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1893 Pirates: Best Offense Ever?

1893 Pirates: Best Offense Ever?

Denny Lyons

When looking for the best hitting team in Pirates history one place to start that search would be with the first powerhouse team they fielded in the National League. The Pittsburgh Pirates scored more runs in 1893 than any other year in franchise history and they played just 131 games that season. The team wasn't built on home runs as you would expect from a team that scored 7.4 runs per game for a total of 970 runs.  They hit just 37 of them all year. More than any other team in franchise history they had two things working for them to accomplish that feat, an All-Star caliber lineup, and a new rule moving the pitchers distance from the batter back to the current distance of 60 feet 6 inches. Prior to 1893 the pitcher threw from inside a box, the front of which was 50 feet from the plate. The rule change led to a surge in offense across the league, but they still outscored their opponents that year by 204 runs.

Although it didn't happen many times that year, when the...

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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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