1935 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1935 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Owner(s) Bill Benswanger
Manager(s) Pie Traynor
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The 1935 Pittsburgh Pirates season was a season in American baseball which involved the Pirates finishing fourth in the National League.

The roster featured five future Hall of Famers: player-manager Pie Traynor, pitcher Waite Hoyt, shortstop Arky Vaughan, center fielder Lloyd Waner, and right fielder Paul Waner.

Offseason

Regular season

Vaughan hit .385 on his way to being named the NL's Most Valuable Player by The Sporting News. It is considered the best offensive season ever by a shortstop other than Honus Wagner.[3]

On May 25, 1935, Babe Ruth of the Boston Braves hit the final three home runs of his career in one game against the Pirates at Forbes Field.[4]

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 10054 0.649 56–21 44–33
St. Louis Cardinals 9658 0.623 4 53–24 43–34
New York Giants 9162 0.595 50–27 41–35
Pittsburgh Pirates 8667 0.562 13½ 46–31 40–36
Brooklyn Dodgers 7083 0.458 29½ 38–38 32–45
Cincinnati Reds 6885 0.444 31½ 41–35 27–50
Philadelphia Phillies 6489 0.418 35½ 35–43 29–46
Boston Braves 38115 0.248 61½ 25–50 13–65

Record vs. opponents

1935 National League Records

Sources:
Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 6–163–1910–125–168–142–204–18
Brooklyn 16–65–1711–119–1312–9–111–116–16
Chicago 19–317–514–814–813–915–78–14
Cincinnati 12–1011–118–148–14–113–98–138–14
New York 16–513–98–1414–8–112–10–214–814–8
Philadelphia 14–89–12–19–139–1310–12–26–167–15
Pittsburgh 20–211–117–1513–88–1416–611–11
St. Louis 18–416–614–814–88–1415–711–11

Game log

1935 Game Log: 86–67 (Home: 46–31; Away: 40–36)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Roster

1935 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

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
CTom Padden9730282.272130
1BGus Suhr153529144.2721081
2BPep Young128494131.265782
3BTommy Thevenow11040897.238047
SSArky Vaughan137499192.3851999
LFWoody Jensen143627203.324862
CFLloyd Waner122537166.309046
RFPaul Waner139549176.3211178

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
Earl Grace7722459.263329
Pie Traynor5720457.279136
Steve Swetonic100----00

Pitching

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
Cy Blanton35254.118132.58142
Jim Weaver33176.11483.4287
Red Lucas20125.2863.4429

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
Guy Bush41204.111114.3242
Bill Swift39203.2158.27074
Waite Hoyt391647113.4063
Ralph Birkofer37150.1974.0780
Mace Brown1872.2413.5928

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
Jack Salveson50109.002
Hal Smith10003.000

Awards and honors

1935 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

League top five finishers

Cy Blanton

  • MLB leader in ERA (2.58)

Bill Swift

  • #2 in NL in ERA (2.70)

Arky Vaughan

  • MLB leader in batting average (.385)
  • MLB leader in on-base percentage (.491)
  • NL leader in slugging percentage (.607)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Kansas City Blues American Association Dutch Zwilling
A Birmingham Barons Southern Association Clyde Milan and Bill Pierre
C Portsmouth Pirates Middle Atlantic League Jake Pitler

References

  1. From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. Leon Chagnon page at Baseball Reference
  3. James, Bill. The New Historical Baseball Abstract
  4. Shrum, Rick (May 10, 2006). "Parting shots: Two local men recall being witness to Babe Ruth's final three home runs". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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