1969 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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.

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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Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Mets 10062 0.617 52–30 48–32
Chicago Cubs 9270 0.568 8 49–32 43–38
Pittsburgh Pirates 8874 0.543 12 47–34 41–40
St. Louis Cardinals 8775 0.537 13 42–38 45–37
Philadelphia Phillies 6399 0.389 37 30–51 33–48
Montreal Expos 52110 0.321 48 24–57 28–53

Record vs. opponents


Sources:
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 3–912–615–39–98–44–86–68–413–59–96–6
Chicago 9–36–6–18–46–610–88–1012–67–1111–16–69–9
Cincinnati 6–126–6–19–910–88–46–610–25–711–710–88–4
Houston 3–154–89–96–1211–110–28–43–910–810–87–5
Los Angeles 9–96–68–1012–610–24–88–48–412–65–133–9
Montreal 4–88–104–81–112–105–1311–75–134–81–117–11
New York 8–410–86–62–108–413–512–610–811–18–412–6
Philadelphia 6-66–122–104–84–87–116–1210–88–43–97–11
Pittsburgh 4–811–77–59–34–813–58–108–1010–25–79–9
San Diego 5–131–117–118–106–128–41–114–82–106–124–8
San Francisco 9–96–68–108–1013–511–14–89–37–512–63–9
St. Louis 6–69–94–85–79–311–76–1211–79–98–49–3

Detailed records

Game log

1969 Game Log: 88–74 (Home: 47–34; Away: 41–40)
April: 13–8 (Home: 9–4; Away: 4–4)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
1April 8@ Cardinals6–2 (14)Dal Canton (1–0)NelsonHartenstein (1)38,1631–0
2April 9@ Cardinals6–1Veale (1–0)Briles10,7392–0
3April 10@ Cardinals3–2Ellis (1–0)Washburn10,2833–0
4April 11Phillies7–1Moose (1–0)Johnson31,6414–0
5April 12Phillies1–8JacksonBunning (0–1)12,4744–1
6April 13Phillies6–5Kline (1–0)Wilson14,9815–1
7April 14@ Cubs0–4HoltzmanVeale (1–1)3,1145–2
8April 15@ Cubs4–7AguirreEllis (1–1)Abernathy4,3625–3
9April 16Mets11–3Moose (2–0)Koosman7,6666–3
10April 17Mets4–0Bunning (1–1)CardwellKline (1)8,0977–3
11April 19@ Phillies8–6Blass (1–0)JacksonDal Canton (1)3,9538–3
12April 20@ Phillies1–7WiseVeale (1–2)Lersch4,9308–4
13April 22Cubs7–5Hartenstein (1–0)Hands9–4
14April 22Cubs6–5Dal Canton (2–0)NyeKline (2)7,90610–4
15April 23@ Mets0–2KoosmanBunning (1–2)7,27410–5
16April 25Expos8–2Blass (2–0)MortonHartenstein (2)10,94711–5
17April 26Expos4–3Veale (2–2)StonemanHartenstein (3)8,37212–5
18April 27Expos2–4JasterEllis (1–2)24,42512–6
19April 28Cardinals2–6CarltonMoose (2–1)3,85912–7
20April 30Cardinals2–1Bunning (2–2)Giusti13–7
21April 30Cardinals1–8GibsonBlass (2–1)10,89513–8
May: 11–15 (Home: 4–7; Away: 7–8)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
22May 1Cardinals3–9BrilesVeale (2–3)7,04313–9
23May 2@ Expos7–3Ellis (2–2)Jaster11,89214–9
24May 3@ Expos4–2Moose (3–1)MortonHartenstein (4)14,14715–9
25May 4@ Expos4–6FaceKline (1–1)16,93115–10
26May 6Padres2–4KelleyBlass (2–2)Reberger5,79315–11
27May 7Padres2–0Veale (3–3)KirbyHartenstein (5)4,18916–11
28May 9Dodgers3–13SingerEllis (2–3)Moeller6,83716–12
29May 10Dodgers1–4SuttonBunning (2–3)Brewer4,97916–13
30May 12Giants4–3Hartenstein (2–0)Gibbon3,39617–13
31May 13Giants8–11HerbelMoose (3–2)Linzy5,84617–14
32May 14Giants0–3MarichalBunning (2–4)8,29617–15
33May 16@ Dodgers3–4BrewerKline (1–2)19,01617–16
34May 17@ Dodgers0–6OsteenEllis (2–4)50,12017–17
35May 18@ Dodgers5–6BrewerRamos (0–1)21,08617–18
36May 20@ Padres6–3Bunning (3–4)NiekroHartenstein (6)4,94718–18
37May 21@ Padres11–1Moose (4–2)Sisk34,33419–18
38May 22@ Padres7–1Blass (3–2)Kirby4,00120–18
39May 23@ Giants0–3RobertsonEllis (2–5)8,21720–19
40May 24@ Giants2–5McCormickVeale (3–4)18,61620–20
41May 25@ Giants2–1Bunning (4–4)Perry21–20
42May 25@ Giants6–2Moose (5–2)SadeckiDal Canton (2)24,04122–20
43May 28@ Reds6–7CarrollKline (1–3)7,45822–21
44May 29@ Reds4–10MerrittVeale (3–5)8,16122–22
45May 30Astros9–3Bunning (5–4)Lemaster23–22
46May 30Astros6–9BillinghamHartenstein (2–1)Gladding18,38123–23
47May 31Astros3–1Ellis (3–5)RayKline (3)6,66324–23
June: 14–15 (Home: 7–4; Away: 7–11)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
48June 1Astros14–7Blass (4–2)Wilson21,02325–23
49June 3Reds3–7MerrittVeale (3–6)4,57625–24
50June 4Reds3–5CarrollHartenstein (2–2)Granger6,68525–25
51June 6@ Braves1–3NiekroEllis (3–6)17,04925–26
52June 7@ Braves10–2Blass (5–2)Jarvis21,12026–26
53June 8@ Braves10–11NiekroHartenstein (2–3)26–27
54June 8@ Braves3–4PappasVeale (3–7)27,31826–28
55June 10@ Astros4–7GriffinEllis (3–7)14,66026–29
56June 11@ Astros13–8Blass (6–2)GuinnHartenstein (7)15,87127–29
57June 12@ Astros4–3Bunning (6–4)Gladding14,26028–29
58June 13Braves2–1 (10)Dal Canton (3–0)Pappas11,61029–29
59June 14Braves4–2Moose (6–2)Upshaw18,28330–29
60June 15Braves4–6ReedBlass (6–3)Upshaw19,97430–30
61June 16Cubs9–8Dal Canton (4–0)ReganBlass (1)8,81031–30
62June 17Cubs1–0Veale (4–7)JenkinsDal Canton (3)32–30
63June 17Cubs4–3Blass (7–3)Abernathy26,81733–30
64June 18Cubs3–2 (10)Gibbon (1–0)Regan12,19834–30
65June 20@ Phillies7–8WilsonMarone (0–1)Boozer10,66934–31
66June 21@ Phillies8–2Dal Canton (5–0)Palmer5,46935–31
67June 22@ Phillies6–0Ellis (4–7)Champion36–31
68June 22@ Phillies2–3JacksonBlass (7–4)33,71236–32
69June 23@ Cubs4–5ReganDal Canton (5–1)12,50036–33
70June 24@ Cubs2–3HandsBunning (6–5)17,53036–34
71June 25@ Cubs2–5JenkinsVeale (4–8)26,43436–35
72June 26@ Cubs5–7 (10)ReganDal Canton (5–2)29,47336–36
73June 27@ Mets3–1Blass (8–4)KoosmanGibbon (1)42,27637–36
74June 28@ Mets7–4Bunning (7–5)GentryGibbon (2)48,39838–36
75June 29@ Mets3–7SeaverVeale (4–9)27,45538–37
76June 30Phillies2–4FrymanEllis (4–8)Boozer17,95438–38
July: 15–12 (Home: 12–7; Away: 3–5)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
77July 1Phillies4–7JacksonBlass (8–5)Wilson6,65238–39
78July 2Phillies4–14RaffoBunning (7–6)Boozer6,32238–40
79July 4Mets6–11SeaverVeale (4–10)Koonce38–41
80July 4Mets2–9CardwellEllis (4–9)DiLauro17,63138–42
81July 6Mets7–8TaylorHartenstein (2–4)Koonce11,55238–43
82July 8Expos8–1Blass (9–5)Wegener4,93039–43
83July 9Expos4–3 (10)Gibbon (2–0)Radatz40–43
84July 9Expos3–2Ellis (5–9)ReedGibbon (3)9,37241–43
85July 10Expos2–1 (11)Hartenstein (3–4)McGinn4,98242–43
86July 11@ Cardinals1–6CarltonWalker (0–1)24,91042–44
87July 12@ Cardinals3–6WashburnBlass (9–6)17,95042–45
88July 13@ Cardinals3–0Bunning (8–6)GibsonMoose (1)43–45
89July 13@ Cardinals2–4BrilesEllis (5–10)Hoerner36,46943–46
90July 14@ Expos0–2StonemanVeale (4–11)20,05443–47
91July 15@ Expos9–3Walker (1–1)Waslewski20,87644–47
92July 16@ Expos8–7Gibbon (3–0)McGinnHartenstein (8)24,21445–47
93July 17@ Expos4–5ShawBunning (8–7)11,93545–48
94July 18Cardinals4–1Ellis (6–10)Gibson13,66646–48
95July 19Cardinals3–2Veale (5–11)BrilesGibbon (4)8,91547–48
96July 24Padres4–3 (10)Ellis (7–10)Ross6,20648–48
97July 25Padres2–3NiekroBlass (9–7)7,40448–49
98July 26Padres4–3 (10)Moose (7–2)McCool6,76949–49
99July 27Padres4–1Bunning (9–7)KirbyMoose (2)14,88850–49
100July 29Dodgers4–2 (10)Gibbon (4–0)McBean51–49
101July 29Dodgers5–6MikkelsenEllis (7–11)18,43651–50
102July 30Dodgers4–2Blass (10–7)Osteen8,83352–50
103July 31Dodgers2–1 (15)Hartenstein (4–4)McBean8,60553–50
August: 17–10 (Home: 7–5; Away: 10–5)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
104August 1Giants1–5McCormickBunning (9–8)10,50053–51
105August 2Giants7–3Veale (6–11)Marichal12,56654–51
106August 3Giants2–3PerryEllis (7–12)14,84154–52
107August 5@ Dodgers11–3Blass (11–7)Foster22,60455–52
108August 6@ Dodgers5–7SuttonWalker (1–2)Brewer18,34755–53
109August 7@ Dodgers0–6OsteenBunning (9–9)20,47555–54
110August 8@ Padres7–1Veale (7–11)Niekro6,06156–54
111August 10@ Padres7–5Ellis (8–12)KelleyGibbon (5)57–54
112August 10@ Padres8–6Blass (12–7)KirbyGibbon (6)10,07358–54
113August 12@ Giants3–6PerryWalker (1–3)5,49658–55
114August 13@ Giants10–5Bunning (10–9)McCormickMoose (3)5,96659–55
115August 15@ Reds5–1Veale (8–11)Nolan21,31460–55
116August 16@ Reds2–5MerrittEllis (8–13)13,21860–56
117August 17@ Reds8–5Blass (13–7)FisherHartenstein (9)20,73261–56
118August 18@ Reds12–5 (10)Dal Canton (6–2)Granger16,65762–56
119August 19Astros5–1Walker (2–3)WilsonGibbon (7)5,40963–56
120August 20Astros1–0Veale (9–11)Lemaster10,56364–56
121August 22Reds8–2Ellis (9–13)Fisher65–56
122August 22Reds5–3Dal Canton (7–2)Carroll28,18466–56
123August 23Reds3–1Moose (8–2)ArrigoHartenstein (10)16,28367–56
124August 24Reds9–4Veale (10–11)MaloneyDal Canton (4)16,50668–56
125August 26Braves4–6ReedWalker (2–4)Doyle15,44968–57
126August 27Braves0–1NiekroEllis (9–14)11,45468–58
127August 28Braves2–8StoneBlass (13–8)Doyle10,76768–59
128August 29@ Astros4–2 (10)Moose (9–2)Bouton20,40569–59
129August 30@ Astros1–2DierkerBelinsky (0–1)27,74769–60
130August 31@ Astros6–4Marone (1–1)GladdingBlass (2)24,72270–60
September: 16–14 (Home: 6–7; Away: 10–7)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
131September 1@ Braves7–1Moose (10–2)Britton10,47971–60
132September 3@ Braves1–8ReedEllis (9–15)Upshaw6,31771–61
133September 5@ Cubs9–2Blass (14–8)Holtzman10,41172–61
134September 6@ Cubs13–4Veale (11–11)Jenkins24,56673–61
135September 7@ Cubs7–5 (11)Dal Canton (8–2)Johnson28,69874–61
136September 8@ Expos6–2Hartenstein (5–4)RaymondDal Canton (5)9,52675–61
137September 9@ Expos2–4RenkoWalker (2–5)9,12975–62
138September 10Cardinals2–11GibsonBlass (14–9)75–63
139September 10Cardinals1–2TorrezBelinsky (0–2)Grant11,89875–64
140September 11Cardinals3–2Veale (12–11)Carlton4,57976–64
141September 12Mets0–1KoosmanMoose (10–3)76–65
142September 12Mets0–1CardwellEllis (9–16)McGraw19,30376–66
143September 13Mets2–5SeaverWalker (2–6)10,44076–67
144September 14Mets5–3Blass (15–9)Ryan11,32477–67
145September 15@ Phillies1–2WiseVeale (12–12)77–68
146September 15@ Phillies3–4JamesBelinsky (0–3)2,93377–69
147September 16@ Phillies9–5Moose (11–3)FrymanGibbon (8)1,16978–69
148September 17@ Cardinals4–2Ellis (10–16)Taylor11,64679–69
149September 18@ Cardinals7–8CampisiGibbon (4–1)8,61279–70
150September 19@ Mets8–2Veale (13–12)Ryan80–70
151September 19@ Mets8–0Walker (3–6)McAndrew51,88581–70
152September 20@ Mets4–0Moose (12–3)Gentry38,78482–70
153September 21@ Mets3–5KoosmanEllis (10–17)82–71
154September 21@ Mets1–6CardwellBlass (15–10)55,90182–72
155September 23Phillies3–4JacksonVeale (13–13)Johnson2,36482–73
156September 25Phillies5–3Walker (4–6)Wise83–73
157September 25Phillies9–7Moose (13–3)JamesGibbon (9)2,37984–73
158September 26Cubs2–0Ellis (11–17)Jenkins4,97385–73
159September 27Cubs4–1Blass (16–10)HoltzmanMoose (4)4,15786–73
160September 28Cubs1–3HandsVeale (13–14)24,43586–74
October: 2–0 (Home: 2–0; Away: 0–0)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
161October 1Expos5–4Gibbon (5–1)Reed2,49687–74
162October 2Expos8–2Moose (14–3)Robertson2,70088–74
Legend:        = Win        = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
#NamePosition
18Matty AlouCF
20Richie Hebner3B
21Roberto ClementeRF
8Willie StargellLF
25Bob Robertson1B
9Bill Mazeroski2B
12Jerry MayC
2Freddie PatekSS
28Steve BlassSP

[14]

Notable transactions

Roster

1969 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

[22]

Statistics

Batting

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pitching

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Farm system

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 Side 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. "1969 Pittsburgh Pirates Roster by Baseball Almanac".
  23. "Major League Baseball Regular Season Hitting Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates. Archived from the original on October 12, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  24. "Major League Baseball Regular Season Pitching Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates. Archived from the original on October 12, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2016.

References

  • 1969 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Reference
  • 1969 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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