1957 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1957 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) Joe L. Brown
Manager(s) Bobby Bragan, Danny Murtaugh
Local television KDKA-TV
Bob Prince, Paul Long
Local radio KDKA
Bob Prince, Dick Bingham
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The 1957 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 76th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 71st in the National League. The Pirates finished tied with the Chicago Cubs for eighth and last in the league standings with a record of 62–92.

Regular season

The Pittsburgh Pirates played the Brooklyn Dodgers in the final game at Ebbets Field. The game was contested on September 24, 1957, and Brooklyn pitcher Danny McDevitt pitched a complete game. He had nine strikeouts while allowing just five hits.[2]

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Braves 9559 0.617 45–32 50–27
St. Louis Cardinals 8767 0.565 8 42–35 45–32
Brooklyn Dodgers 8470 0.545 11 43–34 41–36
Cincinnati Redlegs 8074 0.519 15 45–32 35–42
Philadelphia Phillies 7777 0.500 18 38–39 39–38
New York Giants 6985 0.448 26 37–40 32–45
Pittsburgh Pirates 6292 0.403 33 36–41 26–51
Chicago Cubs 6292 0.403 33 31–46 31–46

Record vs. opponents

1957 National League Records

Brooklyn 17–512–1010–1212–109–1312–1012–10
Chicago 5–177–159–139–138–14–112–10–112–10
Cincinnati 10–1215–74–1812–1016–614–89–13
Milwaukee 12–1013–918–413–912–10–116–611–11
New York 10–1213–910–129–1310–129–138–14
Philadelphia 13–914–8–16–1610–12–112–1013–99–13
Pittsburgh 10–1210–12–18–146–1613–99–136–16
St. Louis 10–1210–1213–911–1114–813–916–6

Game log

1957 Game Log: 62–92 (Home: 36–41; Away: 26–51)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie
Bold = Pirates team member

Notable transactions


1957 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
1BDee Fondy95323101.313235

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
Frank Thomas151594172.2902389
Gene Baker11136597.266236
Paul Smith8115038.253311
Dick Rand6010523.21919
Hardy Peterson307322.301211
Johnny O'Brien343511.31401
John Powers203510.28628
Dale Long7224.18205
Lee Walls8224.18200
Ken Hamlin210.00000


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 Friend4027714183.38143
Whammy Douglas1147333.2628
Bennie Daniels17011.29101

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
Luis Arroyo54130.23114.682
Red Swanson3272.2333.7229

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
Roy Face5946103.0753
Bob Smith202403.1135
Johnny O'Brien160306.0819
Chuck Churn50004.324

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
Open Hollywood Stars Pacific Coast League Clyde King
AAA Columbus Jets International League Frank Oceak
A Lincoln Chiefs Western League Larry Shepard
B Beaumont Pirates Big State League Monty Basgall
C Douglas Copper Kings Arizona–Mexico League Bob Clear
C San Jose JoSox California League Dick Whitman
C Grand Forks Chiefs Northern League Al Kubski and Jack Paepke
D Salem Rebels Appalachian League Larry Dorton
D Clinton Pirates Midwest League Stan Wentzel
D Jamestown Falcons New York–Penn League Jack Paepke


Jamestown club folded, June 25, 1957


  1. From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. Sports Illustrated, December 6, 2010, Volume 113, Number 21, p.24, Published by Time Inc.
  3. Dee Fondy at Baseball Reference
  4. Bob Smith at Baseball Reference


  • 1957 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Reference
  • 1957 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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