Barney Dreyfuss was a strongwilled man who did not care for silliness or distractions from his goals. In contrast, his most recent two managers, Bill McKechnie and George Gibson, were able to tolerate players who would sometime get out of line and had managed the Pirates into contender status every year since 1920. Dreyfuss, however, had enjoyed only one pennant and World Championship despite the Pirates boasting talented players and he decided his new manager would be a man who would not take any form of lollygagging. With this in mind, he turned to Owen “Donie” Bush as McKechnie’s replacement. Bush had been a teammate of Ty Cobb’s during the Georgia Peach’s greatest years with Detroit and had played shortstop opposite Honus Wagner in the 1909 World Series. As a player, he excelled at the little man’s game, drawing enough walks and stealing enough bases to make him a decent offensive player despite not being an especially talented hitter. Bush also played the game hard and he had a reputation during his brief managerial career with Washington and minor league Indianapolis of expecting the same of his charges.
Bush inherited a talented team, but one with some obvious holes, particularly in the outfield and at secondbase. Rumors the Pirates were going to sign aging veterans Tris Speaker and Eddie Collins to remedy these problems were quickly dispelled. Speaker had something of a cloud over his head having been accused by former pitcher Dutch Leonard of betting on a game years ago and although he was exonerated by Commissioner Landis, his once incredible skills had declined. The Pirates wanted younger players, like their star Kiki Cuyler, who defended the honor of the game to skeptics.
Bush did add some personel he was familiar with. He replaced coach Jack Onslow with Oscar Stanage, a catcher who had been his teammate in Detroit and who had been known for being a capable handler of pitchers during his playing days. He also picked outfielder/firstbaseman Joe “Moon” Harris, the same man who had mauled Pirate pitching in the 1925 World Series, off waivers from Washington. Harris was happy about the assignment, being a native of Coulters, Pennsylvania. Although a weak defensive outfielder, Harris carried a strong bat and swung from the rightside, an important fact as the Pirates had only the lefthanded hitting George Grantham as a firstbaseman.
Another player brought into camp was the brother of 1926 rookie sensation, Paul Waner. Christianed Lloyd at birth, the younger Waner was even slighter in appearance than Paul. Lloyd had been the Sally League’s MVP, but was thought to need experience at a higher level before contending seriously for a job, but his speed, hustle and strong defensive abilities caught Bush’s attention and while Clyde Barnhart hit well in spring training, he reported overweight and just before the start of the season, Bush named Lloyd Waner his leftfielder.
Secondbase remained a problem. Bush purchased Eddie Sicking who had played for the manager at Indianapolis the year before, but it was soon obvious that Sicking’s back was giving him problems and he could not be counted on. Hal Rhyne was called on first to replace him.
The team got off to a fair start. Remy Kremer won the opener 2-1, as Bush moved Grantham to the leadoff spot and Lloyd Waner, batting second contributed two hits including a key blow in the Bucs’ two-run first inning. Lee Meadows joined Kremer in getting out of the gate quickly, but Vic Aldridge had early season difficulties and Emil Yde’s arm was not rounding into shape and Bush seldom called on him.
In mid-May, Rhyne, who was providing adequate defense, but only a .250 bat, was injured. Bush made a calculated move by placing Grantham at second and putting the hot-hitting Harris at first. Grantham had played secondbase with the Cubs prior to coming to the Bucs after the 1924 season, but had shown such a poor glove that McKechnie, a manager who stressed defense, never chanced him there. In going with Grantham, Bush passed over young prospect Joe Cronin and it was noted Cronin had appeared nervous the few times he had gotten a chance to play.
Although Kremer lost a tough game to the Phillies when Cy Williams homered with a man on in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 win, the Pirates stayed within hailing distance of the Giants, in third place, five games behind.
Rainey weather forced cancellation of several games in May and the rest may have done the team some good as it afforded Bush a chance to rest his pitchers. Given the lack of depth behind Kremer and Meadows the release of lefty Don Songer to the Giants came as something of a surprise locally, but when Aldridge and Carmen Hill started to pitch better his dismissal was forgotten. The contributions of Aldridge and Hill became more important as Kremer was forced to the sidelines with an injury, and the Pirates moved into first. Bush’s take-charge style was praised in the papers and when the club went on an 11-game winning streak, it seemed the old Tiger could do no wrong.
The streak featured a sweep of the Reds, thought to have the best pitching in the league, a three hitter by Aldridge over the defending World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, a ten-inning victory in which pitcher Bullet Joe Bush singled in Harris with the game winner to cap an 8-7 comeback win and an 8-5 win over the Cubs in which both Paul Waner and Pie Traynor collected three hits. During the streak, Meadows won his seventh game without a loss.
Everything, however, was not perfect. Cuyler, generally thought of as the team’s most complete player, tore a ligament in his foot, forcing Bush to re-align his outfield. He moved Lloyd Waner, noted as the lightest outfielder in the league, to center and put Barnhart back in left. Lloyd continued to slap hits to the outfield and beat out grounders which didn’t make it out of the infield and Barnhart hit well as the team continued to win. In fact, after the Pirates’ streak came to an end in the first game of a double header, the team took the nightcap 6-5. The Little Waner had seven hits in the two games and Harris five. The team’s batting average rose to .316 during the streak well ahead of the .293 posted by secondplace New York.. To cap a very merry month of May, third-string catcher Roy Spencer drove in Harris in the bottom of the ninth with a basehit in a 10-9 victory.
Harris was proving to be as important a pickup as Lloyd Waner. The 36-year-old was leading the league with a .437 average and Barnhart, although having considerably less at bats, was second at .420. The club’s average continued to climb reaching .323 in June and even with Harris, Grantham and Barnhart in the lineup, the Pirates led the NL in fielding. The team’s slugging, coupled with Cuyler’s injury, led Bush to rely less on the running game than Mckechnie when the Pirates won in 1925.
Despite the team’s heroics, no one was conceding an early pennant to the Pirates. The Cubs, Cardinals, Giants and Robins all were within six games of the top and in mid-June, Pie Traynor’s injury led to a cooling off by the team. There started to be rumors that the Pirates would be willing to trade Cuyler for a star pitcher such as the Reds’ Pete Donohue or the Robins’ Dazzy Vance, but all the teams mentioned in the gossip denied the trade talk.
To help sure up the staff, the team purchased Joe Dawson, a 29-year-old rookie who was on a string of five victories and 30 scoreless innings. His acquisition spelled the end of Bush’s career with the team as Bullet Joe had been increasingly ineffective.
Traynor returned to the lineup and his .351 average, which was eighth in the league, helped balance the attack. While .351 was certainly impressive, what was more so was the fact the Pirates had the top three hitters in the league in Harris, Barnhart and Paul Waner (.393). Cuyler had posted a .329 mark before the injury and had stolen 16 bases.
The older Waner put together a 23-game hitting streak to join the league’s best before being stopped by the Reds. Still, a few nagging problems reminded Pittsburghers the Pirates would have to continue to play hard in order to win. Harris went out with a bruised hand and catcher Earl Smith was suspended for a month for punching Braves player manager Dave Bancroft after Bancroft had scored a run. It was said Smith’s punch came when the skipper/shortstop was not looking and Bancroft had to be carried off the field. Cuyler, though, was on the mend, and he announced his return to the lineup with a triple and two singles and followed that up by hitting homeruns in the next two games. There was something different about Cuyler, however. It was his spot in the batting order. Bush placed him second in the lineup upon his return, but after his surge, Barnhart was soon back in the lineup. It may not have been suspected at the time, but it was the beginning of the end of Cuyler’s stay in Pittsburgh.
Of more immediate concern, however, was shortstop Glenn Wright. The star was hit in the head by a pitch from St. Louis’s Vic Keen. Wright, unconscious, was taken to the hospital and Keen, visibly shaken, was unable to continue. Wright was told he could go home the next day and took a train to Pittsburgh where he would meet his teammates. As if anything else could go wrong for Wright, the train he was in wrecked. He escaped another injury, but admitted being shaken by the experience.
Veteran Heinie Groh, a longtime thirdbaseman of some acclaim with the Reds and Giants, was signed as a free agent. A clutch hitter and excellent fielder during his prime, he would help the team off the bench, particularly if Traynor needed to fill in at short for any extended period of time.
Groh assisted his new team in defeating the one he was most associated with by collecting two hits in his Pirates’ debut on July 2. The big hit, however, was a game winning homer by Barnhart in the ninth after the Bucs had tied the game at six in the eighth with two runs.
Early season rainouts were due to create havoc on the next part of the Pirate schedule as the team was to play five double headers in eight days. Although Meadows and Hill had combined for 23 wins by the Fourth of July it would be more important than ever that the rest of the staff be on their game as the Pirates’ lead in the standings was only ½ game.
The first opponent for the Pirates during this grind were the red hot Cubs. Charlie Root beat the Pirates 1-0 for the Bruins ninth strait win, moving Chicago into firstplace. Johnny Gooch had the lone Pirate hit against the Cubs’ star pitcher and Traynor’s error had allowed the Cubs’ run to score. Aldridge though returned the favor the next day, shutting out the Cubs and move the Pirates back to within percentage points of the lead.
Just when Bush needed pitching depth the most, one of his moundsmen disappeared. Johnny Morrison, who had left the team the year before claiming he had injured his arm contacted the team to say he had fallen down a flight of stairs and was unable to join them. Bush allowed Morrison two days off to recuperate, but when the righthander failed to show on the third day, he was promptly suspended.
On July 12, the Pirates beat one of the league’s top pitchers, Dazzy Vance, 2-1. Vance fanned 11 in the game, but the Pirates scored a run in the eighth and Hill’s chopper scored Cuyler in the top of the ninth. Cuyler’s speed had set up the run as he got on with a walk, stole second and went to third on a sacrifice before pitcher Hill brought him home. However, in a reversal of fortunes the next day, Cuyler’s error allowed the winning run to score in another 2-1 contest. Again the key figure for the third day in a row, Kiki ‘s ninth inning hit scored the winning run in a game in which Paul Waner went four for five and scored three runs.
Joe Dawson won the next day, but the Pirates dropped a doubleheader to their weak intrastate rivals, the Phillies, 11-9 and 11-5 on July 16. After a day off, the Pirates rebounded again. They beat the Phils 9-7 and 6-5 as Yde, the forgotten man, contributed valuable long relief to save the opener and Lloyd Waner collected three hits. Hill bailed out Meadows in the ninth of the nightcap for a clutch save.
Bush, realizing the heavy schedule and Morrison’s defection was wearing out his pitchers, purchased Johnny Miljus, a former major leaguer of little note, from Seattle where he had gone 14-5 to start the season. The Pirates announced the move shortly before the Cubs again moved ahead of them in the standings with a win over the Giants.
With back-to-back double headers against the Phillies and Braves, the team was optimistic, but the Pirates could win only one of four games as Boston’s Kent Greenfield and Bob Smith stopped the hard-hitting Buc attack on July 21.
Pugnacious Earl Smith rejoined the team the next day and collected two hits and the Waners each hit rbi triples in the eighth to key a Pirate 5-2 win behind Meadows. The Pirates reclaimed the lead in the pennant race, which represented the fifth time in five days the National League leader had changed. The trend continued the next day as the Pirates lost the first game of the double header and their first place standing, but regained the lead with a 4-3 win in Game 2, a victory aided by a heavy rainfall in the seventh inning which led the umpires to call the contest.
The double header streak closed on July 24. Hill won his 15th against the Robins, but Burleigh Grimes made sure the day was not wasted for New York fans as he won 9-3. Kremer suffered a tough loss to New York’s Rube Benton the next day, 1-0, as Andy Reese hit a short “Polo Grounds” homerun down the leftfield line. The win was seen as big in New York as the Giants were now considered back in the race.
By the end of the month, Paul Waner had taken over the batting lead from Harris, .386 to .384. Barnhart was still hitting .371 and Traynor and Lloyd Waner were above .330. Nagging injuries kept Harris out of more games, however, and Bush moved Grantham back to first and played Hal Rhyne at second. The Pirates trailed the Cubs by a game, while St. Louis was only three back and the Giants 3 ½.
Things did not get better for the Bushmen in early August. The team looked sluggish and one of its stars was called on the carpet by the manager. During a game with the Giants, Cuyler went into secondbase staniding up on a double play. Cuyler later explained he had done so to force the Giants’ shortstop, Travis Jackson, to throw around him in hopes of breaking up the play. However, Jackson dropped the ball at second but was able to tag Cuyler out when he overran the base. Bush fined Cuyler $50 and benched him. This led to quite a controversy as some teammates and fans believed Cuyler should not have been fined as there was no personal misconduct on his part, simply the use of questionable judgement. John McGraw’s Giants added fuel to the fire by publicly stating fining a player of Cuyler’s stature for a making a hustling, albeit poor play, was wrong. It was thought that the Giants wanted to stir up problems inside the Pirates’ locker room as McGraw had earlier stated he thought the Pirates were the biggest threat to his team’s pennant chances. It seemed to be the right time for such an attack, as it was known several Pirates had expressed bad feelings towards Morrison for his disappearing act and another conflict might divide the team as the A-B-C affair had dismantled the Pirates the year before.
Weather this ploy worked or not, one thing was certain, the Pirates were off their game and dropped five games behind the Cubs and the Cardinals had caught Pittsburgh in the standings. To make matters worse, a Boston process server attempted to deliver a summons to Smith declaring Dave Bancroft was suing him for $15,000. Bush’s temper began to show more regularly and after deriding an umpire during a game attended by John Heydler, the National League President fined him.
The Bucs managed to inch closer, led by the “Siamese Twins of Swat,” as one Louisville Slugger ad called the Waners. Hill stopped the Giants six game winning streak, 4-1 and cut the lead to 3 ½ by dropping the Robins 10-7 as both Poisons and Traynor each had three hits while the Cubs were dropping a double header in Boston. As August neared its close, the Pirates dropped back to five games out, tied with once again with the Cards and only percentage points ahead of New York.
Morrison attempted to be reinstated, but Dreyfuss refused, backing his manager. Morrison reportedly told some of his Kansas City associates that he had received a check from Dreyfuss and was to join the team shortly, but the Pirates quickly denied this and one wonders what the pitcher’s dubious motivations might have been in telling the locals differently.
After struggling with aches and pains and morale problems most of August, the teams’ health began to improve. The club was still hitting, as its .310 average attested to, but some questioned the move of Grantham to first and the use of the relatively light hitting Rhyne at second. A more logical solution, they argued, would be to move Paul Waner to first, a position he played well, even though he had little experience there, and put the splinter-collecting star, Cuyler, in right. Bush was not interested in this suggestion.
While Cuyler sat on the Pirate bench, the Cardinals resurrected the career of a former Pirate who had had his share of run-ins with management when his jersey read Pittsburgh. After losing shortstop Tommy Thevenow to injury, St. Louis purchased Walter Maranville, still a gifted defender, and now a sober individual. The move was a clear sign St. Louis’s Branch Rickey was going to pull out all stops, including a Rabbit from a minor-league team cap. One factor which perhaps favored neither team was that the Bucs had finished playing the Cards early that year and the teams would not face each other down the September stretch.
New York helped tighten the race, however, by sweeping three from the Cubs at Coogan’s Bluff and the Pirates beat the Phillies three times out of four in another set of back-to-back doubleheaders to move to within one game. Aldridge, lefty Mike Cvengros and Hill won a 3-2 decision in thirteen innings allowing only seven hits to open the second twinbill and the first six men in the Pirate batting order had at least two hits to finish the extended afternoon, 7-2.
September opened with the Pirates going head to head against the Cubs at Forbes Field and the Bucs reclaimed the number one spot winning 4-3. Harris hit a long homerun to centerfield and scored or drove in all of the Pirates’ runs. Both Waners contributed great throws to snuff out potential scoring attempts in the game. St. Louis came in the next day and Kremer beat Grover Cleveland Alexander, also having a great season, 5-2.
On September 3, Hill won his 20th and got plenty of support from Grantham, who had four hits, and Paul Waner and Traynor, who each had three, in a lopsided 14-0 win.
St. Louis then went to play the Cubs as the Pirates faced the Reds. Wee Willie Sherdel handed Chicago its seventh strait loss. The Pirates beat the Reds and their star Dolph Luque, 8-4. Both Waners hit linedrive homeruns down the leftfield line which hit off the top of the wall and bounded into the stands. The Giants, meanwhile, were the hottest team in the league and moved into secondplace with their tenth strait win.
The Giants moved to within a game the next day as they split a double header with the Braves, while the Pirates dropped two to Cincinnati. The Cards and Cubs both gained on the Pirates with a split of their doubleheader.
Showing confidence in his manager once again, Dreyfuss chose this time to announce Bush had been rehired for 1928 and called him “the best manager I’ve ever had. He is all baseball and his whole time is given to directing my team.”
He was certainly directing a group of excellent hitters as five Pirates, Paul Waner (first), Harris (second), Barnhart (sixth), Lloyd Waner (eighth) and Traynor (tenth) ranked in the league’s top ten. Barnhart’s hitting had made Bush’s decision to keep Cuyler on the bench easier than it would have been otherwise, but his determination not to use Cuyler was even more apparent when he went with raw rookie Adam Comorosky in centerfield for a few games when Lloyd Waner was hurt.
Kremer threw a three hit shutout over the Reds on September 6, but the Cards behind Alexander and the Giants behind strong hitting kept pace. Poor fielding spelled doom for Pittsburgh on September 7, while the Giants were off and the Cardinals and Cubs split two. The Cubs clung to their hopes beating the Cards 11-7 on September 8, the only game played by the contenders that day.
The Cards moved ahead of the Cubs on September 9, however, with Les Bell smashing a three run homer in the tenth as Chicago lost again, this time to the Giants, 7-2. For Pittsburghers, though, the contest that really mattered was Aldridge’s 3-2 victory over the Phils.
Kremer continued the Pirates’ fine pitching, shutting out the Phils 4-0 the next day. The Cardinals kept pace with Alexander capturing his 19th win to move within a game of the Giants who lost to the Cubs’ Guy Bush, 2-1.
The Pirates had an off day on September 11, but did not enjoy hearing that hot Cardinal rookie Fred Frankhouse blanked the Robins 5-0. The New York game was somewhat more favorable as the Cubs scored six in the fifth to win 7-5.
Returning to action, the Pirates benefited from homeruns by Wright and Smith to back Hill’s 3-2 win. The Cardinals got another pitching gem, a 2-0 effort by Al Reinhart, in sweeping Brooklyn, while Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons dropped a lump of coal on the Cubs, winning 7-5 despite allowing 16 hits.
The Pirates again played the Phillies in a double header on September 13, and took both games. Meadows won his 18th in the opener and Bush called on Kremer to save Aldridge’s 5-4 win later that day. The Cardinals and Giants squared off against each other and split their two games and Chicago lost to Brooklyn 6-5.
Pittsburgh was now the hot team and won its seventh strait by taking yet another double header, this time from Boston, 6-2 and 3-0. The losses ran the Braves streak to ten in the other direction. Kremer and Miljus each won with six hitters while the Waners collected eight hits in the two games. The Giants and Cardinals again split two and Chicago continued to play itself out of the race with another loss to Brooklyn.
Hill improved to 22-9 by knocking off the Braves as hits by Traynor, Harris and Smith won the game in the eighth, 2-1. The Pirates again savored the Cards and Giants knocking each other out in a doubleheader.
The Pirates used an early attack as the Waners set up three runs in the first and held off the Braves for their ninth strait win, 4-3. With the Giants and Cardinals finally playing just one game, the Giants, moved ahead of St. Louis as Grimes beat Sherdel, 6-3. The Robins, swept by the Cardinals before playing the Cubs, completed their sweep of Chicago, virtually ending the Cubs’ hopes of a surprise pennant.
Wins ten and eleven in a row came on September 17 for Pittsburgh, as they stopped Brooklyn’s more modest winning streak. Aldridge battled a tough ninth inning to win the opener 2-1 and Kremer pitched his third shutout in four starts winning 6-0. Lloyd Waner became the first rookie to collect 200 hits. The Giants kept pace by sweeping two from the Reds and Reinhart shut out the Phils to keep the Cards close as well. The Cubs regained some dignity by handing Boston its 14th and 15th strait losses.
St. Louis closed the gap by a game with a double header sweep of the Phils, but the Giants, also playing two could manage only a split as the Pirates played no game.
The offday was probably not welcomed by the Pirates as it slowed their pace and the next day Dazzy Vance did so even more by shutting out the Bucs, 3-0. The loss, coupled with wins by the Giants and Cards, saw the Pirate lead reduced to 4 ½ games.
After the hotstreak, the Pirates’ pitching became erratic and Barnhart went into a deep slump. The defense, too, sagged, but Bush kept Cuyler on the bench. As the pennant remained in question, fans began to sway more to Cuyler’s side in the the debate, although the outfielder decided to stop talking to the newspapers about the issue.
The Cardinals took advantage to move to three games back on September 20 as Frankie Frisch and Chick Hafey went back-to-back in a 7-4 win over Philadelphia and the Pirates were shutout by Bill Doak, 3-0. The win pulled the Cards even with New York in secondplace.
Miljus helped the Pirates take back a half game on September 21, beating Brooklyn 4-2 and Lloyd Waner added three more hits to his rookie record.
With New York coming to Pittsburgh next, the Pirates knew that while time was on their side, they could slay the Giants with a successful series. The two heavyweights opened, of course, with a doubleheader. The Pirates took the opener 5-2 behind Kremer, but the Giants knocked Aldridge out of the first inning of the second game and coasted to a 7-1 win. The Cardinals gained ½ game by scoring two in the ninth to beat the Braves and move ahead of McGraw’s squad in the standings.
The Giants then stepped on Hill, who had beaten them five times during the season, 6-5, as the Pirates’ biggest winner tired in the seventh and Fred Lindstrom won the game with a basehit in the ninth. The win moved the Giants back in front of St. Louis and closed the gap between them and the Pirates to 2 ½ games.
New York drew even closer with another clutch victory the next day, tying the game at one in the ninth and scoring two in the tenth. Rookie Frankhouse won his fifth strait game for the Cards moving St. Louis also closer to the top.
The Pirates next opponent was the Cubs, who had put together a five game winning streak in hopes of a miracle finish. Aldridge starred in the first game, pitching a 2-1 victory and driving in a run in the seventh with a single. The Bucs completed the sweep by knocking out 26-game winner Root in the second game, winning 6-1. The losses officially eliminated Chicago, but the Cards kept pace by sweeping a double header from Boston. The Giants, meanwhile, had their game rained out after seven innings with no score, but again were forced to use up pitching.
That factor showed the next afternoon as the Phils pounded New York 9-2. The Cardinals took a 1 ½ game lead for second place by winning in thirteen innings, 2-1. While the Giants had been hurt by the rain, the Pirates found themselves aided by it as conditions caused their game to end after seven and sealed a tense 1-0 win for Miljus.
The Pirates beat the Cubs again on September 27, with Grantham’s homerun in the fifth being the key hit. Unable to give up any ground as St. Louis won their game 4-1 behind Alexander, Bush was forced to use his three best pitchers, Meadows, Hill and Kremer, to secure the win. New York stayed alive by beating the Phillies 6-2, then won the next day 5-4 in ten innings as the Giants were the only contender to play on September 28.
The next day, the Cardinals game against the Reds was the one in the spotlight as neither the Pirates or Giants played. Jackie May beat the Redbirds, 3-2.
The Reds seemed to be relishing their late role of spoiler as Red Lucas out-dueled Aldridge, 2-1 in the second to last game of the year, but New York was eliminated anyways when Brooklyn beat them 10-5. The Cards were idle as the season moved into its final day. A Pirate loss and St. Louis win would force the Cards to make up a previously postponed game and if they won their game the National League would end in a tie.
Pirate hitters tried to make it an easy day for the pitchers, scoring five runs in the first inning, but Kremer and Hill could not hold the Reds down. Finally, Miljus relieved and though he seemed to wobble at times, his teammates, led by Traynor’s three hits, continued to score. The Serbian hurler held on and the Pirates clinched their hard fought pennant 9-6.
The hardhitting Pirates ended up leading the circuit in average (.305) and runs (817). This more than compenstated for a pitching staff which was fifth in ERA (3.66, 0.01 percentage points behind Chicago) and lacked depth beyond its four main starters and Miljus.
The number one man for the Pirates was Paul Waner. He was chosen the league’s MVP on the strength of his league leading .380 average, 237 hits, 17 triples and 131 rbi’s. Waner’s rbi total remains the Pirates’ record. He also led the team with nine home runs and 40 doubles while while appearing in every one of his team’s games.
The man Paul had persuaded the Pirates to sign, his little brother Lloyd, finished the year with 223 hits and scored more runs (133) than anyone in the league. His .355 average was among the league leaders and he established himself as a far-ranging outfielder who utilized his speed well.
Traynor, who joined Paul Waner on The Sporting News National League All-Star Team, batted .342 with 106 rbi’s and struck out only 11 times all season. While Harris and Barnhart cooled considerably during the latter stages of the season, they hit .326 and .319 respectively. Grantham gave the Pirates a sixth .300 hitter in their lineup at .305.
Cuyler gave them one seemingly permanently glued to the bench as his final mark was .309 and he led the team with 20 stolen bases despite playing approximately half a season. Wright saw his average finish at a disappointing .281, but still knocked in over 100 runs.
Hill’s 22 wins led the club, but Kremer, at 19-8 may have been the teams’ best pitcher as he led the league with a 2.47 ERA. Meadows went 19-10 and Aldridge won 15 despite allowing 4.28 earned runs per game. Miljus in 76 innings over 19 games, went 8-3 with a 1.89 ERA, but the other pitchers failed to distinguish themselves. Those on the Pirates World Series roster went just 6-11. Although Cvengros posted a decent 3.33 ERA, Dawson’s was 4.44 and Yde’s a horrendous 9.60. It would not help in the World Series that the Pirates opponent would be the New York Yankees with a lineup so feared it hid the fact that the Yanks also had the best pitching staff in the league.
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- Barney Dreyfuss, Bill McKechnie, Carmen Hill, Clyde Barnhart, Don Songer, Donie Bush, Earl Smith, Ed Sicking, Emil Yde, George Gibson, George Grantham, Glenn Wright, Hal Rhyne, Heinie Groh, Jack Onslow, Joe Cronin, Joe Dawson, Joe Harris, Johnny Gooch, Johnny Miljus, Johnny Morrison, Kiki Cuyler, Lee Meadows, Lloyd Waner, Mike Cvengros, Paul Waner, Pie Traynor, Ray Kremer, Roy Spencer, Vic Aldridge