1997 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record79–83 (.488)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Kevin McClatchy
General manager(s)Cam Bonifay
Manager(s)Gene Lamont
Local televisionWPGH-TV & WPTT-TV
Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh
Local radioKDKA-AM
(Steve Blass, Greg Brown, Lanny Frattare, Bob Walk)
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The 1997 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 116th season of the franchise; the 111th in the National League. This was their 28th season at Three Rivers Stadium. The Pirates finished second in the National League Central with a record of 79–83.

Offseason

New stadium referendum

Perhaps the most interesting headline of the Pirates' 1997 season didn't occur on the field. In 1997 voters in Pittsburgh's Allegheny County and 10 surrounding counties were presented with a referendum, known as the Regional Renaissance Initiative, to raise their county sales tax by 1/2% for seven years to fund, among other things, new stadiums for the Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers. Both teams were playing in Three Rivers Stadium, which at the time was considered by many to be obsolete. The unexpected pennant drive provided a backdrop for the question as it was debated throughout the summer, given the concern that the Pirates might leave the city if a new stadium wasn't procured.

The referendum failed badly in all 11 counties. Only in Allegheny County was it close (58-42), while being rejected by 2-1 to 3-1 margins in other counties. The next year what became known as "Plan B" was pursued by local and state government officials which called again for two new stadiums as well as an expansion of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The new plan was eventually passed, this time without a referendum and despite polls showing the public was against this as well, resulting in the construction of PNC Park and Heinz Field, where both teams would start playing in 2001.

Regular season

The 1997 Pittsburgh Pirates were informally known as "The Freak Show,"[5] as the team of rookies and cheap veterans (the team only had a $9 million payroll) unexpectedly competed with the Houston Astros for the division title until the final week of the season.

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Houston Astros 84 78 0.519 46–35 38–43
Pittsburgh Pirates 79 83 0.488 5 43–38 36–45
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 0.469 8 40–41 36–45
St. Louis Cardinals 73 89 0.451 11 41–40 32–49
Chicago Cubs 68 94 0.420 16 42–39 26–55

Game log

1997 Game Log (79–83)
April (12–13)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 1 @ Giants 5–2 Ruebel (1–0) Rodriguez Ericks (1) 41,996 1–0
2 April 3 @ Giants 5–7 Fernandez Cooke (0–1) Beck 8,099 1–1
3 April 4 @ Dodgers 3–5 Candiotti Wainhouse (0–1) Worrell 37,284 1–2
4 April 5 @ Dodgers 3–1 Cordova (1–0) Park Ericks (2) 41,099 2–2
5 April 6 @ Dodgers 3–6 Dreifort Rincon (0–1) Worrell 37,493 2–3
6 April 7 @ Padres 2–3 (10) Veras Ruebel (1–1) 29,895 2–4
7 April 8 @ Padres 2–0 Cooke (1–1) Bergman Ericks (3) 14,278 3–4
8 April 9 @ Padres 4–2 Loaiza (1–0) Worrell Ericks (4) 24,735 4–4
9 April 11 Dodgers 1–7 Martinez Cordova (1–1) 43,126 4–5
10 April 13 Dodgers 5–14 Nomo Schmidt (0–1) 14,885 4–6
11 April 15 Padres 3–2 Ericks (1–0) Ashby 6,851 5–6
12 April 16 Padres 5–7 Valenzuela Cooke (1–2) Hoffman 6,777 5–7
13 April 17 Reds 3–2 Loaiza (2–0) Morgan Ericks (5) 6,039 6–7
14 April 18 Reds 1–6 Burba Cordova (1–2) 9,082 6–8
15 April 19 Reds 6–5 Rincon (1–1) Remlinger 11,457 7–8
16 April 20 Reds 5–3 Lieber (1–0) Mercker Ericks (6) 14,542 8–8
17 April 21 Phillies 2–10 Schilling Cooke (1–3) 9,015 8–9
18 April 23 Phillies 3–2 Rincon (2–1) Spradlin 8,850 9–9
19 April 24 @ Cubs 4–3 Loiselle (1–0) Rojas 21,787 10–9
20 April 25 @ Cubs 1–11 Foster Lieber (1–1) 18,333 10–10
21 April 26 @ Cubs 6–7 Patterson Rincon (2–2) Rojas 29,323 10–11
22 April 27 @ Cubs 7–0 Schmidt (1–1) Telemaco 21,083 11–11
23 April 28 @ Phillies 9–4 (12) Wilkins (1–0) Mimbs 12,017 12–11
24 April 29 @ Phillies 2–8 Maduro Ruebel (1–2) 12,453 12–12
25 April 30 Giants 1–6 Gardner Lieber (1–2) 10,073 12–13
May (14–14)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
26 May 1 Giants 3–2 Cooke (2–3) Estes Rincon (1) 10,507 13–13
27 May 2 @ Braves 3–2 Peters (1–0) Bielecki Loiselle (1) 37,577 14–13
28 May 3 @ Braves 3–0 Loaiza (3–0) Glavine Rincon (2) 46,602 15–13
29 May 4 @ Braves 1–3 Wade Cordova (1–3) Wohlers 42,037 15–14
30 May 5 @ Marlins 0–3 Helling Lieber (1–3) Nen 16,616 15–15
31 May 6 @ Marlins 4–0 Cooke (3–3) Fernandez 18,063 16–15
32 May 7 @ Rockies 14–3 Wilkins (2–0) Thompson 48,056 17–15
33 May 8 @ Rockies 10–8 Loaiza (4–0) Wright Loiselle (2) 48,050 18–15
34 May 9 Braves 9–0 Cordova (2–3) Wade 18,006 19–15
35 May 10 Braves 3–9 Neagle Lieber (1–4) 34,143 19–16
36 May 11 Braves 2–8 Smoltz Cooke (3–4) 29,895 19–17
37 May 12 Braves 2–10 Maddux Schmidt (1–2) 12,114 19–18
38 May 14 Rockies 15–10 Wilkins (3–0) Reed 11,841 20–18
39 May 15 Rockies 4–3 Cordova (3–3) Bailey Rincon (3) 8,548 21–18
40 May 16 Marlins 1–3 Fernandez Lieber (1–5) Nen 17,156 21–19
41 May 17 Marlins 1–11 Rapp Cooke (3–5) 32,066 21–20
42 May 18 Marlins 3–5 (10) Nen Loiselle (1–1) Stanifer 28,702 21–21
43 May 20 @ Cardinals 1–3 Jackson Loaiza (4–1) Eckersley 25,990 21–22
44 May 21 @ Cardinals 3–2 Ruebel (2–2) Fossas Loiselle (3) 34,738 22–22
45 May 22 @ Expos 9–3 Lieber (2–5) Perez Rincon (4) 12,620 23–22
46 May 23 @ Expos 1–4 Martinez Cooke (3–6) 18,499 23–23
47 May 24 @ Expos 3–7 Juden Schmidt (1–3) Urbina 26,154 23–24
48 May 25 @ Expos 8–6 Wilkins (4–0) Daal Loiselle (4) 27,253 24–24
49 May 26 Cubs 1–2 Foster Cordova (3–4) Adams 20,609 24–25
50 May 27 Cubs 7–8 Gonzalez Lieber (2–6) Adams 9,641 24–26
51 May 28 Cubs 4–1 Cooke (4–6) Mulholland 10,198 25–26
52 May 30 Expos 10–2 Peters (2–0) Juden 14,676 26–26
53 May 31 Expos 2–4 Hermanson Loaiza (4–2) Urbina 14,628 26–27
June (11–16)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
54 June 1 Expos 11–2 Cordova (4–4) Bullinger 25,752 27–27
55 June 2 @ Cubs 2–3 Mulholland Lieber (2–7) Adams 21,773 27–28
56 June 3 @ Cubs 3–1 Cooke (5–6) Trachsel Loiselle (5) 17,317 28–28
57 June 4 Cardinals 0–10 Benes Schmidt (1–4) 19,181 28–29
58 June 5 Cardinals 9–3 Loaiza (5–2) Stottlemyre 11,382 29–29
59 June 6 Phillies 5–4 (10) Wilkins (5–0) Spradlin 15,165 30–29
60 June 7 Phillies 9–2 Lieber (3–7) Nye 25,664 31–29
61 June 8 Phillies 2–3 Schilling Cooke (5–7) Bottalico 30,667 31–30
62 June 10 @ Reds 5–8 Remlinger Rincon (2–3) Shaw 18,556 31–31
63 June 11 @ Reds 1–2 Tomko Loaiza (5–3) Shaw 20,854 31–32
64 June 13 Royals 5–3 Cordova (5–4) Williams Loiselle (6) 33,253 32–32
65 June 14 Royals 3–8 Belcher Lieber (3–8) Montgomery 39,509 32–33
66 June 15 Royals 1–8 Appier Cooke (5–8) 35,774 32–34
67 June 16 @ Twins 8–6 Schmidt (2–4) Aldred Loiselle (7) 16,007 33–34
68 June 17 @ Twins 1–13 Hawkins Loaiza (5–4) 14,894 33–35
69 June 18 @ Twins 2–8 Radke Cordova (5–5) 15,688 33–36
70 June 19 @ Mets 6–7 Franco Rincon (2–4) 15,492 33–37
71 June 20 @ Mets 0–1 Jones Cooke (5–9) Franco 18,737 33–38
72 June 21 @ Mets 2–3 Mlicki Wilkins (5–1) McMichael 32,908 33–39
73 June 22 @ Mets 9–12 (10) Kashiwada Peters (2–1) 23,247 33–40
74 June 23 @ Astros 6–0 Cordova (6–5) Garcia 16,738 34–40
75 June 24 @ Astros 8–3 Lieber (4–8) Wall 17,972 35–40
76 June 25 @ Astros 1–5 Kile Sodowsky (0–1) 26,954 35–41
77 June 27 Mets 6–1 Schmidt (3–4) Mlicki 18,103 36–41
78 June 28 Mets 3–8 Reynoso Loaiza (5–5) 23,711 36–42
79 June 29 Mets 8–10 Jordan Peters (2–2) Franco 26,499 36–43
80 June 30 White Sox 3–1 Lieber (5–8) Darwin 28,070 37–43
July (16–12)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
81 July 1 White Sox 3–0 Cooke (6–9) Baldwin Loiselle (8) 22,163 38–43
82 July 2 White Sox 3–1 Schmidt (4–4) Navarro 25,772 39–43
83 July 3 @ Cardinals 6–4 Loaiza (6–5) Valenzuela Loiselle (9) 30,753 40–43
84 July 4 @ Cardinals 7–5 (10) Wilkins (6–1) Eckersley Loiselle (10) 33,885 41–43
85 July 5 @ Cardinals 4–3 Lieber (6–8) Morris Wilkins (1) 39,593 42–43
86 July 6 @ Cardinals 6–3 Cooke (7–9) Stottlemyre 29,290 43–43
87 July 10 Astros 0–7 Kile Schmidt (4–5) 17,335 43–44
88 July 11 Astros 0–10 Hampton Loaiza (6–6) 21,913 43–45
89 July 12 Astros 3–0 (10) Rincon (3–4) Hudek 44,119 44–45
90 July 13 Astros 5–3 Sodowsky (1–1) Springer Loiselle (11) 25,675 45–45
91 July 14 Mets 5–4 Rincon (4–4) McMichael Loiselle (12) 12,794 46–45
92 July 15 Mets 4–3 Christiansen (1–0) Acevedo Loiselle (13) 12,244 47–45
93 July 16 Reds 3–7 Burba Loaiza (6–7) 30,698 47–46
94 July 17 Reds 5–9 Smiley Cordova (6–6) 19,710 47–47
95 July 18 @ Phillies 6–8 Leiter Lieber (6–9) Bottalico 19,676 47–48
96 July 19 @ Phillies 13–3 Cooke (8–9) Green 17,472 48–48
97 July 20 @ Phillies 1–4 Stephenson Schmidt (4–6) Bottalico 20,431 48–49
98 July 21 @ Phillies 3–2 Loaiza (7–7) Schilling Loiselle (14) 19,303 49–49
99 July 22 @ Padres 2–3 Hoffman Loiselle (1–2) 18,306 49–50
100 July 23 @ Padres 1–9 Smith Lieber (6–10) 16,151 49–51
101 July 24 @ Padres 6–8 Bruske Sodowsky (1–2) Hoffman 18,715 49–52
102 July 25 @ Giants 5–2 Schmidt (5–6) Rueter Loiselle (15) 14,236 50–52
103 July 26 @ Giants 10–3 Loaiza (8–7) Creek 25,962 51–52
104 July 27 @ Giants 5–6 (13) Henry Wilkins (6–2) 0 51–53
105 July 27 @ Giants 10–7 Cordova (7–6) VanLandingham 38,866 52–53
106 July 28 @ Dodgers 2–4 Valdez Lieber (6–11) Worrell 53,503 52–54
107 July 29 @ Dodgers 1–3 Astacio Cooke (8–10) Worrell 43,791 52–55
108 July 31 Rockies 4–1 Schmidt (6–6) Bailey Loiselle (16) 16,654 53–55
August (15–14)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
109 August 1 Rockies 6–7 Reed Rincon (4–5) Dipoto 22,657 53–56
110 August 2 Rockies 6–5 Cordova (8–6) Swift Loiselle (17) 32,388 54–56
111 August 3 Rockies 8–4 Ruebel (3–2) Reed 24,989 55–56
112 August 4 Braves 0–6 Smoltz Cooke (8–11) 21,609 55–57
113 August 5 Braves 5–4 Schmidt (7–6) Glavine Loiselle (18) 20,069 56–57
114 August 6 Marlins 3–12 Brown Loaiza (8–8) 32,594 56–58
115 August 7 Marlins 5–1 Wilkins (7–2) Leiter 18,042 57–58
116 August 8 @ Rockies 3–5 Wright Lieber (6–12) Dipoto 48,262 57–59
117 August 9 @ Rockies 7–8 Munoz Rincon (4–6) 48,323 57–60
118 August 10 @ Rockies 7–8 Leskanic Wilkins (7–3) Dipoto 48,018 57–61
119 August 12 @ Braves 5–2 Sodowsky (2–2) Wohlers Loiselle (19) 42,435 58–61
120 August 13 @ Braves 2–1 Lieber (7–12) Smoltz Loiselle (20) 40,793 59–61
121 August 15 @ Marlins 5–6 Powell Loiselle (1–3) 26,092 59–62
122 August 16 @ Marlins 10–5 Cordova (9–6) Saunders 40,031 60–62
123 August 17 @ Marlins 2–10 Brown Cooke (8–12) 38,221 60–63
124 August 18 @ Marlins 7–2 Loaiza (9–8) Alfonseca 30,200 61–63
125 August 19 Padres 5–3 Lieber (8–12) Smith Loiselle (21) 12,411 62–63
126 August 20 Padres 7–3 Schmidt (8–6) Ashby 10,222 63–63
127 August 21 Padres 4–9 Hitchcock Cordova (9–7) 13,129 63–64
128 August 22 Giants 3–2 Cooke (9–12) Rueter Loiselle (22) 18,562 64–64
129 August 23 Giants 6–4 Loaiza (10–8) Darwin Loiselle (23) 42,502 65–64
130 August 24 Giants 9–6 Christiansen (2–0) Henry Wilkins (2) 33,363 66–64
131 August 25 Dodgers 2–8 Martinez Schmidt (8–7) Guthrie 0 66–65
132 August 25 Dodgers 4–3 Wilkins (8–3) Worrell 14,018 67–65
133 August 26 Dodgers 4–6 Dreifort Rincon (4–7) 13,689 67–66
134 August 27 Dodgers 5–9 Reyes Cooke (9–13) 48,032 67–67
135 August 29 @ Brewers 1–4 Karl Loaiza (10–9) Jones 17,539 67–68
136 August 30 @ Brewers 3–1 Lieber (9–12) Mercedes Loiselle (24) 23,673 68–68
137 August 31 @ Brewers 2–3 Jones Wilkins (8–4) 32,541 68–69
September (11–14)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
138 September 1 Indians 5–7 Ogea Cooke (9–14) Mesa 45,298 68–70
139 September 2 Indians 6–4 Silva (1–0) Wright Loiselle (25) 43,380 69–70
140 September 3 Indians 3–7 Hershiser Loaiza (10–10) 37,513 69–71
141 September 4 @ Reds 2–5 Morgan Lieber (9–13) Shaw 15,136 69–72
142 September 5 @ Reds 6–8 Sullivan Wilkins (8–5) Shaw 21,492 69–73
143 September 6 @ Reds 13–4 Cordova (10–7) Remlinger 20,383 70–73
144 September 7 @ Reds 3–6 Burba Silva (1–1) Shaw 19,682 70–74
145 September 9 @ Expos 4–5 (10) Urbina Loiselle (1–4) 8,782 70–75
146 September 10 @ Expos 4–5 Martinez Lieber (9–14) Urbina 10,139 70–76
147 September 12 Cubs 3–1 Schmidt (9–7) Batista Loiselle (26) 13,833 71–76
148 September 13 Cubs 1–4 Trachsel Cordova (10–8) Adams 21,505 71–77
149 September 14 Cubs 2–3 Clark Rincon (4–8) Adams 20,120 71–78
150 September 15 Expos 5–4 (10) Wilkins (9–5) Telford 7,736 72–78
151 September 16 Expos 8–2 Lieber (10–14) Johnson 8,010 73–78
152 September 17 Astros 4–8 Reynolds Schmidt (9–8) 27,422 73–79
153 September 18 Astros 12–3 Cordova (11–8) Kile 14,852 74–79
154 September 19 Cardinals 5–6 (11) King Loiselle (1–5) Eckersley 16,235 74–80
155 September 20 Cardinals 10–1 Loaiza (11–10) Beltran 21,053 75–80
156 September 21 Cardinals 14–2 Lieber (11–14) Busby 26,247 76–80
157 September 22 Cardinals 3–1 Schmidt (10–8) Morris Loiselle (27) 17,919 77–80
158 September 23 @ Mets 5–4 Silva (2–1) Lidle Loiselle (28) 14,670 78–80
159 September 24 @ Mets 5–7 Crawford Cooke (9–15) Rojas 13,195 78–81
160 September 26 @ Astros 0–2 Garcia Loaiza (11–11) Wagner 37,850 78–82
161 September 27 @ Astros 1–8 Reynolds Schmidt (10–9) 36,170 78–83
162 September 28 @ Astros 5–4 (11) Christiansen (3–0) Henriquez Loiselle (29) 30,606 79–83
Legend:        = Win        = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LA MTL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL AL
Atlanta 9–2 9–2 5–6 4–8 7–4 6–5 10–2 5–7 10–2 5–6 8–3 7–4 8–3 7–5
Chicago 2–9 7–5 2–9 2–9 3–9 5–6 4–7 6–5 6–5 7–5 6–5 5–6 4–8 9–6
Cincinnati 2–9 5–7 5–6 5–6 5–7 6–5 6–5 2–9 8–3 8–4 5–6 4–7 6–6 9–6
Colorado 6–5 9–2 6–5 7–4 5–6 5–7 7–4 6–5 4–7 4–7 4–8 4–8 7–4 9–7
Florida 8–4 9–2 6–5 4–7 7–4 7–4 7–5 4–8 6–6 7–4 5–6 5–6 5–6 12–3
Houston 4–7 9–3 7–5 6–5 4–7 7–4 8–3 7–4 4–7 6–6 6–5 3–8 9–3 4–11
Los Angeles 5–6 6–5 5–6 7–5 4–7 4–7 7–4 6–5 10–1 9–2 5–7 6–6 5–6 9–7
Montreal 2–10 7–4 5–6 4–7 5–7 3–8 4–7 5–7 6–6 5–6 8–3 6–5 6–5 12–3
New York 7–5 5–6 9–2 5–6 8–4 4–7 5–6 7–5 7–5 7–4 5–6 3–8 9–2 7–8
Philadelphia 2-10 5–6 3–8 7–4 6–6 7–4 1–10 6–6 5–7 5–6 7–4 3–8 6–5 5–10
Pittsburgh 6–5 5–7 4–8 7–4 4–7 6–6 2–9 6–5 4–7 6–5 5–6 8–3 9–3 7–8
San Diego 3–8 5–6 6–5 8–4 6–5 5–6 7–5 3–8 6–5 4–7 6–5 4–8 5–6 8–8
San Francisco 4–7 6–5 7–4 8–4 6–5 8–3 6–6 5–6 8–3 8–3 3–8 8–4 3–8 10–6
St. Louis 3–8 8–4 6–6 4–7 6–5 3-9 6–5 5–6 2–9 5–6 3–9 6–5 8–3 8–7


Detailed records

Roster

1997 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
# Name Position
5 Tony Womack 2B
46 Jermaine Allensworth CF
28 Al Martin LF
36 Mark Johnson 1B
10 Kevin Elster SS
18 Jason Kendall C
11 José Guillén RF
16 Joe Randa 3B
47 Jon Lieber SP

Player stats

Batting
Pitching

Awards and honors

The Sporting News Executive of the Year Award

1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Notable transactions

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Calgary Cannons Pacific Coast League Trent Jewett
AA Carolina Mudcats Southern League Marc Hill and Jeff Banister
A Lynchburg Hillcats Carolina League Jeff Banister and Jeff Richardson
A Augusta Greenjackets South Atlantic League Jeff Richardson and Scott Little
A-Short Season Erie SeaWolves New York–Penn League Marty Brown
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Lynchburg

References

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. ^ Dan Plesac at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Jay Bell page at Baseball References
  4. ^ "Kevin Elster Stats".
  5. ^ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Pirates' 'Freak Show' hit zenith with July no-hitter"
  6. ^ "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  7. ^ "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  8. ^ Midre Cummings at Baseball Reference

Further reading