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1979 Pittsburgh Pirates season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
1979 NL East Champions
1979 NL Champions
1979 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record98–64 (.605)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)John W. Galbreath (majority shareholder); Thomas P. Johnson (minority shareholder)
General manager(s)Harding "Pete" Peterson
Manager(s)Chuck Tanner
Local televisionKDKA-TV 2
Milo Hamilton, Lanny Frattare, Nelson Briles
Local radioKDKA–AM 1020
Milo Hamilton, Lanny Frattare
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates had 98 wins and 64 losses and captured the National League East Division title by two games over the Montreal Expos. The Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds to win their ninth National League pennant, and the Baltimore Orioles to win their fifth World Series title – and also their last playoff series victory to date. The disco hit "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge was used as the team's theme song that season.[2]

Offseason

Regular season

Key transactions

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 0.605 48–33 50–31
Montreal Expos 95 65 0.594 2 56–25 39–40
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0.531 12 42–39 44–37
Philadelphia Phillies 84 78 0.519 14 43–38 41–40
Chicago Cubs 80 82 0.494 18 45–36 35–46
New York Mets 63 99 0.389 35 28–53 35–46

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 4–8 6–12 7–11 12–6 1–9 4–8 7–5 4–8 6–12 11–7 4–8
Chicago 8–4 7–5 6–6 5–7 6–12 8–10 9–9 6–12 9–3 8–4 8–10
Cincinnati 12–6 5–7 8–10 11–7 6–6 8–4 8–4 8–4 10–7 6–12 8–4
Houston 11–7 6–6 10–8 10–8 7–5 9–3 5–7 4–8 14–4 7–11 6–6
Los Angeles 6–12 7–5 7–11 8–10 6–6 9–3 3–9 4–8 9–9 14–4 6–6
Montreal 9–1 12–6 6–6 5–7 6–6 15–3 11–7 7–11 7–5 7–5 10–8
New York 8–4 10–8 4–8 3–9 3–9 3–15 5–13 8–10–1 4–8 8–4 7–11
Philadelphia 5-7 9–9 4–8 7–5 9–3 7–11 13–5 8–10 9–3 6–6 7–11–1
Pittsburgh 8–4 12–6 4–8 8–4 8–4 11–7 10–8–1 10–8 7–5 9–3 11–7
San Diego 12–6 3–9 7–10 4–14 9–9 5–7 8–4 3–9 5–7 8–10 4–8
San Francisco 7–11 4–8 12–6 11–7 4–14 5–7 4–8 6–6 3–9 10–8 5–7
St. Louis 8–4 10–8 4–8 6–6 6–6 8–10 11–7 11–7–1 7–11 8–4 7–5


Game log

1979 Game Log (98–64 (Home: 48–33; Away: 50–31))
April: 7–11 (Home: 5–6; Away: 2–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
1 April 6 Expos 2–3 (10) Sosa Tekulve (0–1) 36,141 0–1 L1
2 April 7 Expos 7–6 Jackson (1–0) Sosa 8,700 1–1 W1
3 April 8 Expos 4–5 May Romo (0–1) Palmer 8,680 1–2 L1
4 April 10 @ Phillies 3–7 Ruthven Romo (0–2) 48,235 1–3 L2
5 April 11 @ Phillies 4–5 Carlton Blyleven (0–1) 26,281 1–4 L3
6 April 12 Cardinals 3–1 Robinson (1–0) Denny 3,986 2–4 W1
7 April 13 Cardinals 7–6 Bibby (1–0) Schultz Jackson (1) 4,395 3–4 W2
8 April 14 Cardinals 7–4 Whitson (1–0) Forsch Jackson (2) 10,940 4–4 W3
9 April 15 Cardinals 4–9 (10) Littell Tekulve (0–2) 3,012 4–5 L1
10 April 17 Phillies 2–13 Carlton Blyleven (0–2) 7,739 4–6 L2
11 April 18 Phillies 2–3 Lerch Robinson (1–1) 12,195 4–7 L3
12 April 20 @ Astros 4–5 (10) Sambito Bibby (1–1) 19,834 4–8 L4
13 April 21 @ Astros 4–5 (10) Andujar Tekulve (0–3) 48,977 4–9 L5
14 April 22 @ Astros 2–3 Andujar Candelaria (0–1) Sambito 22,403 4–10 W1
15 April 24 @ Reds 9–2 Robinson (2–1) Pastore 18,372 5–10 W2
16 April 25 @ Reds 3–2 (11) Tekulve (1–3) Tomlin 20,155 6–10 W3
17 April 27 Astros 8–9 (11) Riccelli Whitson (1–1) 5,767 6–11 L1
18 April 29 Astros 10–5 Kison (1–0) Niekro Jackson (3) 7,598 7–11 W1
May: 16–10 (Home: 7–4; Away: 9–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
19 May 1 Braves 2–5 Niekro Tekulve (1–4) 5,122 7–12 L1
20 May 2 Braves 10–2 Candelaria (1–1) Mahler 4,840 8–12 W1
21 May 4 @ Cardinals 3–4 Sykes Robinson (2–2) Schultz 13,525 8–13 L1
22 May 5 @ Cardinals 6–5 Jackson (2–0) Vuckovich Whitson (1) 17,440 9–13 W1
23 May 6 @ Cardinals 2–4 Martinez Kison (1–1) Knowles 20,966 9–14 L1
24 May 7 @ Braves 4–2 Candelaria (2–1) Mahler Tekulve (1) 8,166 10–14 W1
25 May 8 @ Braves 1–4 Solomon Rhoden (0–1) 5,741 10–15 L1
26 May 9 @ Braves 17–9 Bibby (2–1) Garber Tekulve (2) 6,855 11–15 W1
27 May 11 Reds 4–8 Tomlin Whitson (1–2) Bair 14,115 11–16 L1
28 May 12 Reds 3–2 Bibby (3–1) Pastore Jackson (4) 18,745 12–16 W1
29 May 13 Reds 3–7 LaCoss Candelaria (2–2) 10,253 12–17 L1
30 May 15 Mets 0–3 Swan Robinson (2–3) Lockwood 6,097 12–18 L2
31 May 16 Mets 4–3 (13) Romo (1–2) Lockwood 7,621 13–18 W1
32 May 17 Mets 6–5 Tekulve (2–4) Orosco 6,295 14–18 W2
33 May 18 @ Cubs 9–5 Candelaria (3–2) Holtzman 12,578 15–18 W3
34 May 19 @ Cubs 3–0 Rooker (1–0) Krukow Jackson (5) 29,460 16–18 W4
35 May 20 @ Cubs 6–5 Robinson (3–3) McGlothen Tekulve (3) 30,998 17–18 W5
36 May 21 @ Expos 4–2 Blyleven (1–2) Sanderson Tekulve (4) 25,154 18–18 W6
37 May 22 @ Expos 3–6 Grimsley Whitson (1–3) Fryman 15,227 18–19 L1
38 May 23 @ Expos 0–3 Rogers Candelaria (3–3) 7,041 18–20 L2
39 May 25 @ Mets 3–3 (11) 6,611 18–20
40 May 26 @ Mets 8–10 Lockwood Tekulve (2–5) 20,272 18–21 L3
41 May 27 @ Mets 2–1 Jackson (3–0) Murray 25,545 19–21 W1
42 May 28 @ Mets 6–1 Candelaria (4–3) Falcone Jackson (6) 10,619 20–21 W2
43 May 29 Cubs 8–0 Robinson (4–3) Holtzman 7,196 21–21 W3
44 May 30 Cubs 9–2 Rooker (2–0) McGlothen 7,107 22–21 W4
45 May 31 Cubs 4–3 (10) Kison (2–1) Sutter 6,438 23–21 W5
June: 14–13 (Home: 7–9; Away: 7–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
46 June 1 Padres 9–8 Tekulve (3–5) Shirley 12,928 24–21 W6
47 June 2 Padres 1–3 Perry Candelaria (4–4) 20,977 24–22 L1
48 June 3 Padres 7–0 Kison (3–1) Owchinko 13,370 25–22 W1
49 June 4 Dodgers 2–4 Sutcliffe Rooker (2–1) 14,727 25–23 L1
50 June 5 Dodgers 3–1 Blyleven (2–2) Sutton Tekulve (5) 11,088 26–23 W1
51 June 6 Dodgers 5–4 Romo (2–2) Welch Tekulve (6) 16,666 27–23 W2
52 June 8 Giants 3–2 Romo (3–2) Curtis Jackson (7) 18,227 28–23 W3
53 June 9 Giants 2–6 Blue Kison (3–2) 25,814 28–24 L1
54 June 10 Giants 4–7 Lavelle Romo (3–3) 25,536 28–25 L2
55 June 12 @ Padres 3–6 Perry Candelaria (4–5) 23,759 28–26 L3
56 June 13 @ Padres 2–3 Owchinko Kison (3–3) Fingers 17,845 28–27 L4
57 June 14 @ Padres 1–2 (14) D'Acquisto Candelaria (4–6) 15,444 28–28 L5
58 June 15 @ Dodgers 6–2 Blyleven (3–2) Sutton Tekulve (7) 50,299 29–28 W1
59 June 16 @ Dodgers 6–3 Robinson (5–3) Welch 49,448 30–28 W2
60 June 17 @ Dodgers 5–1 Whitson (2–3) Reuss Tekulve (8) 45,835 31–28 W3
61 June 19 @ Giants 9–4 Candelaria (5–6) Montefusco Romo (1) 39,861 32–28 W4
62 June 20 @ Giants 8–5 Jackson (4–0) Lavelle Tekulve (9) 19,637 33–28 W5
63 June 22 Cubs 7–2 Blyleven (4–2) Holtzman 21,006 34–28 W6
64 June 23 Cubs 3–4 Krukow Robinson (5–4) Sutter 18,513 34–29 L1
65 June 24 Cubs 0–5 Reuschel Kison (3–4) 43,402 34–30 L2
66 June 25 @ Mets 8–1 Candelaria (6–6) Swan 35–30 W1
67 June 25 @ Mets 0–4 Falcone Rooker (2–2) 14,666 35–31 L1
68 June 26 @ Mets 2–1 Blyleven (5–2) Hausman Jackson (8) 11,903 36–31 W1
69 June 27 Mets 9–12 Twitchell Jackson (4–1) 13,168 36–32 L1
70 June 28 Mets 2–3 Allen Bibby (3–2) Glynn 10,137 36–33 L2
71 June 29 Expos 6–5 Kison (4–4) Lee Tekulve (10) 35,677 37–33 W1
72 June 30 Expos 3–5 Sanderson Blyleven (5–3) Fryman 13,865 37–34 L1
July: 20–11 (Home: 8–5; Away: 12–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
73 July 2 @ Cardinals 5–4 Romo (4–3) Knowles Jackson (9) 18,042 38–34 W1
74 July 3 @ Cardinals 4–1 Candelaria (7–6) Forsch Romo (2) 17,130 39–34 W2
75 July 4 @ Cardinals 6–4 Blyleven (6–3) Vuckovich Jackson (10) 14,766 40–34 W3
76 July 5 @ Cardinals 0–2 Fulgham Rooker (2–3) 16,626 40–35 L1
77 July 6 @ Reds 1–2 Bair Jackson (4–2) 32,264 40–36 L2
78 July 7 @ Reds 2–6 Moskau Robinson (5–5) 36,300 40–37 L3
79 July 8 @ Reds 2–4 Norman Candelaria (7–7) 40–38 L4
80 July 8 @ Reds 2–1 Jackson (5–2) Tomlin Tekulve (11) 43,099 41–38 W1
81 July 10 @ Astros 4–3 Bibby (4–2) Andujar Tekulve (12) 31,341 42–38 W2
82 July 11 @ Astros 5–1 Kison (5–4) Richard 25,330 43–38 W3
83 July 12 @ Astros 5–3 Blyleven (7–3) Niekro Tekulve (13) 22,956 44–38 W4
84 July 13 @ Braves 4–13 Niekro Rooker (2–4) 17,018 44–39 L1
85 July 14 @ Braves 5–1 Candelaria (8–7) Matula 25,083 45–39 W1
86 July 15 @ Braves 7–3 Bibby (5–2) Solomon 11,304 46–39 W2
50th All-Star Game in Seattle, Washington
87 July 19 Astros 9–5 Roberts (1–0) Forsch 47–39 W3
88 July 19 Astros 4–2 Kison (6–4) Niekro Jackson (11) 33,464 48–39 W4
89 July 20 Astros 9–3 Candelaria (9–7) Richard 23,585 49–39 W5
90 July 21 Astros 6–5 Romo (5–3) Sambito Tekulve (14) 19,570 50–39 W6
91 July 22 Braves 5–4 Robinson (6–5) Solomon Tekulve (15) 51–39 W7
92 July 22 Braves 3–2 Bibby (6–2) Mahler Tekulve (16) 29,533 52–39 W8
93 July 23 Braves 7–1 Blyleven (8–3) Hanna 53–39 W9
94 July 23 Braves 0–8 Niekro Rooker (2–5) 27,148 53–40 L1
95 July 24 Reds 5–6 Norman Kison (6–5) Bair 19,517 53–41 L2
96 July 25 Reds 5–6 (10) Bair Tekulve (3–6) 17,296 53–42 L3
97 July 26 Reds 7–9 Soto Roberts (1–1) Hume 20,339 53–43 L4
98 July 27 @ Expos 5–4 Tekulve (4–6) Sosa Romo (3) 54–43 W1
99 July 27 @ Expos 9–1 Blyleven (9–3) Sanderson 59,260 55–43 W2
100 July 28 @ Expos 5–3 Bibby (7–2) Schatzeder Tekulve (17) 38,661 56–43 W3
101 July 29 @ Expos 3–5 Rogers Kison (6–6) 35,245 56–44 L1
102 July 30 Mets 8–5 Jackson (6–2) Bernard Tekulve (18) 11,837 57–44 W1
103 July 31 Mets 1–2 Twitchell Blyleven (9–4) Glynn 10,739 57–45 L1
August: 21–9 (Home: 12–4; Away: 9–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
104 August 1 Cardinals 4–3 Romo (6–3) Forsch Tekulve (19) 16,124 58–45 W1
105 August 2 Cardinals 4–5 Frazier Jackson (6–3) Knowles 25,163 58–46 L1
106 August 3 Phillies 6–3 Romo (7–3) McGraw 59–46 W1
107 August 3 Phillies 5–1 Bibby (8–2) Christenson 45,309 60–46 W2
108 August 4 Phillies 4–0 Candelaria (10–7) Espinosa 34,754 61–46 W3
109 August 5 Phillies 12–8 Tekulve (5–6) Eastwick 62–46 W4
110 August 5 Phillies 5–2 Romo (8–3) Noles Tekulve (20) 46,006 63–46 W5
111 August 7 @ Cubs 2–15 Reuschel Rooker (2–6) 34,641 63–47 L1
112 August 8 @ Cubs 5–2 (10) Tekulve (6–6) Tidrow 34,255 64–47 W1
113 August 9 @ Cubs 3–11 Lamp Candelaria (10–8) 29,645 64–48 L1
114 August 10 @ Phillies 3–4 (12) Eastwick Jackson (6–4) 64–49 L2
115 August 10 @ Phillies 3–2 Kison (7–6) Lerch Tekulve (21) 63,346 65–49 W1
116 August 11 @ Phillies 14–11 Romo (9–3) Eastwick Tekulve (22) 51,118 66–49 W2
117 August 13 @ Phillies 9–1 Bibby (9–2) Christenson 43,111 67–49 W3
118 August 14 Padres 7–1 Candelaria (11–8) D'Acquisto 23,210 68–49 W4
119 August 15 Padres 5–1 Blyleven (10–4) Jones 14,219 69–49 W5
120 August 16 Padres 5–4 Kison (8–6) Perry Romo (4) 14,201 70–49 W6
121 August 17 Dodgers 6–7 Patterson Bibby (9–3) Castillo 22,416 70–50 L1
122 August 18 Dodgers 1–5 Reuss Robinson (6–6) 40,238 70–51 L2
123 August 19 Dodgers 2–0 Tekulve (7–6) Hooton 28,382 71–51 W1
124 August 20 Giants 6–5 Romo (10–3) Lavelle Tekulve (23) 18,714 72–51 W2
125 August 21 Giants 1–6 Knepper Kison (8–7) 20,999 72–52 L1
126 August 22 Giants 8–6 Tekulve (8–6) Lavelle 19,768 73–52 W1
127 August 24 @ Padres 2–3 Jones Romo (10–4) Lee 16,890 73–53 L1
128 August 25 @ Padres 4–3 (19) Roberts (2–1) D'Acquisto 14,607 74–53 W1
129 August 26 @ Padres 9–2 Kison (9–7) Shirley 13,006 75–53 W2
130 August 27 @ Dodgers 2–4 Brett Tekulve (8–7) 35,705 75–54 L1
131 August 28 @ Dodgers 4–1 Candelaria (12–8) Hough 31,587 76–54 W1
132 August 29 @ Dodgers 4–1 Blyleven (11–4) Reuss Tekulve (24) 32,816 77–54 W2
133 August 31 @ Giants 6–4 Robinson (7–6) Curtis Jackson (12) 19,377 78–54 W3
September: 20–10 (Home: 9–5; Away: 11–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
134 September 1 @ Giants 5–3 Kison (10–7) Montefusco Jackson (13) 25,551 79–54 W4
135 September 1 @ Giants 7–2 Bibby (10–3) Knepper 27,382 80–54 W5
136 September 2 @ Giants 5–3 Candelaria (13–8) Blue 15,663 81–54 W6
137 September 3 Phillies 0–2 Carlton Blyleven (11–5) McGraw 81–55 L1
138 September 3 Phillies 7–3 Rooker (3–6) Lerch Tekulve (25) 43,444 82–55 W1
139 September 5 @ Cardinals 7–5 (11) Roberts (3–1) Thomas Tekulve (26) 23,059 83–55 W2
140 September 6 @ Cardinals 6–8 Martinez Bibby (10–4) McEnaney 14,767 83–56 L1
141 September 7 @ Mets 6–4 (14) Jackson (7–4) Allen 8,290 84–56 W1
142 September 8 @ Mets 2–3 (15) Ellis Rooker (3–7) 8,095 84–57 L1
143 September 9 @ Mets 6–5 Tekulve (9–7) Glynn 9,093 85–57 W1
144 September 11 Cardinals 7–3 Roberts (4–1) Denny 15,757 86–57 W2
145 September 12 Cardinals 2–0 Candelaria (14–8) Forsch Tekulve (27) 17,669 87–57 W3
146 September 15 Mets 5–4 Roberts (5–1) Glynn Tekulve (28) 18,060 88–57 W4
147 September 16 Mets 0–3 Falcone Candelaria (14–9) Allen 25,364 88–58 L1
148 September 17 @ Expos 2–1 Robinson (8–6) Rogers 54,609 89–58 W1
149 September 18 @ Expos 5–3 (11) Jackson (8–4) Murray Roberts (1) 56,976 90–58 W2
150 September 19 @ Phillies 9–6 Tekulve (10–7) Eastwick Jackson (14) 91–58 W3
151 September 19 @ Phillies 5–6 Kucek Romo (10–5) Saucier 30,566 91–59 L1
152 September 20 @ Phillies 1–2 Lerch Tekulve (10–8) 16,299 91–60 L2
153 September 21 @ Cubs 0–2 McGlothen Robinson (8–7) 9,552 91–61 L3
154 September 22 @ Cubs 4–1 Kison (11–7) Riley Tekulve (29) 24,657 92–61 W1
155 September 23 @ Cubs 6–0 Bibby (11–4) Reuschel 24,571 93–61 W2
156 September 24 Expos 5–2 Blyleven (12–5) Schatzeder Tekulve (30) 94–61 W3
157 September 24 Expos 6–7 Grimsley Jackson (8–5) Sosa 47,268 94–62 L1
158 September 25 Expos 10–4 Rooker (4–7) Sanderson Romo (5) 31,348 95–62 W1
159 September 26 Expos 10–1 Kison (12–7) Rogers 42,043 96–62 W2
160 September 27 Cardinals 5–9 Forsch Roberts (5–2) Littell 11,172 96–63 L1
161 September 28 Cubs 6–1 Bibby (12–4) Reuschel 14,778 97–63 W1
162 September 29 Cubs 6–7 (13) Caudill Robinson (8–8) 25,734 97–64 L1
163 September 30 Cubs 5–3 Kison (13–7) McGlothen Tekulve (31) 42,176 98–64 W1
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Tie
Bold = Pirates team member

Source: baseball-reference.com[6]

Roster

1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Opening Day Lineup

Opening Day Starters
# Name Position
10 Frank Taveras SS
18 Omar Moreno CF
39 Dave Parker RF
8 Willie Stargell 1B
28 Bill Robinson LF
6 Rennie Stennett 2B
14 Ed Ott C
3 Phil Garner 3B
22 Bert Blyleven P

[7]

Player stats

Batting
Pitching

Postseason

Postseason game log

1979 Postseason Game Log (7–3)
1979 NL Championship Series: vs. Cincinnati Reds (3–0)[14]
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Series
1 Oct 2 @ Reds 5–2 (11) Jackson (1–0) Hume (0–1) Robinson (1) 55,006 PIT 1–0
2 Oct 3 @ Reds 3–2 (10) Robinson (1–0) Bair (0–1) 55,000 PIT 2–0
3 Oct 5 Reds 7–1 Blyleven (1–0) LaCoss (0–1) 42,240 PIT 3–0
1979 World Series: vs. Baltimore Orioles (4–3)[15]
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Series
Oct 9 @ Orioles Postponed (rain)
1 Oct 10 @ Orioles 4–5 Flanagan (2–0) Kison (0–1) 53,735 BAL 1–0
2 Oct 11 @ Orioles 3–2 Robinson (2–0) Stanhouse (1–2) Tekulve (1) 53,739 Tied 1–1
3 Oct 12 Orioles 4–8 McGregor (2–0) Candelaria (0–1) 50,848 BAL 2–1
4 Oct 13 Orioles 6–9 Stoddard (1–0) Tekulve (0–1) 50,883 BAL 3–1
5 Oct 14 Orioles 7–1 Blyleven (2–0) Flanagan (2–1) 50,920 BAL 3–2
6 Oct 16 @ Orioles 4–0 Candelaria (1–1) Palmer (0–1) Tekulve (2) 53,739 Tied 3–3
7 Oct 17 @ Orioles 4–1 Jackson (2–0) McGregor (2–1) Tekulve (3) 53,733 PIT 4–3
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Pirates team member

National League Championship Series

Game 1

October 2, Riverfront Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 10 0
Cincinnati 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
W: Grant Jackson (1-0)  L: Tom Hume (0-1)   SV: Don Robinson (1)
HRs: PITPhil Garner (1)   Willie Stargell (1)   CINGeorge Foster (1)

Game 2

October 3, Riverfront Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 0
Cincinnati 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 0
W: Don Robinson (1-0)  L: Doug Bair (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: PIT – None   CIN – None

Game 3

October 5, Three Rivers Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 1
Pittsburgh 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 X 7 7 0
W: Bert Blyleven (1-0)  L: Mike LaCoss (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: CINJohnny Bench (1)   PITWillie Stargell (2)   Bill Madlock (1)

World Series

The Pirates became one of only six teams in the 20th century to have won a World Series after trailing three games to one. Two of those teams were the Pirates, in 1925 and 1979. The others were the 1903 Boston Red Sox (in a best-of-nine series), 1958 New York Yankees, 1968 Detroit Tigers, and 1985 Kansas City Royals. Five Pirates had 10 or more hits in this series, a World Series record.

Chuck Tanner's mother died the morning of Game 5 (this was mentioned during the telecast by announcer Howard Cosell). 1960 World Series hero Bill Mazeroski threw out the first ball in Game 5. The Pittsburgh Pirates were the last team in the 20th Century to win Game 7 of the World Series on the road. U.S. President Jimmy Carter made an appearance in Game 7, he threw out the first ball, and after the game made a visit to the victorious Pittsburgh locker room.

Willie Stargell at 39 was the oldest player to win MVP honors for both the National League and the World Series.[citation needed] In the World Series, he hit .400 with a record seven extra-base hits and matched Reggie Jackson's record of 25 total bases, set in 1977. Stargell, pitcher Bruce Kison, infielder Rennie Stennett, and catcher Manny Sanguillén were the only players left over from the 1971 World Series, when the Pirates faced the Orioles. Orioles' pitcher Jim Palmer, Mark Belanger, and manager Earl Weaver were the only ones who were still with the team that faced the Pirates in 1971.

As was the case when the same two teams played in the 1971 World Series, a game in Baltimore was rained out. Game 1 of this series was postponed, while Game 2 of the 1971 series had to be moved back a day. In this Series, it was the American League team's "turn" to play by National League rules, meaning that there was no designated hitter and the Orioles' pitchers would have to bat. While this resulted in pitcher Tim Stoddard getting his first major league hit and RBI in Game 4. Overall, it hurt the Orioles because Lee May, their designated hitter for much of the season and a key part of their offense, was only able to bat three times in the whole series. The Pirates wore four different uniform combinations during the series: gold cap, black jersey and gold pants for Games 1 & 5, black cap, gold jersey and black pants for Games 2, 6 & 7, black cap and solid white pinstriped uniform for Game 3 and a black cap and solid gold uniform for Game 4.

Game 1

October 10, 1979, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendance: 53,735

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 4 11 3
Baltimore 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 3
W: Mike Flanagan (1-0)   L: Bruce Kison (0-1)
HR: PITWillie Stargell (1); BALDoug Decinces (1)

Game 2

October 11, 1979, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendance: 53,739

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 2
Baltimore 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 1
W: Don Robinson (1-0)   L: Don Stanhouse (0-1)  S: Kent Tekulve (1)
HR: PIT – none; BALEddie Murray (1)

Game 3

October 12, 1979, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 50,848

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 8 13 0
Pittsburgh 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 9 2
W: Scott McGregor (1-0)   L: John Candelaria (0-1)
HR: BALBenny Ayala (1); PIT – none

Game 4

October 13, 1979, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 50,883

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 0 9 12 0
Pittsburgh 0 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 17 1
W: Tim Stoddard (1-0)   L: Kent Tekulve (0-1)
HR: BAL – none; PITWillie Stargell (2)

Game 5

October 14, 1979, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 50,920

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 x 7 13 1
W: Bert Blyleven (1-0)   L: Mike Flanagan (1-1)
HR: BAL – none; PIT – none

Game 6

October 16, 1979, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendance: 53,739

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 10 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
W: John Candelaria (1-1)   L: Jim Palmer (0-1)  S: Kent Tekulve (2)
HR: PIT – none; BAL – none

Game 7

October 17, 1979, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendance: 53,733

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 10 0
Baltimore 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
W: Grant Jackson (1-0)   L: Scott McGregor (1-1)  S: Kent Tekulve (3)
HR: PITWillie Stargell (3); BALRich Dauer (1)

Composite Box

1979 World Series (4-3): Pittsburgh Pirates (N.L.) over Baltimore Orioles (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 1 8 0 1 1 8 4 6 3 32 81 9
Baltimore Orioles 5 1 6 5 1 1 1 6 0 26 54 9
Total Attendance: 367,597   Average Attendance: 52,514
Winning Player's Share: – $28,264,   Losing Player's Share – $22,114 * Includes Playoffs and World Series

Awards and honors

All-Stars

1979 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

League leaders

Other team leaders

  • Runs scored – Omar Moreno (110)
  • Stolen bases – Omar Moreno (77)
  • Walks – Dave Parker (67)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Johnny Lipon
AA Buffalo Bisons Eastern League Steve Demeter
A Salem Pirates Carolina League Jim Mahoney
A Shelby Pirates Western Carolinas League Tom Zimmer
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke

Notes

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. ^ ""Family" reunion; Close ties still bind 1979 Pirates". pennlive.com. July 21, 2019. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  3. ^ Will McEnaney at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ "Ken Macha page at Baseball-Reference". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 5, 2008.
  5. ^ Enrique Romo at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ "1979 Pittsburgh Pirates Schedule & Results". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 19, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ 1979 Opening Day Lineup at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  9. ^ "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  10. ^ "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  11. ^ "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  12. ^ "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  13. ^ "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  14. ^ "1979 National League Championship Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  15. ^ "1979 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  16. ^ Stolen Bases Single Season National League Leaders by Baseball Almanac

References

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