1945 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 1945 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 64th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 59th in the National League. The Pirates finished fourth in the league standings with a record of 82–72.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 98 56 0.636 49–26 49–30
St. Louis Cardinals 95 59 0.617 3 48–29 47–30
Brooklyn Dodgers 87 67 0.565 11 48–30 39–37
Pittsburgh Pirates 82 72 0.532 16 45–34 37–38
New York Giants 78 74 0.513 19 47–30 31–44
Boston Braves 67 85 0.441 30 36–38 31–47
Cincinnati Reds 61 93 0.396 37 36–41 25–52
Philadelphia Phillies 46 108 0.299 52 22–55 24–53

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 9–13–1 7–15 10–12 10–10–2 14–8 7–15 10–12
Brooklyn 13–9–1 8–14–1 11–11 15–7 19–3 12–10 9–13
Chicago 15–7 14–8–1 21–1 11–11 17–5 14–8 6–16
Cincinnati 12–10 11–11 1–21 6–16 12–10 10–12 9–13
New York 10–10–2 7–15 11–11 16–6 17–5 11–11 6–16
Philadelphia 8–14 3–19 5–17 10–12 5–17 6–16 9–13
Pittsburgh 15–7 10–12 8–14 12–10 11–11 16–6 10–12–1
St. Louis 12–10 13–9 16–6 13–9 16–6 13–9 12–10–1


Game log

1945 Game Log: 82–72 (Home: 45–34; Away: 37–38)
April: 4–7 (Home: 1–3; Away: 3–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 17 @ Reds 6–7 (11) Lisenbee Sewell (0–1) 30,126 0–1
2 April 18 @ Reds 0–6 Heusser Strincevich (0–1) 1,467 0–2
3 April 19 @ Reds 5–1 Butcher (1–0) Beck 1,106 1–2
4 April 20 Cubs 5–4 Sewell (1–1) Wyse 9,449 2–2
5 April 21 Cubs 3–4 Derringer Roe (0–1) 3,891 2–3
6 April 22 Cubs 0–3 Chipman Ostermueller (0–1) 2–4
7 April 22 Cubs 2–5 Prim Gerheauser (0–1) 27,690 2–5
8 April 27 @ Cubs 3–7 Derringer Sewell (1–2) 4,655 2–6
9 April 28 @ Cubs 0–6 Wyse Butcher (1–1) 5,708 2–7
10 April 29 @ Cubs 6–2 Roe (1–1) Chipman 3–7
11 April 29 @ Cubs 5–4 Strincevich (1–1) Comellas Rescigno (1) 36,637 4–7
May: 15–9 (Home: 10–4; Away: 5–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
12 May 2 Cardinals 2–4 Brecheen Sewell (1–3) 6,000 4–8
13 May 2 Cardinals 11–1 Butcher (2–1) Donnelly 6,159 5–8
14 May 6 Reds 1–3 Heusser Butcher (2–2) 5–9
15 May 6 Reds 5–1 Sewell (2–3) Walters 10,157 6–9
16 May 9 @ Braves 9–5 Roe (2–1) Tobin Rescigno (2) 2,574 7–9
17 May 12 @ Phillies 5–3 Strincevich (2–1) Barrett Rescigno (3) 2,693 8–9
18 May 13 @ Phillies 9–6 Sewell (3–3) Schanz 9–9
19 May 13 @ Phillies 5–6 Lee Starr (0–1) Sproull 10,402 9–10
20 May 14 @ Dodgers 1–4 Pfund Roe (2–2) 7,343 9–11
21 May 15 @ Dodgers 3–6 Lombardi Cuccurullo (0–1) 25,828 9–12
22 May 16 @ Dodgers 1–3 Gregg Gerheauser (0–2) 7,352 9–13
23 May 17 @ Dodgers 12–3 Strincevich (3–1) Seats 6,575 10–13
24 May 20 @ Giants 1–5 Voiselle Sewell (3–4) 10–14
25 May 20 @ Giants 4–0 Roe (3–2) Feldman 11–14
26 May 21 Giants 5–2 Butcher (3–2) Hansen 21,682 12–14
27 May 23 Braves 9–8 (13) Sewell (4–4) Hutchings 10,106 13–14
28 May 24 Braves 10–9 (11) Gables (1–0) Logan 14–14
29 May 25 Braves 5–3 Roe (4–2) Tobin 2,768 15–14
30 May 27 Giants 16–4 Sewell (5–4) Voiselle 16–14
31 May 27 Giants 11–5 Rescigno (1–0) Fischer 29,121 17–14
32 May 29 Giants 4–3 Gables (2–0) Adams 18–14
33 May 30 Dodgers 13–5 Sewell (6–4) Seats 19–14
34 May 30 Dodgers 10–14 Pfund Rescigno (1–1) Gregg 27,029 19–15
35 May 31 Dodgers 4–6 (13) King Strincevich (3–2) 13,126 19–16
June: 14–15 (Home: 8–7; Away: 6–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
36 June 1 Phillies 6–5 Butcher (4–2) Karl 1,513 20–16
37 June 2 Phillies 7–6 Gerheauser (1–2) Coffman Rescigno (4) 2,695 21–16
38 June 3 Phillies 7–6 (10) Cuccurullo (1–1) Judd 22–16
39 June 3 Phillies 9–11 Karl Cuccurullo (1–2) 9,086 22–17
40 June 5 Reds 0–4 Heusser Strincevich (3–3) 22–18
41 June 5 Reds 9–1 Butcher (5–2) Beck 2,634 23–18
42 June 6 Reds 0–3 Walters Roe (4–3) 13,277 23–19
43 June 7 Reds 3–7 Bowman Sewell (6–5) 2,954 23–20
44 June 8 @ Cardinals 3–4 (13) Burkhart Gerheauser (1–3) 3,695 23–21
45 June 9 @ Cardinals 5–1 Strincevich (4–3) Barrett 5,195 24–21
46 June 10 @ Cardinals 8–6 (10) Sewell (7–5) Brecheen 25–21
47 June 10 @ Cardinals 4–1 (10) Roe (5–3) Burkhart 13,794 26–21
48 June 12 Cubs 9–3 Gerheauser (2–3) Wyse 15,126 27–21
49 June 14 Cubs 5–2 Butcher (6–2) Chipman 28–21
50 June 14 Cubs 6–5 Sewell (8–5) Derringer Rescigno (5) 12,880 29–21
51 June 15 Cardinals 5–2 Strincevich (5–3) Barrett 24,315 30–21
52 June 16 Cardinals 10–13 Byerly Starr (0–2) Donnelly 6,019 30–22
53 June 17 Cardinals 0–7 Burkhart Sewell (8–6) 30–23
54 June 17 Cardinals 2–6 Wilks Gerheauser (2–4) 30–24
55 June 20 @ Cubs 3–5 Passeau Butcher (6–3) 30–25
56 June 21 @ Cubs 4–5 Wyse Roe (5–4) 10,123 30–26
57 June 22 @ Reds 3–1 Strincevich (6–3) Heusser 5,814 31–26
58 June 24 @ Reds 7–5 Sewell (9–6) Riddle Strincevich (1) 32–26
59 June 24 @ Reds 3–4 Bowman Butcher (6–4) 11,732 32–27
60 June 27 @ Giants 4–10 Mungo Gerheauser (2–5) 32–28
61 June 27 @ Giants 2–3 Brewer Roe (5–5) 17,735 32–29
62 June 28 @ Giants 3–1 Strincevich (7–3) Feldman 22,321 33–29
63 June 29 @ Giants 2–3 Adams Butcher (6–5) 3,779 33–30
64 June 30 @ Dodgers 5–8 Herring Sewell (9–7) King 23,736 33–31
July: 16–15 (Home: 11–5; Away: 5–10)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
65 July 1 @ Dodgers 4–3 Roe (6–5) Gregg Cuccurullo (1) 34–31
66 July 1 @ Dodgers 2–4 Davis Gerheauser (2–6) 23,370 34–32
67 July 3 @ Phillies 10–3 Strincevich (8–3) Barrett 35–32
68 July 4 @ Phillies 6–7 Kraus Rescigno (1–2) Schanz 35–33
69 July 4 @ Phillies 13–0 Butcher (7–5) Judd 14,334 36–33
70 July 6 @ Braves 5–13 Andrews Rescigno (1–3) Cooper 36–34
71 July 6 @ Braves 8–14 Hendrickson Roe (6–6) 8,025 36–35
72 July 7 @ Braves 6–7 Cooper Gerheauser (2–7) 5,159 36–36
73 July 8 @ Braves 10–8 Gables (3–0) Andrews Sewell (1) 37–36
74 July 8 @ Braves 1–13 Tobin Butcher (7–6) 25,317 37–37
75 July 12 Phillies 4–0 Strincevich (9–3) Kraus 15,044 38–37
76 July 13 Phillies 3–2 (10) Butcher (8–6) Barrett 3,660 39–37
77 July 15 Dodgers 9–1 Sewell (10–7) Lombardi 40–37
78 July 15 Dodgers 15–3 Gables (4–0) Gregg 24,129 41–37
79 July 16 Dodgers 4–8 Seats Rescigno (1–4) 3,162 41–38
80 July 17 Dodgers 2–5 Gregg Strincevich (9–4) Herring 20,148 41–39
81 July 18 Giants 3–6 Brewer Roe (6–7) Adams 41–40
82 July 18 Giants 3–4 Fischer Butcher (8–7) Adams 6,253 41–41
83 July 19 Giants 4–0 Sewell (11–7) Feldman 14,168 42–41
84 July 20 Giants 13–5 Beck (1–0) Voiselle Roe (1) 3,210 43–41
85 July 21 Braves 1–5 Lee Gerheauser (2–8) 43–42
86 July 21 Braves 3–1 Strincevich (10–4) Logan 8,173 44–42
87 July 22 Braves 2–1 Gables (5–0) Tobin 45–42
88 July 22 Braves 3–1 Roe (7–7) Andrews 19,184 46–42
89 July 23 Braves 8–5 Beck (2–0) Hutchings Strincevich (2) 3,163 47–42
90 July 24 Braves 6–5 (11) Gables (6–0) Hendrickson 20,168 48–42
91 July 26 @ Cardinals 2–10 Burkhart Strincevich (10–5) 9,213 48–43
92 July 27 @ Cardinals 0–2 Donnelly Roe (7–8) 4,948 48–44
93 July 28 @ Cardinals 0–2 Barrett Gables (6–1) 9,242 48–45
94 July 29 @ Cardinals 9–6 (10) Gerheauser (3–8) Barrett 49–45
95 July 29 @ Cardinals 4–6 Dockins Strincevich (10–6) 15,971 49–46
August: 18–16 (Home: 5–7; Away: 13–9)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
96 August 1 @ Cubs 1–0 Butcher (9–7) Passeau 17,780 50–46
97 August 2 @ Cubs 0–1 Derringer Roe (7–9) 18,535 50–47
98 August 3 Cardinals 1–5 Dockins Gables (6–2) 22,218 50–48
99 August 4 Cardinals 5–6 Brecheen Gerheauser (3–9) 5,280 50–49
100 August 5 Cardinals 3–10 Barrett Butcher (9–8) 50–50
101 August 5 Cardinals 12–5 Ostermueller (1–1) Burkhart Gables (1) 22,105 51–50
102 August 8 @ Phillies 4–0 Roe (8–9) Kraus 52–50
103 August 8 @ Phillies 0–5 Mauney Cuccurullo (1–3) 6,630 52–51
104 August 9 @ Phillies 3–1 Gables (7–2) Barrett 5,017 53–51
105 August 10 @ Phillies 10–2 Ostermueller (2–1) Schanz 54–51
106 August 10 @ Phillies 1–6 Judd Strincevich (10–7) 5,728 54–52
107 August 12 @ Braves 6–7 Hendrickson Gerheauser (3–10) 54–53
108 August 12 @ Braves 3–0 Roe (9–9) Wright 14,961 55–53
109 August 13 @ Braves 4–6 Andrews Gables (7–3) Hendrickson 2,095 55–54
110 August 14 @ Braves 7–5 (10) Ostermueller (3–1) Hendrickson 56–54
111 August 14 @ Braves 6–2 Beck (3–0) Javery 4,542 57–54
112 August 15 @ Giants 11–9 Gables (8–3) Feldman Gerheauser (1) 58–54
113 August 15 @ Giants 3–2 Strincevich (11–7) Zabala 18,822 59–54
114 August 16 @ Giants 1–2 Mungo Roe (9–10) Adams 22,807 59–55
115 August 17 @ Giants 2–3 Brewer Gables (8–4) 3,834 59–56
116 August 18 @ Giants 0–6 Maglie Rescigno (1–5) 10,126 59–57
117 August 19 @ Dodgers 2–6 Webber Ostermueller (3–2) 59–58
118 August 19 @ Dodgers 4–2 Strincevich (12–7) Branca 19,422 60–58
119 August 20 @ Dodgers 11–1 Roe (10–10) Seats 6,322 61–58
120 August 21 @ Dodgers 12–1 Gables (9–4) Gregg 5,484 62–58
121 August 23 Reds 6–2 Beck (4–0) Harrist 1,567 63–58
122 August 24 Reds 1–2 Heusser Strincevich (12–8) 12,923 63–59
123 August 25 Reds 0–1 Kennedy Roe (10–11) 3,402 63–60
124 August 26 Reds 10–7 Rescigno (2–5) Fox 527 64–60
125 August 26 Reds 2–1 Gables (10–4) Bowman 14,193 65–60
126 August 28 Cubs 3–6 Borowy Ostermueller (3–3) 23,335 65–61
127 August 29 Cubs 0–2 Prim Strincevich (12–9) Vandenberg 4,881 65–62
128 August 30 Cubs 6–4 Roe (11–11) Erickson Rescigno (6) 66–62
129 August 31 @ Reds 6–5 Gables (11–4) Bowman Rescigno (7) 4,499 67–62
September: 15–10 (Home: 10–8; Away: 5–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
130 September 2 @ Reds 4–2 Beck (5–0) Bowman 68–62
131 September 2 @ Reds 7–3 Strincevich (13–9) Walters 9,810 69–62
132 September 3 @ Cardinals 6–5 Ostermueller (4–3) Wilks Rescigno (8) 70–62
133 September 3 @ Cardinals 6–2 Roe (12–11) Donnelly 19,492 71–62
134 September 4 @ Cardinals 8–8 (12) 1,755 71–62
135 September 5 Dodgers 3–5 (10) Lombardi Gables (11–5) 19,504 71–63
136 September 6 Dodgers 17–5 Strincevich (14–9) Gregg 1,885 72–63
137 September 7 Dodgers 2–3 Seats Roe (12–12) Herring 1,874 72–64
138 September 8 Dodgers 6–5 (12) Gerheauser (4–10) King 3,550 73–64
139 September 9 Phillies 4–3 Beck (6–0) Kraus 74–64
140 September 9 Phillies 3–14 Mauney Sewell (11–8) Karl 5,525 74–65
141 September 10 Phillies 9–5 (7) Strincevich (15–9) Leon 6,000 75–65
142 September 11 Phillies 5–4 (10) Rescigno (3–5) Schanz 76–65
143 September 11 Phillies 5–1 Butcher (10–8) Sproull Rescigno (9) 2,047 77–65
144 September 13 Braves 4–3 Gerheauser (5–10) Singleton 78–65
145 September 13 Braves 2–0 Ostermueller (5–3) Whitcher 3,836 79–65
146 September 15 Giants 5–9 Zabala Strincevich (15–10) 411 79–66
147 September 16 Giants 3–2 Roe (13–12) Maglie 80–66
148 September 16 Giants 2–9 Brewer Gables (11–6) 15,175 80–67
149 September 23 @ Cubs 3–7 Wyse Roe (13–13) 43,755 80–68
150 September 26 @ Reds 2–5 Hetki Beck (6–1) 80–69
151 September 26 @ Reds 2–1 Strincevich (16–10) Harrist 715 81–69
152 September 27 Cardinals 5–2 Roe (14–13) Dockins 9,603 82–69
153 September 29 Cubs 3–4 Borowy Ostermueller (5–4) Erickson 82–70
154 September 29 Cubs 0–5 (7) Vandenberg Sewell (11–9) Warneke 4,016 82–71
155 September 30 Cubs 3–5 Chipman Gables (11–7) Erickson 3,751 82–72
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Tie
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Roster

1945 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
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 Al López 91 243 53 .218 0 18
1B Babe Dahlgren 144 531 133 .250 5 75
2B Pete Coscarart 123 392 95 .242 8 38
SS Frankie Gustine 128 478 134 .280 2 66
3B Bob Elliott 144 541 157 .290 8 108
OF Johnny Barrett 142 507 130 .256 15 67
OF Al Gionfriddo 122 409 116 .284 2 42
OF Jim Russell 146 510 145 .284 12 77

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
Lee Handley 98 312 93 .298 1 32
Bill Salkeld 95 267 83 .311 15 52
Vic Barnhart 71 201 54 .269 0 19
Tommy O'Brien 58 161 54 .335 0 18
Frank Colman 77 153 32 .209 4 30
Jack Saltzgaver 52 117 38 .325 0 10
Spud Davis 23 33 8 .242 0 6
Frankie Zak 15 28 4 .143 0 3
Lloyd Waner 23 19 5 .263 0 1
Hank Camelli 1 2 0 .000 0 0
Bill Rodgers 1 1 1 1.000 0 0
Joe Vitelli 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
Preacher Roe 33 235.0 14 13 2.87 148
Nick Strincevich 36 228.1 16 10 3.31 74
Rip Sewell 33 188.0 11 9 4.07 60
Max Butcher 28 169.1 10 8 3.03 37
Fritz Ostermueller 14 80.2 5 4 4.57 29

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
Al Gerheauser 32 140.1 5 10 3.91 55
Ken Gables 29 138.2 11 7 4.15 49
Boom-Boom Beck 14 63.0 6 1 2.14 20

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 44 3 5 9 5.72 29
Cookie Cuccurullo 29 1 3 1 5.24 17
Ray Starr 4 0 2 0 9.45 0
Johnny Lanning 1 0 0 0 36.00 0

Farm system

See also: Minor league baseball

Level Team League Manager
AA Hollywood Stars Pacific Coast League Buck Fausett
A Albany Senators Eastern League Ripper Collins
B York White Roses Interstate League Bunny Griffiths
D Salisbury Pirates North Carolina State League Tuck McWilliams
D Hornell Pirates PONY League John Morrow and Fred Hering

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Albany

Notes

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

References