1953 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1953 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) John W. Galbreath (majority shareholder); Bing Crosby, Thomas Johnson, Branch Rickey (minority shareholders)
General manager(s) Branch Rickey
Manager(s) Fred Haney
Local television none
Local radio WWSW
Rosey Rowswell, Bob Prince
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The 1953 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 72nd in franchise history. In April 1953, the New York Yankees visited Forbes Field and played two preseason games against the Pirates. Mickey Mantle hit a 500-foot home run that landed on the roof.[2]


Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 10549 0.682 60–17 45–32
Milwaukee Braves 9262 0.597 13 45–31 47–31
Philadelphia Phillies 8371 0.539 22 48–29 35–42
St. Louis Cardinals 8371 0.539 22 48–30 35–41
New York Giants 7084 0.455 35 38–39 32–45
Cincinnati Redlegs 6886 0.442 37 38–39 30–47
Chicago Cubs 6589 0.422 40 43–34 22–55
Pittsburgh Pirates 50104 0.325 55 26–51 24–53

Record vs. opponents

1953 National League Records

Brooklyn 13–9–115–713–915–714–820–215–7
Chicago 9–13–112–108–149–135–1711–1111–11
Cincinnati 7–1510–128–149–1312–1015–77–15–1
Milwaukee 9–1314–814–814–8–113–9–115–713–9–1
New York 7–1513–913–98–14–19–1311–119–13
Philadelphia 8–1417–510–129–13–113–915–711–11–1
Pittsburgh 2–2011–117–157–1511–117–155–17
St. Louis 7–1511–1115–7–19–13–113–911–11–117–5

Game log

1953 Game Log: 50–104 (Home: 26–51; Away: 24–53)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Notable transactions


1953 Pittsburgh Pirates
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



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
2BJohnny O'Brien8927969.247222
SSEddie O'Brien8926162.238014
OFCal Abrams119448128.2861543
OFFrank Thomas128455116.25530102

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
Hal Rice7828689.311442
Ralph Kiner4114840.270729
Joe Garagiola277317.233214
Dick Smith13437.16302
Catfish Metkovich26416.14617


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 Friend32170.28114.9066

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
Murry Dickson45200.210194.5388
Roy Face41119686.5856
Howie Pollet512.21110.668

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
Roger Bowman300404.8236

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association Danny Murtaugh
A Charleston Rebels Sally League Frank Oceak, Norm Shope and Larry Shepard
A Denver Bears Western League Andy Cohen
B Waco/Longview Pirates Big State League Buster Chatham
B Burlington-Graham Pirates Carolina League Stan Wentzel
C Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Cliff Dapper
C St. Jean Canadiens Provincial League George Genovese
C Hutchinson Elks Western Association Wes Griffin
D Bristol Twins Appalachian League George Detore
D Dublin Irish Georgia State League John George and Frank Oceak
D Brunswick Pirates Georgia–Florida League Jack Paepke
D Batavia Clippers PONY League George Kinnamon

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Hutchinson, Brunswick

Waco franchise transferred to Longview, May 22, 1953


  1. From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. The Best Game Ever, Prologue, p. xx, Jim Reisler, Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7867-1943-3
  3. Gus Bell page at Baseball Reference
  4. Don Williams page at Baseball Reference
  5. Johnny O'Brien page at Baseball Reference
  6. Eddie O'Brien page at Baseball Reference
  7. Ralph Kiner page at Baseball Reference
  8. Hal Rice page at Baseball Reference


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