1969 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)Larry Shepard, Alex Grammas
Local televisionKDKA-TV
Bob Prince, Jim Woods, Nellie King
Local radioKDKA
Bob Prince, Jim Woods, Nellie King
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The 1969 Pittsburgh Pirates season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Pirates finishing in third place in the newly established National League East, twelve games behind the eventual World Series champion New York Mets. The Pirates were managed by Larry Shepard, and played their home games at Forbes Field, which was in its final full season of operation, before moving into their new facility in the middle of the following season.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Mets 100 62 0.617 52–30 48–32
Chicago Cubs 92 70 0.568 8 49–32 43–38
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 0.543 12 47–34 41–40
St. Louis Cardinals 87 75 0.537 13 42–38 45–37
Philadelphia Phillies 63 99 0.389 37 30–51 33–48
Montreal Expos 52 110 0.321 48 24–57 28–53

Record vs. opponents

1969 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 3–9 12–6 15–3 9–9 8–4 4–8 6–6 8–4 13–5 9–9 6–6
Chicago 9–3 6–6–1 8–4 6–6 10–8 8–10 12–6 7–11 11–1 6–6 9–9
Cincinnati 6–12 6–6–1 9–9 10–8 8–4 6–6 10–2 5–7 11–7 10–8 8–4
Houston 3–15 4–8 9–9 6–12 11–1 10–2 8–4 3–9 10–8 10–8 7–5
Los Angeles 9–9 6–6 8–10 12–6 10–2 4–8 8–4 8–4 12–6 5–13 3–9
Montreal 4–8 8–10 4–8 1–11 2–10 5–13 11–7 5–13 4–8 1–11 7–11
New York 8–4 10–8 6–6 2–10 8–4 13–5 12–6 10–8 11–1 8–4 12–6
Philadelphia 6-6 6–12 2–10 4–8 4–8 7–11 6–12 10–8 8–4 3–9 7–11
Pittsburgh 4–8 11–7 7–5 9–3 4–8 13–5 8–10 8–10 10–2 5–7 9–9
San Diego 5–13 1–11 7–11 8–10 6–12 8–4 1–11 4–8 2–10 6–12 4–8
San Francisco 9–9 6–6 8–10 8–10 13–5 11–1 4–8 9–3 7–5 12–6 3–9
St. Louis 6–6 9–9 4–8 5–7 9–3 11–7 6–12 11–7 9–9 8–4 9–3


Detailed records

Game log

1969 Game Log: 88–74 (Home: 47–34; Away: 41–40)
April: 13–8 (Home: 9–4; Away: 4–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 8 @ Cardinals 6–2 (14) Dal Canton (1–0) Nelson Hartenstein (1) 38,163 1–0
2 April 9 @ Cardinals 6–1 Veale (1–0) Briles 10,739 2–0
3 April 10 @ Cardinals 3–2 Ellis (1–0) Washburn 10,283 3–0
4 April 11 Phillies 7–1 Moose (1–0) Johnson 31,641 4–0
5 April 12 Phillies 1–8 Jackson Bunning (0–1) 12,474 4–1
6 April 13 Phillies 6–5 Kline (1–0) Wilson 14,981 5–1
7 April 14 @ Cubs 0–4 Holtzman Veale (1–1) 3,114 5–2
8 April 15 @ Cubs 4–7 Aguirre Ellis (1–1) Abernathy 4,362 5–3
9 April 16 Mets 11–3 Moose (2–0) Koosman 7,666 6–3
10 April 17 Mets 4–0 Bunning (1–1) Cardwell Kline (1) 8,097 7–3
11 April 19 @ Phillies 8–6 Blass (1–0) Jackson Dal Canton (1) 3,953 8–3
12 April 20 @ Phillies 1–7 Wise Veale (1–2) Lersch 4,930 8–4
13 April 22 Cubs 7–5 Hartenstein (1–0) Hands 9–4
14 April 22 Cubs 6–5 Dal Canton (2–0) Nye Kline (2) 7,906 10–4
15 April 23 @ Mets 0–2 Koosman Bunning (1–2) 7,274 10–5
16 April 25 Expos 8–2 Blass (2–0) Morton Hartenstein (2) 10,947 11–5
17 April 26 Expos 4–3 Veale (2–2) Stoneman Hartenstein (3) 8,372 12–5
18 April 27 Expos 2–4 Jaster Ellis (1–2) 24,425 12–6
19 April 28 Cardinals 2–6 Carlton Moose (2–1) 3,859 12–7
20 April 30 Cardinals 2–1 Bunning (2–2) Giusti 13–7
21 April 30 Cardinals 1–8 Gibson Blass (2–1) 10,895 13–8
May: 11–15 (Home: 4–7; Away: 7–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
22 May 1 Cardinals 3–9 Briles Veale (2–3) 7,043 13–9
23 May 2 @ Expos 7–3 Ellis (2–2) Jaster 11,892 14–9
24 May 3 @ Expos 4–2 Moose (3–1) Morton Hartenstein (4) 14,147 15–9
25 May 4 @ Expos 4–6 Face Kline (1–1) 16,931 15–10
26 May 6 Padres 2–4 Kelley Blass (2–2) Reberger 5,793 15–11
27 May 7 Padres 2–0 Veale (3–3) Kirby Hartenstein (5) 4,189 16–11
28 May 9 Dodgers 3–13 Singer Ellis (2–3) Moeller 6,837 16–12
29 May 10 Dodgers 1–4 Sutton Bunning (2–3) Brewer 4,979 16–13
30 May 12 Giants 4–3 Hartenstein (2–0) Gibbon 3,396 17–13
31 May 13 Giants 8–11 Herbel Moose (3–2) Linzy 5,846 17–14
32 May 14 Giants 0–3 Marichal Bunning (2–4) 8,296 17–15
33 May 16 @ Dodgers 3–4 Brewer Kline (1–2) 19,016 17–16
34 May 17 @ Dodgers 0–6 Osteen Ellis (2–4) 50,120 17–17
35 May 18 @ Dodgers 5–6 Brewer Ramos (0–1) 21,086 17–18
36 May 20 @ Padres 6–3 Bunning (3–4) Niekro Hartenstein (6) 4,947 18–18
37 May 21 @ Padres 11–1 Moose (4–2) Sisk 34,334 19–18
38 May 22 @ Padres 7–1 Blass (3–2) Kirby 4,001 20–18
39 May 23 @ Giants 0–3 Robertson Ellis (2–5) 8,217 20–19
40 May 24 @ Giants 2–5 McCormick Veale (3–4) 18,616 20–20
41 May 25 @ Giants 2–1 Bunning (4–4) Perry 21–20
42 May 25 @ Giants 6–2 Moose (5–2) Sadecki Dal Canton (2) 24,041 22–20
43 May 28 @ Reds 6–7 Carroll Kline (1–3) 7,458 22–21
44 May 29 @ Reds 4–10 Merritt Veale (3–5) 8,161 22–22
45 May 30 Astros 9–3 Bunning (5–4) Lemaster 23–22
46 May 30 Astros 6–9 Billingham Hartenstein (2–1) Gladding 18,381 23–23
47 May 31 Astros 3–1 Ellis (3–5) Ray Kline (3) 6,663 24–23
June: 14–15 (Home: 7–4; Away: 7–11)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
48 June 1 Astros 14–7 Blass (4–2) Wilson 21,023 25–23
49 June 3 Reds 3–7 Merritt Veale (3–6) 4,576 25–24
50 June 4 Reds 3–5 Carroll Hartenstein (2–2) Granger 6,685 25–25
51 June 6 @ Braves 1–3 Niekro Ellis (3–6) 17,049 25–26
52 June 7 @ Braves 10–2 Blass (5–2) Jarvis 21,120 26–26
53 June 8 @ Braves 10–11 Niekro Hartenstein (2–3) 26–27
54 June 8 @ Braves 3–4 Pappas Veale (3–7) 27,318 26–28
55 June 10 @ Astros 4–7 Griffin Ellis (3–7) 14,660 26–29
56 June 11 @ Astros 13–8 Blass (6–2) Guinn Hartenstein (7) 15,871 27–29
57 June 12 @ Astros 4–3 Bunning (6–4) Gladding 14,260 28–29
58 June 13 Braves 2–1 (10) Dal Canton (3–0) Pappas 11,610 29–29
59 June 14 Braves 4–2 Moose (6–2) Upshaw 18,283 30–29
60 June 15 Braves 4–6 Reed Blass (6–3) Upshaw 19,974 30–30
61 June 16 Cubs 9–8 Dal Canton (4–0) Regan Blass (1) 8,810 31–30
62 June 17 Cubs 1–0 Veale (4–7) Jenkins Dal Canton (3) 32–30
63 June 17 Cubs 4–3 Blass (7–3) Abernathy 26,817 33–30
64 June 18 Cubs 3–2 (10) Gibbon (1–0) Regan 12,198 34–30
65 June 20 @ Phillies 7–8 Wilson Marone (0–1) Boozer 10,669 34–31
66 June 21 @ Phillies 8–2 Dal Canton (5–0) Palmer 5,469 35–31
67 June 22 @ Phillies 6–0 Ellis (4–7) Champion 36–31
68 June 22 @ Phillies 2–3 Jackson Blass (7–4) 33,712 36–32
69 June 23 @ Cubs 4–5 Regan Dal Canton (5–1) 12,500 36–33
70 June 24 @ Cubs 2–3 Hands Bunning (6–5) 17,530 36–34
71 June 25 @ Cubs 2–5 Jenkins Veale (4–8) 26,434 36–35
72 June 26 @ Cubs 5–7 (10) Regan Dal Canton (5–2) 29,473 36–36
73 June 27 @ Mets 3–1 Blass (8–4) Koosman Gibbon (1) 42,276 37–36
74 June 28 @ Mets 7–4 Bunning (7–5) Gentry Gibbon (2) 48,398 38–36
75 June 29 @ Mets 3–7 Seaver Veale (4–9) 27,455 38–37
76 June 30 Phillies 2–4 Fryman Ellis (4–8) Boozer 17,954 38–38
July: 15–12 (Home: 12–7; Away: 3–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
77 July 1 Phillies 4–7 Jackson Blass (8–5) Wilson 6,652 38–39
78 July 2 Phillies 4–14 Raffo Bunning (7–6) Boozer 6,322 38–40
79 July 4 Mets 6–11 Seaver Veale (4–10) Koonce 38–41
80 July 4 Mets 2–9 Cardwell Ellis (4–9) DiLauro 17,631 38–42
81 July 6 Mets 7–8 Taylor Hartenstein (2–4) Koonce 11,552 38–43
82 July 8 Expos 8–1 Blass (9–5) Wegener 4,930 39–43
83 July 9 Expos 4–3 (10) Gibbon (2–0) Radatz 40–43
84 July 9 Expos 3–2 Ellis (5–9) Reed Gibbon (3) 9,372 41–43
85 July 10 Expos 2–1 (11) Hartenstein (3–4) McGinn 4,982 42–43
86 July 11 @ Cardinals 1–6 Carlton Walker (0–1) 24,910 42–44
87 July 12 @ Cardinals 3–6 Washburn Blass (9–6) 17,950 42–45
88 July 13 @ Cardinals 3–0 Bunning (8–6) Gibson Moose (1) 43–45
89 July 13 @ Cardinals 2–4 Briles Ellis (5–10) Hoerner 36,469 43–46
90 July 14 @ Expos 0–2 Stoneman Veale (4–11) 20,054 43–47
91 July 15 @ Expos 9–3 Walker (1–1) Waslewski 20,876 44–47
92 July 16 @ Expos 8–7 Gibbon (3–0) McGinn Hartenstein (8) 24,214 45–47
93 July 17 @ Expos 4–5 Shaw Bunning (8–7) 11,935 45–48
94 July 18 Cardinals 4–1 Ellis (6–10) Gibson 13,666 46–48
95 July 19 Cardinals 3–2 Veale (5–11) Briles Gibbon (4) 8,915 47–48
96 July 24 Padres 4–3 (10) Ellis (7–10) Ross 6,206 48–48
97 July 25 Padres 2–3 Niekro Blass (9–7) 7,404 48–49
98 July 26 Padres 4–3 (10) Moose (7–2) McCool 6,769 49–49
99 July 27 Padres 4–1 Bunning (9–7) Kirby Moose (2) 14,888 50–49
100 July 29 Dodgers 4–2 (10) Gibbon (4–0) McBean 51–49
101 July 29 Dodgers 5–6 Mikkelsen Ellis (7–11) 18,436 51–50
102 July 30 Dodgers 4–2 Blass (10–7) Osteen 8,833 52–50
103 July 31 Dodgers 2–1 (15) Hartenstein (4–4) McBean 8,605 53–50
August: 17–10 (Home: 7–5; Away: 10–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
104 August 1 Giants 1–5 McCormick Bunning (9–8) 10,500 53–51
105 August 2 Giants 7–3 Veale (6–11) Marichal 12,566 54–51
106 August 3 Giants 2–3 Perry Ellis (7–12) 14,841 54–52
107 August 5 @ Dodgers 11–3 Blass (11–7) Foster 22,604 55–52
108 August 6 @ Dodgers 5–7 Sutton Walker (1–2) Brewer 18,347 55–53
109 August 7 @ Dodgers 0–6 Osteen Bunning (9–9) 20,475 55–54
110 August 8 @ Padres 7–1 Veale (7–11) Niekro 6,061 56–54
111 August 10 @ Padres 7–5 Ellis (8–12) Kelley Gibbon (5) 57–54
112 August 10 @ Padres 8–6 Blass (12–7) Kirby Gibbon (6) 10,073 58–54
113 August 12 @ Giants 3–6 Perry Walker (1–3) 5,496 58–55
114 August 13 @ Giants 10–5 Bunning (10–9) McCormick Moose (3) 5,966 59–55
115 August 15 @ Reds 5–1 Veale (8–11) Nolan 21,314 60–55
116 August 16 @ Reds 2–5 Merritt Ellis (8–13) 13,218 60–56
117 August 17 @ Reds 8–5 Blass (13–7) Fisher Hartenstein (9) 20,732 61–56
118 August 18 @ Reds 12–5 (10) Dal Canton (6–2) Granger 16,657 62–56
119 August 19 Astros 5–1 Walker (2–3) Wilson Gibbon (7) 5,409 63–56
120 August 20 Astros 1–0 Veale (9–11) Lemaster 10,563 64–56
121 August 22 Reds 8–2 Ellis (9–13) Fisher 65–56
122 August 22 Reds 5–3 Dal Canton (7–2) Carroll 28,184 66–56
123 August 23 Reds 3–1 Moose (8–2) Arrigo Hartenstein (10) 16,283 67–56
124 August 24 Reds 9–4 Veale (10–11) Maloney Dal Canton (4) 16,506 68–56
125 August 26 Braves 4–6 Reed Walker (2–4) Doyle 15,449 68–57
126 August 27 Braves 0–1 Niekro Ellis (9–14) 11,454 68–58
127 August 28 Braves 2–8 Stone Blass (13–8) Doyle 10,767 68–59
128 August 29 @ Astros 4–2 (10) Moose (9–2) Bouton 20,405 69–59
129 August 30 @ Astros 1–2 Dierker Belinsky (0–1) 27,747 69–60
130 August 31 @ Astros 6–4 Marone (1–1) Gladding Blass (2) 24,722 70–60
September: 16–14 (Home: 6–7; Away: 10–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
131 September 1 @ Braves 7–1 Moose (10–2) Britton 10,479 71–60
132 September 3 @ Braves 1–8 Reed Ellis (9–15) Upshaw 6,317 71–61
133 September 5 @ Cubs 9–2 Blass (14–8) Holtzman 10,411 72–61
134 September 6 @ Cubs 13–4 Veale (11–11) Jenkins 24,566 73–61
135 September 7 @ Cubs 7–5 (11) Dal Canton (8–2) Johnson 28,698 74–61
136 September 8 @ Expos 6–2 Hartenstein (5–4) Raymond Dal Canton (5) 9,526 75–61
137 September 9 @ Expos 2–4 Renko Walker (2–5) 9,129 75–62
138 September 10 Cardinals 2–11 Gibson Blass (14–9) 75–63
139 September 10 Cardinals 1–2 Torrez Belinsky (0–2) Grant 11,898 75–64
140 September 11 Cardinals 3–2 Veale (12–11) Carlton 4,579 76–64
141 September 12 Mets 0–1 Koosman Moose (10–3) 76–65
142 September 12 Mets 0–1 Cardwell Ellis (9–16) McGraw 19,303 76–66
143 September 13 Mets 2–5 Seaver Walker (2–6) 10,440 76–67
144 September 14 Mets 5–3 Blass (15–9) Ryan 11,324 77–67
145 September 15 @ Phillies 1–2 Wise Veale (12–12) 77–68
146 September 15 @ Phillies 3–4 James Belinsky (0–3) 2,933 77–69
147 September 16 @ Phillies 9–5 Moose (11–3) Fryman Gibbon (8) 1,169 78–69
148 September 17 @ Cardinals 4–2 Ellis (10–16) Taylor 11,646 79–69
149 September 18 @ Cardinals 7–8 Campisi Gibbon (4–1) 8,612 79–70
150 September 19 @ Mets 8–2 Veale (13–12) Ryan 80–70
151 September 19 @ Mets 8–0 Walker (3–6) McAndrew 51,885 81–70
152 September 20 @ Mets 4–0 Moose (12–3) Gentry 38,784 82–70
153 September 21 @ Mets 3–5 Koosman Ellis (10–17) 82–71
154 September 21 @ Mets 1–6 Cardwell Blass (15–10) 55,901 82–72
155 September 23 Phillies 3–4 Jackson Veale (13–13) Johnson 2,364 82–73
156 September 25 Phillies 5–3 Walker (4–6) Wise 83–73
157 September 25 Phillies 9–7 Moose (13–3) James Gibbon (9) 2,379 84–73
158 September 26 Cubs 2–0 Ellis (11–17) Jenkins 4,973 85–73
159 September 27 Cubs 4–1 Blass (16–10) Holtzman Moose (4) 4,157 86–73
160 September 28 Cubs 1–3 Hands Veale (13–14) 24,435 86–74
October: 2–0 (Home: 2–0; Away: 0–0)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
161 October 1 Expos 5–4 Gibbon (5–1) Reed 2,496 87–74
162 October 2 Expos 8–2 Moose (14–3) Robertson 2,700 88–74
Legend:        = Win        = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Matty Alou CF
Richie Hebner 3B
Roberto Clemente RF
Willie Stargell LF
Bob Robertson 1B
Bill Mazeroski 2B
Jerry May C
Freddie Patek SS
Steve Blass SP

[14]

Notable transactions

Roster

1969 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

[22]

Statistics

Batting
Pitching

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Jets International League Don Hoak
AA York Pirates Eastern League Joe Morgan
A Salem Rebels Carolina League Chuck Hiller
A Gastonia Pirates Western Carolinas League Frank Oceak
A-Short Season Geneva Pirates New York–Penn League Bob Clear
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Buddy Pritchard

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: York

Notes

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. ^ Manny Mota at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Donn Clendenon at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Maury Wills at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Dave Roberts at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Al McBean Archived March 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Ron Slocum at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ George Spriggs at "Baseball Almanac"
  9. ^ Dave Wickersham at "Baseball Almanac"
  10. ^ Manny Jiménez at Baseball-Reference
  11. ^ Rennie Stennett at "Baseball Almanac"
  12. ^ Tommie Sisk at Baseball-Reference
  13. ^ Omar Moreno at "Baseball Almanac"
  14. ^ 1969 Opening Day lineup at "Baseball-Almanac"
  15. ^ Jim Shellenback at "Baseball Almanac"
  16. ^ Pedro Ramos at Baseball Reference
  17. ^ Ron Kline at Baseball Almanac
  18. ^ Kent Tekulve at Baseball Almanac
  19. ^ Bo Belinsky at Baseball Reference
  20. ^ Jim Bunning at "Baseball-almanac"
  21. ^ Alex Grammas at "Wikipedia"
  22. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1969&t=PIT
  23. ^ "Major League Baseball Regular Season Hitting Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  24. ^ "Major League Baseball Regular Season Pitching Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.

References