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Star-Studded Outfield of 1893-96

Star-Studded Outfield of 1893-96

There is no doubt the Pirates franchise has had some great outfields over the years. If you check the members of the Hall of Fame you'll see a long list of players enshrined who spent a lot of time with the Pirates including Paul and Lloyd Waner, Fred Clarke, Kiki Cuyler, Max Carey, Ralph Kiner, Willie Stargell and Roberto Clemente. Fans of the team since the 80's will tell you that the outfield of Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla and Andy Van Slyke was the best one they've seen in Pittsburgh. Fans who have been around longer can throw out combos that have included the names Al Oliver, Richie Zisk, Omar Moreno, Dave Parker, Matty Alou and Bill Virdon. The one I'll be covering today though is one of the under appreciated ones in team history, possibly the most underrated one in the franchises history dating back to 1882.

Only twice in team history have the Pirates fielded three everyday outfielders for a season that went on to all make the Hall of Fame. Back in 1926, a season that would be...

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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