1956 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)Joe L. Brown
Manager(s)Bobby Bragan
Local televisionnone
Local radioKDKA
Bob Prince, Dick Bingham
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The 1956 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 75th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise, the 70th in the National League. The Pirates finished seventh in the league standings with a record of 66–88.

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 93 61 0.604 52–25 41–36
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 0.597 1 47–29 45–33
Cincinnati Redlegs 91 63 0.591 2 51–26 40–37
St. Louis Cardinals 76 78 0.494 17 43–34 33–44
Philadelphia Phillies 71 83 0.461 22 40–37 31–46
New York Giants 67 87 0.435 26 37–40 30–47
Pittsburgh Pirates 66 88 0.429 27 35–43 31–45
Chicago Cubs 60 94 0.390 33 39–38 21–56

Record vs. opponents


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


Game log

1956 Game Log: 66–88 (Home: 35–43; Away: 31–45)
April: 5–6 (Home: 1–2; Away: 4–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 17 @ Giants 3–4 Antonelli Friend (0–1) 12,790 0–1
2 April 18 @ Giants 4–5 McCall Law (0–1) 2,493 0–2
3 April 19 @ Giants 3–2 Kline (1–0) Worthington 1,922 1–2
4 April 20 Dodgers 0–5 Craig Hall (0–1) 23,357 1–3
5 April 21 Dodgers 3–1 Friend (1–1) Lehman 8,603 2–3
6 April 22 Dodgers 1–4 (6) Newcombe Law (0–2) 15,264 2–4
7 April 25 @ Phillies 6–5 Law (1–2) Owens King (1) 5,347 3–4
8 April 27 @ Dodgers 2–7 Craig Kline (1–1) 7,056 3–5
9 April 28 @ Dodgers 2–5 Newcombe Hall (0–2) 7,806 3–6
10 April 29 @ Dodgers 10–1 Friend (2–1) Drysdale 4–6
11 April 29 @ Dodgers 11–3 King (1–0) Loes 22,609 5–6
May: 16–10 (Home: 11–6; Away: 5–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
12 May 1 @ Cardinals 4–2 Face (1–0) Mizell Law (1) 6,331 6–6
13 May 2 @ Cardinals 9–10 (10) Collum Munger (0–1) 6,382 6–7
14 May 3 @ Redlegs 5–1 Friend (3–1) Nuxhall 2,561 7–7
15 May 4 @ Redlegs 3–4 Fowler Hall (0–3) 6,438 7–8
16 May 5 @ Redlegs 6–7 (10) LaPalme King (1–1) 4,481 7–9
17 May 6 @ Cubs 2–1 Kline (2–1) Minner 8–9
18 May 6 @ Cubs 6–6 (7) 11,426 8–9
19 May 8 @ Braves 0–5 Spahn Friend (3–2) 18,466 8–10
20 May 11 Phillies 6–5 Arroyo (1–0) Meyer 17,605 9–10
21 May 12 Phillies 6–5 Friend (4–2) Roberts King (2) 20,115 10–10
22 May 13 Phillies 11–9 Face (2–0) Meyer Law (2) 11–10
23 May 13 Phillies 2–7 Rogovin Hall (0–4) Roberts 20,435 11–11
24 May 16 Redlegs 9–2 Friend (5–2) Nuxhall 3,053 12–11
25 May 17 Cubs 1–4 Meyer Kline (2–2) Lown 6,627 12–12
26 May 18 Cubs 2–3 Lown Face (2–1) 10,382 12–13
27 May 19 Cubs 7–4 King (2–1) Jones Face (1) 6,863 13–13
28 May 20 Braves 6–3 Friend (6–2) Crone 14–13
29 May 20 Braves 5–0 Kline (3–2) Spahn 32,346 15–13
30 May 22 Cardinals 3–6 Wehmeier Law (1–3) Collum 19,316 15–14
31 May 23 Cardinals 6–0 Friend (7–2) Schmidt 19,917 16–14
32 May 25 @ Phillies 8–5 King (3–1) Simmons Munger (1) 10,407 17–14
33 May 26 @ Phillies 6–2 Law (2–3) Miller 4,614 18–14
34 May 28 Dodgers 3–2 Friend (8–2) Erskine 32,221 19–14
35 May 29 Dodgers 1–10 Newcombe Kline (3–3) 11,935 19–15
36 May 30 Giants 5–4 (10) Face (3–1) McCall 20–15
37 May 30 Giants 3–5 (15) Antonelli Law (2–4) 27,680 20–16
38 May 31 Giants 3–0 (8) Kline (4–3) Hearn 15,123 21–16
June: 11–17 (Home: 4–12; Away: 7–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
39 June 1 @ Braves 4–1 Friend (9–2) Spahn King (3) 24,528 22–16
40 June 2 @ Braves 4–2 Munger (1–1) Conley Kline (1) 27,650 23–16
41 June 3 @ Braves 3–1 Face (4–1) Crone King (4) 24–16
42 June 3 @ Braves 3–4 Buhl Law (2–5) 34,915 24–17
43 June 5 @ Cubs 3–7 Hacker Friend (9–3) 7,847 24–18
44 June 6 @ Cubs 8–2 Kline (5–3) Minner 7,545 25–18
45 June 7 @ Cubs 2–5 Rush Face (4–2) 4,535 25–19
46 June 8 @ Cardinals 2–0 (11) Friend (10–3) Dickson 20,079 26–19
47 June 9 @ Cardinals 3–8 Mizell Law (2–6) Konstanty 12,149 26–20
48 June 10 @ Cardinals 11–3 Arroyo (2–0) Schmidt 27–20
49 June 10 @ Cardinals 0–3 Wehmeier Kline (5–4) 28,129 27–21
50 June 12 @ Redlegs 4–3 Face (5–2) Nuxhall King (5) 15,919 28–21
51 June 15 Cardinals 12–1 Kline (6–4) Mizell 26,276 29–21
52 June 16 Cardinals 2–0 (7) Friend (11–3) Wehmeier 14,550 30–21
53 June 17 Cardinals 1–3 Poholsky Law (2–7) 30–22
54 June 17 Cardinals 3–8 Schmidt Arroyo (2–1) Konstanty 30,127 30–23
55 June 18 Braves 2–3 Spahn Kline (6–5) 16,735 30–24
56 June 19 Braves 3–5 Burdette Friend (11–4) Sleater 23,743 30–25
57 June 20 Braves 3–7 Conley Law (2–8) 19,775 30–26
58 June 21 Braves 2–7 Buhl Kline (6–6) 8,292 30–27
59 June 23 Cubs 5–9 (10) Davis Face (5–3) 7,809 30–28
60 June 24 Cubs 3–5 Valentinetti Face (5–4) 30–29
61 June 24 Cubs 1–0 (6) Pepper (1–0) Jones Arroyo (1) 17,066 31–29
62 June 25 Redlegs 1–2 Fowler Kline (6–7) 17,007 31–30
63 June 27 Redlegs 2–10 Lawrence Friend (11–5) Freeman 24,353 31–31
64 June 28 Redlegs 3–4 Acker Arroyo (2–2) Fowler 9,915 31–32
65 June 29 Giants 6–3 Law (3–8) Hearn Face (2) 18,797 32–32
66 June 30 Giants 4–6 Gomez Kline (6–8) Wilhelm 8,111 32–33
July: 11–20 (Home: 5–9; Away: 6–11)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
67 July 1 Giants 2–3 Antonelli Friend (11–6) Grissom 32–34
68 July 1 Giants 6–7 McCall Arroyo (2–3) Grissom 23,459 32–35
69 July 3 Phillies 6–5 O'Brien (1–0) Meyer 5,804 33–35
70 July 4 Phillies 2–4 Haddix Kline (6–9) 33–36
71 July 4 Phillies 8–4 Face (6–4) Miller 16,076 34–36
72 July 7 @ Giants 2–3 Antonelli Friend (11–7) Wilhelm 7,151 34–37
73 July 8 @ Giants 1–11 Gomez Law (3–9) 34–38
74 July 8 @ Giants 5–2 Kline (7–9) Worthington Face (3) 15,406 35–38
75 July 12 @ Cubs 2–1 Kline (8–9) Kaiser 36–38
76 July 12 @ Cubs 5–4 Face (7–4) Jones 10,077 37–38
77 July 13 @ Cubs 6–7 Lown Friend (11–8) 6,958 37–39
78 July 14 @ Cubs 2–6 Rush Law (3–10) 37–40
79 July 14 @ Cubs 5–6 (10) Lown Face (7–5) 17,195 37–41
80 July 15 @ Braves 2–3 Spahn Law (3–11) 37–42
81 July 15 @ Braves 1–4 Phillips Naranjo (0–1) 35,631 37–43
82 July 16 @ Braves 1–2 Buhl Kline (8–10) 20,124 37–44
83 July 17 @ Cardinals 4–2 (10) Friend (12–8) Wehmeier Face (4) 12,182 38–44
84 July 18 @ Cardinals 1–1 15,195 38–44
85 July 20 @ Redlegs 4–6 (12) Klippstein Waters (0–1) 19,342 38–45
86 July 21 @ Redlegs 4–3 Face (8–5) Lawrence 8,859 39–45
87 July 22 @ Redlegs 8–6 Munger (2–1) Freeman 40–45
88 July 22 @ Redlegs 2–9 Nuxhall Pollet (0–1) Acker 28,505 40–46
89 July 23 @ Redlegs 3–4 Lawrence Face (8–6) Freeman 11,318 40–47
90 July 24 Cubs 6–2 Kline (9–10) Rush 12,861 41–47
91 July 25 Cubs 9–8 King (4–1) Brosnan 12,861 42–47
92 July 26 Cubs 4–0 Waters (1–1) Jones Pollet (1) 7,121 43–47
93 July 27 Redlegs 2–3 Fowler Face (8–7) 31,494 43–48
94 July 28 Redlegs 3–8 Klippstein Pollet (0–2) 10,166 43–49
95 July 29 Redlegs 1–6 Lawrence Friend (12–9) 43–50
96 July 29 Redlegs 2–3 Freeman Law (3–12) 30,429 43–51
97 July 30 Redlegs 2–4 Freeman Pepper (1–1) 11,256 43–52
98 July 31 Cardinals 0–7 Dickson Munger (2–2) 10,965 43–53
August: 12–20 (Home: 6–7; Away: 6–13)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
99 August 1 Cardinals 1–4 Schmidt Kline (9–11) 8,592 43–54
100 August 2 Cardinals 5–7 Wehmeier Friend (12–10) Jackson 5,745 43–55
101 August 3 Braves 4–3 Law (4–12) Spahn 17,479 44–55
102 August 4 Braves 3–7 Trowbridge Pollet (0–3) 7,494 44–56
103 August 5 Braves 1–5 Conley Kline (9–12) Johnson 44–57
104 August 5 Braves 0–5 (5) Burdette Friend (12–11) 18,004 44–58
105 August 7 @ Dodgers 0–3 Newcombe Law (4–13) 17,504 44–59
106 August 8 Dodgers 8–5 Munger (3–2) Craig Kline (2) 18,612 45–59
107 August 9 Dodgers 3–7 Roebuck Hall (0–5) 7,486 45–60
108 August 10 Giants 3–2 Friend (13–11) Littlefield 8,234 46–60
109 August 11 Giants 2–4 Antonelli Kline (9–13) Hearn 5,655 46–61
110 August 12 Giants 3–2 Law (5–13) Gomez 47–61
111 August 12 Giants 11–3 Waters (2–1) McCall 9,552 48–61
112 August 14 @ Phillies 0–3 Haddix Friend (13–12) 48–62
113 August 14 @ Phillies 2–11 Simmons Munger (3–3) 32,873 48–63
114 August 15 @ Phillies 5–1 Kline (10–13) Meyer 12,337 49–63
115 August 16 @ Phillies 4–1 Law (6–13) Roberts 7,070 50–63
116 August 17 @ Giants 3–5 Margoneri Munger (3–4) McCall 5,998 50–64
117 August 18 @ Giants 9–1 Friend (14–12) Gomez 4,955 51–64
118 August 19 @ Giants 6–7 Wilhelm Hall (0–6) 51–65
119 August 19 @ Giants 2–3 Antonelli Kline (10–14) McCall 8,587 51–66
120 August 21 @ Redlegs 4–7 Freeman Pollet (0–4) 8,267 51–67
121 August 22 @ Redlegs 3–6 Nuxhall Friend (14–13) Jeffcoat 8,076 51–68
122 August 23 @ Cardinals 0–3 Mizell Kline (10–15) 51–69
123 August 23 @ Cardinals 2–3 Collum Face (8–8) 11,935 51–70
124 August 24 @ Cardinals 2–6 Dickson Waters (2–2) 9,317 51–71
125 August 25 @ Cardinals 5–8 Blaylock Law (6–14) Jackson 8,976 51–72
126 August 26 @ Cubs 2–0 Friend (15–13) Rush 10,631 52–72
127 August 26 @ Cubs 2–1 Kline (11–15) Jones Friend (1) 10,631 53–72
128 August 28 @ Braves 5–4 Face (9–8) Trowbridge 25,778 54–72
129 August 29 @ Braves 1–4 Burdette Face (9–9) 24,861 54–73
130 August 30 @ Braves 1–1 (9) 17,783 54–73
131 August 31 Phillies 6–3 Kline (12–15) Hamner Pollet (2) 11,147 55–73
September: 11–15 (Home: 8–7; Away: 3–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
132 September 1 Phillies 2–3 Rogovin Hall (0–7) 5,071 55–74
133 September 2 Phillies 10–6 Law (7–14) Simmons 56–74
134 September 2 Phillies 5–1 Naranjo (1–1) Roberts 12,470 57–74
135 September 3 @ Dodgers 3–4 Bessent Friend (15–14) 57–75
136 September 3 @ Dodgers 3–2 Face (10–9) Drysdale Friend (2) 29,045 58–75
137 September 5 @ Dodgers 3–4 Maglie Kline (12–16) Bessent 10,332 58–76
138 September 7 @ Phillies 2–5 Roberts Friend (15–15) 7,835 58–77
139 September 8 @ Phillies 5–4 Face (11–9) Flowers Hall (1) 4,806 59–77
140 September 9 @ Phillies 4–1 (10) Kline (13–16) Miller Face (5) 60–77
141 September 9 @ Phillies 5–6 (10) Roberts Naranjo (1–2) 11,104 60–78
142 September 11 Cubs 4–3 Face (12–9) Lown 3,987 61–78
143 September 12 Cubs 0–3 Jones Law (7–15) 3,689 61–79
144 September 13 Redlegs 4–5 Nuxhall Face (12–10) Freeman 8,765 61–80
145 September 15 Redlegs 4–6 Lawrence Friend (15–16) Freeman 2,654 61–81
146 September 16 Cardinals 2–3 (10) Dickson Face (12–11) 61–82
147 September 16 Cardinals 9–3 Law (8–15) Wehmeier 8,742 62–82
148 September 18 Braves 4–6 Sleater Face (12–12) Spahn 9,786 62–83
149 September 20 Braves 2–1 (10) Friend (16–16) Crone 1,691 63–83
150 September 21 Dodgers 2–1 Kline (14–16) Maglie 10,872 64–83
151 September 22 Dodgers 5–1 Arroyo (3–3) Erskine Friend (3) 6,452 65–83
152 September 23 Dodgers 3–8 Newcombe Face (12–13) Labine 44,932 65–84
153 September 24 Dodgers 6–5 Friend (17–16) Craig 17,252 66–84
154 September 25 @ Giants 0–10 Antonelli Kline (14–17) Surkont 1,275 66–85
155 September 29 @ Dodgers 2–6 Maglie Friend (17–17) 26,340 66–86
156 September 29 @ Dodgers 1–3 Labine Kline (14–18) 26,340 66–87
157 September 30 @ Dodgers 6–8 Newcombe Law (8–16) Bessent 31,983 66–88
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Tie
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

Roster

1956 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 Jack Shepard 100 256 62 .242 7 30
1B Dale Long 148 517 136 .263 27 91
2B Bill Mazeroski 81 255 62 .243 3 14
SS Dick Groat 142 520 142 .273 0 37
3B Frank Thomas 157 588 166 .282 25 80
LF Lee Walls 143 474 130 .274 11 54
CF Bill Virdon 133 509 170 .334 8 37
RF Roberto Clemente 147 543 169 .311 7 60

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
Bob Skinner 113 233 47 .202 5 29
Hank Foiles 79 222 47 .212 7 25
Gene Freese 65 207 43 .208 3 14
Johnny O'Brien 73 104 18 .173 0 3
Dick Cole 72 99 21 .212 0 9
Danny Kravitz 32 68 18 .265 2 10
Curt Roberts 31 62 11 .177 0 4
Eddie O'Brien 63 53 14 .264 0 3
Spook Jacobs 11 37 6 .162 0 1
Preston Ward 16 30 10 .333 1 11
John Powers 11 21 1 .048 0 0
Bobby Del Greco 14 20 4 .200 2 3
Jerry Lynch 19 19 3 .158 0 0
Toby Atwell 12 18 2 .111 0 3
Bill Hall 1 3 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 Friend 49 314.1 17 17 3.46 166
Ron Kline 44 264.0 14 18 3.38 125
Vern Law 39 195.2 8 16 4.32 60

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
Red Munger 35 107.0 3 4 4.04 45
Dick Hall 19 62.1 0 7 4.76 27
Fred Waters 23 51.0 2 2 2.82 14
Laurin Pepper 11 30.0 1 1 3.00 12
Dick Littlefield 6 12.2 0 0 4.26 10

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
Roy Face 68 12 13 6 3.52 96
Nellie King 38 4 1 5 3.15 25
Howie Pollet 19 0 4 2 3.09 10
Luis Arroyo 18 3 3 0 4.71 17
Cholly Naranjo 17 1 2 0 4.46 26
Jack McMahan 11 0 0 0 6.08 9
Red Swanson 9 0 0 0 10.03 5
Johnny O'Brien 8 1 0 0 2.84 9
Lino Donoso 3 0 0 0 0.00 1
Bob Purkey 2 0 0 0 2.25 1
Bob Garber 2 0 0 0 2.25 3
Eddie O'Brien 1 0 0 0 0.00 0
Max Surkont 1 0 0 0 4.50 1

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
Open Hollywood Stars Pacific Coast League Clay Hopper
AA New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association Andy Cohen
A Williamsport Grays Eastern League John Fitzpatrick
A Lincoln Chiefs Western League Larry Shepard
B Waco Pirates Big State League Monty Basgall
B Kinston Eagles Carolina League Jack Paepke and Tex Taylor
C Douglas Copper Kings Arizona–Mexico League Jerry Gardner
C Grand Forks Chiefs Northern League Al Kubski
C Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Buck Elliott
D Dublin Irish Georgia State League Robert Clark, Wilbur Caldwell and Wayne Wallace
D Brunswick Pirates Georgia–Florida League Frank Oceak
D Clinton Pirates Midwest League Stan Wentzel

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Lincoln

Notes

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. ^ Bill Virdon at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Dick Rand at Baseball Reference

References