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1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
1979 NL East Champions
1979 NL Champions
1979 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
*National League (since 1887)
:*Eastern Division (since 1969)
Location
*Three Rivers Stadium (since 1970)
*Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania[1] (since 1907)
Results
Record 98–64 (.605)
Divisional place 1st
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 television KDKA-TV 2
Milo Hamilton, Lanny Frattare, Nelson Briles
Local radio KDKA–AM 1020
Milo Hamilton, Lanny Frattare
Stats ESPN.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 title, 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 Edit

Regular season Edit

Key transactionsEdit

Season standings Edit

Template:1979 NL East standings

Record vs. opponents Edit

Template:1979 NL Record vs. opponents

1979 National League Records
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 4–8
Pittsburgh 8–4

Detailed recordsEdit

National League
Opponent W L WP RS RA
Atlanta Braves
Month Games Won Lost Win % RS RA
Total 162 97 65 0.599 788 599
Games Won Lost Win % RS RA
Home 81 48 33 0.593 399 339
Road 82 50 31 0.617 376 304
Total 163 98 64 0.599 775 643

Game log Edit

Regular season Edit

Postseason Edit

Roster Edit

Batting

Regular Season[6]
Player Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr
Rhoden, R.R. Rhoden 1 1 1 1.000 0 0
Alexander, M.M. Alexander 44 13 7 0.538 0 1
Madlock, B.B. Madlock 85 311 102 0.328 7 44
Parker, D.D. Parker 158 622 193 0.310 25 94
Garner, P.P. Garner 150 549 161 0.293 11 59
Foli, T.T. Foli 133 525 153 0.291 1 65
Nicosia, S.S. Nicosia 70 191 55 0.288 4 13
Moreno, O.O. Moreno 162 695 196 0.282 8 69
Stargell, W.W. Stargell 126 424 119 0.281 32 82
Easler, M.M. Easler 55 54 15 0.278 2 11
Milner, J.J. Milner 128 326 90 0.276 16 60
Ott, E.E. Ott 117 403 110 0.273 7 51
Robinson, B.B. Robinson 148 421 111 0.264 24 75
Lacy, L.L. Lacy 84 182 45 0.247 5 15
Taveras, F.F. Taveras 11 45 11 0.244 0 1
Stennett, R.R. Stennett 108 319 76 0.238 0 24
Sanguillén, M.M. Sanguillén 56 74 17 0.230 0 4
Berra, D.D. Berra 44 123 26 0.211 3 15
Robinson, D.D. Robinson 29 49 10 0.204 0 3
Coleman, J.J. Coleman 10 5 1 0.200 0 0
Bibby, J.J. Bibby 34 45 8 0.178 2 5
Romo, E.E. Romo 84 12 2 0.167 0 1
Kison, B.B. Kison 37 55 8 0.145 1 6
Tekulve, K.K. Tekulve 94 15 2 0.133 0 1
Candelaria, J.J. Candelaria 33 68 9 0.132 0 6
Blyleven, B.B. Blyleven 38 70 9 0.129 0 3
Rooker, J.J. Rooker 19 33 4 0.121 0 0
Boyland, D.D. Boyland 4 3 0 0.000 0 0
Ellis, D.D. Ellis 3 1 0 0.000 0 0
Jackson, G.G. Jackson 72 9 0 0.000 0 1
Roberts, D.D. Roberts 21 5 0 0.000 0 1
Whitson, E.E. Whitson 19 13 0 0.000 0 0
Hargis, G.G. Hargis 1 0 0 0 0
Lois, A.A. Lois 11 0 0 0 0

Postseason[7][8]
Player Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr
Stennett, R.R. Stennett 2 1 1 1.000 0 0
Garner, P.P. Garner 10 36 17 0.472 1 6
Stargell, W.W. Stargell 10 41 17 0.415 5 13
Parker, D.D. Parker 10 41 14 0.341 0 6
Madlock, B.B. Madlock 10 36 12 0.333 1 5
Sanguillén, M.M. Sanguillén 3 3 1 0.333 0 1
Foli, T.T. Foli 10 42 14 0.333 0 6
Moreno, O.O. Moreno 10 45 14 0.311 0 3
Ott, E.E. Ott 6 25 7 0.280 0 3
Lacy, L.L. Lacy 4 4 1 0.250 0 0
Robinson, B.B. Robinson 10 22 5 0.227 0 2
Blyleven, B.B. Blyleven 3 6 1 0.167 0 0
Candelaria, J.J. Candelaria 3 6 1 0.167 0 0
Milner, J.J. Milner 6 18 3 0.167 0 1
Nicosia, S.S. Nicosia 4 16 1 0.063 0 0
Romo, E.E. Romo 4 1 0 0.000 0 0
Jackson, G.G. Jackson 6 2 0 0.000 0 0
Bibby, J.J. Bibby 3 4 0 0.000 0 0
Rooker, J.J. Rooker 2 2 0 0.000 0 0
Tekulve, K.K. Tekulve 7 3 0 0.000 0 0
Easler, M.M. Easler 3 2 0 0.000 0 0
Kison, B.B. Kison 1 0 0 0 0
Roberts, D.D. Roberts 1 0 0 0 0
Robinson, D.D. Robinson 6 0 0 0 0
Alexander, M.M. Alexander 2 0 0 0 0

Pitching

Regular Season[9]
Player Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr
Ellis, D.D. Ellis 3 7 0 0 2.57 1
Tekulve, K.K. Tekulve 94 Template:Sortfrac 10 8 2.75 75
Bibby, J.J. Bibby 34 Template:Sortfrac 12 4 2.81 103
Jackson, G.G. Jackson 72 82 8 5 2.96 39
Romo, E.E. Romo 84 Template:Sortfrac 10 5 2.99 106
Kison, B.B. Kison 33 Template:Sortfrac 13 7 3.19 105
Candelaria, J.J. Candelaria 33 207 14 9 3.22 101
Roberts, D.D. Roberts 21 Template:Sortfrac 5 2 3.26 15
Blyleven, B.B. Blyleven 37 Template:Sortfrac 12 5 3.6 172
Robinson, D.D. Robinson 29 Template:Sortfrac 8 8 3.87 96
Whitson, E.E. Whitson 19 Template:Sortfrac 2 3 4.37 31
Rooker, J.J. Rooker 19 Template:Sortfrac 4 7 4.6 44
Coleman, J.J. Coleman 10 Template:Sortfrac 0 0 6.1 14
Rhoden, R.R. Rhoden 1 5 0 1 7.2 2

Postseason[10][11]
Player Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr
Jackson, G.G. Jackson 6 Template:Sortfrac 2 0 0.00 4
Rooker, J.J. Rooker 2 Template:Sortfrac 0 0 1.04 4
Blyleven, B.B. Blyleven 3 19 2 0 1.42 13
Bibby, J.J. Bibby 3 Template:Sortfrac 0 0 2.08 15
Tekulve, K.K. Tekulve 7 12 0 1 3.00 12
Romo, E.E. Romo 4 5 0 0 3.60 5
Robinson, D.D. Robinson 6 7 2 0 3.86 6
Candelaria, J.J. Candelaria 3 16 1 1 3.94 8
Kison, B.B. Kison 1 Template:Sortfrac 0 1 108.00 0
Roberts, D.D. Roberts 1 0 0 0 0

Postseason Edit

National League Championship Series Edit

Main article: 1979 National League Championship Series

Game 1 Edit

October 2, Riverfront Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Pittsburgh 002 000 000 03 5100
Cincinnati 000 200 000 00 270
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 Edit

October 3, Riverfront Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Pittsburgh 000 110 000 1 3110
Cincinnati 010 000 001 0 280
W: Don Robinson (1-0)  L: Doug Bair (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: PIT – None   CIN – None

Game 3 Edit

October 5, Three Rivers Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 000 001 000 181
Pittsburgh 112 200 01X 770
W: Bert Blyleven (1-0)  L: Mike LaCoss (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: CINJohnny Bench (1)   PITWillie Stargell (2)   Bill Madlock (1)

World Series Edit

Main article: 1979 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 Edit

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 000 102 010 4113
Baltimore 500 000 000 563
W: Mike Flanagan (1-0)   L: Bruce Kison (0-1)
HR: PITWillie Stargell (1); BALDoug Decinces (1)

Game 2 Edit

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 020 000 001 3112
Baltimore 010 001 000 261
W: Don Robinson (1-0)   L: Don Stanhouse (0-1)  S: Kent Tekulve (1)
HR: PIT – none; BALEddie Murray (1)

Game 3 Edit

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 002 500 100 8130
Pittsburgh 120 001 000 492
W: Scott McGregor (1-0)   L: John Candelaria (0-1)
HR: BALBenny Ayala (1); PIT – none

Game 4 Edit

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 003 000 060 9120
Pittsburgh 040 011 000 6171
W: Tim Stoddard (1-0)   L: Kent Tekulve (0-1)
HR: BAL – none; PITWillie Stargell (2)

Game 5 Edit

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 000 010 000 162
Pittsburgh 000 002 23x 7131
W: Bert Blyleven (1-0)   L: Mike Flanagan (1-1)
HR: BAL – none; PIT – none

Game 6 Edit

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 000 000 220 4100
Baltimore 000 000 000 071
W: John Candelaria (1-1)   L: Jim Palmer (0-1)  S: Kent Tekulve (2)
HR: PIT – none; BAL – none

Game 7 Edit

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 000 002 002 4100
Baltimore 001 000 000 142
W: Grant Jackson (1-0)   L: Scott McGregor (1-1)  S: Kent Tekulve (3)
HR: PITWillie Stargell (3); BALRich Dauer (1)

Composite Box Edit

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 180 118 463 32819
Baltimore Orioles 516 511 160 26549
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 Edit

All-Stars Edit

1979 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

League leaders Edit

  • Omar Moreno, National League stolen base leader, 77[12]
  • Dave Parker, led NL in extra-base hits
  • Dave Parker, led NL in sacrifice flies

Other team leaders Edit

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

Farm system Edit

Media Edit

Local TV Edit

TV Play-by-play #1 Play-by-play #2 Color commentator (s)
KDKA-TV 2 Milo Hamilton Lanny Frattare Nelson Briles

Local Radio Edit

Flagship station Play-by-play #1 Play-by-play #2 Color commentator (s)
KDKA–AM 1020 Milo Hamilton Lanny Frattare Milo Hamilton
Lanny Frattare

Notes Edit

References Edit

Template:World Series champions Template:National League champions Template:National League East champions Template:1979 MLB season by team Template:1979 Pittsburgh Pirates Template:Pittsburgh Pirates

Opening Day lineup Edit

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