John Dreker

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    This Date in Pirates History: March 26

    Three former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date and one minor trade to discuss as well. First we start off with the trade that happened on March 26, 1988. That day the Pirate sent pitcher Tim Drummond and catcher Mackey Sasser to the New York Mets in exchange for first baseman...

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    The 1909 Pirates Season Recap

    The 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates finished their season with 110 wins, a still-standing team record that will likely never be broken. That win total has been topped just four times in baseball history and two of those times came after the schedule was expanded to 162 games. The Chicago Cubs had a 104-49...

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    This Date in Pirates History: March 25

    Light date for Pittsburgh Pirates history, one former player born on this date and one partial trade. I say partial trade because the deal was originally started in November of 1988 when the Pirates traded infielder Denny Gonzalez to the Cleveland Indians. The deal was announced as also including a player to...

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training: 45 Years Ago, Today.

    Last week I took a look back exactly 90 years ago to Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training on March 17, 1922. The week prior on March 10th, I went back exactly 75 years ago. Today, I’m going back to a more recent era to see what was going on with the Pittsburgh Pirates...

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    This Date in Pirates History: March 24

    Four former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, starting with the youngest one first we have Gus Dugas(1907) outfielder for the Pirates in 1930 and 1932. When he joined the Pirates in September 1930, it was his first shot at the big leagues and he had the unenviable task of trying...

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Twenty Game Winners

    In the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise, 62 times they have had a pitcher win 20 games in a season. The list includes many multiple names, including Ray Kremer who was featured today. He won exactly 20 games in both 1926 and 1930. Since 1930, there have been just eight 20...

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    This Date in Pirates History: March 23

    Six former Pittsburgh Pirates players have been born on this date. If you missed the feature article on one of them from this morning, Pirates pitching great, Ray Kremer, that one can be viewed here. As for the other players born on this date, we start with the most recent one first:...

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    Pirates Pitching Great, Ray Kremer

    Ray Kremer spent ten seasons pitching in the minors before making his major league debut with the 1924 Pittsburgh Pirates. Once he got to the majors though, he put together a string of seven straight seasons winning at least 15 games. Born on March 23,1893 in Oakland, California, Ray didn’t stray far...

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    Pittsburgh’s Rich Baseball History Gets Richer

    Since I use Baseball-Reference.com a lot during my research and even sponsor a few pages myself, I’d like to take a second to point out the great new feature they have added to their site.  Through exhaustive research by many individuals, they have added stats for Negro League players from 1903-1948. Many of...

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    Pirates Pitchers with Strange Records

    Every now and then, while doing the player bios for the “This Date” articles, I will find a pitcher who has a record one season that defies logic. He will either have a great record for a bad team or a bad record for a good team. I figured I’d take a...

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