1950 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 Meyer
Local televisionnone
Local radioWWSW
Rosey Rowswell, Bob Prince
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The 1950 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 69th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 64th in the National League. The Pirates finished eighth and last in the league standings with a record of 57–96.

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 91 63 0.591 48–29 43–34
Brooklyn Dodgers 89 65 0.578 2 48–30 41–35
New York Giants 86 68 0.558 5 44–32 42–36
Boston Braves 83 71 0.539 8 46–31 37–40
St. Louis Cardinals 78 75 0.510 12½ 48–28 30–47
Cincinnati Reds 66 87 0.431 24½ 38–38 28–49
Chicago Cubs 64 89 0.418 26½ 35–42 29–47
Pittsburgh Pirates 57 96 0.373 33½ 33–44 24–52

Record vs. opponents


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


Game log

1950 Game Log: 57–96 (Home: 33–44; Away: 24–52)
April: 6–5 (Home: 4–1; Away: 2–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 18 @ Cardinals 2–4 Staley Chesnes (0–1) 20,871 0–1
2 April 19 @ Cardinals 4–3 Chambers (1–0) Munger 5,648 1–1
3 April 20 @ Cardinals 8–4 Dickson (1–0) Pollet 4,235 2–1
4 April 21 Reds 7–5 Werle (1–0) Wehmeier Lombardi (1) 32,685 3–1
5 April 22 Reds 9–2 Chesnes (1–1) Hetki 14,533 4–1
6 April 23 Reds 5–3 Chambers (2–0) Smith 18,049 5–1
7 April 27 Cardinals 2–5 Munger Dickson (1–1) 34,995 5–2
8 April 28 Cardinals 4–3 Werle (2–0) Staley Main (1) 10,102 6–2
9 April 29 @ Reds 6–14 Erautt Chesnes (1–2) 4,895 6–3
10 April 30 @ Reds 2–4 Fox Chambers (2–1) Wehmeier 6–4
11 April 30 @ Reds 1–2 Blackwell Queen (0–1) 10,759 6–5
May: 10–18 (Home: 4–11; Away: 6–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
12 May 2 Braves 6–1 Dickson (2–1) Spahn 24,115 7–5
13 May 3 Braves 4–15 Sain Lombardi (0–1) 9,389 7–6
14 May 4 Giants 3–1 Chambers (3–1) Jansen 6,680 8–6
15 May 5 Giants 5–4 Queen (1–1) Jones Werle (1) 31,785 9–6
16 May 6 Giants 8–9 Maglie Lombardi (0–2) Hansen 13,577 9–7
17 May 7 Dodgers 2–3 Barney Dickson (2–2) Erskine 33,734 9–8
18 May 8 Dodgers 5–7 Podbielan Chambers (3–2) Banta 9,476 9–9
19 May 9 Dodgers 10–5 Werle (3–0) Palica 26,734 10–9
20 May 11 Phillies 2–3 Roberts Dickson (2–3) 28,452 10–10
21 May 12 @ Cubs 3–6 Rush Gregg (0–1) 8,763 10–11
22 May 13 @ Cubs 3–4 Hiller Chambers (3–3) Dubiel 25,453 10–12
23 May 14 @ Cubs 6–5 Chesnes (2–2) Leonard Werle (2) 11–12
24 May 14 @ Cubs 16–9 Main (1–0) Lade Werle (3) 34,659 12–12
25 May 16 @ Braves 0–3 Sain Dickson (2–4) 10,273 12–13
26 May 17 @ Braves 4–1 Chambers (4–3) Bickford 13,384 13–13
27 May 20 @ Dodgers 2–3 Banta Queen (1–2) 13–14
28 May 20 @ Dodgers 3–4 (11) Bankhead Werle (3–1) 20,311 13–15
29 May 21 @ Giants 4–2 Chesnes (3–2) Jansen 14–15
30 May 21 @ Giants 8–6 Chambers (5–3) Jones Werle (4) 34,972 15–15
31 May 23 @ Phillies 6–0 Macdonald (1–0) Meyer 12,428 16–15
32 May 24 @ Phillies 3–6 Konstanty Werle (3–2) 18,993 16–16
33 May 25 @ Phillies 0–3 Miller Chambers (5–4) 5,265 16–17
34 May 26 Cubs 0–4 Hiller Queen (1–3) 22,526 16–18
35 May 27 Cubs 5–7 Minner Chesnes (3–3) Leonard 10,220 16–19
36 May 28 Cubs 0–6 Schmitz Dickson (2–5) 16–20
37 May 28 Cubs 1–5 Rush Lombardi (0–3) 23,873 16–21
38 May 30 Cardinals 13–17 Staley Werle (3–3) Brazle 16–22
39 May 30 Cardinals 5–8 Staley Dickson (2–6) 33,182 16–23
June: 7–18 (Home: 4–9; Away: 3–9)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
40 June 1 Braves 2–14 Bickford Queen (1–4) 5,468 16–24
41 June 2 Braves 5–4 Macdonald (2–0) Spahn 23,549 17–24
42 June 3 Braves 6–10 Sain Lombardi (0–4) Hogue 5,737 17–25
43 June 4 Giants 3–4 Maglie Chambers (5–5) Kennedy 14,534 17–26
44 June 5 Giants 4–5 (10) Koslo Walsh (0–1) Hansen 16,733 17–27
45 June 6 Giants 4–10 Kramer Queen (1–5) 5,111 17–28
46 June 7 Dodgers 0–9 Newcombe Macdonald (2–1) 30,904 17–29
47 June 8 Dodgers 4–3 Chambers (6–5) Branca Werle (5) 22,697 18–29
48 June 9 Dodgers 7–9 Podbielan Werle (3–4) Newcombe 9,510 18–30
49 June 11 Phillies 6–7 Konstanty Law (0–1) 18–31
50 June 11 Phillies 5–4 (12) Werle (4–4) Donnelly 33,217 19–31
51 June 13 @ Giants 0–7 Jansen Chambers (6–6) 15,088 19–32
52 June 16 @ Braves 5–6 Sain Queen (1–6) 15,866 19–33
53 June 17 @ Braves 6–15 Hogue Borowy (0–1) 6,272 19–34
54 June 18 @ Braves 6–8 Roy Dickson (2–7) 19–35
55 June 18 @ Braves 8–8 22,817 19–35
56 June 19 @ Braves 1–0 Chambers (7–6) Spahn 5,578 20–35
57 June 20 @ Phillies 3–7 Meyer Law (0–2) 13,597 20–36
58 June 21 @ Phillies 5–3 Macdonald (3–1) Roberts Werle (6) 18,632 21–36
59 June 22 @ Phillies 4–7 Miller Borowy (0–2) 5,326 21–37
60 June 23 @ Dodgers 3–15 Podbielan Dickson (2–8) 25,519 21–38
61 June 24 @ Dodgers 12–21 Roe Werle (4–5) 22,010 21–39
62 June 25 @ Dodgers 16–11 Chambers (8–6) Branca Macdonald (1) 20,196 22–39
63 June 27 Reds 3–8 Wehmeier Macdonald (3–2) Blackwell 13,500 22–40
64 June 28 Reds 6–5 Dickson (3–8) Smith 12,040 23–40
65 June 30 @ Cardinals 4–9 Staley Chambers (8–7) 12,631 23–41
July: 11–19 (Home: 8–8; Away: 3–11)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
66 July 1 @ Cardinals 4–5 Pollet Queen (1–7) Brazle 15,795 23–42
67 July 2 @ Cardinals 1–2 Munger Werle (4–6) Brazle 25,630 23–43
68 July 3 @ Reds 5–8 Ramsdell Dickson (3–9) Blackwell 3,405 23–44
69 July 4 @ Reds 4–8 Wehmeier Chambers (8–8) 23–45
70 July 4 @ Reds 4–5 Fox Macdonald (3–3) 10,728 23–46
71 July 5 @ Cubs 4–1 Queen (2–7) Lade 10,815 24–46
72 July 6 @ Cubs 2–4 Minner Werle (4–7) 12,953 24–47
73 July 7 Cardinals 9–1 Law (1–2) Staley 28,468 25–47
74 July 8 Cardinals 7–6 Dickson (4–9) Brecheen 15,224 26–47
75 July 9 Cardinals 3–2 Queen (3–7) Lanier Werle (7) 21,431 27–47
76 July 14 Giants 5–7 Maglie Chambers (8–9) 29,323 27–48
77 July 15 Giants 2–1 Werle (5–7) Jansen 11,958 28–48
78 July 16 Braves 5–9 Bickford Law (1–3) 28–49
79 July 16 Braves 6–5 Borowy (1–2) Hogue 29,363 29–49
80 July 17 Braves 6–8 Johnson Borowy (1–3) Hogue 21,450 29–50
81 July 18 Braves 3–11 Spahn Dickson (4–10) 5,445 29–51
82 July 19 Phillies 2–3 (11) Simmons Werle (5–8) Konstanty 29–52
83 July 19 Phillies 4–2 Macdonald (4–3) Meyer 18,953 30–52
84 July 20 Phillies 10–8 Dickson (5–10) Donnelly 7,291 31–52
85 July 21 Phillies 1–4 Church Queen (3–8) 34,016 31–53
86 July 22 Dodgers 3–12 Branca Pierro (0–1) 18,103 31–54
87 July 23 Dodgers 6–11 Barney Chambers (8–10) Newcombe 25,889 31–55
88 July 24 Phillies 2–1 (6) Macdonald (5–3) Miller 15,431 32–55
89 July 25 @ Braves 2–7 Sain Pierro (0–2) 18,461 32–56
90 July 26 @ Braves 8–4 Queen (4–8) Bickford Dickson (1) 12,689 33–56
91 July 27 @ Braves 3–5 Spahn Chambers (8–11) 8,302 33–57
92 July 28 @ Phillies 1–4 Miller Macdonald (5–4) 7,343 33–58
93 July 29 @ Phillies 7–4 Werle (6–8) Church 10,252 34–58
94 July 30 @ Phillies 0–10 Roberts Queen (4–9) 34–59
95 July 30 @ Phillies 2–4 Konstanty Dickson (5–11) Meyer 21,411 34–60
August: 8–22 (Home: 5–14; Away: 3–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
96 August 1 @ Dodgers 1–3 Palica Chambers (8–12) 16,691 34–61
97 August 2 @ Dodgers 4–5 (10) Branca Dickson (5–12) 6,361 34–62
98 August 4 @ Giants 2–3 Jones Law (1–4) Koslo 14,238 34–63
99 August 5 @ Giants 0–5 Hearn Queen (4–10) 9,264 34–64
100 August 6 @ Giants 0–5 Jansen Werle (6–9) 17,182 34–65
101 August 6 @ Giants 0–3 Maglie Dickson (5–13) 17,182 34–66
102 August 8 Cardinals 4–6 Martin Chambers (8–13) 18,243 34–67
103 August 10 Cubs 7–4 Law (2–4) Minner Dickson (2) 10,087 35–67
104 August 11 Cubs 1–3 Hiller Werle (6–10) 11,082 35–68
105 August 12 Cubs 2–7 Rush Macdonald (5–5) 6,770 35–69
106 August 13 Cubs 7–4 Chambers (9–13) Schmitz 36–69
107 August 13 Cubs 2–0 Queen (5–10) Dubiel 18,162 37–69
108 August 14 Reds 8–13 Smith Lombardi (0–5) 4,306 37–70
109 August 15 Reds 10–9 Macdonald (6–5) Hetki 5,495 38–70
110 August 16 @ Cardinals 5–3 Law (3–4) Boyer Dickson (3) 12,134 39–70
111 August 18 @ Cubs 9–3 Chambers (10–13) Dubiel 3,823 40–70
112 August 19 @ Cubs 13–8 Dickson (6–13) Rush Werle (8) 13,290 41–70
113 August 20 @ Cubs 2–4 Minner Law (3–5) 41–71
114 August 20 @ Cubs 2–5 Hiller Macdonald (6–6) 29,589 41–72
115 August 21 Dodgers 2–3 Newcombe Werle (6–11) 7,666 41–73
116 August 22 Dodgers 8–10 Palica Queen (5–11) Branca 19,526 41–74
117 August 23 Dodgers 5–7 (17) Branca Queen (5–12) 16,382 41–75
118 August 24 Phillies 2–4 Church Law (3–6) 9,096 41–76
119 August 25 Phillies 7–9 (15) Konstanty Chambers (10–14) 25,686 41–77
120 August 26 Phillies 14–4 Dickson (7–13) Roberts 12,157 42–77
121 August 27 Braves 3–7 (13) Surkont Werle (6–12) 42–78
122 August 27 Braves 1–4 Roy Queen (5–13) 24,279 42–79
123 August 29 Giants 5–10 Jansen Law (3–7) 13,850 42–80
124 August 30 Giants 0–4 Maglie Chambers (10–15) 7,794 42–81
125 August 31 Giants 1–2 Hearn Macdonald (6–7) 3,552 42–82
September: 14–13 (Home: 8–1; Away: 6–12)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
126 September 1 Cardinals 10–4 Werle (7–12) Boyer 12,589 43–82
127 September 2 Cardinals 6–0 Law (4–7) Staley 5,638 44–82
128 September 3 Cardinals 12–11 (10) Werle (8–12) Brecheen 12,736 45–82
129 September 4 Cubs 5–3 Barrett (1–0) Dubiel Walsh (1) 46–82
130 September 4 Cubs 3–0 Macdonald (7–7) Rush 20,695 47–82
131 September 6 @ Reds 3–2 Law (5–7) Blackwell 7,079 48–82
132 September 7 @ Reds 4–6 (10) Erautt Barrett (1–1) 1,176 48–83
133 September 9 @ Cardinals 5–4 Dickson (8–13) Pollet 13,527 49–83
134 September 10 @ Cardinals 5–6 (10) Wilks Barrett (1–2) 49–84
135 September 10 @ Cardinals 6–2 Macdonald (8–7) Dusak 12,436 50–84
136 September 12 @ Giants 0–3 Jones Werle (8–13) 4,112 50–85
137 September 13 @ Giants 1–3 (7) Maglie Law (5–8) 11,684 50–86
138 September 14 @ Giants 7–1 Dickson (9–13) Jansen 4,272 51–86
139 September 14 @ Giants 1–6 Hearn Macdonald (8–8) 51–87
140 September 15 @ Braves 4–7 Surkont Queen (5–14) 9,168 51–88
141 September 16 @ Braves 4–0 (12) Chambers (11–15) Bickford 4,606 52–88
142 September 17 @ Phillies 3–5 Meyer Werle (8–14) Konstanty 20,031 52–89
143 September 19 @ Dodgers 3–14 Newcombe Law (5–9) 52–90
144 September 19 @ Dodgers 2–3 Palica Dickson (9–14) 2,637 52–91
145 September 20 @ Dodgers 2–7 Erskine Macdonald (8–9) 1,011 52–92
146 September 21 @ Dodgers 8–10 Palica Werle (8–15) 5,241 52–93
147 September 22 Reds 8–7 (10) Walsh (1–1) Smith 12,979 53–93
148 September 23 Reds 8–7 Law (6–9) Wehmeier Walsh (2) 4,009 54–93
149 September 24 Reds 1–7 Blackwell Macdonald (8–10) 54–94
150 September 24 Reds 3–2 Dickson (10–14) Raffensberger 25,233 55–94
151 September 27 @ Cubs 7–4 Law (7–9) Dubiel 4,783 56–94
152 September 30 @ Reds 2–5 Fox Werle (8–16) 1,719 56–95
October: 1–1 (Home: 0–0; Away: 1–1)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
153 October 1 @ Reds 2–3 Erautt Dickson (10–15) 56–96
154 October 1 @ Reds 3–1 Chambers (12–15) Byerly 8,390 57–96
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Tie
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Roster

1950 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 Clyde McCullough 103 279 71 .254 6 34
1B Johnny Hopp 106 318 108 .340 8 47
2B Danny Murtaugh 118 367 108 .294 2 37
SS Danny O'Connell 79 315 92 .292 8 32
3B Bob Dillinger 58 222 64 .288 1 9
OF Gus Bell 111 422 119 .282 8 53
OF Ralph Kiner 150 547 149 .272 47 118
OF Wally Westlake 139 477 136 .285 24 95

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
Pete Castiglione 94 263 67 .255 3 22
Stan Rojek 76 230 59 .257 0 17
Jack Phillips 69 208 61 .293 5 34
Nanny Fernandez 65 198 51 .258 6 27
Tom Saffell 67 182 37 .203 2 6
Ted Beard 61 177 41 .232 4 12
Ray Mueller 67 156 42 .269 6 24
Johnny Berardino 40 131 27 .206 1 12
Dale Coogan 53 129 31 .240 1 13
Hank Schenz 58 101 23 .228 1 5
Earl Turner 40 74 18 .243 3 5
Ed Stevens 17 46 9 .196 0 3
George Strickland 23 27 3 .111 0 2
Marv Rickert 17 20 3 .150 0 0
Ed Fitz Gerald 6 15 1 .067 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
Cliff Chambers 37 249.1 12 15 4.30 93
Bob Chesnes 9 49.0 3 3 5.54 12

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
Murry Dickson 51 225.0 10 15 3.80 76
Bill Werle 48 215.1 8 16 4.60 78
Bill Macdonald 32 153.0 8 10 4.29 60
Vern Law 27 128.0 7 9 4.92 57
Mel Queen 33 120.1 5 14 5.98 76
Bill Pierro 12 29.0 0 2 10.55 13
Hank Borowy 11 25.1 1 3 6.39 9
Hal Gregg 5 5.1 0 1 13.50 3
Frank Papish 4 2.1 0 0 27.00 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
Vic Lombardi 39 0 5 1 6.60 26
Junior Walsh 38 1 1 2 5.05 33
Woody Main 12 1 0 1 4.87 12
Frank Barrett 5 1 2 0 4.15 0
Windy McCall 2 0 0 0 9.45 5
Jack Phillips 1 0 0 0 7.20 2
Harry Gumbert 1 0 0 0 5.40 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 Hugh Luby and Bill Burwell
A Albany Senators Eastern League Pinky May
A Charleston Rebels Sally League Rip Sewell
B Waco Pirates Big State League Buddy Hancken
B York White Roses Interstate League Frank Oceak
C Modesto Reds California League Marc Carrola
C Hutchinson Elks Western Association Wes Griffin
D Greenville Pirates Alabama State League Mickey O'Neil
D Tallahassee Pirates Georgia–Florida League Walt Tauscher
D Bartlesville Pirates Kansas–Oklahoma–Missouri League Tedd Gullic
D Mayfield Clothiers KITTY League Jerry Gardner
D Salisbury Pirates North Carolina State League George Detore

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Modesto, Hutchinson, Tallahassee, Mayfield

References

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