1947 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Frank E. McKinney, John W. Galbreath, Bing Crosby, Thomas P. Johnson
General manager(s)Roy Hamey
Manager(s)Billy Herman, Bill Burwell
Local radioWWSW
Rosey Rowswell, Jack Craddock
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The 1947 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 66th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 61st in the National League. The Pirates finished tied with the Philadelphia Phillies for eighth and last in the league standings with a record of 62–92.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 94 60 0.610 52–25 42–35
St. Louis Cardinals 89 65 0.578 5 46–31 43–34
Boston Braves 86 68 0.558 8 50–27 36–41
New York Giants 81 73 0.526 13 45–31 36–42
Cincinnati Reds 73 81 0.474 21 42–35 31–46
Chicago Cubs 69 85 0.448 25 36–43 33–42
Philadelphia Phillies 62 92 0.403 32 38–38 24–54
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 92 0.403 32 32–45 30–47

Record vs. opponents


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


Game log

1947 Game Log: 62–92 (Home: 32–45; Away: 30–47)
April: 8–5 (Home: 3–2; Away: 5–3)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 15 @ Cubs 1–0 Sewell (1–0) Borowy 29,427 1–0
2 April 17 @ Cubs 7–1 Roe (1–0) Wyse 9,749 2–0
3 April 18 Reds 12–11 Ostermueller (1–0) Beggs Bonham (1) 38,216 3–0
4 April 19 Reds 6–1 Strincevich (1–0) Lively 21,891 4–0
5 April 20 Reds 5–13 Blackwell Bahr (0–1) 4–1
6 April 20 Reds 7–3 (6) Sewell (2–0) Erautt 40,784 5–1
7 April 23 @ Cardinals 8–5 Bahr (1–1) Burkhart 6,832 6–1
8 April 24 Cubs 5–6 Borowy Roe (1–1) Kush 6,889 6–2
9 April 26 @ Reds 2–3 Gumbert Nagy (0–1) 11,316 6–3
10 April 27 @ Reds 1–6 Walters Sewell (2–1) 6–4
11 April 27 @ Reds 1–2 (12) Hetki Ostermueller (1–1) 36,961 6–5
12 April 29 @ Phillies 6–2 Bahr (2–1) Raffensberger 7,386 7–5
13 April 30 @ Phillies 11–4 Bonham (1–0) Hughes 6,576 8–5
May: 9–12 (Home: 7–4; Away: 2–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
14 May 6 @ Braves 0–6 Sain Higbe (0–1) 29,631 8–6
15 May 7 @ Braves 2–3 Karl Behrman (0–1) 11,175 8–7
16 May 8 @ Braves 5–12 Beazley Strincevich (1–1) 4,560 8–8
17 May 10 Cardinals 3–0 Ostermueller (2–1) Dickson 12,579 9–8
18 May 11 Cardinals 6–10 (10) Hearn Nagy (0–2) 9–9
19 May 11 Cardinals 3–3 (7) 29,315 9–9
20 May 15 Dodgers 7–3 Bahr (3–1) Lombardi Bonham (2) 13,471 10–9
21 May 16 Dodgers 1–3 Branca Higbe (0–2) Casey 34,184 10–10
22 May 17 Dodgers 4–0 Ostermueller (3–1) Melton 17,673 11–10
23 May 18 Giants 7–6 Singleton (1–0) Trinkle 12–10
24 May 18 Giants 6–11 (7) Thompson Strincevich (1–2) Ayers 32,996 12–11
25 May 20 Braves 4–3 (10) Bonham (2–0) Karl 37,175 13–11
26 May 22 @ Cardinals 1–4 Pollet Higbe (0–3) 14,035 13–12
27 May 23 @ Cardinals 0–2 Munger Roe (1–2) 12,722 13–13
28 May 25 @ Cardinals 5–10 Brazle Behrman (0–2) 13–14
29 May 25 @ Cardinals 2–1 Ostermueller (4–1) Hearn 26,817 14–14
30 May 26 @ Reds 5–1 Higbe (1–3) Walters Herring (1) 19,967 15–14
31 May 27 @ Reds 1–6 Blackwell Bahr (3–2) 2,974 15–15
32 May 28 Cubs 7–6 Herring (1–0) Kush 30,339 16–15
33 May 30 Cubs 2–1 (10) Roe (2–2) Erickson 17–15
34 May 30 Cubs 2–5 Borowy Higbe (1–4) 37,451 17–16
35 May 31 @ Giants 9–10 Trinkle Herring (1–1) 32,905 17–17
June: 8–21 (Home: 2–9; Away: 6–12)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
36 June 1 @ Braves 0–2 Sain Bahr (3–3) 17–18
37 June 1 @ Braves 7–8 (10) Cooper Bagby (0–1) 30,656 17–19
38 June 2 @ Braves 4–3 Sewell (3–1) Johnson Herring (2) 5,831 18–19
39 June 3 @ Dodgers 6–11 Barney Higbe (1–5) Casey 18–20
40 June 3 @ Dodgers 7–8 Barney Roe (2–3) 27,244 18–21
41 June 4 @ Dodgers 4–9 Branca Singleton (1–1) 32,287 18–22
42 June 5 @ Dodgers 0–3 Taylor Ostermueller (4–2) 24,977 18–23
43 June 6 @ Phillies 3–4 Schmidt Herring (1–2) 12,421 18–24
44 June 8 @ Phillies 2–5 Leonard Strincevich (1–3) 18–25
45 June 8 @ Phillies 5–4 Bonham (3–0) Donnelly 18,551 19–25
46 June 9 @ Giants 10–13 Jansen Herring (1–3) 13,069 19–26
47 June 10 @ Giants 2–3 (12) Thompson Bonham (3–1) 39,690 19–27
48 June 11 @ Giants 8–7 Ostermueller (5–2) Beggs Higbe (1) 13,222 20–27
49 June 12 Cubs 3–7 Erickson Bahr (3–4) Schmitz 32,132 20–28
50 June 13 Braves 2–6 Barrett Sewell (3–2) 6,314 20–29
51 June 15 Braves 4–13 Spahn Strincevich (1–4) 20–30
52 June 15 Braves 3–12 Sain Roe (2–4) 29,062 20–31
53 June 18 Giants 5–12 Jansen Ostermueller (5–3) 3,661 20–32
54 June 19 Giants 12–2 Higbe (2–5) Cooper 8,779 21–32
55 June 20 Phillies 6–0 Bonham (4–1) Rowe 27,683 22–32
56 June 21 Phillies 1–5 Leonard Bagby (0–2) 11,144 22–33
57 June 22 Phillies 3–4 (13) Jurisich Higbe (2–6) Mauney 25,392 22–34
58 June 24 Dodgers 2–4 Branca Ostermueller (5–4) 35,331 22–35
59 June 25 Dodgers 2–6 Taylor Higbe (2–7) 10,313 22–36
60 June 26 @ Cubs 8–0 Bonham (5–1) Lade 10,654 23–36
61 June 27 @ Cubs 12–8 Bagby (1–2) Lee Higbe (2) 9,725 24–36
62 June 28 @ Cubs 2–6 Meyer Roe (2–5) 24–37
63 June 28 @ Cubs 5–6 Lade Wolff (0–1) 37,111 24–38
64 June 29 @ Cubs 10–4 Higbe (3–7) Passeau 27,385 25–38
July: 15–18 (Home: 8–9; Away: 7–9)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
65 July 1 Cardinals 1–2 Hearn Bonham (5–2) 37,844 25–39
66 July 2 Reds 6–8 Gumbert Ostermueller (5–5) 23,384 25–40
67 July 3 Reds 7–3 Bagby (2–2) Hetki 8,610 26–40
68 July 4 @ Reds 0–8 Blackwell Roe (2–6) 26–41
69 July 4 @ Reds 4–6 Gumbert Bahr (3–5) 19,282 26–42
70 July 5 Cubs 3–4 Lade Sewell (3–3) 12,340 26–43
71 July 6 Cubs 6–2 Bonham (6–2) Erickson Higbe (3) 27–43
72 July 6 Cubs 10–0 Ostermueller (6–5) Meyer 25,776 28–43
73 July 10 @ Phillies 2–7 Leonard Bagby (2–3) 12,044 28–44
74 July 10 @ Phillies 1–2 Hughes Higbe (3–8) 12,044 28–45
75 July 11 @ Phillies 7–2 Bonham (7–2) Schanz 12,670 29–45
76 July 12 @ Phillies 2–4 Rowe Sewell (3–4) Donnelly 8,035 29–46
77 July 13 @ Giants 6–3 Ostermueller (7–5) Cooper 30–46
78 July 13 @ Giants 1–3 Jansen Roe (2–7) 30,166 30–47
79 July 14 @ Giants 1–5 Hartung Higbe (3–9) 8,631 30–48
80 July 15 @ Dodgers 12–4 Roe (3–7) Taylor 31–48
81 July 15 @ Dodgers 9–3 Bagby (3–3) Hatten 25,594 32–48
82 July 16 @ Dodgers 6–10 Behrman Bonham (7–3) Taylor 27,756 32–49
83 July 17 @ Dodgers 7–1 Queen (1–0) King 9,133 33–49
84 July 18 @ Braves 2–1 Higbe (4–9) Voiselle 19,628 34–49
85 July 19 @ Braves 0–2 Sain Roe (3–8) 22,584 34–50
86 July 20 @ Braves 9–1 Ostermueller (8–5) Spahn 15,675 35–50
87 July 21 Phillies 1–8 Leonard Wolff (0–2) 12,631 35–51
88 July 23 Phillies 6–2 Bonham (8–3) Jurisich 27,563 36–51
89 July 24 Phillies 8–6 Sewell (4–4) Schmidt 12,631 37–51
90 July 24 Phillies 3–2 Higbe (5–9) Rowe Roe (1) 15,433 38–51
91 July 25 Dodgers 1–4 Taylor Queen (1–1) 42,014 38–52
92 July 26 Dodgers 4–6 Casey Strincevich (1–5) 17,606 38–53
93 July 27 Dodgers 4–8 Behrman Ostermueller (8–6) Casey 38–54
94 July 27 Dodgers 4–11 (7) Gregg Higbe (5–10) 42,716 38–55
95 July 29 Braves 6–5 Bonham (9–3) Voiselle 20,186 39–55
96 July 30 Braves 5–3 Higbe (6–10) Barrett 12,672 40–55
97 July 30 Braves 5–8 Wright Roe (3–9) Karl 12,672 40–56
August: 14–18 (Home: 5–6; Away: 9–12)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
98 August 1 Giants 1–2 Koslo Queen (1–2) 28,855 40–57
99 August 2 Giants 2–10 Jansen Wolff (0–3) 40–58
100 August 2 Giants 5–4 Ostermueller (9–6) Iott 19,196 41–58
101 August 3 Giants 8–11 Kennedy Roe (3–10) Trinkle 41–59
102 August 3 Giants 6–6 (8) 26,490 41–59
103 August 4 Reds 4–7 Walters Bonham (9–4) Gumbert 19,883 41–60
104 August 5 Reds 12–4 Queen (2–2) Lively Higbe (4) 6,229 42–60
105 August 6 @ Cubs 7–2 Wolff (1–3) Erickson 9,086 43–60
106 August 7 @ Cubs 3–0 Higbe (7–10) Borowy 7,766 44–60
107 August 8 @ Cardinals 0–6 Munger Ostermueller (9–7) 21,872 44–61
108 August 9 @ Cardinals 5–4 Higbe (8–10) Pollet 20,320 45–61
109 August 10 @ Cardinals 0–5 Dickson Roe (3–11) 45–62
110 August 10 @ Cardinals 5–7 Burkhart Bonham (9–5) Dickson 25,482 45–63
111 August 11 @ Reds 3–8 Walters Wolff (1–4) 12,832 45–64
112 August 12 @ Reds 3–2 (12) Lyons (1–0) Peterson 5,730 46–64
113 August 13 Cubs 10–2 Queen (3–2) Erickson Bonham (3) 5,111 47–64
114 August 14 Cardinals 5–3 Ostermueller (10–7) Dickson 19,197 48–64
115 August 15 Cardinals 4–7 Munger Bonham (9–6) Wilks 35,344 48–65
116 August 16 Cardinals 12–7 Bagby (4–3) Burkhart 6,435 49–65
117 August 17 Cardinals 5–6 Hearn Higbe (8–11) Brazle 36,000 49–66
118 August 19 @ Braves 5–7 Lanfranconi Lyons (1–1) 23,192 49–67
119 August 20 @ Braves 16–10 Ostermueller (11–7) Sain 24,638 50–67
120 August 21 @ Giants 1–4 Hartung Higbe (8–12) 20,700 50–68
121 August 22 @ Giants 7–8 Trinkle Lyons (1–2) Beggs 8,773 50–69
122 August 23 @ Giants 11–10 Bagby (5–3) Beggs Higbe (5) 51–69
123 August 23 @ Giants 4–0 Roe (4–11) Hansen 32,211 52–69
124 August 24 @ Dodgers 1–3 Branca Bonham (9–7) Casey 33,207 52–70
125 August 25 @ Dodgers 10–11 King Higbe (8–13) Casey 52–71
126 August 26 @ Dodgers 16–3 Ostermueller (12–7) Gregg 24,069 53–71
127 August 27 @ Phillies 3–4 Leonard Queen (3–3) 7,537 53–72
128 August 28 @ Phillies 0–7 Rowe Singleton (1–2) 8,202 53–73
129 August 30 @ Cubs 8–5 Bonham (10–7) Erickson Roe (2) 27,523 54–73
130 August 31 @ Cubs 3–6 Lade Strincevich (1–6) 22,925 54–74
September: 8–18 (Home: 7–15; Away: 1–3)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
131 September 1 @ Cardinals 5–6 (10) Dickson Ostermueller (12–8) 54–75
132 September 1 @ Cardinals 2–8 Hearn Roe (4–12) 30,095 54–76
133 September 3 Reds 6–13 Blackwell Higbe (8–14) 37,299 54–77
134 September 4 Reds 5–7 Gumbert Queen (3–4) 3,682 54–78
135 September 6 Cubs 7–6 (10) Sewell (5–4) Erickson 6,037 55–78
136 September 7 Cubs 3–4 Lade Higbe (8–15) 11,930 55–79
137 September 8 Giants 8–10 Trinkle Bagby (5–4) 3,936 55–80
138 September 9 Giants 1–3 Hartung Roe (4–13) 20,008 55–81
139 September 10 Giants 2–3 Jansen Queen (3–5) 3,557 55–82
140 September 11 Braves 4–3 (13) Higbe (9–15) Sain 7,010 56–82
141 September 11 Braves 10–8 Singleton (2–2) Lanfranconi 7,010 57–82
142 September 12 Braves 4–3 Sewell (6–4) Barrett 21,012 58–82
143 September 13 Braves 1–8 Johnson Roe (4–14) 10,721 58–83
144 September 14 Phillies 3–7 Leonard Bonham (10–8) 58–84
145 September 14 Phillies 7–9 Rowe Queen (3–6) 24,279 58–85
146 September 15 Phillies 12–2 Higbe (10–15) Hughes 2,833 59–85
147 September 16 Phillies 1–2 Donnelly Queen (3–7) 2,568 59–86
148 September 17 Dodgers 2–4 Gregg Ostermueller (12–9) Behrman 33,916 59–87
149 September 18 Dodgers 8–7 Higbe (11–15) King 15,440 60–87
150 September 21 @ Reds 1–3 Blackwell Higbe (11–16) 60–88
151 September 21 @ Reds 11–7 (8) Nagy (1–2) Gumbert 15,975 61–88
152 September 23 Cardinals 4–8 Hearn Ostermueller (12–10) Wilks 10,330 61–89
153 September 24 Cardinals 1–5 Munger Roe (4–15) 11,658 61–90
154 September 25 Cardinals 3–15 Dickson Higbe (11–17) 7,155 61–91
155 September 25 Cardinals 1–3 Staley Nagy (1–3) 7,155 61–92
156 September 28 Reds 7–0 Bonham (11–8) Lively 33,704 62–92
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Tie
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

Roster

1947 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 Dixie Howell 76 214 59 .276 4 25
1B Hank Greenberg 125 402 100 .249 25 74
2B Jimmy Bloodworth 88 316 79 .250 7 48
SS Billy Cox 132 529 145 .274 15 54
3B Frankie Gustine 156 616 183 .297 9 67
OF Ralph Kiner 152 565 177 .313 51 127
OF Wally Westlake 112 407 111 .273 17 69
OF Jim Russell 128 478 121 .253 8 51

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
Culley Rikard 109 324 93 .287 4 32
Clyde Kluttz 73 232 70 .302 6 42
Eddie Basinski 56 161 32 .199 4 17
Elbie Fletcher 69 157 38 .242 1 22
Whitey Wietelmann 48 128 30 .234 1 7
Gene Woodling 22 79 21 .266 0 10
Bill Salkeld 47 61 13 .213 0 8
Billy Sullivan 38 55 14 .255 0 8
Pete Castiglione 13 50 14 .280 0 1
Billy Herman 15 47 10 .213 0 6
Roy Jarvis 18 45 7 .156 1 4
Gene Mauch 16 30 9 .300 0 1
Al Gionfriddo 1 1 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
Fritz Ostermueller 26 183.0 12 10 3.84 66
Mel Queen 14 74.0 3 7 4.01 34

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
Kirby Higbe 46 225.0 11 17 3.72 99
Tiny Bonham 33 149.2 11 8 3.85 63
Preacher Roe 38 144.0 4 15 5.25 59
Rip Sewell 24 121.0 6 4 3.57 36
Nick Strincevich 32 89.0 1 6 5.26 22
Ed Bahr 19 82.1 3 5 4.59 25
Roger Wolff 13 30.0 1 4 8.70 7
Hank Behrman 10 24.2 0 2 9.12 11
Steve Nagy 6 14.0 1 3 5.79 4
Hugh Mulcahy 2 6.2 0 0 4.05 2
Ken Heintzelman 2 4.0 0 0 20.25 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
Jim Bagby 37 5 4 0 4.67 23
Elmer Singleton 36 2 2 1 6.31 24
Al Lyons 13 1 2 0 7.31 16
Art Herring 11 1 3 2 8.44 6
Lee Howard 2 0 0 0 3.38 2
Lou Tost 1 0 0 0 9.00 0
Cal McLish 1 0 0 0 18.00 0
Ken Gables 1 0 0 0 54.00 0

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Jimmy Brown
A Albany Senators Eastern League Pinky May
B York White Roses Interstate League Ed Turchin
B Selma Cloverleafs Southeastern League Carl Fischer and Boom-Boom Beck
C Keokuk Pirates Central Association Frank Oceak
C Uniontown Coal Barons Middle Atlantic League Alex Stutzke
C Fargo-Moorhead Twins Northern League Bruno Haas
C Riverside Dons Sunset League Norm DeWeese and Jack Rothrock
D Rehoboth Beach Pirates Eastern Shore League Gordon McKinnon and Doug Peden
D Leesburg Pirates Florida State League Wilbur Good, Jr.
D Tallahassee Pirates Georgia–Florida League Phil Seghi
D Bartlesville Oilers Kansas–Oklahoma–Missouri League Charles Marleau
D Salisbury Pirates North Carolina State League Edgar Leip
D Hornell Pirates PONY League Art Doll

Notes

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Side in 1907.
  2. ^ Steve Nagy at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Joe Muir[permanent dead link] at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Tod Davis at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 167, Jonathan Eig, Simon & Schuster, 2007, New York, ISBN 978-0-7432-9461-4
  6. ^ Frank Thomas at Baseball-Reference
  7. ^ Joe Grace at Baseball-Reference

References