1958 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)Danny Murtaugh
Local televisionKDKA-TV
Bob Prince, Jim Woods
Local radioKDKA
Bob Prince, Paul Long, Jim Woods
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The 1958 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 77th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 72nd in the National League. The Pirates finished second in the league standings with a record of 84–70, a 22-game improvement over 1957. They ended the year in the first division for the first time since 1948 and recorded their highest league standing since the 1944 edition also finished in second place. Manager Danny Murtaugh, in his first full season at the Pirates' helm, was voted Major League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 0.597 48–29 44–33
Pittsburgh Pirates 84 70 0.545 8 49–28 35–42
San Francisco Giants 80 74 0.519 12 44–33 36–41
Cincinnati Redlegs 76 78 0.494 16 40–37 36–41
Chicago Cubs 72 82 0.468 20 35–42 37–40
St. Louis Cardinals 72 82 0.468 20 39–38 33–44
Los Angeles Dodgers 71 83 0.461 21 39–38 32–45
Philadelphia Phillies 69 85 0.448 23 35–42 34–43

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team CHC CIN LA MIL PHI PIT SF STL
Chicago 10–12 11–11 10–12 13–9 9–13 12–10 7–15
Cincinnati 12–10 11–11 5–17 15–7 10–12 11–11 12–10
Los Angeles 11–11 11–11 14–8 10–12 8–14 6–16 11–11
Milwaukee 12–10 17–5 8–14 13–9 11–11 16–6 15–7
Philadelphia 9–13 7–15 12–10 9–13 12–10 8–14 12–10
Pittsburgh 13–9 12–10 14–8 11–11 10–12 12–10 12–10
San Francisco 10–12 11–11 16–6 6–16 14–8 10–12 13–9
St. Louis 15–7 10–12 11–11 7–15 10–12 10–12 9–13


Game log

1958 Game Log: 84–70 (Home: 49–28; Away: 35–42)
April: 7–5 (Home: 1–3; Away: 6–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 15 @ Braves 4–3 (14) Blackburn (1–0) Conley Raydon (1) 43,339 1–0
2 April 17 @ Braves 1–6 Burdette Law (0–1) 12,854 1–1
3 April 18 Redlegs 1–4 Purkey Kline (0–1) Jeffcoat 34,032 1–2
4 April 19 Redlegs 6–9 Haddix Smith (0–1) Jeffcoat 12,171 1–3
5 April 20 Redlegs 4–3 Friend (1–0) Schmidt 15,142 2–3
6 April 22 Braves 2–5 Buhl Kline (0–2) 6,991 2–4
7 April 23 @ Phillies 1–8 Sanford Blackburn (1–1) 7,668 2–5
8 April 24 @ Phillies 7–4 Friend (2–0) Simmons Face (1) 7,456 3–5
9 April 25 @ Redlegs 4–3 Law (1–1) Haddix Face (2) 7,744 4–5
10 April 26 @ Redlegs 8–4 Gross (1–0) Rabe 3,291 5–5
11 April 29 @ Dodgers 7–1 Friend (3–0) Erskine 19,778 6–5
12 April 30 @ Dodgers 3–1 Kline (1–2) Drysdale 13,890 7–5
May: 15–15 (Home: 11–7; Away: 4–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
13 May 1 @ Dodgers 8–3 Law (2–1) Newcombe Blackburn (1) 16,503 8–5
14 May 2 @ Dodgers 5–9 Podres Perez (0–1) Labine 22,940 8–6
15 May 3 @ Dodgers 3–1 Friend (4–0) Kipp Face (3) 16,288 9–6
16 May 4 @ Giants 6–2 Kline (2–2) Antonelli Face (4) 10–6
17 May 4 @ Giants 3–4 (10) Worthington Face (0–1) 22,721 10–7
18 May 5 @ Giants 11–10 Law (3–1) Gomez Gross (1) 5,506 11–7
19 May 6 @ Giants 0–7 McCormick Daniels (0–1) 10,849 11–8
20 May 7 @ Giants 6–8 Worthington Friend (4–1) Grissom 8,052 11–9
21 May 9 Phillies 1–0 (12) Kline (3–2) Roberts 21,304 12–9
22 May 10 Phillies 14–4 Law (4–1) Semproch 11,807 13–9
23 May 11 Phillies 10–4 Friend (5–1) Sanford 14–9
24 May 11 Phillies 1–0 (11) Porterfield (1–0) Simmons 20,544 15–9
25 May 13 Redlegs 6–3 Kline (4–2) Lawrence Gross (2) 24,123 16–9
26 May 14 Redlegs 5–4 Law (5–1) Rabe 24,102 17–9
27 May 15 Redlegs 4–9 Klippstein Friend (5–2) Jeffcoat 12,022 17–10
28 May 16 @ Phillies 2–6 Simmons Porterfield (1–1) 12,401 17–11
29 May 17 @ Phillies 3–4 Roberts Daniels (0–2) 6,262 17–12
30 May 18 @ Phillies 4–6 Sanford Kline (4–3) Farrell 17–13
31 May 18 @ Phillies 2–6 Semproch Law (5–2) 19,068 17–14
32 May 20 Cubs 12–3 Friend (6–2) Drott 15,848 18–14
33 May 21 Cubs 1–5 Phillips Porterfield (1–2) 5,393 18–15
34 May 23 Cardinals 3–2 Kline (5–3) Mizell Gross (3) 29,369 19–15
35 May 24 Cardinals 6–1 Friend (7–2) Jackson 13,330 20–15
36 May 25 Giants 2–5 Gomez Law (5–3) 20–16
37 May 25 Giants 1–6 Monzant Raydon (0–1) 35,797 20–17
38 May 27 Dodgers 5–3 Kline (6–3) Drysdale Blackburn (2) 15,705 21–17
39 May 28 Dodgers 1–7 Koufax Friend (7–3) 14,320 21–18
40 May 30 Braves 4–7 McMahon Face (0–2) Trowbridge 21–19
41 May 30 Braves 12–6 Gross (2–0) Robinson 32,428 22–19
42 May 31 Braves 3–8 Spahn Kline (6–4) 17,596 22–20
June: 12–17 (Home: 7–9; Away: 5–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
43 June 1 Braves 5–1 (8) Friend (8–3) Conley 17,485 23–20
44 June 2 @ Redlegs 2–8 Nuxhall Smith (0–2) 2,827 23–21
45 June 3 @ Cardinals 4–8 Jackson Raydon (0–2) 11,465 23–22
46 June 4 @ Cardinals 3–6 Brosnan Kline (6–5) Muffett 12,264 23–23
47 June 5 @ Cardinals 3–4 Mizell Friend (8–4) 7,570 23–24
48 June 6 @ Cubs 1–6 Drott Law (5–4) 4,567 23–25
49 June 7 @ Cubs 8–6 (10) Face (1–2) Nichols Smith (1) 14,487 24–25
50 June 8 @ Cubs 0–4 Drabowsky Kline (6–6) 15,670 24–26
51 June 10 @ Giants 5–4 Friend (9–4) Monzant 16,621 25–26
52 June 11 @ Giants 14–6 Law (6–4) Gomez Face (5) 7,912 26–26
53 June 12 @ Giants 2–1 Raydon (1–2) Giel 9,273 27–26
54 June 13 @ Dodgers 4–5 Labine Kline (6–7) 27,748 27–27
55 June 14 @ Dodgers 2–4 Podres Friend (9–5) 35,345 27–28
56 June 15 @ Dodgers 12–1 Law (7–4) Newcombe 30,752 28–28
57 June 17 Giants 6–1 Raydon (2–2) Antonelli Face (6) 27,763 29–28
58 June 18 Giants 1–2 (10) Giel Friend (9–6) Grissom 21,512 29–29
59 June 19 Giants 6–5 Kline (7–7) Worthington Gross (4) 8,474 30–29
60 June 20 Dodgers 2–1 Witt (1–0) Koufax 21,614 31–29
61 June 21 Dodgers 11–7 Face (2–2) Roebuck 6,633 32–29
62 June 22 Dodgers 1–4 Kipp Friend (9–7) Klippstein 32–30
63 June 22 Dodgers 2–3 (10) Koufax Porterfield (1–3) 30,109 32–31
64 June 23 Cardinals 5–7 Brosnan Gross (2–1) Jackson 13,529 32–32
65 June 24 Cardinals 1–2 Paine Kline (7–8) 15,899 32–33
66 June 25 Cardinals 1–3 Mizell Witt (1–1) 15,375 32–34
67 June 26 Cardinals 2–6 McDaniel Law (7–5) Jackson 5,048 32–35
68 June 27 Cubs 1–3 Drabowsky Friend (9–8) Henry 17,026 32–36
69 June 28 Cubs 7–3 Raydon (3–2) Drott Porterfield (1) 8,413 33–36
70 June 29 Cubs 4–3 Face (3–2) Phillips 34–36
71 June 29 Cubs 3–8 Briggs Gross (2–2) Henry 28,968 34–37
July: 15–12 (Home: 8–3; Away: 7–9)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
72 July 1 Phillies 2–4 Semproch Friend (9–9) 17,990 34–38
73 July 3 @ Redlegs 2–0 Witt (2–1) Nuxhall Face (7) 11,707 35–38
74 July 4 @ Redlegs 3–4 Kellner Kline (7–9) 35–39
75 July 4 @ Redlegs 3–8 Purkey Law (7–6) 15,999 35–40
76 July 5 @ Braves 4–2 Friend (10–9) Burdette Face (8) 23,833 36–40
77 July 6 @ Braves 0–2 Jay Raydon (3–3) 26,288 36–41
78 July 10 @ Cubs 7–8 Phillips Law (7–7) Henry 35,000 36–42
79 July 11 @ Cubs 7–2 Kline (8–9) Drabowsky 8,070 37–42
80 July 12 @ Cardinals 0–2 Mizell Friend (10–10) 12,956 37–43
81 July 13 @ Cardinals 10–8 Blackburn (2–1) Jackson Law (1) 27,844 38–43
82 July 13 @ Cardinals 8–6 Law (8–7) Stobbs 27,844 39–43
83 July 15 @ Dodgers 6–2 Kline (9–9) Drysdale Gross (5) 20,827 40–43
84 July 16 @ Dodgers 7–4 Friend (11–10) Kipp Face (9) 19,706 41–43
85 July 17 @ Dodgers 3–5 Williams Witt (2–2) Labine 18,677 41–44
86 July 18 @ Giants 4–5 Miller Law (8–8) Grissom 22,770 41–45
87 July 19 @ Giants 4–5 Monzant Porterfield (1–4) Antonelli 19,685 41–46
88 July 20 @ Giants 3–7 Giel Friend (11–11) Gomez 22,814 41–47
89 July 23 Dodgers 11–3 Kline (10–9) Williams 42–47
90 July 23 Dodgers 6–3 Friend (12–11) Labine Face (10) 18,938 43–47
91 July 24 Dodgers 5–3 Witt (3–2) Williams Face (11) 7,437 44–47
92 July 25 Giants 10–0 Raydon (4–3) Miller 30,545 45–47
93 July 26 Giants 0–1 Antonelli Law (8–9) Grissom 15,549 45–48
94 July 27 Giants 2–1 (14) Gross (3–2) Monzant 46–48
95 July 27 Giants 4–3 Porterfield (2–4) Giel 31,718 47–48
96 July 29 Cubs 6–4 Friend (13–11) Briggs Face (12) 20,325 48–48
97 July 30 Cubs 7–1 (8) Witt (4–2) Phillips Porterfield (2) 20,869 49–48
98 July 31 Cubs 4–5 (8) Hobbie Gross (3–3) Henry 13,060 49–49
August: 21–12 (Home: 10–0; Away: 11–12)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
99 August 1 Cardinals 2–0 Kline (11–9) Mabe 27,862 50–49
100 August 2 Cardinals 1–0 Law (9–9) Jones 15,028 51–49
101 August 3 Cardinals 2–0 Friend (14–11) Maglie 52–49
102 August 3 Cardinals 2–1 Witt (5–2) Mizell 53–49
103 August 4 @ Braves 4–3 Raydon (5–3) Pizarro Face (13) 24,096 54–49
104 August 5 @ Braves 1–6 Burdette Kline (11–10) 25,545 54–50
105 August 6 @ Braves 1–2 Willey Law (9–10) 28,760 54–51
106 August 7 @ Braves 2–3 Spahn Friend (14–12) 24,525 54–52
107 August 8 Redlegs 1–0 Witt (6–2) Nuxhall 26,040 55–52
108 August 9 Redlegs 5–2 Raydon (6–3) Kellner Face (14) 13,122 56–52
109 August 10 Redlegs 3–2 (10) Gross (4–3) Jeffcoat 57–52
110 August 10 Redlegs 4–3 Face (4–2) Lawrence 26,426 58–52
111 August 11 Braves 6–4 Friend (15–12) Spahn Face (15) 38,938 59–52
112 August 12 Braves 10–0 Witt (7–2) Rush 36,867 60–52
113 August 13 @ Phillies 10–9 Smith (1–2) Meyer Law (2) 19,132 61–52
114 August 15 @ Redlegs 1–6 Purkey Kline (11–11) 11,277 61–53
115 August 16 @ Redlegs 13–4 Friend (16–12) Lawrence Porterfield (3) 9,564 62–53
116 August 17 @ Redlegs 3–4 Acker Porterfield (2–5) 62–54
117 August 17 @ Redlegs 5–7 Nuxhall Gross (4–4) Newcombe 17,416 62–55
118 August 19 @ Cubs 4–3 Raydon (7–3) Phillips Porterfield (4) 12,929 63–55
119 August 20 @ Cubs 4–2 Kline (12–11) Hillman Face (16) 64–55
120 August 20 @ Cubs 1–5 (5) Drott Friend (16–13) 20,974 64–56
121 August 21 @ Cubs 3–5 Drabowsky Law (9–11) Hobbie 10,027 64–57
122 August 22 @ Cubs 8–2 Witt (8–2) Solis Law (3) 8,507 65–57
123 August 23 @ Cubs 6–1 Porterfield (3–5) Phillips 16,097 66–57
124 August 24 @ Cardinals 8–4 Friend (17–13) Mizell Face (17) 67–57
125 August 24 @ Cardinals 8–12 Brosnan Gross (4–5) Wight 25,630 67–58
126 August 25 @ Cardinals 1–7 Jackson Kline (12–12) 9,464 67–59
127 August 26 @ Cardinals 5–3 Gross (5–5) Jones Face (18) 13,271 68–59
128 August 27 @ Cardinals 14–1 Law (10–11) Chittum 10,467 69–59
129 August 29 @ Braves 3–2 Friend (18–13) Spahn Gross (6) 35,642 70–59
130 August 30 @ Braves 1–9 Burdette Raydon (7–4) 28,648 70–60
131 August 31 @ Braves 0–2 Willey Kline (12–13) 32,870 70–61
September: 14–9 (Home: 12–6; Away: 2–3)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
132 September 1 Phillies 5–2 Law (11–11) Sanford 71–61
133 September 1 Phillies 0–9 Simmons Porterfield (3–6) 25,438 71–62
134 September 2 Phillies 3–2 Friend (19–13) Cardwell 9,911 72–62
135 September 3 @ Redlegs 4–7 Schmidt Gross (5–6) Pena 7,917 72–63
136 September 5 Braves 1–0 (10) Witt (9–2) Willey 30,319 73–63
137 September 6 Braves 7–6 Smith (2–2) Robinson Face (19) 23,392 74–63
138 September 7 Braves 1–3 Spahn Kline (12–14) 74–64
139 September 7 Braves 4–1 Law (12–11) Burdette Face (20) 36,567 75–64
140 September 8 Redlegs 4–1 Raydon (8–4) Acker Gross (7) 11,577 76–64
141 September 9 Giants 2–1 Face (5–2) Jones 32,250 77–64
142 September 10 Giants 6–4 (10) Friend (20–13) Grissom 20,260 78–64
143 September 12 Dodgers 3–7 Craig Kline (12–15) 21,267 78–65
144 September 13 Dodgers 9–4 Law (13–11) Mauriello Porterfield (5) 14,259 79–65
145 September 14 Cubs 5–4 Porterfield (4–6) Hillman Blackburn (3) 80–65
146 September 14 Cubs 6–2 Friend (21–13) Phillips 23,160 81–65
147 September 16 Cardinals 3–1 Kline (13–15) Mabe 25,977 82–65
148 September 19 @ Phillies 4–2 Friend (22–13) Cardwell 8,498 83–65
149 September 20 @ Phillies 4–3 Law (14–11) Roberts Smith (2) 4,217 84–65
150 September 22 @ Phillies 2–3 (14) Meyer Kline (13–16) 84–66
151 September 22 @ Phillies 0–1 Sanford Daniels (0–3) 5,605 84–67
152 September 26 Phillies 2–3 Roberts Friend (22–14) 12,000 84–68
153 September 27 Phillies 3–7 Cardwell Law (14–12) 9,104 84–69
154 September 28 Phillies 4–6 (10) Meyer Gross (5–7) 33,109 84–70
Legend:        = Win        = Loss
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Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

Roster

1958 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

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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 Hank Foiles 104 264 54 .205 8 50
1B Ted Kluszewski 100 301 88 .292 4 37
2B Bill Mazeroski 152 567 156 .275 19 68
3B Frank Thomas 149 562 158 .281 35 109
SS Dick Groat 151 584 175 .300 3 66
LF Bob Skinner 144 529 170 .321 13 70
CF Bill Virdon 144 604 161 .267 9 46
RF Roberto Clemente 140 519 150 .289 6 50

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
Dick Stuart 67 254 68 .268 16 48
Román Mejías 76 157 42 .268 5 19
Bill Hall 51 116 33 .284 1 15
Danny Kravitz 45 100 24 .240 1 5
R.C. Stevens 59 90 24 .267 7 18
John Powers 57 82 15 .183 2 2
Gene Baker 29 56 14 .250 0 7
Dick Schofield 26 27 4 .148 0 2
Harry Bright 15 24 6 .250 1 3
Gene Freese 17 18 3 .167 1 2
Hardy Peterson 2 6 2 .333 0 0
Paul Smith 6 3 1 .333 0 0
Jim Pendleton 3 3 1 .333 0 0
Johnny O'Brien 3 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 Friend 38 274.0 22 14 3.68 135
Ron Kline 32 237.1 13 16 3.53 109
Vern Law 35 202.1 14 12 3.96 56
Red Witt 18 106.0 9 2 1.61 81

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
Curt Raydon 31 134.1 8 4 3.62 85
Bob Porterfield 37 87.2 4 6 3.29 39
Bennie Daniels 8 27.2 0 3 5.53 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
Roy Face 57 5 2 20 2.89 47
Don Gross 40 5 7 7 3.98 59
Ron Blackburn 38 2 1 3 3.39 31
Bob Smith 35 2 2 1 4.43 24
George Perez 4 0 1 1 5.40 2
Don Williams 2 0 0 0 6.75 3
Eddie O'Brien 1 0 0 0 13.50 1

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Jets International League Clyde King
AAA Salt Lake City Bees Pacific Coast League Larry Shepard
A Lincoln Chiefs Western League Monty Basgall
B Tri-City Braves Northwest League Ray Hathaway
C Douglas Copper Kings Arizona–Mexico League Bob Clear
C San Jose Pirates/Las Vegas Wranglers California League Jack Paepke
C Grand Forks Chiefs Northern League James Adlam
D Salem Rebels Appalachian League Larry Dorton
D Clinton Pirates Midwest League Stan Wentzel and Wally Millies
D San Angelo Pirates Sophomore League Al Kubski

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Douglas

San Jose franchised transferred to Las Vegas and renamed, May 26, 1958

Notes

References