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1970 Pittsburgh Pirates
1970 NL East Champions
Major league affiliations
Location
1970 information
Owner(s) John W. Galbreath
General manager(s) Joe L. Brown
Manager(s) Danny Murtaugh
Local television KDKA-TV
Bob Prince, Nellie King, Gene Osborn
Local radio KDKA
Bob Prince, Nellie King, Gene Osborn

Contents

Three Rivers Stadium

In 1958, the Pirates had sold Forbes Field to the University of Pittsburgh, who wanted the land for expanded graduate facilities. Pitt then leased Forbes back to the Pirates until a new multipurpose stadium could be built. The Steelers opted to play at Pitt Stadium in the meantime. In June 1970, the Pirates played their final game at Forbes Field. It was a doubleheader sweep of the Chicago Cubs and Bill Mazeroski got the final hit at Forbes Field.[1]

A site on the North Side had been chosen earlier in the year, but it took until April 25, 1968 to finally break ground. Three Rivers Stadium opened on July 16, 1970, and became the home of the Pirates, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Offseason

Regular season

  • June 12, 1970: Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres.[3] The rumour is that Dock Ellis pitched the no-hitter on acid. The way Ellis tells the story, in Donald Hall's book, "In the Country of Baseball," the Pirates were starting a west-coast road trip. After the Pirates landed in San Diego, Ellis visited his hometown of L.A. for a party. Ellis forgot he was slated to pitch the next day. So he started doing acid the night before the game, and around 10 a.m., after catching maybe an hour of sleep, he realized he was in the wrong place.[4]
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Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 89 73 .549 --
Chicago Cubs 84 78 .519 5
New York Mets 83 79 .512 6
St. Louis Cardinals 76 86 .469 13
Philadelphia Phillies 73 88 .453 15.5
Montreal Expos 73 89 .451 16

Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

Roster

1970 Pittsburgh Pirates roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
2B Mazeroski, BillBill Mazeroski 112 367 84 .229 7 39

Other batters

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Martínez, JoséJosé Martínez 19 20 1 .050 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Acosta, EdEd Acosta 3 0 0 1 13.50 1

National League Championship Series

Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Reds win the Series, 3-0

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Cincinnati - 3, Pittsburgh - 0 October 3 Three Rivers Stadium 33,088
2 Cincinnati - 3, Pittsburgh - 1 October 4 Three Rivers Stadium 39,317
3 Pittsburgh - 2, Cincinnati - 3 October 5 Riverfront Stadium 40,538

Awards and honors

1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Jets International League Joe Morgan
AA Waterbury Pirates Eastern League Red Davis
A Salem Rebels Carolina League Billy Klaus
A Gastonia Pirates Western Carolinas League Ed Hobaugh
Short-Season A Niagara Falls Pirates New York-Penn League Irv Noren
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Dick Cole
Rookie GCL Tourists Gulf Coast League Ed Napoleon

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Waterbury

Notes

References

Preceded by
New York Mets
1969
NL East Championship Season
1970
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1971

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