1957 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1957 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 76th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 71st in the National League. The Pirates finished tied with the Chicago Cubs for eighth and last in the league standings with a record of 62–92.

1957 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, Danny Murtaugh
Local televisionKDKA-TV
Bob Prince, Paul Long
Local radioKDKA
Bob Prince, Dick Bingham
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The first season to be broadcast on television, the games were aired on KDKA-TV, making them the last of the original MLB teams to debut television broadcasts of its home and away games.

Regular season

The Pittsburgh Pirates played the Brooklyn Dodgers in the final game at Ebbets Field. The game was contested on September 24, 1957, and Brooklyn pitcher Danny McDevitt pitched a complete game shutout, winning 2-0. He had nine strikeouts while allowing just five hits.[2]

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Braves 9559 0.617 45–32 50–27
St. Louis Cardinals 8767 0.565 8 42–35 45–32
Brooklyn Dodgers 8470 0.545 11 43–34 41–36
Cincinnati Redlegs 8074 0.519 15 45–32 35–42
Philadelphia Phillies 7777 0.500 18 38–39 39–38
New York Giants 6985 0.448 26 37–40 32–45
Pittsburgh Pirates 6292 0.403 33 36–41 26–51
Chicago Cubs 6292 0.403 33 31–46 31–46

Record vs. opponents


Sources:
Team BRO CHC CIN MIL NYG PHI PIT STL
Brooklyn 17–512–1010–1212–109–1312–1012–10
Chicago 5–177–159–139–138–14–112–10–112–10
Cincinnati 10–1215–74–1812–1016–614–89–13
Milwaukee 12–1013–918–413–912–10–116–611–11
New York 10–1213–910–129–1310–129–138–14
Philadelphia 13–914–8–16–1610–12–112–1013–99–13
Pittsburgh 10–1210–12–18–146–1613–99–136–16
St. Louis 10–1210–1213–911–1114–813–916–6

Game log

1957 Game Log: 62–92 (Home: 36–41; Away: 26–51)
April: 4–8 (Home: 3–2; Away: 1–6)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
1April 16Giants9–2Friend (1–0)Antonelli33,4051–0
2April 18@ Dodgers1–6MaglieArroyo (0–1)11,2021–1
3April 20@ Dodgers0–2PodresFriend (1–1)11,0831–2
4April 21@ Dodgers6–3Purkey (1–0)NewcombeFace (1)2–2
5April 21@ Dodgers4–7DrysdaleKline (0–1)Labine19,6352–3
6April 22@ Giants1–3GomezArroyo (0–2)5,4032–4
7April 23@ Giants0–1BurnsideKline (0–2)3,4452–5
8April 24@ Phillies5–8SimmonsFriend (1–2)Miller15,8492–6
9April 26Dodgers7–1Purkey (2–0)Podres26,9183–6
10April 27Dodgers2–6NewcombeKline (0–3)12,9263–7
11April 28Dodgers3–0Friend (2–2)Craig17,3174–7
12April 30Cardinals5–6 (13)JacksonFace (0–1)19,2914–8
May: 7–19 (Home: 4–13; Away: 3–6)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
13May 1Cardinals2–9SchmidtPurkey (2–1)Smith4,9194–9
14May 2Braves5–8 (10)BurdetteFace (0–2)Murff14,1314–10
15May 3Braves7–8 (11)MurffFace (0–3)Spahn16,6214–11
16May 4Braves1–0Law (1–0)Pizarro6,3985–11
17May 5Redlegs2–6LawrenceArroyo (0–3)5–12
18May 5Redlegs3–7GrossPurkey (2–2)23,6295–13
19May 7Cubs8–10 (14)LownPepper (0–1)Collum9,9575–14
20May 8Cubs1–7DrottLaw (1–1)7,8965–15
21May 10Phillies1–3SanfordKline (0–4)10,0275–16
22May 11Phillies2–7HaddixFriend (2–3)4,9945–17
23May 12Phillies2–6SimmonsArroyo (0–4)Miller5–18
24May 12Phillies6–1Law (2–1)Roberts10,4576–18
25May 14@ Cubs8–6Arroyo (1–4)DrottFace (2)2,4787–18
26May 16@ Braves2–1Friend (3–3)Pizarro15,6228–18
27May 18@ Braves5–6BurdetteSmith (0–1)18,8508–19
28May 19@ Redlegs7–8AckerPurkey (2–3)8–20
29May 19@ Redlegs4–5AckerKline (0–5)24,5648–21
30May 24@ Phillies3–7SanfordFriend (3–4)Farrell17,3408–22
31May 25@ Phillies6–8HaddixKline (0–6)Farrell6,4458–23
32May 26@ Phillies13–5Face (1–3)Simmons9–23
33May 26@ Phillies3–6CardwellArroyo (1–5)13,5579–24
34May 28Dodgers3–2 (11)Face (2–3)Newcombe13,25910–24
35May 29Dodgers0–1PodresKline (0–7)3,61010–25
36May 30Dodgers3–4MaglieLaw (2–2)Labine10–26
37May 30Dodgers2–1Purkey (3–3)Koufax24,26311–26
38May 31Giants2–3WorthingtonFace (2–4)13,07011–27
June: 15–19 (Home: 10–8; Away: 5–11)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
39June 1Giants2–3WorthingtonFriend (3–5)5,30111–28
40June 2Giants3–2Kline (1–7)BarclayArroyo (1)12–28
41June 2Giants2–0Purkey (4–3)Burnside12,79213–28
42June 3Giants6–5King (1–0)MargoneriFace (3)7,50414–28
43June 4Cardinals5–4Arroyo (2–5)WilhelmFace (4)12,17815–28
44June 5Cardinals1–5McDanielFriend (3–6)12,57015–29
45June 6Cardinals0–6DicksonKline (1–8)4,01715–30
46June 7Braves0–5SpahnPurkey (4–4)21,76215–31
47June 9Braves1–2 (11)TrowbridgeFriend (3–7)Johnson15–32
48June 9Braves5–3Kline (2–8)PizarroFace (5)21,88816–32
49June 10Redlegs5–2Law (3–2)Nuxhall11,47117–32
50June 11Redlegs8–1Purkey (5–4)Gross10,65318–32
51June 12Redlegs4–3 (10)Face (3–4)Acker14,92019–32
52June 13Redlegs3–2Friend (4–7)Jeffcoat7,34620–32
53June 14Cubs5–11DrottKline (2–9)Elston17,08820–33
54June 15Cubs1–5DrabowskyLaw (3–3)7,49520–34
55June 16Cubs1–4KaiserArroyo (2–6)Lown20–35
56June 16Cubs5–4Law (4–3)Brosnan18,52521–35
57June 17@ Braves7–5Purkey (6–4)JollyLaw (1)26,66422–35
58June 18@ Cardinals8–1Swanson (1–0)Jackson17,69423–35
59June 19@ Cardinals2–5JonesKline (2–10)23–36
60June 19@ Cardinals1–5McDanielPurkey (6–5)Wilhelm25,88023–37
61June 20@ Cardinals4–7DicksonArroyo (2–7)Merritt11,22323–38
62June 21@ Redlegs3–2 (11)Purkey (7–5)Jeffcoat19,64824–38
63June 22@ Redlegs3–6 (11)LawrencePurkey (7–6)9,29924–39
64June 23@ Redlegs3–5JeffcoatSwanson (1–1)24–40
65June 23@ Redlegs2–5AckerKline (2–11)Sanchez22,18824–41
66June 25@ Cubs3–5HillmanFriend (4–8)Lown5,00224–42
67June 26@ Cubs15–5Law (5–3)Poholsky25–42
68June 26@ Cubs5–5 (11)7,46025–42
69June 27@ Cubs5–4 (10)King (2–0)Lown4,90026–42
70June 28@ Braves2–4SpahnFriend (4–9)27,08726–43
71June 29@ Braves6–13PizarroO'Brien (0–1)22,38326–44
72June 30@ Braves4–7JohnsonLaw (5–4)26–45
73June 30@ Braves5–6 (13)JollyArroyo (2–8)36,28326–46
July: 10–20 (Home: 4–10; Away: 6–10)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
74July 1Phillies4–5HearnSmith (0–2)Morehead14,68026–47
75July 4@ Dodgers5–1Friend (5–9)Erskine27–47
76July 4@ Dodgers2–8NewcombePurkey (7–7)20,66427–48
77July 5@ Giants6–11AntonelliTrimble (0–1)Grissom4,99827–49
78July 6@ Giants3–2 (13)Purkey (8–7)Miller5,33428–49
79July 7@ Giants10–6Swanson (2–1)WorthingtonKing (1)29–49
80July 7@ Giants8–1Friend (6–9)Gomez10,82530–49
81July 10Braves5–2Purkey (9–7)Buhl18,73131–49
82July 11Braves2–7TrowbridgeFriend (6–10)17,27831–50
83July 12Braves4–5SpahnFace (3–5)McMahon20,07831–51
84July 13Braves3–4BurdetteKline (2–12)9,33031–52
85July 14Redlegs6–9FreemanFriend (6–11)31–53
86July 14Redlegs4–12NuxhallTrimble (0–2)24,54031–54
87July 16Cubs5–3Friend (7–11)Rush11,30032–54
88July 17Cubs3–4DrabowskyKline (2–13)Littlefield8,53432–55
89July 18Cubs6–5Arroyo (3–8)Lown3,87733–55
90July 19Cardinals7–0Law (6–4)McDaniel25,77434–55
91July 20Cardinals4–9DicksonFriend (7–12)Merritt9,23034–56
92July 21Cardinals3–7 (10)SchmidtArroyo (3–9)Wilhelm34–57
93July 21Cardinals2–11McDanielPurkey (9–8)20,28034–58
94July 23@ Redlegs6–3 (15)Law (7–4)LawrencePurkey (1)17,55135–58
95July 24@ Redlegs0–2NuxhallFriend (7–13)11,96135–59
96July 25@ Redlegs1–9FowlerKline (2–14)10,99735–60
97July 26@ Cardinals3–4 (10)SchmidtKline (2–15)15,35235–61
98July 27@ Cardinals4–2Purkey (10–8)Dickson9,63336–61
99July 28@ Cardinals0–4McDanielLaw (7–5)36–62
100July 28@ Cardinals8–9 (11)WilhelmKing (2–1)21,31936–63
101July 29@ Cardinals0–4MizellDouglas (0–1)10,30236–64
102July 30@ Braves2–5BurdetteSwanson (2–2)23,67036–65
103July 31@ Braves2–4BuhlPurkey (10–9)24,52236–66
August: 12–13 (Home: 8–6; Away: 4–7)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
104August 2@ Cubs4–6HillmanLaw (7–6)5,41436–67
105August 4@ Cubs0–6DrabowskyFriend (7–14)36–68
106August 4@ Cubs2–3 (11)HillmanArroyo (3–10)14,75736–69
107August 6Phillies5–3Kline (3–15)Sanford11,13637–69
108August 8Phillies3–6SimmonsLaw (7–7)Miller5,23837–70
109August 9Dodgers2–4McDevittFriend (7–15)Labine14,10037–71
110August 10Dodgers0–3DrysdalePurkey (10–10)7,75137–72
111August 11Dodgers4–3 (10)Law (8–7)Labine38–72
112August 11Dodgers6–2Douglas (1–1)CraigFace (6)18,35039–72
113August 13@ Phillies6–0Friend (8–15)Hacker14,12940–72
114August 14@ Phillies10–3Law (9–7)Simmons8,64141–72
115August 16@ Dodgers1–4PodresPurkey (10–11)Roebuck9,59241–73
116August 17@ Dodgers7–3Kline (4–15)Koufax6,83042–73
117August 18@ Dodgers1–2MaglieFriend (8–16)14,41642–74
118August 18@ Dodgers8–6Face (4–5)LabinePurkey (2)14,41643–74
119August 20Braves1–3SpahnArroyo (3–11)21,32843–75
120August 22Redlegs8–3Friend (9–16)Gross10,02744–75
121August 23Redlegs0–6NuxhallPurkey (10–12)13,22344–76
122August 24Redlegs4–1Kline (5–15)Lawrence7,03745–76
123August 25Cubs3–0Law (10–7)Drabowsky46–76
124August 25Cubs2–8ElstonDouglas (1–2)Lown11,77046–77
125August 27Cardinals2–1Friend (10–16)McDaniel12,84547–77
126August 28Cardinals2–0Kline (6–15)Jackson10,36748–77
127August 30@ Phillies3–4SanfordLaw (10–8)8,15748–78
128August 31@ Phillies1–7CardwellFriend (10–17)5,14148–79
September: 14–13 (Home: 7–2; Away: 7–11)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
129September 1@ Phillies3–11RobertsPurkey (10–13)48–80
130September 1@ Phillies6–3Douglas (2–2)SimmonsFace (7)11,29449–80
131September 2@ Giants5–11MonzantFace (4–6)49–81
132September 2@ Giants3–4AntonelliO'Brien (0–2)Grissom10,31049–82
133September 3@ Giants5–6 (12)MillerSmith (0–3)49–83
134September 4Giants2–0Friend (11–17)McCormick8,90950–83
135September 5Giants4–2Douglas (3–2)WorthingtonFace (8)5,18951–83
136September 6Phillies3–2Kline (7–15)Haddix6,91552–83
137September 7Phillies6–3Swanson (3–2)SanfordFace (9)4,61253–83
138September 8Phillies4–7FarrellPurkey (10–14)Roberts53–84
139September 8Phillies6–2Smith (1–3)Hacker12,02154–84
140September 10@ Braves3–4BurdetteDouglas (3–3)22,25754–85
141September 11@ Braves2–1Kline (8–15)Spahn14,71355–85
142September 13@ Cubs4–1Friend (12–17)Elston56–85
143September 13@ Cubs2–1Smith (2–3)DrabowskyFace (10)2,19757–85
144September 14@ Cubs3–1O'Brien (1–2)Brosnan58–85
145September 14@ Cubs3–7BrosnanO'Brien (1–3)Lown6,17058–86
146September 15@ Cardinals6–9WehmeierKline (8–16)Muffett58–87
147September 15@ Cardinals3–11JonesSwanson (3–3)Muffett24,57758–88
148September 17@ Redlegs5–9NuxhallFriend (12–18)Kennedy3,67658–89
149September 18@ Redlegs1–2LawrenceSmith (2–4)3,60758–90
150September 21Giants5–4Purkey (11–14)Worthington59–90
151September 21Giants5–9GomezWitt (0–1)Grissom8,11059–91
152September 22Giants5–1Friend (13–18)Monzant19,57460–91
153September 24@ Dodgers0–2McDevittDaniels (0–1)6,70260–92
154September 28@ Giants1–0Kline (9–16)Gomez61–92
155September 29@ Giants9–1Friend (14–18)Antonelli11,60662–92
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Tie
Bold = Pirates team member

Notable transactions

Roster

1957 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers
  • 39 Luis Arroyo
  • 28 Chuck Churn
  • 30 Bennie Daniels
  • 31 Whammy Douglas
  • 26 Roy Face
  • 19 Bob Friend
  • 30 Dick Hall
  • 29 Nellie King
  • 22 Ron Kline
  • 37 Bob Kuzava
  • 32 Vern Law
  • 16 Eddie O'Brien
  •  6 Johnny O'Brien
  • 31 Laurin Pepper
  • 34 Bob Purkey
  • 37 Bob Smith
  • 35 Red Swanson
  • 36 Joe Trimble
  • 38,52 George Witt
Catchers
  • 20 Hank Foiles
  • 17,28 Danny Kravitz
  • 17 Hardy Peterson
  • 10 Dick Rand

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

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
CHank Foiles10928176.270936
1BDee Fondy95323101.313235
2BBill Mazeroski148526149.283854
SSDick Groat125501158.315754
3BGene Freese11434698.283631
LFBob Skinner126387118.3051345
CFBill Virdon144561141.251850
RFRoberto Clemente111451114.253430

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
Frank Thomas151594172.2902389
Gene Baker11136597.266236
Paul Smith8115038.253311
Román Mejías5814239.275215
Dick Rand6010523.21919
Hardy Peterson307322.301211
Jim Pendleton465918.30509
Danny Kravitz19416.14604
Johnny O'Brien343511.31401
John Powers203510.28628
Dale Long7224.18205
Lee Walls8224.18200
Buddy Pritchard23111.09100
Ken Hamlin210.00000

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 Friend40277.014183.38143
Ron Kline40205.09164.0488
Vern Law31172.21082.8755
Whammy Douglas1147.0333.2628
Bennie Daniels17.0011.29101
George Witt11.10140.501

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
Bob Purkey48179.211143.8651
Luis Arroyo54130.23114.682
Red Swanson3272.2333.7229
Joe Trimble519.2028.249
Eddie O'Brien312.1102.1910
Laurin Pepper59.0008.004

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 Face5946103.0753
Nellie King362114.5023
Bob Smith202403.1135
Johnny O'Brien160306.0819
Dick Hall800010.807
Chuck Churn50004.324
Bob Kuzava40009.001

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
Open Hollywood Stars Pacific Coast League Clyde King
AAA Columbus Jets International League Frank Oceak
A Lincoln Chiefs Western League Larry Shepard
B Beaumont Pirates Big State League Monty Basgall
C Douglas Copper Kings Arizona–Mexico League Bob Clear
C San Jose JoSox California League Dick Whitman
C Grand Forks Chiefs Northern League Al Kubski and Jack Paepke
D Salem Rebels Appalachian League Larry Dorton
D Clinton Pirates Midwest League Stan Wentzel
D Jamestown Falcons New York–Penn League Jack Paepke

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Lincoln
Jamestown club folded, June 25, 1957

Notes

  1. From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Side in 1907.
  2. Sports Illustrated, December 6, 2010, Volume 113, Number 21, p.24, Published by Time Inc.
  3. Dee Fondy at Baseball Reference
  4. Bob Smith at Baseball Reference

References

  • 1957 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Reference
  • 1957 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Almanac
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.
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