1975 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1975 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 94th in the history of the franchise and their 89th in the National League. The Pirates' 92–69 record was good enough to win their fifth National League East title in six seasons by 612 games over their cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies. The Pirates, however, lost the National League Championship Series to the Cincinnati Reds, three games to none.

1975 Pittsburgh Pirates
1975 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record92–69 (.571)
Divisional place1st
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, Nellie King
Local radioKDKA
Bob Prince, Nellie King
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Offseason

  • October 22, 1974: Gene Clines was traded by the Pirates to the New York Mets for Duffy Dyer.[2]
  • January 6, 1975: Nelson Norman was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates.[3]
  • February 20, 1975: Albert Williams was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates.[4]

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 9269 0.571 52–28 40–41
Philadelphia Phillies 8676 0.531 51–30 35–46
New York Mets 8280 0.506 10½ 42–39 40–41
St. Louis Cardinals 8280 0.506 10½ 45–36 37–44
Chicago Cubs 7587 0.463 17½ 42–39 33–48
Montreal Expos 7587 0.463 17½ 39–42 36–45

Record vs. opponents


Sources:
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta5–73–1512–68–108–44–85–74–87–118–93–9
Chicago7–51–117–55–79–97–1112–66–125–75–711–7
Cincinnati15–311–113–58–108–48–47–56–611–713–58–4
Houston6–125–75–136–128–44–86–66–59–95–134–8–1
Los Angeles 10–87–510–812–65–76–67–55–711–710–85–7
Montreal4–89–94–84–87–510–87–117–117–55–711–7
New York8–411–74–88–46–68–107–115–138–48–49–9
Philadelphia7-56–125–76–65–711–711–711–77–57–510–8
Pittsburgh8–412–66–65–67–511–713–57–118–45–710–8
San Diego11–77–57–119–97–115–74–85–74–88–104–8
San Francisco9–87–55–1313–58–107–54–85–77–510–85–7
St. Louis9–37–114–88–4–17–57–119–98–108–108–47–5

Game log

1975 Game Log: 92–69 (Home: 52–28; Away: 40–41)
April: 9–7 (Home: 6–4; Away: 3–3)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
1April 10@ Cubs8–4Giusti (1–0)Frailing19,2391–0
2April 11Mets4–3Demery (1–0)Baldwin43,8802–0
3April 13Mets5–3Kison (1–0)Seaver14,8413–0
4April 14Cubs2–4ReuschelMoose (0–1)Knowles4,7803–1
5April 16Expos0–5FrymanEllis (0–1)4,8073–2
6April 17Expos4–7McNallyReuss (0–1)5,6673–3
7April 18@ Cardinals4–5 (13)SadeckiMcDowell (0–1)19,9753–4
8April 19@ Cardinals7–1Rooker (1–0)Forsch19,7754–4
9April 20@ Cardinals5–0Brett (1–0)DennyGiusti (1)20,9355–4
10April 22@ Expos3–4McNallyEllis (0–2)Murray5,2395–5
11April 23@ Expos0–5FrymanReuss (0–2)8,1775–6
12April 25Phillies3–2Kison (2–0)CarltonGiusti (2)5,7266–6
13April 26Phillies7–3Rooker (2–0)Twitchell13,1207–6
14April 27Phillies2–0Ellis (1–2)Underwood14,0748–6
15April 29Cardinals0–3McGlothenBrett (1–1)6,3198–7
16April 30Cardinals5–0Reuss (1–2)Gibson5,5849–7
May: 15–11 (Home: 8–2; Away: 7–9)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
17May 2@ Phillies5–9TwitchellKison (2–1)McGraw20,2579–8
18May 3@ Phillies2–6UnderwoodRooker (2–1)Garber9–9
19May 3@ Phillies3–4 (11)McGrawHernandez (0–1)44,5019–10
20May 6@ Mets2–1 (8)Brett (2–1)Seaver8,25710–10
21May 7@ Mets6–1Reuss (2–2)Matlack12,21611–10
22May 8@ Mets4–2Kison (3–1)Koosman14,05312–10
23May 9Dodgers11–3Ellis (2–2)MarshallGiusti (3)16,37813–10
24May 10Dodgers2–6RauRooker (2–2)24,87013–11
25May 11Dodgers0–7SuttonBrett (2–2)15,17513–12
26May 13Padres2–0Reuss (3–2)Spillner5,48214–12
27May 14Padres5–4 (11)McDowell (1–1)Greif8,33415–12
28May 16@ Dodgers3–2Giusti (2–0)Sutton44,11116–12
29May 17@ Dodgers3–4 (10)MessersmithHernandez (0–2)46,79016–13
30May 18@ Dodgers7–2Brett (3–2)Hooton42,01317–13
31May 19@ Giants4–6CaldwellReuss (3–3)1,79517–14
32May 20@ Giants4–12HalickiEllis (2–3)1,75917–15
33May 21@ Giants1–2 (11)BarrGiusti (2–1)3,51317–16
34May 22@ Padres4–2Rooker (3–2)FreislebenGiusti (4)9,14818–16
35May 23@ Padres3–4FrisellaGiusti (2–2)14,85818–17
36May 24@ Padres0–5JonesReuss (3–4)22,75818–18
37May 25@ Padres6–5 (11)Hernandez (1–2)FrisellaDemery (1)28,77819–18
38May 26Astros10–2Kison (4–1)Richard11,12620–18
39May 27Astros6–5Demery (2–0)Niekro7,00321–18
40May 28Astros3–0Brett (4–2)Roberts7,60122–18
41May 30Braves2–1Reuss (4–4)Capra11,56523–18
42May 31Braves11–4Kison (5–1)Harrison13,42324–18
June: 21–11 (Home: 11–6; Away: 10–5)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
43June 1Braves2–5NiekroRooker (3–3)37,37324–19
44June 3Reds4–8NolanMoose (0–2)9,43824–20
45June 4Reds2–1Reuss (5–4)NormanHernandez (1)13,75425–20
46June 6Giants7–2Kison (6–1)Barr11,92326–20
47June 7Giants7–6Hernandez (2–2)TomsGiusti (5)8,66827–20
48June 8Giants1–3HalickiCandelaria (0–1)27–21
49June 8Giants2–4LavelleDemery (2–1)Moffitt24,12827–22
50June 9@ Reds9–2Reuss (6–4)Norman22,55528–22
51June 10@ Reds9–5McDowell (2–1)DarcyHernandez (2)19,10729–22
52June 11@ Astros1–5DierkerKison (6–2)10,12529–23
53June 12@ Astros4–2Ellis (3–3)RobertsDemery (2)10,80230–23
54June 13@ Braves8–3Rooker (4–3)Odom8,99831–23
55June 14@ Braves2–1Reuss (7–4)ThompsonGiusti (6)29,30832–23
56June 15@ Braves8–6Demery (3–1)Sosa8,35233–23
57June 16Cardinals10–4Kison (7–2)Bryant13,00334–23
58June 17Cardinals4–7McGlothenEllis (3–4)Garman15,89834–24
59June 18Cardinals9–3Rooker (5–3)Reed22,34535–24
60June 19Cardinals5–0Reuss (8–4)Curtis8,19836–24
61June 20@ Mets5–1Candelaria (1–1)Hall47,86737–24
62June 21@ Mets7–3Hernandez (3–2)Parker31,61038–24
63June 22@ Mets2–0Ellis (4–4)Tate34,28739–24
64June 23@ Phillies5–6HilgendorfDemery (3–2)Garber34,75939–25
65June 24@ Phillies3–6ChristensonReuss (8–5)McGraw39–26
66June 24@ Phillies1–8UnderwoodKison (7–3)50,46339–27
67June 25@ Phillies6–7 (13)SchuelerGiusti (2–3)34,17139–28
68June 26Cubs5–2Candelaria (2–1)Frailing10,39440–28
69June 27Cubs5–1Ellis (5–4)Zahn41–28
70June 27Cubs5–3Hernandez (4–2)KnowlesGiusti (7)34,97242–28
71June 28Cubs0–1BonhamRooker (5–4)16,47742–29
72June 29Cubs4–3Giusti (3–3)Reuschel43–29
73June 29Cubs7–0Reuss (9–5)Dettore37,14544–29
74June 30@ Expos5–3Demery (4–2)BlairTekulve (1)13,13445–29
July: 18–12 (Home: 9–6; Away: 9–6)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
75July 1@ Expos10–4Candelaria (3–1)Fryman15,13246–29
76July 3@ Expos5–1Ellis (6–4)Rogers10,11647–29
77July 4@ Cubs1–6StoneKison (7–4)47–30
78July 4@ Cubs1–2 (11)KnowlesReuss (9–6)30,35547–31
79July 5@ Cubs5–4Rooker (6–4)BurrisHernandez (3)22,39348–31
80July 6@ Cubs18–12Hernandez (5–2)Frailing28,02349–31
81July 7@ Cubs5–0Brett (5–2)ReuschelGiusti (8)16,54050–31
82July 8Dodgers0–3SuttonEllis (6–5)Marshall29,37650–32
83July 9Dodgers3–2Kison (8–4)MessersmithGiusti (9)22,16351–32
84July 10Dodgers4–1Reuss (10–6)HootonGiusti (10)18,52152–32
85July 11Padres6–2Rooker (7–4)FolkersGiusti (11)53–32
86July 11Padres5–0Candelaria (4–1)McIntosh31,43554–32
87July 12Padres6–4Hernandez (6–2)JonesDemery (3)21,87755–32
88July 13Padres5–7StromEllis (6–6)Spillner20,11355–33
89July 17@ Dodgers5–2Kison (9–4)MessersmithGiusti (12)32,80656–33
90July 18@ Dodgers3–4MarshallDemery (4–3)52,50656–34
91July 19@ Dodgers5–3Giusti (4–3)Marshall51,59157–34
92July 20@ Giants1–2HalickiRooker (7–5)57–35
93July 20@ Giants7–1Brett (6–2)Caldwell14,72358–35
94July 21@ Giants2–7BarrCandelaria (4–2)3,41758–36
95July 22@ Padres0–1JonesKison (9–5)14,43758–37
96July 23@ Padres8–1Ellis (7–6)Freisleben14,54759–37
97July 25Expos6–1Reuss (11–6)DeMola20,12460–37
98July 26Expos2–5RogersRooker (7–6)4,39460–38
99July 27Expos4–1Brett (7–2)SchermanDemery (4)61–38
100July 27Expos5–3Giusti (5–3)Warthen27,96162–38
101July 28Phillies2–5ChristensonKison (9–6)30,22162–39
102July 29Phillies1–5UnderwoodEllis (7–7)33,34062–40
103July 30Phillies8–1Reuss (12–6)Carlton43,26063–40
104July 31Mets2–6KoosmanRooker (7–7)13,23563–41
August: 12–17 (Home: 10–5; Away: 2–12)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
105August 1Mets2–4StoneBrett (7–3)Apodaca18,08263–42
106August 2Mets0–6MatlackKison (9–7)14,30663–43
107August 3Mets5–4 (15)Demery (5–3)Apodaca64–43
108August 3Mets4–3Candelaria (5–2)Webb30,07065–43
109August 4@ Cardinals4–5CurtisReuss (12–7)Hrabosky28,09765–44
110August 5@ Cardinals6–1Rooker (8–7)Rasmussen25,48966–44
111August 6@ Cardinals2–4DennyBrett (7–4)Hrabosky23,98566–45
112August 7@ Astros1–6RobertsKison (9–8)15,25566–46
113August 8@ Astros3–5CrawfordTekulve (0–1)14,88966–47
114August 9@ Astros0–5NiekroReuss (12–8)13,53166–48
115August 10@ Astros3–5RichardRooker (8–8)Cosgrove12,24366–49
116August 11@ Braves8–1Candelaria (6–2)EasterlyTekulve (2)4,70167–49
117August 12@ Braves2–3MortonKison (9–9)House4,50667–50
118August 13@ Braves3–4HouseBrett (7–5)4,16367–51
119August 14@ Reds1–6NolanReuss (12–9)40,06267–52
120August 15@ Reds3–8NormanRooker (8–9)45,00367–53
121August 16@ Reds3–5BillinghamCandelaria (6–3)Eastwick51,28667–54
122August 17@ Reds1–3DarcyKison (9–10)Eastwick50,12167–55
123August 19Giants4–0Reuss (13–9)Barr22,60968–55
124August 20Giants3–1Rooker (9–9)HalickiGiusti (13)14,03369–55
125August 22Reds7–2Demery (6–3)Billingham70–55
126August 22Reds4–2Candelaria (7–3)McEnaneyGiusti (14)46,57671–55
127August 23Reds7–12KirbyKison (9–11)Eastwick32,06871–56
128August 24Reds5–1Reuss (14–9)Nolan35,59872–56
129August 25Braves4–0Rooker (10–9)Thompson11,14673–56
130August 26Braves8–2Demery (7–3)Easterly12,21374–56
131August 27Braves2–6NiekroCandelaria (7–4)21,20974–57
132August 30Astros4–7DierkerReuss (14–10)13,47374–58
133August 31Astros9–6Kison (10–11)SosaGiusti (15)14,50775–58
September: 17–11 (Home: 8–5; Away: 9–6)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
134September 1@ Mets0–3SeaverCandelaria (7–5)45,99175–59
135September 2@ Mets8–4Tekulve (1–1)KoosmanGiusti (16)26,48676–59
136September 3@ Mets3–1Reuss (15–10)Matlack27,59977–59
137September 5@ Expos3–4 (10)TaylorTekulve (1–2)77–60
138September 5@ Expos5–2Rooker (11–9)RenkoHernandez (4)15,13078–60
139September 6@ Expos12–5 (11)Brett (8–5)Murray10,20679–60
140September 7@ Expos6–0Reuss (16–10)Blair14,04180–60
141September 8Cubs4–1Ellis (8–7)PrallHernandez (5)6,75681–60
142September 9Cubs5–6BonhamDemery (7–4)Reuschel7,34681–61
143September 10Mets8–4Rooker (12–9)Seaver11,98882–61
144September 11Mets0–7KoosmanReuss (16–11)4,76282–62
145September 12Expos6–3Moose (1–2)Carrithers9,44983–62
146September 13Expos2–5WarthenEllis (8–8)Fryman17,31083–63
147September 14Expos4–3Hernandez (7–2)FrymanGiusti (17)12,33584–63
148September 15@ Cubs5–6KnowlesGiusti (5–4)84–64
149September 15@ Cubs9–1Rooker (13–9)Prall5,43285–64
150September 16@ Cubs22–0Candelaria (8–5)Reuschel4,93286–64
151September 17@ Phillies9–1Kison (11–11)Underwood38,08587–64
152September 18@ Phillies1–4CarltonEllis (8–9)27,09387–65
153September 19Cardinals7–1Brett (9–5)Denny19,67188–65
154September 20Cardinals2–8RasmussenRooker (13–10)Hrabosky13,49388–66
155September 21Cardinals5–3Reuss (17–11)GarmanTekulve (3)35,64889–66
156September 22Phillies11–3Kison (12–11)UnderwoodTekulve (4)13,17690–66
157September 23Phillies3–1Moose (2–2)Carlton6,44591–66
158September 24Phillies1–8ChristensonDemery (7–5)6,25391–67
159September 26@ Cardinals0–1ForschRooker (13–11)23,49691–68
160September 27@ Cardinals4–2Reuss (18–11)McGlothenTekulve (5)19,18092–68
161September 28@ Cardinals2–6ReedCandelaria (8–6)20,90992–69
Legend:        = Win        = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Detailed records

Notable transactions

  • April 2, 1975: Sam McDowell was signed as a free agent by the Pirates.[5]
  • June 3, 1975: Ernie Camacho was drafted by the Pirates in the 12th round of the 1975 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign.[6]
  • June 26, 1975: Sam McDowell was released by the Pirates.[5]
  • July 30, 1975: Paul Popovich was released by the Pirates.[7]

Roster

1975 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

  • 43 Don Leppert
  • 42 Don Osborn
  •  2 José Pagán
  •  4 Bob Skinner

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

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
CManny Sanguillén133481158.328958
1BWillie Stargell124461136.2952290
2BRennie Stennett148616176.286762
3BRichie Hebner128472116.2461557
SSFrank Taveras13437880.212023
LFRichie Zisk147504146.2902075
CFAl Oliver155628176.2801884
RFDave Parker148558172.30825101

[8]

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
Bill Robinson9220056.280633
Art Howe6314625.171110
Ed Kirkpatrick8914434.236516
Bob Robertson7512434.274618
Duffy Dyer4813230.227316
Craig Reynolds317617.22404
Willie Randolph306110.16403
Mario Mendoza56509.18002
Paul Popovich25408.20001
Omar Moreno661.16700
Miguel Diloné1860.00000
Ed Ott551.20000

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
Jerry Reuss32237.118112.54131
Jim Rooker28196.213112.97102
Bruce Kison33192.012113.2389
Dock Ellis27140.0893.7969
John Candelaria18120.2862.7695
Ken Brett23118.0953.3647

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
Larry Demery45114.2752.9059
Bob Moose2367.2223.7234

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
Dave Giusti6154172.9538
Ramón Hernández467252.9543
Kent Tekulve341252.2528
Sam McDowell142102.8629
Odell Jones20000.002
Jim Minshall10000.002

National League Championship Series

The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 0.

GameScoreDateLocationAttendance
1Pittsburgh – 3, Cincinnati – 8October 4Riverfront Stadium54,633
2Pittsburgh – 1, Cincinnati – 6October 5Riverfront Stadium54,752
3Cincinnati – 5, Pittsburgh – 3October 7Three Rivers Stadium46,355

Awards and honors

1975 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Charleston Charlies International League Steve Demeter
AA Shreveport Captains Texas League Tim Murtaugh
A Salem Pirates Carolina League Johnny Lipon
A Charleston Pirates Western Carolinas League Mike Ryan
A-Short Season Niagara Falls Pirates New York–Penn League Glenn Ezell
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke

Notes

  1. From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Side in 1907.
  2. Duffy Dyer at Baseball Reference
  3. Nelson Norman at Baseball Reference
  4. Albert Williams at Baseball Reference
  5. Sam McDowell at Baseball Reference
  6. Ernie Camacho at Baseball Reference
  7. Paul Popovich at Baseball Reference
  8. "1975 Pittsburgh Pirates Statistics".

References

  • 1975 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Reference
  • 1975 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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