1948 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Location
Other information
Owner(s)Frank E. McKinney, John W. Galbreath, Bing Crosby, Thomas P. Johnson
General manager(s)Roy Hamey
Manager(s)Billy Meyer
Local televisionnone
Local radioWWSW
Rosey Rowswell, Bob Prince
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The 1948 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 67th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 62nd in the National League. The Pirates finished fourth in the league standings with a record of 83–71.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Braves 91 62 0.595 45–31 46–31
St. Louis Cardinals 85 69 0.552 44–33 41–36
Brooklyn Dodgers 84 70 0.545 36–41 48–29
Pittsburgh Pirates 83 71 0.539 47–31 36–40
New York Giants 78 76 0.506 13½ 37–40 41–36
Philadelphia Phillies 66 88 0.429 25½ 32–44 34–44
Cincinnati Reds 64 89 0.418 27 32–45 32–44
Chicago Cubs 64 90 0.416 27½ 35–42 29–48

Record vs. opponents


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


Game log

1948 Game Log: 83–71 (Home: 47–31; Away: 36–40)
April: 6–4 (Home: 2–1; Away: 4–3)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 19 @ Reds 1–4 Blackwell Gregg (0–1) 32,147 0–1
2 April 20 Cubs 3–2 Sewell (1–0) Meyer 38,546 1–1
3 April 21 Cubs 3–6 Borowy Bonham (0–1) Chipman 5,555 1–2
4 April 22 Cubs 3–0 Riddle (1–0) Rush 38,546 2–2
5 April 23 @ Reds 3–5 Blackwell Higbe (0–1) Gumbert 5,355 2–3
6 April 24 @ Reds 7–1 Singleton (1–0) Hughes 10,385 3–3
7 April 25 @ Reds 6–7 Gumbert Lombardi (0–1) 3–4
8 April 25 @ Reds 13–10 Walsh (1–0) Hetki 28,086 4–4
9 April 29 @ Cubs 4–2 Riddle (2–0) Borowy 6,637 5–4
10 April 30 @ Cubs 10–4 Sewell (2–0) Rush Higbe (1) 13,058 6–4
May: 14–12 (Home: 9–4; Away: 5–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
11 May 1 Reds 7–2 Ostermueller (1–0) Hughes 13,661 7–4
12 May 2 Reds 6–4 Queen (1–0) Blackwell Lombardi (1) 35,779 8–4
13 May 5 Braves 3–2 Higbe (1–1) Sain 5,210 9–4
14 May 6 Giants 2–9 Poat Bonham (0–2) 14,542 9–5
15 May 8 Giants 5–12 Jansen Lombardi (0–2) Trinkle 11,535 9–6
16 May 9 Dodgers 2–14 Branca Singleton (1–1) 9–7
17 May 9 Dodgers 10–8 Sewell (3–0) Ramsdell 40,797 10–7
18 May 10 Dodgers 4–2 Riddle (3–0) Palica 11,355 11–7
19 May 12 Phillies 0–5 Donnelly Bonham (0–3) 11,664 11–8
20 May 13 Phillies 5–1 Chesnes (1–0) Leonard Singleton (1) 29,789 12–8
21 May 14 @ Cardinals 1–2 Pollet Ostermueller (1–1) 14,839 12–9
22 May 15 @ Cardinals 3–8 Brecheen Riddle (3–1) 10,086 12–10
23 May 16 @ Cardinals 5–6 (10) Pollet Gregg (0–2) 20,484 12–11
24 May 18 @ Braves 4–3 Lombardi (1–2) Voiselle 19,181 13–11
25 May 19 @ Braves 1–4 Bickford Sewell (3–1) 15,978 13–12
26 May 20 @ Braves 13–0 Riddle (4–1) Barrett 3,089 14–12
27 May 21 @ Dodgers 8–4 Ostermueller (2–1) Barney Gregg (1) 8,803 15–12
28 May 22 @ Dodgers 3–1 Higbe (2–1) Branca 12,821 16–12
29 May 23 @ Giants 1–2 Jansen Singleton (1–2) 36,473 16–13
30 May 25 @ Phillies 1–4 Erickson Riddle (4–2) Rowe 7,138 16–14
31 May 27 @ Phillies 1–2 Simmons Higbe (2–2) 13,839 16–15
32 May 28 Cardinals 1–1 (6) 24,029 16–15
33 May 29 Cardinals 7–3 Chesnes (2–0) Munger 15,336 17–15
34 May 30 Cardinals 9–3 Higbe (3–2) Pollet 18–15
35 May 30 Cardinals 7–6 Lombardi (2–2) Staley 33,584 19–15
36 May 31 @ Cubs 3–4 Rush Higbe (3–3) 19–16
37 May 31 @ Cubs 4–2 Riddle (5–2) Chambers 46,965 20–16
June: 13–13 (Home: 6–6; Away: 7–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
38 June 2 Braves 1–5 Sain Lombardi (2–3) 25,710 20–17
39 June 3 Braves 5–3 Higbe (4–3) Voiselle Singleton (2) 9,767 21–17
40 June 4 Braves 7–10 Hogue Gregg (0–3) Voiselle 37,355 21–18
41 June 5 Braves 8–7 Lombardi (3–3) Bickford 11,397 22–18
42 June 6 Giants 4–16 Poat Singleton (1–3) 22–19
43 June 6 Giants 4–3 Riddle (6–2) Trinkle 36,496 23–19
44 June 7 Giants 5–9 Jones Singleton (1–4) 23,243 23–20
45 June 9 Dodgers 6–4 Sewell (4–1) Barney Higbe (2) 11,790 24–20
46 June 10 Dodgers 4–1 Bonham (1–3) Taylor 30,344 25–20
47 June 11 Dodgers 2–3 (13) Branca Lombardi (3–4) Ramsdell 10,233 25–21
48 June 13 Phillies 7–8 Dubiel Higbe (4–4) Heintzelman 25–22
49 June 13 Phillies 9–2 Riddle (7–2) Rowe 30,385 26–22
50 June 15 @ Giants 2–0 Ostermueller (3–1) Hartung 44,150 27–22
51 June 16 @ Giants 11–5 Bonham (2–3) Konikowski 8,160 28–22
52 June 17 @ Giants 9–8 Singleton (2–4) Jansen Higbe (3) 13,556 29–22
53 June 18 @ Phillies 2–0 Riddle (8–2) Roberts 13,501 30–22
54 June 19 @ Phillies 7–6 Chesnes (3–0) Dubiel Higbe (4) 7,555 31–22
55 June 20 @ Phillies 0–9 Leonard Sewell (4–2) 31–23
56 June 20 @ Phillies 7–5 Gregg (1–3) Donnelly Queen (1) 23,810 32–23
57 June 21 @ Dodgers 2–5 Branca Lombardi (3–5) 28,404 32–24
58 June 24 @ Dodgers 2–6 Ramsdell Chesnes (3–1) 32–25
59 June 24 @ Dodgers 6–8 (8) Barney Riddle (8–3) Roe 24,745 32–26
60 June 25 @ Braves 3–12 Spahn Ostermueller (3–2) 25,587 32–27
61 June 26 @ Braves 7–1 Bonham (3–3) Voiselle 31,490 33–27
62 June 27 @ Braves 1–9 Sain Lombardi (3–6) 17,648 33–28
63 June 29 @ Reds 5–6 (14) Raffensberger Singleton (2–5) 23,233 33–29
July: 13–16 (Home: 8–10; Away: 5–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
64 July 1 @ Reds 5–2 Ostermueller (4–2) Wehmeier 5,493 34–29
65 July 2 Cubs 1–5 Meyer Chesnes (3–2) 30,041 34–30
66 July 4 Cubs 5–1 Sewell (5–2) Borowy Higbe (5) 35–30
67 July 4 Cubs 6–2 Riddle (9–3) Rush 26,183 36–30
68 July 5 Reds 10–3 Lombardi (4–6) Fox 37–30
69 July 5 Reds 4–6 Gumbert Bonham (3–4) Fox 32,029 37–31
70 July 6 Reds 4–6 Vander Meer Queen (1–1) Gumbert 31,035 37–32
71 July 7 @ Cardinals 2–1 Chesnes (4–2) Brazle 14,255 38–32
72 July 8 @ Cardinals 6–4 Ostermueller (5–2) Staley Higbe (6) 15,035 39–32
73 July 9 @ Cubs 1–2 Hamner Riddle (9–4) 14,506 39–33
74 July 10 @ Cubs 2–4 Schmitz Sewell (5–3) 19,873 39–34
75 July 11 @ Cubs 0–1 Meyer Bonham (3–5) 29,683 39–35
76 July 15 Giants 4–3 Queen (2–1) Hartung 40–35
77 July 15 Giants 3–10 Poat Riddle (9–5) 26,050 40–36
78 July 17 Giants 5–6 Konikowski Higbe (4–5) 16,071 40–37
79 July 18 Braves 2–10 Potter Riddle (9–6) 40–38
80 July 18 Braves 1–3 Bickford Bonham (3–6) 34,116 40–39
81 July 19 Braves 1–0 Ostermueller (6–2) Sain 28,115 41–39
82 July 20 Phillies 11–2 Chesnes (5–2) Simmons 26,019 42–39
83 July 21 Phillies 2–3 (10) Rowe Singleton (2–6) 6,797 42–40
84 July 22 Phillies 5–3 Sewell (6–3) Bicknell 43–40
85 July 22 Phillies 1–1 (5) 14,107 43–40
86 July 23 Dodgers 3–4 Palica Queen (2–2) Behrman 33,702 43–41
87 July 25 Dodgers 6–7 Erskine Chesnes (5–3) Palica 43–42
88 July 25 Dodgers 7–4 (8) Singleton (3–6) Barney 39,204 44–42
89 July 27 @ Braves 1–5 Potter Ostermueller (6–3) 29,031 44–43
90 July 28 @ Braves 2–8 Bickford Riddle (9–7) 25,446 44–44
91 July 29 @ Braves 1–2 Voiselle Queen (2–3) 12,813 44–45
92 July 30 @ Dodgers 10–5 Chesnes (6–3) Branca 31,278 45–45
93 July 31 @ Dodgers 5–2 Higbe (5–5) Behrman Lombardi (2) 15,633 46–45
August: 20–9 (Home: 15–5; Away: 5–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
94 August 6 @ Giants 6–7 Poat Ostermueller (6–4) Jones 6,544 46–46
95 August 7 @ Giants 5–4 (11) Higbe (6–5) Poat 20,408 47–46
96 August 8 @ Giants 2–6 Jansen Riddle (9–8) Jones 47–47
97 August 8 @ Giants 5–4 Chesnes (7–3) Konikowski 46,214 48–47
98 August 10 Cubs 5–1 Gregg (2–3) Rush 21,256 49–47
99 August 11 Cubs 4–2 Sewell (7–3) Hamner 4,652 50–47
100 August 12 Cardinals 3–2 Lombardi (5–6) Dickson 26,004 51–47
101 August 13 Cardinals 5–4 Chesnes (8–3) Wilks 34,893 52–47
102 August 14 Cardinals 3–6 Brecheen Ostermueller (6–5) 22,283 52–48
103 August 15 Cardinals 3–8 Wilks Higbe (6–6) 52–49
104 August 15 Cardinals 5–4 Bonham (4–6) Dickson 37,767 53–49
105 August 16 Reds 2–5 Vander Meer Gregg (2–4) 19,230 53–50
106 August 17 Reds 4–3 Lombardi (6–6) Blackwell 25,929 54–50
107 August 18 @ Cubs 7–4 Chesnes (9–3) Meyer Higbe (7) 13,317 55–50
108 August 19 @ Cubs 2–1 Sewell (8–3) Lade 10,853 56–50
109 August 20 @ Cardinals 4–7 Staley Ostermueller (6–6) Brazle 21,580 56–51
110 August 21 @ Cardinals 2–9 Munger Bonham (4–7) 22,387 56–52
111 August 22 @ Cardinals 4–1 (10) Riddle (10–8) Dickson Lombardi (3) 18,578 57–52
112 August 24 Dodgers 9–1 Chesnes (10–3) Erskine 38,265 58–52
113 August 25 Dodgers 12–11 Main (1–0) Erskine 17,048 59–52
114 August 26 Phillies 11–4 Sewell (9–3) Heintzelman Higbe (8) 60–52
115 August 26 Phillies 4–1 Queen (3–3) Leonard Higbe (9) 10,387 61–52
116 August 27 Phillies 4–3 Higbe (7–6) Leonard 32,367 62–52
117 August 28 Phillies 2–9 Rowe Ostermueller (6–7) 62–53
118 August 28 Phillies 7–11 Leonard Bonham (4–8) 14,286 62–54
119 August 29 Braves 6–1 Chesnes (11–3) Spahn 63–54
120 August 29 Braves 5–2 Lombardi (7–6) Voiselle 30,276 64–54
121 August 30 Braves 2–1 Ostermueller (7–7) Sain 33,174 65–54
122 August 31 Giants 5–4 Riddle (11–8) Poat Higbe (10) 30,386 66–54
September: 16–16 (Home: 7–5; Away: 9–11)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
123 September 1 Giants 1–3 Kennedy Bonham (4–9) 33,946 66–55
124 September 2 Giants 4–5 Jansen Chesnes (11–4) 16,250 66–56
125 September 3 Cubs 1–10 Meyer Queen (3–4) 27,843 66–57
126 September 5 Cubs 7–3 Sewell (10–3) Borowy 67–57
127 September 5 Cubs 3–11 Lade Riddle (11–9) 25,569 67–58
128 September 6 Cardinals 2–1 Chesnes (12–4) Dickson 68–58
129 September 6 Cardinals 4–1 Lombardi (8–6) Munger 69–58
130 September 7 Cardinals 6–2 Ostermueller (8–7) Hearn 36,136 70–58
131 September 8 @ Reds 5–1 Bonham (5–9) Fox 12,436 71–58
132 September 9 @ Reds 6–1 Riddle (12–9) Walters 2,002 72–58
133 September 11 @ Cubs 13–12 Queen (4–4) Chambers Riddle (1) 17,095 73–58
134 September 12 @ Cubs 7–3 Sewell (11–3) McCall 27,967 74–58
135 September 13 @ Giants 2–5 Kennedy Lombardi (8–7) 33,372 74–59
136 September 14 @ Dodgers 5–8 Behrman Ostermueller (8–8) 74–60
137 September 14 @ Dodgers 3–7 Taylor Riddle (12–10) 74–61
138 September 15 @ Giants 8–3 Bonham (6–9) Jansen 9,180 75–61
139 September 16 @ Giants 10–6 Chesnes (13–4) Koslo 7,174 76–61
140 September 17 @ Braves 2–6 Sain Lombardi (8–8) 11,838 76–62
141 September 18 @ Braves 1–2 Spahn Ostermueller (8–9) 21,085 76–63
142 September 19 @ Phillies 6–9 Leonard Main (1–1) 76–64
143 September 19 @ Phillies 3–5 Rowe Higbe (7–7) 15,713 76–65
144 September 20 @ Phillies 2–5 Roberts Chesnes (13–5) 2,884 76–66
145 September 20 @ Phillies 4–7 Possehl Bonham (6–10) 3,513 76–67
146 September 21 @ Dodgers 6–3 Lombardi (9–8) Barney 10,882 77–67
147 September 22 @ Dodgers 5–1 Sewell (12–3) Taylor 3,756 78–67
148 September 24 Reds 3–4 Wehmeier Ostermueller (8–10) Gumbert 18,914 78–68
149 September 25 Reds 16–6 Chesnes (14–5) Blackburn 7,766 79–68
150 September 26 Reds 8–6 Sewell (13–3) Gumbert Lombardi (4) 80–68
151 September 26 Reds 8–5 (8) Singleton (4–6) Peterson 26,483 81–68
152 September 29 @ Cardinals 2–1 Lombardi (10–8) Dickson 5,977 82–68
153 September 30 @ Cardinals 1–6 Munger Chesnes (14–6) 2,060 82–69
154 September 30 @ Cardinals 1–4 Brecheen Ostermueller (8–11) 8,597 82–70
October: 1–1 (Home: 0–0; Away: 1–1)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
155 October 1 @ Reds 2–1 Higbe (8–7) Cress 1,162 83–70
156 October 3 @ Reds 0–1 Vander Meer Lombardi (10–9) 7,255 83–71
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Tie
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Roster

1948 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 Clyde Kluttz 94 271 60 .221 4 20
1B Ed Stevens 128 429 109 .254 10 69
2B Danny Murtaugh 146 514 149 .290 1 71
SS Stan Rojek 156 641 186 .290 4 51
3B Frankie Gustine 131 449 120 .267 9 42
OF Dixie Walker 129 408 129 .316 2 54
OF Ralph Kiner 156 555 147 .265 40 123
OF Wally Westlake 132 428 122 .285 17 65

Other batters

Note: 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
UT Johnny Hopp 120 392 109 .278 1 31
C Ed Fitz Gerald 102 262 70 .267 1 35
3B Eddie Bockman 70 176 42 .239 4 23
1B Max West 87 146 26 .178 8 21
OF Ted Beard 25 81 16 .198 0 7
2B Monty Basgall 38 51 11 .216 2 6
C Johnny Riddle 10 15 3 .200 0 0
SS Grady Wilson 12 10 1 .100 0 1
PH Don Gutteridge 4 2 0 .000 0 0
SS Pete Castiglione 4 2 0 .000 0 0
C Earl Turner 2 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
Bob Chesnes 25 194.1 14 6 3.57 69
Elmer Riddle 28 191.0 12 10 3.49 63
Tiny Bonham 22 135.2 6 10 4.31 42
Fritz Ostermueller 23 134.1 8 11 4.42 43
Rip Sewell 21 121.2 13 3 3.48 36

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
Vic Lombardi 38 163.0 10 9 3.70 54
Kirby Higbe 56 158.0 8 7 3.36 86
Elmer Singleton 38 92.1 4 6 4.97 53
Hal Gregg 22 74.1 2 4 4.60 25
Mel Queen 25 66.1 4 4 6.65 34
Cal McLish 2 5.0 0 0 9.00 1

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
Woody Main 17 1 1 0 8.33 12
Nick Strincevich 3 0 0 0 8.31 1
Junior Walsh 2 1 0 0 10.38 0

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Al López
AA New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association Jimmy Brown
A Fort Wayne Generals Central League Boom-Boom Beck
A Albany Senators Eastern League Pinky May
B Waco Pirates Big State League Buster Chatham
B Davenport Pirates Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Ival Goodman
B York White Roses Interstate League Frank Oceak
B Anderson Rebels Tri-State League Bob Richards
C Keokuk Pirates Central Association Phil Seghi
C Uniontown Coal Barons Middle Atlantic League Bill Mongiello
C Fargo-Moorhead Twins Northern League Bruno Haas and Ralph DiLullo
D Greenville Pirates Alabama State League Walt Tauscher
D Rehoboth Beach Pirates Eastern Shore League Doug Peden
D New Iberia Pelicans Evangeline League George Stumpf
D Santa Rosa Pirates Far West League Dan Reagan
D Leesburg Pirates Florida State League Edgar Leip
D Tallahassee Pirates Georgia–Florida League Jack Rothrock
D Bartlesville Oilers Kansas–Oklahoma–Missouri League Eddie Marleau
D Salisbury Pirates North Carolina State League Art Doll

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Santa Rosa

Notes

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Side in 1907.
  2. ^ Billy Cox at Baseball Reference

References