1955 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
Bob Prince, Dick Bingham
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The 1955 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 74th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 69th in the National League. The Pirates finished eighth and last in the league standings with a record of 60–94.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 98 55 0.641 56–21 42–34
Milwaukee Braves 85 69 0.552 13½ 46–31 39–38
New York Giants 80 74 0.519 18½ 44–35 36–39
Philadelphia Phillies 77 77 0.500 21½ 46–31 31–46
Cincinnati Redlegs 75 79 0.487 23½ 46–31 29–48
Chicago Cubs 72 81 0.471 26 43–33 29–48
St. Louis Cardinals 68 86 0.442 30½ 41–36 27–50
Pittsburgh Pirates 60 94 0.390 38½ 36–39 24–55

Record vs. opponents

1955 National League Records

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


Game log

1955 Game Log: 60–94 (Home: 36–39; Away: 24–55)
April: 3–11 (Home: 2–6; Away: 1–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 13 @ Dodgers 1–6 Erskine Surkont (0–1) 6,999 0–1
2 April 14 Phillies 3–4 Wehmeier Littlefield (0–1) 23,540 0–2
3 April 16 Dodgers 0–6 Meyer Purkey (0–1) 5,533 0–3
4 April 17 Dodgers 3–10 Podres Thies (0–1) 0–4
5 April 17 Dodgers 2–3 Labine Kline (0–1) Hughes 20,499 0–5
6 April 18 @ Giants 3–12 Liddle Surkont (0–2) Grissom 2,915 0–6
7 April 22 @ Phillies 4–5 Miller Bowman (0–1) 5,821 0–7
8 April 23 @ Phillies 0–8 Dickson Kline (0–2) 4,132 0–8
9 April 24 @ Phillies 6–1 Surkont (1–2) Owens 1–8
10 April 24 @ Phillies 0–3 Meyer King (0–1) Roberts 8,224 1–9
11 April 27 Cubs 4–1 Purkey (1–1) Minner 1,044 2–9
12 April 28 Redlegs 2–3 Staley Littlefield (0–2) Lane 6,907 2–10
13 April 29 Redlegs 0–5 Nuxhall Surkont (1–3) 6,341 2–11
14 April 30 Redlegs 5–4 Friend (1–0) Lane 3,118 3–11
May: 11–20 (Home: 7–9; Away: 4–11)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
15 May 1 Cardinals 3–4 Tiefenauer Bowman (0–2) Moford 3–12
16 May 1 Cardinals 7–0 Kline (1–2) Jones 13,213 4–12
17 May 2 Cardinals 5–1 Purkey (2–1) Haddix 2,181 5–12
18 May 3 Braves 4–0 Littlefield (1–2) Spahn 10,784 6–12
19 May 4 Braves 5–4 Surkont (2–3) Jolly Friend (1) 13,374 7–12
20 May 5 Braves 9–4 King (1–1) Buhl Law (1) 4,329 8–12
21 May 6 @ Giants 3–2 Kline (2–2) Antonelli Wade (1) 10,330 9–12
22 May 7 @ Giants 3–11 Hearn Purkey (2–2) 8,926 9–13
23 May 8 @ Giants 7–5 Littlefield (2–2) Gomez Face (1) 10–13
24 May 8 @ Giants 3–6 Maglie Law (0–1) 14,180 10–14
25 May 10 @ Braves 9–6 Surkont (3–3) Johnson 20,562 11–14
26 May 11 @ Braves 3–8 Nichols Kline (2–3) 12,444 11–15
27 May 12 @ Cubs 0–4 Jones King (1–2) 2,918 11–16
28 May 14 @ Cardinals 0–6 Lawrence Littlefield (2–3) 9,479 11–17
29 May 15 @ Cardinals 1–5 Jones Surkont (3–4) Schultz 10,996 11–18
30 May 16 @ Cardinals 0–6 Arroyo Kline (2–4) 5,184 11–19
31 May 17 @ Redlegs 2–9 Nuxhall Purkey (2–3) 4,881 11–20
32 May 18 @ Redlegs 1–5 Minarcin Littlefield (2–4) 2,079 11–21
33 May 20 Giants 3–6 Wilhelm Surkont (3–5) Grissom 15,722 11–22
34 May 21 Giants 2–3 Maglie Kline (2–5) Grissom 5,731 11–23
35 May 22 Giants 2–5 Gomez Bowman (0–3) 11–24
36 May 22 Giants 3–5 (8) Wilhelm Wade (0–1) Grissom 16,691 11–25
37 May 24 Dodgers 15–1 Friend (2–0) Podres 9,251 12–25
38 May 26 Dodgers 2–6 Newcombe Kline (2–6) 2,680 12–26
39 May 27 Phillies 2–5 (10) Wehmeier Friend (2–1) 6,956 12–27
40 May 28 Phillies 4–8 (11) Miller Face (0–1) Meyer 3,082 12–28
41 May 29 Phillies 2–5 Roberts Pepper (0–1) 12–29
42 May 29 Phillies 11–5 Surkont (4–5) Cole 5,918 13–29
43 May 30 @ Dodgers 4–8 Meyer Purkey (2–4) Roebuck 13–30
44 May 30 @ Dodgers 3–8 Newcombe Kline (2–7) 26,711 13–31
45 May 31 @ Dodgers 6–3 Friend (3–1) Roebuck 6,008 14–31
June: 10–18 (Home: 5–7; Away: 5–11)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
46 June 1 Cardinals 2–6 Arroyo Purkey (2–5) 7,580 14–32
47 June 2 Cardinals 12–3 Surkont (5–5) Haddix 2,052 15–32
48 June 3 Redlegs 7–6 Law (1–1) Ridzik 16–32
49 June 4 Redlegs 0–6 Minarcin Kline (2–8) 4,072 16–33
50 June 5 Redlegs 7–6 Surkont (6–5) Klippstein 17–33
51 June 5 Redlegs 1–5 Collum Purkey (2–6) 10,308 17–34
52 June 7 Cubs 3–4 Hacker King (1–3) Pollet 65,681 17–35
53 June 8 Cubs 2–1 Kline (3–8) Davis 3,779 18–35
54 June 9 Cubs 2–6 Minner Purkey (2–7) 2,187 18–36
55 June 11 Braves 4–7 Conley Friend (3–2) 1,995 18–37
56 June 12 Braves 5–3 Law (2–1) Spahn Face (2) 19–37
57 June 12 Braves 5–6 Buhl Surkont (6–6) 12,738 19–38
58 June 14 @ Cardinals 10–5 Kline (4–8) Jackson 7,962 20–38
59 June 15 @ Cardinals 3–7 Arroyo Friend (3–3) 6,524 20–39
60 June 16 @ Cardinals 0–5 Haddix Law (2–2) 6,277 20–40
61 June 17 @ Redlegs 3–1 Surkont (7–6) Collum Kline (1) 6,872 21–40
62 June 18 @ Redlegs 1–4 Staley Donoso (0–1) 3,433 21–41
63 June 19 @ Redlegs 5–2 Friend (4–3) Minarcin 22–41
64 June 19 @ Redlegs 0–4 Nuxhall Kline (4–9) 11,640 22–42
65 June 20 @ Braves 1–2 Conley Law (2–3) 21,510 22–43
66 June 21 @ Braves 4–6 Buhl Kline (4–10) 25,510 22–44
67 June 22 @ Braves 0–6 Spahn Surkont (7–7) 23,219 22–45
68 June 24 @ Cubs 3–10 Minner Friend (4–4) 4,424 22–46
69 June 25 @ Cubs 4–6 Hacker Littlefield (2–5) 12,181 22–47
70 June 26 @ Cubs 5–4 Law (3–3) Davis Surkont (1) 23–47
71 June 26 @ Cubs 1–2 Rush Donoso (0–2) 24,500 23–48
72 June 28 @ Phillies 7–5 (10) Friend (5–4) Meyer Face (3) 8,635 24–48
73 June 29 @ Phillies 3–6 Negray Littlefield (2–6) 4,919 24–49
July: 14–19 (Home: 10–12; Away: 4–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
74 July 1 @ Dodgers 3–2 Law (4–3) Podres 10,325 25–49
75 July 2 @ Dodgers 7–6 (10) Kline (5–10) Labine 6,158 26–49
76 July 3 @ Dodgers 7–5 Kline (6–10) Roebuck 27–49
77 July 3 @ Dodgers 1–3 Loes Surkont (7–8) Labine 15,000 27–50
78 July 4 Giants 4–3 Donoso (1–2) McCall 28–50
79 July 4 Giants 3–5 (11) Grissom Donoso (1–3) 16,902 28–51
80 July 5 Giants 1–11 Antonelli Martin (0–1) 7,245 28–52
81 July 6 Dodgers 5–10 Erskine Face (0–2) Roebuck 28–53
82 July 6 Dodgers 4–1 Law (5–3) Roebuck 20,674 29–53
83 July 7 Dodgers 3–4 Loes Kline (6–11) 4,533 29–54
84 July 8 Phillies 1–5 Wehmeier Surkont (7–9) 7,304 29–55
85 July 9 Phillies 1–7 Roberts Littlefield (2–7) 2,637 29–56
86 July 10 Phillies 1–4 Simmons Friend (5–5) 29–57
87 July 10 Phillies 3–1 Law (6–3) Negray 6,454 30–57
88 July 14 Redlegs 1–19 Collum Surkont (7–10) 6,947 30–58
89 July 15 Redlegs 1–9 Nuxhall Law (6–4) Freeman 1,563 30–59
90 July 16 Cardinals 5–1 Donoso (2–3) Arroyo 2,579 31–59
91 July 17 Cardinals 8–9 (12) Arroyo Donoso (2–4) Lawrence 31–60
92 July 17 Cardinals 0–1 Haddix Face (0–3) 8,490 31–61
93 July 19 Braves 4–3 (19) Friend (6–5) Conley 7,953 32–61
94 July 20 Braves 4–3 Littlefield (3–7) Crone 5,568 33–61
95 July 21 Braves 3–5 Spahn Donoso (2–5) 2,568 33–62
96 July 22 Cubs 3–1 Face (1–3) Minner 7,388 34–62
97 July 23 Cubs 10–2 Friend (7–5) Hacker 2,955 35–62
98 July 24 Cubs 12–5 Hall (1–0) Rush 36–62
99 July 24 Cubs 3–2 (10) Law (7–4) Jones 14,466 37–62
100 July 26 @ Cardinals 3–1 Littlefield (4–7) Arroyo 10,261 38–62
101 July 27 @ Cardinals 1–6 Haddix Face (1–4) 6,424 38–63
102 July 28 @ Cardinals 1–4 Schmidt Hall (1–1) 6,039 38–64
103 July 29 @ Redlegs 5–16 Nuxhall Law (7–5) 5,690 38–65
104 July 30 @ Redlegs 2–5 Collum Friend (7–6) 3,030 38–66
105 July 31 @ Redlegs 4–7 Black Littlefield (4–8) Freeman 38–67
106 July 31 @ Redlegs 5–6 Freeman Donoso (2–6) 9,704 38–68
August: 14–12 (Home: 9–4; Away: 5–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
107 August 1 @ Cubs 5–4 Hall (2–1) Minner 3,194 39–68
108 August 2 @ Cubs 4–12 Rush Littlefield (4–9) 1,788 39–69
109 August 3 @ Cubs 3–2 Face (2–4) Davis Surkont (2) 40–69
110 August 3 @ Cubs 4–5 (12) Perkowski Law (7–6) 8,805 40–70
111 August 4 @ Cubs 10–11 Tremel Littlefield (4–10) 3,486 40–71
112 August 5 @ Braves 8–5 Hall (3–1) Spahn Donoso (1) 21,791 41–71
113 August 6 @ Braves 2–0 Friend (8–6) Crone 16,337 42–71
114 August 7 @ Braves 3–6 Nichols Law (7–7) Johnson 42–72
115 August 7 @ Braves 2–4 Buhl Face (2–5) 26,955 42–73
116 August 9 @ Phillies 1–9 Wehmeier Hall (3–2) 9,347 42–74
117 August 10 @ Phillies 3–2 (10) Friend (9–6) Miller 3,922 43–74
118 August 14 @ Giants 2–4 Antonelli Law (7–8) 43–75
119 August 14 @ Giants 1–3 Hearn Hall (3–3) 7,166 43–76
120 August 16 Phillies 3–12 Wehmeier Friend (9–7) 6,290 43–77
121 August 17 Phillies 6–4 Face (3–5) Simmons 3,721 44–77
122 August 19 Giants 8–3 Law (8–8) Antonelli 9,695 45–77
123 August 20 Giants 9–14 (12) Hearn Littlefield (4–11) 4,336 45–78
124 August 23 Redlegs 2–1 Law (9–8) Freeman 6,387 46–78
125 August 24 Redlegs 4–2 Hall (4–3) Nuxhall 2,399 47–78
126 August 25 Cubs 2–1 Face (4–5) Minner 6,181 48–78
127 August 26 Cubs 3–6 Jones Friend (9–8) 5,376 48–79
128 August 27 Cubs 3–4 Pollet Surkont (7–11) 3,210 48–80
129 August 28 Braves 5–3 Hall (5–3) Crone Kline (2) 49–80
130 August 28 Braves 2–0 Law (10–8) Spahn 12,032 50–80
131 August 30 Cardinals 3–1 Littlefield (5–11) Haddix Face (4) 7,526 51–80
132 August 31 Cardinals 4–3 (10) Donoso (3–6) Schmidt 6,379 52–80
September: 8–14 (Home: 3–1; Away: 5–13)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
133 September 1 Cardinals 7–6 Face (5–5) Wright 2,878 53–80
134 September 2 @ Dodgers 0–2 Spooner Hall (5–4) 10,827 53–81
135 September 3 @ Dodgers 0–4 Koufax Friend (9–9) 7,767 53–82
136 September 4 @ Dodgers 5–6 Labine Surkont (7–12) Craig 13,258 53–83
137 September 5 @ Giants 8–5 (10) Friend (10–9) Grissom Hall (1) 54–83
138 September 5 @ Giants 3–6 Liddle Face (5–6) 10,352 54–84
139 September 7 @ Cubs 2–0 Friend (11–9) Minner 3,076 55–84
140 September 9 @ Braves 2–3 Spahn Hall (5–5) 15,614 55–85
141 September 10 @ Braves 5–13 Crone Law (10–9) 11,071 55–86
142 September 11 @ Cardinals 5–6 Jackson Littlefield (5–12) 7,877 55–87
143 September 12 @ Cardinals 9–3 Donoso (4–6) Haddix 3,289 56–87
144 September 13 @ Redlegs 5–2 Friend (12–9) Nuxhall 3,962 57–87
145 September 16 @ Phillies 1–8 Roberts Surkont (7–13) 10,023 57–88
146 September 18 @ Phillies 5–2 Friend (13–9) Wehmeier Face (5) 58–88
147 September 18 @ Phillies 1–2 Rogovin Hall (5–6) 12,683 58–89
148 September 20 @ Giants 1–11 Antonelli Law (10–10) 58–90
149 September 20 @ Giants 8–14 Wilhelm Surkont (7–14) 1,165 58–91
150 September 21 @ Giants 2–7 Liddle Face (5–7) 58–92
151 September 21 @ Giants 3–7 Monzant Kline (6–12) 2,091 58–93
152 September 24 Dodgers 4–3 Hall (6–6) Bessent 59–93
153 September 24 Dodgers 6–1 Friend (14–9) Koufax 4,531 60–93
154 September 25 Dodgers 0–4 Meyer Kline (6–13) Craig 25,185 60–94
Legend:        = Win        = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

Roster

1955 Pittsburgh Pirates
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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 Jack Shepard 94 264 63 .239 2 23
1B Dale Long 131 419 122 .291 16 79
2B Johnny O'Brien 84 278 83 .299 1 25
SS Dick Groat 151 521 139 .267 4 51
3B Gene Freese 134 455 115 .253 14 44
LF Frank Thomas 142 510 125 .245 25 72
CF Eddie O'Brien 75 236 55 .233 0 8
RF Roberto Clemente 124 474 121 .255 5 47

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
Jerry Lynch 88 282 80 .284 5 28
Dick Cole 77 239 54 .226 0 21
Toby Atwell 71 207 44 .213 1 18
Preston Ward 84 179 38 .212 5 25
George Freese 51 179 46 .257 3 22
Román Mejías 71 167 36 .216 3 21
Tom Saffell 73 113 19 .168 1 3
Felipe Montemayor 36 95 20 .211 2 8
Hardy Peterson 32 81 20 .247 1 10
Sid Gordon 16 47 8 .170 0 1
Curt Roberts 6 17 2 .118 0 0
Earl Smith 5 16 1 .063 0 0
Nick Koback 5 7 2 .286 0 0
John Powers 2 4 1 .250 0 0
Dick Smith 4 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
Vern Law 43 200.2 10 10 3.81 82
Max Surkont 35 166.1 7 14 5.57 84
Dick Hall 15 94.1 6 6 3.91 46
Bob Purkey 14 67.2 2 7 5.32 24
Jake Thies 1 3.2 0 1 4.91 0

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 44 200.1 14 9 2.83 98
Ron Kline 36 136.2 6 13 4.15 48
Dick Littlefield 35 130 5 12 5.12 70
Roy Face 42 125.2 5 7 3.58 84
Lino Donoso 25 95 4 6 5.31 38
Nellie King 17 54.1 1 3 2.98 21
Roger Bowman 7 16.2 0 3 8.64 8
Paul Martin 7 7 0 1 14.14 3

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
Laurin Pepper 14 0 1 0 10.35 7
Ben Wade 11 0 1 1 3.21 7
Al Grunwald 3 0 0 0 4.70 2
Fred Waters 2 0 0 0 3.60 0
Red Swanson 1 0 0 0 18.00 0
Bill Bell 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

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 Andy Cohen
A Williamsport Grays Eastern League Larry Shepard
A Lincoln Chiefs Western League Bill Burwell
B Waco Pirates Big State League Stan Wentzel
B Burlington-Graham Pirates Carolina League Larry Dorton
C Phoenix Stars Arizona–Mexico League Jerry Gardner
C Salinas Packers California League Buck Elliott and Jack Paepke
C Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Jack Paepke and Buck Elliott
C St. Jean Canadiens Provincial League Steve Mizerak and Fred Luciano
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 CO-CHAMPIONS: Brunswick

Notes

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. ^ Ellis Burton at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Red Swanson at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/yr1955as.shtml

References