1976 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1976 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 90th in the National League, and the 95th in franchise history. The Pirates compiled a 92–70 record during the season, as they finished in second place in the NL East, nine games behind their cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies. As a result, their run of five division titles in a six-year span came to an end. It was also the final season for Danny Murtaugh as the Pirates' manager.

1976 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record92–70 (.568)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)John W. Galbreath (majority shareholder); Bing Crosby, Thomas P. Johnson (minority shareholders)
General manager(s)Joe L. Brown, Harding "Pete" Peterson
Manager(s)Danny Murtaugh
Local televisionKDKA-TV
Milo Hamilton, Lanny Frattare
Local radioKDKA
Milo Hamilton, Lanny Frattare
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OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 101 61 0.623 53–28 48–33
Pittsburgh Pirates 92 70 0.568 9 47–34 45–36
New York Mets 86 76 0.531 15 45–37 41–39
Chicago Cubs 75 87 0.463 26 42–39 33–48
St. Louis Cardinals 72 90 0.444 29 37–44 35–46
Montreal Expos 55 107 0.340 46 27–53 28–54

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1976 National League Records

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 6–6 6–12 7–11 8–10 8–4 4–8 5–7 3–9 10–8 9–9 4–8
Chicago 6–6 3–9 5–7 3–9 11–7 5–13 8–10 8–10 6–6 8–4 12–6
Cincinnati 12–6 9–3 12–6 13–5 9–3 6–6 5–7 8–4 13–5 9–9 6–6
Houston 11–7 7–5 6–12 5–13 10–2 6–6 4–8 2–10 10–8 10–8 9–3
Los Angeles 10–8 9–3 5–13 13–5 10–2 7–5 5–7 9–3 6–12 8–10 10–2
Montreal 4–8 7–11 3–9 2–10 2–10 8–10 3–15 8–10 4–8 7–5 7–11
New York 8–4 13–5 6–6 6–6 5–7 10–8 5–13 10–8 7–5 7–5 9–9
Philadelphia 7-5 10–8 7–5 8–4 7–5 15–3 13–5 8–10 8–4 6–6 12–6
Pittsburgh 9–3 10–8 4–8 10–2 3–9 10–8 8–10 10–8 7–5 9–3 12–6
San Diego 8–10 6–6 5–13 8–10 12–6 8–4 5–7 4–8 5–7 8–10 4–8
San Francisco 9–9 4–8 9–9 8–10 10–8 5–7 5–7 6–6 3–9 10–8 5–7
St. Louis 8–4 6–12 6–6 3–9 2–10 11–7 9–9 6–12 6–12 8–4 7–5


Game logEdit

1976 Game Log: 92–70 (Home: 47–34; Away: 45–36)
Legend:        = Win        = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineupEdit

Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1976 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

= Indicates team leader

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Manny Sanguillén 114 389 52 113 .290 2 36 2
1B Willie Stargell 117 428 54 110 .257 20 65 2
2B Rennie Stennett 157 654 59 168 .257 2 60 18
3B Richie Hebner 132 434 60 108 .249 8 51 1
SS Frank Taveras 144 519 76 134 .258 0 24 58
LF Richie Zisk 155 581 91 168 .323 21 89 1
CF Al Oliver 121 443 62 143 .323 12 61 6
RF Dave Parker 138 537 82 168 .313 13 90 19

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Other battersEdit

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg.= Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Bill Robinson 122 393 55 119 .303 21 64 2
Duffy Dyer 69 184 12 41 .223 3 9 0
Ed Kirkpatrick 83 146 14 34 .233 0 16 1
Bob Robertson 61 129 10 28 .217 2 25 0
Omar Moreno 48 122 24 33 .270 2 12 15
Mario Mendoza 50 92 6 17 .185 0 12 0
Tommy Helms 62 87 10 24 .276 1 13 0
Ed Ott 27 39 2 12 .308 0 5 0
Miguel Diloné 16 17 7 4 .235 0 0 5
Tony Armas 4 6 0 2 .333 0 1 0
Craig Reynolds 7 4 1 1 .250 1 1 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
John Candelaria 32 220 16 7 3.15 138
Jerry Reuss 31 209.1 14 9 3.53 108
Jim Rooker 30 198.2 15 8 3.35 92
Bruce Kison 31 193 14 9 3.08 98
Doc Medich 29 179 8 11 3.52 86

Other pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Larry Demery 36 145 10 7 3.17 72

Relief pitchersEdit

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Kent Tekulve 64 5 3 9 2.45 68
Bob Moose 53 3 9 10 3.68 38
Dave Giusti 40 5 4 6 4.32 24
Ramón Hernández 37 2 2 3 3.56 17
Rick Langford 12 0 1 0 6.26 17
Doug Bair 4 0 0 0 5.68 4

Awards and honorsEdit

1976 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm systemEdit

Level Team League Manager
AAA Charleston Charlies International League Tim Murtaugh
AA Shreveport Captains Texas League Johnny Lipon
A Salem Pirates Carolina League Steve Demeter
A Charleston Patriots Western Carolinas League Mike Ryan
A-Short Season Niagara Falls Pirates New York–Penn League Glenn Ezell
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke

NotesEdit

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. ^ Rafael Vásquez Statistics at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Dock Ellis at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Pascual Pérez Statistics at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ August 9, 1976 Dodgers-Pirates box score at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Bob Long at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Albert Williams at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Ramón Hernández at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PIT/1976.shtml

ReferencesEdit

  • 1976 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Reference
  • 1976 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.