1955 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1955 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 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.


  • 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

Brooklyn 14–7–112–1015–713–916–614–814–8
New York9–1310–1213–98–1410–1217–513–9
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


1955 Pittsburgh Pirates
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


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
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


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



  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


  • 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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