Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Saturday, July 24, 2010

1976 Topps #504 - Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Danny Murtaugh managed the Pittsburgh Pirates four different times. He managed the club from 1957-1964 before stepping down for health reasons. Danny took a  job in the Pittsburgh front office and then  came back to manage the Pirates at the end of the 1967 season after they fired Harry Walker. Murtaugh went back to the front office and then came back to  manage the team from 1970-1971. He then returned to manage the club in September 1973 after the firing of Bill Virdon. Murtaugh managed the Pirates through the 1976 season before retiring. Danny died of a stroke two months after his retirement. The Pirates won World Championships in 1960 and 1971 and NL East titles in 1970, 1974, and 1975.
  • The Pirates had good ballclubs throughout the 1970s. The "Lumber Company" was a fun team to watch.
  • Record: 92-70 (2nd in NL East, 9 games behind Philadelphia)
  • Attendance: 1,025,975 (8th of 12 in NL)
  • Team Batting - .267, 3rd in NL
  • Team HR - 110, 2nd in NL
  • Team ERA - 3.36, 4th in NL
  • Team Fielding - .975, 9th in NL
  • Batting Leader: Al Oliver (.323)
  • HR Leader: Richie Zisk/Bill Robinson (21)
  • RBI Leader: Dave Parker (90)
  • Stolen Base Leader: Frank Taveras (58)
  • Wins Leader: John Candelaria (16)
  • Losses Leader: Doc Medich (11)
  • ERA Leader (starters): Bruce Kison (3.08)
  • ERA Leader (relievers): Kent Tekulve (2.45)
  • Saves Leader: Bob Moose (10)
  • League Leaders: none
  • NL All Stars: Al Oliver (OF)

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