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Baseball in Pittsburgh Before the Pirates

Baseball in Pittsburgh Before the Pirates

The following is part of a new feature to the site from Pirates Prospects contributor John Dreker.  The feature focuses on the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and every Sunday, John will take a look at a different piece of that history.  For the first installment, there is no better place to start than with the first professional baseball game played in Pittsburgh.

Most Pirates fans have seen at some point "since 1887" associated with the team and they may know that's the first season they played in the National League. Others may know that the current franchise actually started in the American Association, which was considered by many as an equal to the National League, in 1882 and that team moved to the NL in 1887 when the league had an opening for a new team. Very few people know that the town of Pittsburgh actually hosted an official National League game in 1878, making it the first major league baseball game in the town. The town had a minor league team in 1877-78, the first...

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