cardinals 8–2 Strincevich (11–6) Brecheen 34,395 76–50
132 September 4 Cubs 3–6 Erickson Butcher (12–9) 76–51
133 September 4 Cubs 4–3 (6) Rescigno (9–7) Derringer 18,175 77–51
134 September 7 @ Reds 1–2 Heusser Ostermueller (10–4) 4,702 77–52
135 September 9 @ Reds 2–3 Shoun Sewell (16–12) 1,818 77–53
136 September 10 @ Reds 7–5 Strincevich (12–6) Walters 78–53
137 September 10 @ Reds 0–2 Carter Butcher (12–10) 17,343 78–54
138 September 12 @ Cardinals 5–3 Ostermueller (11–4) Schmidt 79–54
139 September 12 @ Cardinals 6–5 Roe (12–10) Byerly Starr (2) 6,445 80–54
140 September 13 @ Cardinals 7–3 Sewell (17–12) Brecheen 81–54
141 September 13 @ Cardinals 10–5 Rescigno (10–7) Lanier Starr (3) 6,495 82–54
142 September 15 Reds 3–5 (10) Walters Rescigno (10–8) 12,198 82–55
143 September 16 Reds 1–2 de la Cruz Butcher (12–11) 82–56
144 September 16 Reds 1–3 Carter Starr (6–5) 3,670 82–57
145 September 17 Reds 7–1 Sewell (18–12) Shoun 83–57
146 September 17 Reds 1–2 (10) Gumbert Ostermueller (11–5) 19,823 83–58
147 September 20 @ Dodgers 2–1 Strincevich (13–6) Wells 1,338 84–58
148 September 21 @ Dodgers 10–4 Sewell (19–12) Gregg 85–58
149 September 21 @ Dodgers 14–6 Roe (13–10) Zachary 2,579 86–58
150 September 23 @ Giants 6–4 (13) Sewell (20–12) Adams Cuccurullo (4) 3,749 87–58
151 September 24 @ Giants 4–5 Voiselle Ostermueller (11–6) 87–59
152 September 24 @ Giants 3–2 (10) Strincevich (14–6) Melton 17,778 88–59
153 September 25 @ Braves 4–5 (13) Barrett Roe (13–11) 463 88–60
154 September 26 @ Braves 6–2 Butcher (13–11) Andrews 1,644 89–60
155 September 27 @ Braves 3–4 Javery Strincevich (14–7) Hutchings 655 89–61
156 September 29 @ Phillies 0–3 Raffensberger Ostermueller (11–7) 1,000 89–62
October: 1–1 (Home: 0–0; Away: 1–1)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
157 October 1 @ Phillies 9–1 Sewell (21–12) Schanz 90–62
158 October 1 @ Phillies 1–7 Barrett Gilmore (0–1) 90–63
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Tie
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

All-Star Game

The Pirates hosted the 1944 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 11, 1944, at Forbes Field. Pitcher Rip Sewell, infielder Bob Elliott, and outfielder Vince DiMaggio were selected for the National League squad. Pirates pitchers Max Butcher and Cookie Cuccurullo were named the NL's batting practice pitchers and Pirates catcher Spud Davis was the NL's batting practice catcher. Honus Wagner was named an honorary coach, the first time this honor was bestowed in Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.[2]

Roster

1944 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
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 115 331 76 .230 1 34
1B Babe Dahlgren 158 599 173 .289 12 101
2B Pete Coscarart 139 554 146 .264 4 42
SS Frankie Gustine 127 405 93 .230 2 42
3B Bob Elliott 143 538 160 .297 10 108
OF Johnny Barrett 149 568 153 .269 7 83
OF Vince DiMaggio 109 342 82 .240 9 50
OF Jim Russell 152 580 181 .312 8 66

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
Frank Colman 99 226 61 .270 6 53
Al Rubeling 92 184 45 .245 4 30
Frankie Zak 87 160 48 .300 0 11
Tommy O'Brien 85 156 39 .250 3 20
Hank Camelli 63 125 37 .296 1 10
Spud Davis 54 93 28 .301 2 14
Lee Handley 40 86 19 .221 0 5
Lloyd Waner 19 14 5 .357 0 2
Al Gionfriddo 4 6 1 .167 0 0
Bill Rodgers 2 4 1 .250 0 0
Vic Barnhart 1 2 1 .500 0 0
Hank Sweeney 1 2 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
Rip Sewell 38 286.0 21 12 3.18 87
Fritz Ostermueller 28 204.2 11 7 2.73 80
Max Butcher 35 199.0 13 11 3.12 43
Len Gilmore 1 8.0 0 1 7.88 0

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
Nick Strincevich 40 190.0 14 7 3.08 47
Preacher Roe 39 185.1 13 11 3.11 88
Ray Starr 27 89.2 6 5 5.02 25

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
Xavier Rescigno 48 10 8 5 4.35 45
Cookie Cuccurullo 32 2 1 4 4.06 31
Johnny Gee 4 0 0 0 7.15 3
Joe Vitelli 4 0 0 0 2.57 2
Roy Wise 3 0 0 0 9.00 1

Farm system

See also: Minor league baseball

Level Team League Manager
AA Toronto Maple Leafs International League Burleigh Grimes
A Albany Senators Eastern League Ripper Collins
B York White Roses Interstate League Bunny Griffiths
D Hornell Maples PONY League Dutch Schleser, Fred Hering,
Frank Pareman and John Morrow

References

  1. ^ From 1882-1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Side in 1907.
  2. ^ Louis Effrat (July 4, 1944). "National League Managers Pick 6 Cardinals for All-Star Squad; Munger and Lanier Lead Hurlers, With Walters of Reds – Musial, Walker of Brooks and Nicholson Top Hitters". New York Times. p. 23.