1955 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1955 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
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 KDKA
Bob Prince, Dick Bingham
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The 1955 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 74th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 69th in the National League. The Pirates finished eighth and last in the league standings with a record of 60–94.

Offseason

  • Prior to 1955 season: Ellis Burton was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates.[2]

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 9855 0.641 56–21 42–34
Milwaukee Braves 8569 0.552 13½ 46–31 39–38
New York Giants 8074 0.519 18½ 44–35 36–39
Philadelphia Phillies 7777 0.500 21½ 46–31 31–46
Cincinnati Redlegs 7579 0.487 23½ 46–31 29–48
Chicago Cubs 7281 0.471 26 43–33 29–48
St. Louis Cardinals 6886 0.442 30½ 41–36 27–50
Pittsburgh Pirates 6094 0.390 38½ 36–39 24–55

Record vs. opponents

1955 National League Records

Sources:
Team BR CHC CIN MIL NYG PHI PIT STL
Brooklyn 14–7–112–1015–713–916–614–814–8
Chicago7–14–111–117–1512–1010–1211–1114–8
Cincinnati10–1211–119–139–1311–1114–811–11
Milwaukee7–1515–713–914–814–811–1111–11
New York9–1310–1213–98–1410–1217–513–9
Philadelphia6–1612–1011–118–1412–1015–713–9
Pittsburgh8–1411–118–1411–115–177–1510–12
St. Louis8–148–1411–1111–119–139–1312–10

Game log

1955 Game Log: 60–94 (Home: 36–39; Away: 24–55)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Notable transactions

Roster

1955 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
CJack Shepard9426463.239223
LFFrank Thomas142510125.2452572
CFEddie O'Brien7523655.23308

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
Dick Cole7723954.226021
Hardy Peterson328120.247110
Earl Smith5161.06300
Dick Smith400----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

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 Friend44200.11492.8398
Roy Face42125.2573.5884
Lino Donoso2595465.3138
Roger Bowman716.2038.648

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
Al Grunwald30004.702
Red Swanson100018.000
Bill Bell10000.000

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
Open Hollywood Stars Pacific Coast League Bobby Bragan
AA New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association Andy Cohen
A Williamsport Grays Eastern League Larry Shepard
A Lincoln Chiefs Western League Bill Burwell
B Waco Pirates Big State League Stan Wentzel
B Burlington-Graham Pirates Carolina League Larry Dorton
C Phoenix Stars Arizona–Mexico League Jerry Gardner
C Salinas Packers California League Buck Elliott and Jack Paepke
C Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Jack Paepke and Buck Elliott
C St. Jean Canadiens Provincial League Steve Mizerak and Fred Luciano
D Dublin Irish Georgia State League George Kinnamon
D Brunswick Pirates Georgia–Florida League Frank Oceak
D Clinton Pirates Mississippi–Ohio Valley League Robert Clark

LEAGUE CO-CHAMPIONS: Brunswick

Notes

  1. From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. Ellis Burton at Baseball-Reference
  3. Red Swanson at Baseball-Reference
  4. http://baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/yr1955as.shtml

References

  • 1955 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Reference
  • 1955 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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