1959 Pittsburgh Pirates
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 1959 Pittsburgh Pirates / Franchise: Pittsburgh Pirates / BR Team Page
Managed by Danny Murtaugh
 History, Comments, Contributions
After a good 1958 season, the Pirates needed a lefthanded starting pitcher and more offense from the catching position. GM Joe Brown traded thirdbaseman Frank Thomas, prospect John Powers and 2 others for Harvey Haddix, catcher Smoky Burgess and thirdbaseman Don Hoak. But the Pirates missed Thomas' power. They were last in the NL in homers. Mazeroski slumped to a .241 average. Clemente missed 50 games with an elbow injury. Friend went 8-19. Witt developed arm problems and was ineffective. The Pirates finished in 4th place at 78-76. But Stuart hit .297 with 27 HRs. Law had a good season at 18-9. Haddix pitched one of the greatest games in NL history, losing his perfect game in the 13th inning. Elroy Face was an amazing 18-1 in relief.