1959 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)John W. Galbreath (majority shareholder); Bing Crosby, Thomas P. Johnson (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 1959 Major League Baseball season saw the Pittsburgh Pirates finish in fourth place in the National League at 78–76, nine games behind the NL and World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Pirates set the record for most extra innings victories in a season, winning 19 of their 21 extra inning games.[2][3]

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 88 68 0.564 46–32 42–36
Milwaukee Braves 86 70 0.551 2 49–29 37–41
San Francisco Giants 83 71 0.539 4 42–35 41–36
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 76 0.506 9 47–30 31–46
Chicago Cubs 74 80 0.481 13 38–39 36–41
Cincinnati Reds 74 80 0.481 13 43–34 31–46
St. Louis Cardinals 71 83 0.461 16 42–35 29–48
Philadelphia Phillies 64 90 0.416 23 37–40 27–50

Record vs. opponents

1959 National League Records

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


Game log

1959 Game Log: 78–76 (Home: 47–30; Away: 31–46)
April: 6–8 (Home: 2–4; Away: 4–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 9 @ Reds 1–4 Purkey Kline (0–1) 32,190 0–1
2 April 10 Braves 0–8 Spahn Friend (0–1) 33,317 0–2
3 April 11 Braves 3–4 Burdette Law (0–1) 11,800 0–3
4 April 14 @ Reds 2–3 Purkey Witt (0–1) 7,631 0–4
5 April 15 @ Reds 5–10 Nuxhall Friend (0–2) Mabe 3,228 0–5
6 April 17 @ Braves 2–2 8,562 0–5
7 April 18 @ Braves 11–5 Law (1–1) Buhl 15,703 1–5
8 April 22 Reds 9–8 Face (1–0) Pena 16,038 2–5
9 April 23 Reds 2–5 Lawrence Witt (0–2) 18,819 2–6
10 April 24 @ Phillies 8–5 Face (2–0) Schroll 15,675 3–6
11 April 25 @ Phillies 4–2 Haddix (1–0) Morehead 6,678 4–6
12 April 26 @ Phillies 9–2 Law (2–1) Cardwell 5–6
13 April 26 @ Phillies 5–10 Meyer Friend (0–3) 19,266 5–7
14 April 27 Dodgers 3–9 Drysdale Witt (0–3) 10,689 5–8
15 April 29 Giants 3–2 Kline (1–1) Antonelli 19,799 6–8
May: 19–14 (Home: 10–6; Away: 9–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
16 May 1 Cardinals 6–7 Mizell Friend (0–4) Brosnan 18,950 6–9
17 May 2 Cardinals 2–1 Haddix (2–0) McDaniel 10,758 7–9
18 May 3 Cardinals 4–3 (10) Face (3–0) Brosnan 8–9
19 May 3 Cardinals 1–3 Blaylock Daniels (0–1) McDaniel 26,080 8–10
20 May 4 Cubs 2–1 Kline (2–1) Anderson Face (1) 14,421 9–10
21 May 5 Cubs 3–6 Hobbie Friend (0–5) 17,429 9–11
22 May 6 Cubs 0–3 Hillman Haddix (2–1) 5,860 9–12
23 May 7 Phillies 5–4 (10) Face (4–0) Owens 10,358 10–12
24 May 8 Phillies 1–8 Conley Witt (0–4) Farrell 17,691 10–13
25 May 9 Phillies 9–1 Kline (3–1) Gomez 9,633 11–13
26 May 10 Phillies 3–6 Roberts Friend (0–6) Farrell 11–14
27 May 10 Phillies 7–6 Haddix (3–1) Hearn Face (2) 23,549 12–14
28 May 11 @ Giants 4–14 Sanford Daniels (0–2) 13,789 12–15
29 May 12 @ Giants 6–5 (12) Daniels (1–2) Jones 8,084 13–15
30 May 13 @ Dodgers 6–4 Face (5–0) Drysdale 16,718 14–15
31 May 14 @ Dodgers 7–6 Face (6–0) Labine 15,416 15–15
32 May 16 @ Cubs 2–3 Elston Haddix (3–2) 10,496 15–16
33 May 17 @ Cubs 5–4 Law (3–1) Anderson Face (3) 16–16
34 May 17 @ Cubs 6–7 Hobbie Daniels (1–3) Henry 32,017 16–17
35 May 19 @ Cardinals 2–8 Jackson Kline (3–2) 8,470 16–18
36 May 20 @ Cardinals 1–11 Mizell Friend (0–7) 8,555 16–19
37 May 21 @ Cardinals 7–2 Haddix (4–2) McDaniel 8,141 17–19
38 May 22 Reds 4–3 Law (4–1) Jeffcoat 27,675 18–19
39 May 23 Reds 6–5 Daniels (2–3) Pena Blackburn (1) 13,119 19–19
40 May 24 Reds 2–1 Kline (4–2) Lawrence 20–19
41 May 24 Reds 5–4 (10) Blackburn (1–0) Purkey 32,273 21–19
42 May 26 @ Braves 0–1 (13) Burdette Haddix (4–3) 19,194 21–20
43 May 27 @ Braves 3–4 Spahn Law (4–2) McMahon 17,721 21–21
44 May 28 @ Braves 3–0 Friend (1–7) Jay 12,635 22–21
45 May 29 @ Reds 5–8 Mabe Kline (4–3) Acker 18,958 22–22
46 May 30 @ Reds 3–1 Daniels (3–3) O'Toole Face (4) 8,613 23–22
47 May 31 @ Reds 6–2 Law (5–2) Purkey 24–22
48 May 31 @ Reds 14–11 Face (7–0) Mabe 17,847 25–22
June: 15–15 (Home: 8–7; Away: 7–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
49 June 2 Cardinals 3–0 Haddix (5–3) Jackson 28,644 26–22
50 June 3 Cardinals 5–3 Friend (2–7) Mizell Face (5) 16,857 27–22
51 June 4 Cardinals 9–3 Kline (5–3) Broglio 7,555 28–22
52 June 5 Cubs 5–10 Hobbie Law (5–3) Elston 27,335 28–23
53 June 6 Cubs 2–8 Drabowsky Daniels (3–4) 12,953 28–24
54 June 7 Cubs 2–4 Buzhardt Haddix (5–4) Henry 28–25
55 June 7 Cubs 0–1 Singleton Friend (2–8) Elston 32,078 28–26
56 June 8 Giants 12–9 (11) Face (8–0) McCormick 19,080 29–26
57 June 9 Giants 2–6 Antonelli Law (5–4) 24,272 29–27
58 June 10 Giants 7–11 Jones Witt (0–5) Miller 24,317 29–28
59 June 11 Giants 12–9 Face (9–0) Miller Law (1) 9,444 30–28
60 June 12 Dodgers 6–9 McDevitt Daniels (3–5) Erskine 27,970 30–29
61 June 13 Dodgers 5–3 Kline (6–3) Fowler 11,944 31–29
62 June 14 Dodgers 6–3 Face (10–0) Labine 32–29
63 June 14 Dodgers 5–2 Law (6–4) Erskine 30,082 33–29
64 June 16 @ Cubs 5–2 Friend (3–8) Hillman Face (6) 10,391 34–29
65 June 17 @ Cubs 2–5 Henry Haddix (5–5) 10,230 34–30
66 June 18 @ Cubs 4–2 (13) Face (11–0) Henry 7,562 35–30
67 June 19 @ Cardinals 6–0 Law (7–4) Ricketts 17,461 36–30
68 June 20 @ Cardinals 2–5 Mizell Friend (3–9) McDaniel 10,698 36–31
69 June 21 @ Cardinals 1–5 Jackson Haddix (5–6) McDaniel 36–32
70 June 21 @ Cardinals 10–8 Daniels (4–5) Blaylock Face (7) 23,731 37–32
71 June 22 @ Giants 1–4 Fisher Kline (6–4) Worthington 11,002 37–33
72 June 23 @ Giants 5–1 Law (8–4) Jones 22,706 38–33
73 June 24 @ Giants 3–4 McCormick Daniels (4–6) 12,643 38–34
74 June 25 @ Giants 3–1 (12) Face (12–0) Fisher 11,487 39–34
75 June 26 @ Dodgers 5–6 Podres Kline (6–5) McDevitt 22,719 39–35
76 June 27 @ Dodgers 0–3 Koufax Law (8–5) 31,649 39–36
77 June 28 @ Dodgers 4–9 McDevitt Friend (3–10) Drysdale 27,785 39–37
78 June 30 @ Phillies 4–3 Haddix (6–6) Roberts Face (8) 11,149 40–37
July: 10–17 (Home: 9–8; Away: 1–9)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
79 July 1 @ Phillies 0–1 Conley Kline (6–6) 7,897 40–38
80 July 2 Braves 4–3 (10) Law (9–5) McMahon 28,282 41–38
81 July 3 Braves 0–6 Pizarro Witt (0–6) 34,093 41–39
82 July 4 Reds 4–3 Friend (4–10) Nuxhall 16,548 42–39
83 July 5 Reds 7–5 Haddix (7–6) Lawrence Face (9) 43–39
84 July 5 Reds 3–2 (11) Kline (7–6) Pena 22,622 44–39
85 July 9 Cubs 4–3 (10) Face (13–0) Henry 22,080 45–39
86 July 10 Cubs 7–6 (11) Daniels (5–6) Elston 25,360 46–39
87 July 11 Cubs 1–5 Hillman Kline (7–7) 15,110 46–40
88 July 12 Cardinals 6–5 (10) Face (14–0) McDaniel 47–40
89 July 12 Cardinals 6–8 (10) McDaniel Porterfield (0–1) 25,530 47–41
90 July 14 Dodgers 9–1 Law (10–5) Podres 30,199 48–41
91 July 15 Dodgers 0–3 Drysdale Friend (4–11) 28,268 48–42
92 July 17 Giants 1–4 Jones Kline (7–8) 33,220 48–43
93 July 18 Giants 3–4 Fisher Haddix (7–7) McCormick 20,577 48–44
94 July 19 Giants 3–2 Law (11–5) Miller 27,992 49–44
95 July 21 Phillies 2–4 Roberts Friend (4–12) 25,960 49–45
96 July 22 Phillies 4–11 Conley Kline (7–9) 17,024 49–46
97 July 24 @ Braves 0–8 Pizarro Haddix (7–8) 27,708 49–47
98 July 25 @ Braves 0–3 Burdette Law (11–6) 25,295 49–48
99 July 26 @ Braves 0–4 Spahn Friend (4–13) 49–49
100 July 26 @ Braves 1–2 Buhl Witt (0–7) McMahon 39,420 49–50
101 July 27 @ Braves 2–5 Jay Kline (7–10) 15,817 49–51
102 July 28 @ Dodgers 4–9 Williams Blackburn (1–1) 23,493 49–52
103 July 29 @ Dodgers 0–2 Craig Law (11–7) 24,324 49–53
104 July 30 @ Dodgers 5–4 (12) Daniels (6–6) Williams Gross (1) 24,221 50–53
105 July 31 @ Giants 3–4 Sanford Haddix (7–9) 22,371 50–54
August: 20–8 (Home: 15–3; Away: 5–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
106 August 1 @ Giants 5–9 Byerly Daniels (6–7) Miller 21,567 50–55
107 August 2 @ Giants 3–5 Antonelli Porterfield (0–2) 22,653 50–56
108 August 4 @ Cardinals 7–3 Law (12–7) Gibson 10,971 51–56
109 August 5 @ Cardinals 0–3 Broglio Friend (4–14) 8,079 51–57
110 August 6 @ Cardinals 18–2 Haddix (8–9) Jackson 8,503 52–57
111 August 7 @ Cubs 0–4 Drabowsky Kline (7–11) 7,434 52–58
112 August 8 @ Cubs 4–3 (14) Gross (1–0) Donnelly 5,693 53–58
113 August 9 @ Cubs 5–3 (10) Face (15–0) Elston 19,138 54–58
114 August 11 @ Phillies 4–6 Cardwell Friend (4–15) Farrell 12,127 54–59
115 August 12 @ Phillies 6–2 Haddix (9–9) Roberts 11,163 55–59
116 August 14 Braves 2–1 Law (13–7) Jay 26,873 56–59
117 August 15 Braves 10–8 Kline (8–11) Burdette Green (1) 34,478 57–59
118 August 16 Braves 2–1 Friend (5–15) Pizarro Porterfield (1) 58–59
119 August 16 Braves 2–5 Spahn Daniels (6–8) 24,518 58–60
120 August 17 Cubs 7–6 Green (1–0) Henry 12,815 59–60
121 August 19 Cardinals 4–2 Law (14–7) Gibson 19,075 60–60
122 August 20 Cardinals 3–1 Friend (6–15) Broglio 8,059 61–60
123 August 21 Dodgers 5–6 Podres Kline (8–12) Koufax 24,678 61–61
124 August 22 Dodgers 2–0 Daniels (7–8) Craig Gross (2) 10,260 62–61
125 August 23 Dodgers 9–2 Haddix (10–9) Drysdale 63–61
126 August 23 Dodgers 4–3 (10) Face (16–0) Drysdale 25,173 64–61
127 August 24 Giants 6–0 Friend (7–15) Jones 23,617 65–61
128 August 25 Giants 5–12 Antonelli Kline (8–13) 29,927 65–62
129 August 26 Giants 5–4 (10) Kline (9–13) Miller 20,244 66–62
130 August 28 Phillies 9–0 Law (15–7) Keegan 20,926 67–62
131 August 29 Phillies 11–1 Friend (8–15) Roberts 9,714 68–62
132 August 30 Phillies 2–1 Haddix (11–9) Robinson 69–62
133 August 30 Phillies 7–6 (10) Face (17–0) Farrell 20,015 70–62
September: 8–14 (Home: 3–2; Away: 5–12)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
134 September 2 @ Reds 3–6 O'Toole Law (15–8) 70–63
135 September 2 @ Reds 1–2 Newcombe Friend (8–16) 13,014 70–64
136 September 4 @ Phillies 0–3 Owens Haddix (11–10) 13,136 70–65
137 September 5 @ Phillies 7–6 Porterfield (1–2) Farrell Daniels (1) 5,993 71–65
138 September 6 @ Phillies 1–2 Roberts Law (15–9) 9,684 71–66
139 September 7 @ Braves 1–5 Burdette Friend (8–17) 71–67
140 September 7 @ Braves 1–4 Buhl Daniels (7–9) 26,910 71–68
141 September 9 @ Giants 2–7 Sanford Haddix (11–11) Miller 22,768 71–69
142 September 10 @ Giants 5–3 Law (16–9) Antonelli 14,130 72–69
143 September 11 @ Dodgers 4–5 Churn Face (17–1) 72–70
144 September 11 @ Dodgers 0–4 Sherry Green (1–1) 48,526 72–71
145 September 13 @ Dodgers 4–3 Kline (10–13) Churn 20,176 73–71
146 September 16 @ Cubs 3–2 Law (17–9) Anderson 74–71
147 September 16 @ Cubs 2–4 Elston Friend (8–18) 1,366 74–72
148 September 17 @ Cardinals 7–0 Haddix (12–11) Jackson 4,970 75–72
149 September 19 Reds 4–3 (12) Face (18–1) Lawrence 8,406 76–72
150 September 20 Reds 10–1 Law (18–9) Brosnan 21,068 77–72
151 September 21 Braves 6–8 Spahn Friend (8–19) McMahon 17,205 77–73
152 September 22 Braves 3–5 Pizarro Haddix (12–12) McMahon 17,658 77–74
153 September 23 Braves 5–4 Kline (11–13) Jay Face (10) 20,502 78–74
154 September 26 @ Reds 6–7 Purkey Gross (1–1) 4,703 78–75
155 September 27 @ Reds 7–9 Nuxhall Green (1–2) Purkey 15,522 78–76
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Tie
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

Roster

1959 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 Smoky Burgess 114 377 112 .297 11 59
1B Dick Stuart 118 397 118 .297 27 78
2B Bill Mazeroski 135 493 119 .241 7 59
SS Dick Groat 147 593 163 .275 5 51
3B Don Hoak 155 564 166 .294 8 65
LF Bob Skinner 143 547 153 .280 13 61
CF Bill Virdon 144 519 132 .254 8 41
RF Roberto Clemente 105 432 128 .296 4 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
Román Mejías 96 276 65 .236 7 28
Rocky Nelson 98 175 51 .291 6 32
Danny Kravitz 52 162 41 .253 3 21
Dick Schofield 81 145 31 .234 1 9
Ted Kluszewski 60 122 32 .262 2 17
Hank Foiles 53 80 18 .225 3 4
Harry Bright 40 48 12 .250 3 8
Harry Simpson 9 15 4 .267 0 2
Joe Christopher 15 12 0 .000 0 0
Ken Hamlin 3 8 1 .125 0 2
R.C. Stevens 3 7 2 .286 1 1
Hardy Peterson 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
Vern Law 34 266 18 9 2.98 110
Bob Friend 35 234.2 8 19 4.03 104
Harvey Haddix 31 224.1 12 12 3.13 149
Ron Kline 33 186 11 13 4.26 91
George Witt 15 50.2 0 7 6.93 30
Jim Umbricht 1 7 0 0 6.43 3

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
Bennie Daniels 34 100.2 7 9 5.45 67
Al Jackson 18 0 0 0 6.50 13
Dick Hall 2 8.2 0 0 3.12 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
Roy Face 57 18 1 10 2.70 69
Bob Porterfield 36 1 2 1 4.35 19
Ron Blackburn 26 1 1 1 3.65 19
Don Gross 21 1 1 2 3.55 15
Bob Smith 20 0 0 0 3.49 12
Fred Green 17 1 2 1 3.13 20
Don Williams 6 0 0 0 6.75 3
Paul Giel 4 0 0 0 14.09 3

Awards and honors

Records

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Jets International League Cal Ermer
AAA Salt Lake City Bees Pacific Coast League Larry Shepard
A Columbus/Gastonia Pirates Sally League Ray Hathaway
B Wilson Tobs Carolina League Harding "Pete" Peterson and Don Osborn
C Grand Forks Chiefs Northern League James Adlam
C Idaho Falls Russets Pioneer League Bob Clear
D Salem Rebels Appalachian League Larry Dorton
D Dubuque Packers Midwest League Wally Millies, John Armstrong,
Syd Thrift and Al Kubski
D San Angelo/Roswell Pirates Sophomore League Al Kubski, Joe Bauman and Wally Millies

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Salt Lake City, Gastonia, Wilson

Columbus (GA) franchise transferred to Gastonia, May 26, 1959; San Angelo franchise transferred to Roswell, June 9, 1959

References

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. ^ "Team Batting Game Finder: In years 1904 to 2019, Only extra-inning games, Team Won, sorted by greatest number of games in a single season matching the selected criteria". Stathead. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  3. ^ "1959 Pittsburgh Pirates Schedule". Baseball Reference. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  4. ^ Smoky Burgess at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Dick Rand at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Milwaukee Braves 1, Pittsburgh Pirates 0". Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  7. ^ Gene Baker at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Bob Smith at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 290, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  10. ^ Baseball's Top 100: The Game's Greatest Records, p. 29, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7