As mentioned here several times, the Pirates began play in the National League in 1887 after spending their first five seasons in the American Association. They compiled a record of 236-296 from 1882-1886 with their best season coming in 1886 when they went 80-57, good enough for 2nd in the AA that year. In this article I will recap the first ten years in the National League, as they went from the Alleghenys to the Innocents (unofficially in 1890) to becoming the Pirates, as well as who helped them go and where they ended up from 1887-1896. I've highlighted all the past stories for more information on each player or season for your convenience.
First I'll start with the players they had who went on to the Hall of Fame.
Jake Beckley - Big power hitting 1b joined the team in 1888, left to join the Player's League in 1890 but returned the next season and stayed with them through the middle of the 1896 season before being traded to the New York Giants.
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.