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1997 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major league affiliations
1997 information
Owner(s) Kevin McClatchy
General manager(s) Cam Bonifay
Manager(s) Gene Lamont
Local television WPGH-TV/WPTT
Lanny Frattare
Steve Blass
Greg Brown
Bob Walk
Fox Sports Pittsburgh
Local radio KDKA
Steve Blass
Lanny Frattare
Greg Brown
Bob Walk



Regular season

The 1997 Pittsburgh Pirates were informally known as "The Freak Show," as the team of rookies and cheap veterans (the team only had a $9 million payroll) unexpectedly competed with the Houston Astros for the division title until the final week of the season.


Opening Day starters

Season standings

Central Division W L GB Pct.
Houston Astros 84 78 .519 --
Pittsburgh Pirates 79 83 .488 5.0
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 .469 8.0
St. Louis Cardinals 73 89 .451 11.0
Chicago Cubs 68 94 .420 16.0

Notable transactions


1997 Pittsburgh Pirates
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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

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


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Elmer Dessens 3 0 0 0 0.00 2

Award winners

1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

  • Tony Womack, Second Base, Reserve

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Calgary Cannons Pacific Coast League Trent Jewett
AA Carolina Mudcats Southern League Marc Hill and Jeff Banister
A Lynchburg Hillcats Carolina League Jeff Banister and Jeff Richardson
A Augusta Greenjackets South Atlantic League Jeff Richardson and Scott Little
Short-Season A Erie Seawolves New York-Penn League Marty Brown
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke




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