1938 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1938 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Bill Benswanger
Manager(s)Pie Traynor
Local radioKDKA
Rosey Rowswell, Jack Craddock
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The 1938 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 57th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 52nd in the National League. The Pirates finished second in the league standings with a record of 86–64.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 89 63 0.586 44–33 45–30
Pittsburgh Pirates 86 64 0.573 2 44–33 42–31
New York Giants 83 67 0.553 5 43–30 40–37
Cincinnati Reds 82 68 0.547 6 43–34 39–34
Boston Bees 77 75 0.507 12 45–30 32–45
St. Louis Cardinals 71 80 0.470 17½ 36–41 35–39
Brooklyn Dodgers 69 80 0.463 18½ 31–41 38–39
Philadelphia Phillies 45 105 0.300 43 26–48 19–57

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1938 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 10–12 12–10 11–9 8–14 14–8 9–13 13–9–1
Brooklyn 10–12 9–11–1 9–13 8–14 15–7 9–11 9–12–1
Chicago 12–10 11–9–1 11–11 12–10 18–4 12–10 13–9–1
Cincinnati 9–11 13–9 11–11 12–9 14–7 10–12 13–9–1
New York 14–8 14–8 10–12 9–12 16–5 9–13–1 11–9–1
Philadelphia 8–14 7–15 4–18 7–14 5–16 8–12–1 6–16
Pittsburgh 13–9 11–9 10–12 12–10 13–9–1 12–8–1 15–7
St. Louis 9–13–1 12–9–1 9–13–1 9–13–1 9–11–1 16–6 7–15


Game log[edit]

1938 Game Log: 86–64 (Home: 44–33; Away: 42–31)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Roster[edit]

1938 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
C Al Todd 133 491 130 .265 7 75
1B Gus Suhr 145 530 156 .294 3 64
2B Pep Young 149 562 156 .278 4 79
SS Arky Vaughan 148 541 174 .322 7 68
3B Lee Handley 139 570 153 .268 6 51
OF Johnny Rizzo 143 555 167 .301 23 111
OF Lloyd Waner 147 619 194 .313 5 57
OF Paul Waner 148 625 175 .280 6 69

Other batters[edit]

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
Woody Jensen 68 125 25 .200 0 10
Bill Brubaker 45 112 33 .295 3 19
Ray Berres 40 100 23 .230 0 6
Johnny Dickshot 29 35 8 .229 0 4
Tommy Thevenow 15 25 5 .200 0 2
Heinie Manush 15 13 4 .308 0 4

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Russ Bauers 40 243 13 14 3.07 117
Jim Tobin 40 241.1 14 12 3.47 70
Cy Blanton 29 172.2 11 7 3.70 80
Bob Klinger 28 159.1 12 5 2.99 58
Red Lucas 13 84 6 3 3.54 19

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bill Swift 36 150 7 5 3.24 77
Ed Brandt 24 96.1 5 4 3.46 38

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mace Brown 51 15 9 5 3.80 55
Joe Bowman 17 3 4 1 4.65 25
Rip Sewell 17 0 1 1 4.23 17
Ken Heintzelman 1 0 0 0 9.00 1

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AA Montreal Royals International League Rabbit Maranville and Alex Hooks
A1 Knoxville Smokies Southern Association Neil Caldwell
B Savannah Indians Sally League Chick Autry
C Hutchinson Larks Western Association Hugh McMullen
D Carthage Pirates Arkansas–Missouri League Buzz Arlitt

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Carthage

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. ^ Tommy Thevenow page at Baseball Reference

References[edit]

  • 1938 Pittsburgh Pirates team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1938 Pittsburgh Pirates Page at Baseball Almanac
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (3rd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-17-6.