This Date in Pirates History: January 5

No big transactions or big name players born on this date on this date in Pittsburgh Pirates history but plenty of players to get to and even a manager thrown in there. Mark Redman (1974) The Pirates acquired Redman, along with Arthur Rhodes in November 2004 from the Oakland A’s in exchange for Jason Kendall. He went 11-12, 4.71 for the A’s in 2004 after winning 14 games for the World Series winning Florida Marlins in...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 4

On this date in 1993, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent outfielder Lonnie Smith to a one year contract. Smith was 37 at the time of the deal, a veteran of 15 major league seasons who had hit .247 with 6 homers and 33 RBIs in 84 games for the Braves in 1992. He had stolen as many as 68 bases in a season, four times topping 40 but since stealing 25 bases in 1986, he had topped 10 steals just once in the last six seasons. He hit...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 3

There were eight former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date but by far the most important one was first baseman Gus Suhr, who was born on this date in 1906. Suhr is considered by some as the best first baseman in team history and he manned the position in Pittsburgh for ten seasons from 1930 to 1939. Suhr was signed by the Pirates after hitting .381 with 51 homers, 62 doubles and 299 hits for San Francisco of the Pacific...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 2

Born on this date in 1951 was all-star third baseman Bill Madlock who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1979 until 1985. He was originally drafted by the Washington Senators in 1970 and made his major league debut in 1973 after they moved to Texas. After just one season he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins. The Cubs dealt him to the Giants in 1977 and after 2 1/2 seasons they traded him to the...

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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┬ádid 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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