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1901 Pirates Season: Part Two

1901 Pirates Season: Part Two

Wagner led the team with a .353 average.

I left off last week with the Pirates protecting a small lead as the month of June came to a close. The Pirates opened July at Philadelphia with a three game lead over the Phillies as well as Brooklyn and St. Louis, while the Giants trailed by just two games. Even the Boston Beaneaters (Braves) were still within striking distance just five games back. The month didn't start well with a 1-0 shutout loss and wins by the Cardinals, Braves and Giants. Just one day into the month five teams were now within 3.5 games of first place.

Pirates won the last game of the series in Philadelphia and then after an off day they split a July 4th doubleheader with the Giants. They lost the first game that day which briefly tied the two teams for 1st place, but the Pirates won the 2nd game by a 12-0 score. That game would be the start of a seven game win streak which included four shutouts by four different starters. The last four games of the streak were ag...

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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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