1954 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)John W. Galbreath (majority shareholder); Bing Crosby, Thomas P. Johnson, Branch Rickey (minority shareholders)
General manager(s)Branch Rickey
Manager(s)Fred Haney
Local televisionnone
Local radioWWSW
Rosey Rowswell, Bob Prince
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The 1954 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 73rd season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 68th in the National League. The Pirates finished eighth and last in the league standings with a record of 53–101.

Offseason

Regular season

During the season, Curt Roberts became the first black player in the history of the Pirates.[3]

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Giants 97 57 0.630 53–23 44–34
Brooklyn Dodgers 92 62 0.597 5 45–32 47–30
Milwaukee Braves 89 65 0.578 8 43–34 46–31
Philadelphia Phillies 75 79 0.487 22 39–39 36–40
Cincinnati Redlegs 74 80 0.481 23 41–36 33–44
St. Louis Cardinals 72 82 0.468 25 33–44 39–38
Chicago Cubs 64 90 0.416 33 40–37 24–53
Pittsburgh Pirates 53 101 0.344 44 31–46 22–55

Record vs. opponents


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


Game log

1954 Game Log: 53–101 (Home: 31–46; Away: 22–55)
April: 6–10 (Home: 4–4; Away: 2–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 13 Phillies 4–2 Law (1–0) Roberts Hetki (1) 32,294 1–0
2 April 14 Phillies 0–6 Simmons LaPalme (0–1) 5,853 1–1
3 April 15 @ Dodgers 4–7 Meyer Surkont (0–1) Hughes 13,496 1–2
4 April 18 @ Phillies 0–6 Roberts Friend (0–1) 1–3
5 April 18 @ Phillies 1–7 Simmons Law (1–1) 9,975 1–4
6 April 19 @ Giants 7–5 Hetki (1–0) Hearn 6,380 2–4
7 April 20 @ Giants 2–6 Antonelli LaPalme (0–2) 6,865 2–5
8 April 21 Giants 5–4 Surkont (1–1) Liddle Hetki (2) 13,552 3–5
9 April 22 Giants 7–4 O'Donnell (1–0) Gomez 3,296 4–5
10 April 23 Dodgers 5–6 (13) Milliken Purkey (0–1) 10,574 4–6
11 April 24 Dodgers 0–3 Erskine Hogue (0–1) 8,671 4–7
12 April 25 Dodgers 9–3 Law (2–1) Newcombe 8,671 5–7
13 April 25 Dodgers 2–4 Podres LaPalme (0–3) 23,714 5–8
14 April 27 @ Redlegs 7–8 Valentine Surkont (1–2) Smith 3,634 5–9
15 April 28 @ Redlegs 4–8 Collum Friend (0–2) 1,206 5–10
16 April 29 @ Cardinals 4–3 Purkey (1–1) Haddix Hetki (3) 7,603 6–10
May: 8–23 (Home: 6–12; Away: 2–11)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
17 May 1 @ Cardinals 4–5 (10) Lint O'Donnell (1–1) 6,745 6–11
18 May 2 @ Cubs 3–5 Minner Law (2–2) 17,472 6–12
19 May 2 @ Cubs 18–10 (8) Friend (1–2) Church Hetki (4) 7,636 7–12
20 May 4 @ Braves 1–6 Spahn Surkont (1–3) 12,383 7–13
21 May 5 @ Braves 1–4 Conley Purkey (1–2) 13,194 7–14
22 May 6 @ Braves 0–3 Burdette O'Donnell (1–2) 11,856 7–15
23 May 8 Giants 1–2 Antonelli Law (2–3) 7,147 7–16
24 May 9 Giants 1–5 Maglie Surkont (1–4) 4,577 7–17
25 May 12 Cardinals 5–13 Haddix O'Donnell (1–3) Brazle 1,559 7–18
26 May 13 Braves 2–4 Nichols Purkey (1–3) 6,090 7–19
27 May 14 Braves 3–2 (10) Surkont (2–4) Spahn 8,225 8–19
28 May 15 Braves 6–1 Law (3–3) Buhl 3,366 9–19
29 May 16 Cubs 3–12 Minner Friend (1–3) 8,225 9–20
30 May 16 Cubs 5–1 Thies (1–0) Willis 32,807 10–20
31 May 17 Cubs 6–10 Pollet Purkey (1–4) Davis 1,420 10–21
32 May 18 Redlegs 5–6 Collum LaPalme (0–4) Smith 5,696 10–22
33 May 19 Redlegs 3–2 Surkont (3–4) Valentine 4,476 11–22
34 May 20 Cardinals 4–17 Poholsky Purkey (1–5) 4,902 11–23
35 May 21 @ Dodgers 2–3 Labine Law (3–4) Hughes 7,202 11–24
36 May 22 @ Dodgers 1–3 Palica Thies (1–1) Hughes 7,061 11–25
37 May 23 @ Dodgers 4–5 Roe Friend (1–4) 7,061 11–26
38 May 23 @ Dodgers 2–6 Loes O'Donnell (1–4) Milliken 18,409 11–27
39 May 24 @ Dodgers 5–2 Surkont (4–4) Erskine 9,386 12–27
40 May 25 @ Giants 4–21 Antonelli Purkey (1–6) 7,206 12–28
41 May 26 @ Giants 1–2 Gomez Law (3–5) 2,849 12–29
42 May 28 Phillies 0–4 (6) Dickson Surkont (4–5) 5,521 12–30
43 May 29 Phillies 3–2 O'Donnell (2–4) Ridzik 2,525 13–30
44 May 30 Phillies 0–8 Roberts Littlefield (0–1) 2,525 13–31
45 May 30 Phillies 7–10 Drews Friend (1–5) Konstanty 9,651 13–32
46 May 31 Giants 0–4 Gomez Yochim (0–1) 13–33
47 May 31 Giants 4–3 Law (4–5) Wilhelm 10,506 14–33
June: 9–15 (Home: 5–8; Away: 4–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
48 June 4 @ Braves 4–1 Surkont (5–5) Nichols 21,582 15–33
49 June 5 @ Braves 0–7 Spahn O'Donnell (2–5) 19,415 15–34
50 June 6 @ Braves 0–5 Wilson Law (4–6) 15–35
51 June 6 @ Braves 6–4 Littlefield (1–1) Gorin 34,095 16–35
52 June 8 @ Redlegs 0–5 Valentine O'Donnell (2–6) 4,342 16–36
53 June 9 @ Redlegs 3–4 Nuxhall Surkont (5–6) 4,813 16–37
54 June 10 @ Redlegs 0–6 Baczewski Thies (1–2) 1,900 16–38
55 June 11 @ Cardinals 8–5 Law (5–6) Presko Hetki (5) 9,820 17–38
56 June 12 @ Cardinals 4–2 Littlefield (2–1) Staley 11,365 18–38
57 June 13 @ Cardinals 0–5 Haddix O'Donnell (2–7) 11,365 18–39
58 June 13 @ Cardinals 3–5 Miller LaPalme (0–5) 16,648 18–40
59 June 14 Cubs 5–6 Davis Surkont (5–7) Minner 6,462 18–41
60 June 18 Braves 2–1 Law (6–6) Spahn 8,859 19–41
61 June 19 Braves 2–11 Jolly Littlefield (2–2) 3,961 19–42
62 June 20 Braves 2–1 (10) Surkont (6–7) Burdette 8,859 20–42
63 June 20 Braves 6–3 Friend (2–5) Buhl Law (1) 10,236 21–42
64 June 23 Cardinals 1–7 Haddix Littlefield (2–3) 9,301 21–43
65 June 24 Cardinals 1–5 Lawrence Law (6–7) 2,637 21–44
66 June 25 Redlegs 4–8 Fowler Surkont (6–8) Smith 6,327 21–45
67 June 26 Redlegs 4–3 Friend (3–5) Baczewski 2,551 22–45
68 June 27 Redlegs 0–9 Valentine Law (6–8) 22–46
69 June 27 Redlegs 4–3 Hetki (2–0) Podbielan 7,717 23–46
70 June 29 Phillies 0–4 Wehmeier Surkont (6–9) 5,088 23–47
71 June 30 Phillies 0–8 Roberts Law (6–9) 4,209 23–48
July: 10–21 (Home: 4–8; Away: 6–13)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
72 July 2 Giants 5–9 Wilhelm Friend (3–6) Maglie 9,603 23–49
73 July 3 Giants 6–4 Littlefield (3–3) Hearn O'Donnell (1) 3,488 24–49
74 July 4 Giants 2–9 Liddle Surkont (6–10) McCall 3,488 24–50
75 July 4 Giants 7–6 LaPalme (1–5) Grissom Hetki (6) 12,818 25–50
76 July 5 Dodgers 6–8 Wade Law (6–10) Hughes 9,603 25–51
77 July 5 Dodgers 2–7 Loes Thies (1–3) 16,905 25–52
78 July 6 @ Phillies 0–3 Simmons Friend (3–7) 3,967 25–53
79 July 9 @ Giants 3–6 Antonelli LaPalme (1–6) 12,423 25–54
80 July 10 @ Giants 10–7 O'Donnell (3–7) Wilhelm 9,744 26–54
81 July 11 @ Giants 7–13 Maglie Law (6–11) Grissom 9,744 26–55
82 July 11 @ Giants 5–1 Littlefield (4–3) Hearn 21,504 27–55
83 July 15 @ Cubs 2–9 Minner Surkont (6–11) 5,900 27–56
84 July 15 @ Cubs 0–3 Hacker O'Donnell (3–8) Tremel 10,855 27–57
85 July 16 @ Cubs 2–3 Rush Hetki (2–1) 4,586 27–58
86 July 17 @ Cubs 3–11 Davis Law (6–12) Tremel 4,586 27–59
87 July 17 @ Cubs 6–2 Purkey (2–6) Klippstein O'Donnell (2) 10,842 28–59
88 July 18 @ Braves 1–4 Spahn Littlefield (4–4) Johnson 25,074 28–60
89 July 18 @ Braves 7–5 Friend (4–7) Nichols 29,371 29–60
90 July 19 @ Braves 1–4 Wilson Surkont (6–12) 23,281 29–61
91 July 21 @ Cardinals 12–13 Lawrence O'Donnell (3–9) Haddix 6,623 29–62
92 July 22 @ Cardinals 2–3 (14) Staley Friend (4–8) 7,059 29–63
93 July 23 @ Redlegs 7–4 Littlefield (5–4) Nuxhall 7,682 30–63
94 July 24 @ Redlegs 3–5 Fowler Surkont (6–13) Smith 3,383 30–64
95 July 25 @ Redlegs 4–2 LaPalme (2–6) Perkowski 31–64
96 July 25 @ Redlegs 2–3 Judson Friend (4–9) Smith 13,514 31–65
97 July 26 Braves 1–3 Conley Purkey (2–7) 6,850 31–66
98 July 28 Braves 4–6 Burdette Littlefield (5–5) Jolly 6,728 31–67
99 July 29 Braves 3–5 (10) Nichols Hetki (2–2) 2,259 31–68
100 July 30 Cubs 8–6 Purkey (3–7) Minner Hetki (7) 6,728 32–68
101 July 30 Cubs 5–8 Pollet Surkont (6–14) Jeffcoat 7,754 32–69
102 July 31 Cubs 5–3 LaPalme (3–6) Hacker Friend (1) 2,688 33–69
August: 13–17 (Home: 7–6; Away: 6–11)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
103 August 1 Cubs 2–0 Littlefield (6–5) Davis 2,688 34–69
104 August 1 Cubs 2–12 Cole Pepper (0–1) 7,281 34–70
105 August 3 Redlegs 2–7 Nuxhall Friend (4–10) 4,671 34–71
106 August 4 Redlegs 4–3 Law (7–12) Smith 3,778 35–71
107 August 6 Cardinals 7–3 Littlefield (7–5) Poholsky 2,688 36–71
108 August 6 Cardinals 6–5 Hetki (3–2) Lawrence 8,624 37–71
109 August 7 Cardinals 6–8 Presko Purkey (3–8) Brazle 3,846 37–72
110 August 8 Cardinals 12–4 LaPalme (4–6) Haddix 8,624 38–72
111 August 8 Cardinals 5–3 Surkont (7–14) Staley 10,790 39–72
112 August 10 Giants 1–2 Antonelli Littlefield (7–6) Grissom 9,945 39–73
113 August 13 @ Phillies 9–5 Friend (5–10) Roberts 24,536 40–73
114 August 13 @ Phillies 5–0 Thies (2–3) Wehmeier 8,804 41–73
115 August 14 @ Phillies 8–4 Law (8–12) Simmons 2,865 42–73
116 August 15 @ Phillies 9–6 Littlefield (8–6) Dickson Hetki (8) 2,865 43–73
117 August 15 @ Phillies 6–7 Roberts Hetki (3–3) 4,773 43–74
118 August 17 Dodgers 4–2 Surkont (8–14) Podres 20,102 44–74
119 August 18 Dodgers 2–3 Erskine Thies (2–4) Hughes 18,797 44–75
120 August 19 Dodgers 5–7 Newcombe Law (8–13) Hughes 9,299 44–76
121 August 20 @ Giants 0–4 Liddle Littlefield (8–7) 8,985 44–77
122 August 22 @ Giants 4–5 McCall LaPalme (4–7) 44–78
123 August 22 @ Giants 3–5 Wilhelm Surkont (8–15) 22,702 44–79
124 August 24 @ Cardinals 8–7 Littlefield (9–7) Haddix Law (2) 8,718 45–79
125 August 25 @ Cardinals 0–13 Jones Thies (2–5) 6,826 45–80
126 August 26 @ Cardinals 2–1 Pepper (1–1) Beard Law (3) 7,094 46–80
127 August 27 @ Redlegs 2–3 Nuxhall Surkont (8–16) 5,227 46–81
128 August 28 @ Redlegs 1–2 Valentine LaPalme (4–8) 2,995 46–82
129 August 29 @ Cubs 4–7 Jeffcoat Littlefield (9–8) 5,790 46–83
130 August 29 @ Cubs 1–4 Davis Hetki (3–4) 15,318 46–84
131 August 31 @ Cubs 2–14 Pollet Pepper (1–2) 15,318 46–85
132 August 31 @ Cubs 3–7 Rush Thies (2–6) Jeffcoat 18,217 46–86
September: 7–15 (Home: 5–8; Away: 2–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
133 September 1 @ Braves 1–3 Spahn Surkont (8–17) 40,494 46–87
134 September 3 Phillies 1–7 Simmons Friend (5–11) 10,790 46–88
135 September 3 Phillies 2–10 Ridzik Littlefield (9–9) 5,302 46–89
136 September 5 Phillies 5–12 Wehmeier Pepper (1–3) 4,645 46–90
137 September 6 @ Dodgers 9–6 (12) Law (9–13) Loes 26,349 47–90
138 September 6 @ Dodgers 9–7 Thies (3–6) Newcombe Friend (2) 21,561 48–90
139 September 8 Braves 2–5 Spahn Littlefield (9–10) 2,516 48–91
140 September 10 Cardinals 3–2 Hetki (4–4) Staley 2,615 49–91
141 September 11 Cardinals 2–7 Poholsky Pepper (1–4) 1,851 49–92
142 September 12 Redlegs 5–11 Nuxhall LaPalme (4–9) 49–93
143 September 12 Redlegs 2–13 Lane Thies (3–7) Ross 5,672 49–94
144 September 13 Redlegs 6–5 Littlefield (10–10) Judson 1,148 50–94
145 September 14 Cubs 2–9 Rush Thies (3–8) 1,851 50–95
146 September 14 Cubs 4–0 Friend (6–11) Minner 2,361 51–95
147 September 17 Dodgers 9–1 Surkont (9–17) Loes 6,198 52–95
148 September 19 Dodgers 1–0 Friend (7–11) Meyer 21,308 53–95
149 September 22 @ Phillies 1–12 Simmons Pepper (1–5) 5,157 53–96
150 September 22 @ Phillies 1–5 Roberts Littlefield (10–11) 2,837 53–97
151 September 23 @ Phillies 2–4 Wehmeier LaPalme (4–10) 936 53–98
152 September 24 @ Dodgers 5–6 Erskine Surkont (9–18) Hughes 751 53–99
153 September 25 @ Dodgers 5–10 Meyer Friend (7–12) Labine 4,597 53–100
154 September 26 @ Dodgers 0–1 Spooner Thies (3–9) 9,344 53–101
Legend:        = Win        = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

Roster

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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 Toby Atwell 96 287 83 .289 3 26
1B Bob Skinner 132 470 117 .249 8 46
2B Curt Roberts 134 496 115 .232 1 36
SS Gair Allie 121 418 83 .199 3 30
3B Dick Cole 138 486 131 .270 1 40
LF Jerry Lynch 98 284 68 .239 8 36
CF Frank Thomas 153 577 172 .298 23 94
RF Sid Gordon 131 363 111 .306 12 49

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
Preston Ward 117 360 97 .269 7 48
Dick Hall 112 310 74 .239 2 27
Jack Shepard 82 227 69 .304 3 22
Eddie Pellagrini 73 125 27 .216 0 16
Hal Rice 28 81 14 .173 1 9
Vic Janowicz 41 73 11 .151 0 2
Cal Abrams 17 42 6 .143 0 2
Dick Smith 12 31 3 .097 0 0
Gail Henley 14 30 9 .300 1 2
Jim Mangan 14 26 5 .192 0 2
Walker Cooper 14 15 3 .200 0 1
Nick Koback 4 10 0 .000 0 0
Luis Márquez 14 9 1 .111 0 0
Bill Hall 5 7 0 .000 0 0
Sam Jethroe 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
Max Surkont 33 208.1 9 18 4.41 78
Dick Littlefield 23 155.0 10 11 3.60 92

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
Bob Friend 35 170.1 7 12 5.07 73
Vern Law 39 161.2 9 13 5.51 57
Bob Purkey 36 131.1 3 8 5.07 38
Jake Thies 33 130.1 3 9 3.87 57
Paul LaPalme 33 120.2 4 10 5.52 57
George O'Donnell 21 87.1 3 9 4.53 8
Laurin Pepper 14 50.2 1 5 7.99 17
Cal Hogue 3 11.0 0 1 4.91 7

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
Johnny Hetki 58 4 4 9 4.99 27
Len Yochim 10 0 1 0 7.32 7
Joe Page 7 0 0 0 11.17 4
Nellie King 4 0 0 0 5.14 3

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
Open Hollywood Stars Pacific Coast League Bobby Bragan
AA New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association Danny Murtaugh
A Williamsport Grays Eastern League Larry Shepard
A Denver Bears Western League Andy Cohen
B Waco Pirates Big State League Jack Paepke
B Burlington-Graham Pirates Carolina League Stan Wentzel
C Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Cliff Dapper
C St. Jean Canadiens Provincial League George Detore and Steve Mizerak
C Hutchinson Elks Western Association George Genovese and Larry Dorton
D Dublin Irish Georgia State League George Kinnamon
D Brunswick Pirates Georgia–Florida League Frank Oceak
D Clinton Pirates Mississippi–Ohio Valley League Robert Clark

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Waco

Notes

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. ^ Sonny Senerchia at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 199, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  4. ^ Hal Rice at Baseball Reference

References