A Recent History of the 82nd Win – 1983

Continuing down memory lane with a look at the 82nd win in 1983. The 1982 Pirates were never in serious contention for the post-season. Althought they did play meaningful games in September, something that we have only been able to wish for recently. That 1982 team had a strong offense – ranking second in the National League in runs scored, first in homers and first in OPS. There was reason for optimism. Of the Opening Day...

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Winter Leagues — Happy New Year!

The Australians had New Year’s Day games, which of course, were played in the middle of the night for those of us on this side of the globe. Adelaide Bite  3,  Perth Heat  2 Ryan Beckman earned his 6th Save as the Bite and the Heat struggled to get hits — they must have used them up in yesterday’s second game.  Perth scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning with a double and a home run, then scattered just 4 more hits over...

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Pirates Quiet During 1906-07 Off-Season

For a team that finished 23.5 games back in the standings in 1906, the Pittsburgh Pirates did very little to improve for the following season. It is likely they expected the Chicago Cubs to fall back somewhat from their amazing 116-36 season but looking at the off-season moves, or lack there of, you could say that the Pirates themselves should’ve expected to regress as well. Now the Pirates did make a large amount of late season...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 1

Born on this date in 1911 was Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947. He missed nearly five seasons due to World War II but the 36 year old Greenberg still led the American League in homers with 44 and RBI’s with 127 his first full season back in baseball in 1946. The Pirates purchased him from the Detroit Tigers for $75,000 in January of 1947 and then signed him to a $100,000...

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