This Date in Pirates History: November 2

We covered Gary Redus yesterday, today just happens to be the birthday of the man he platooned with in Pittsburgh for a time. Born on this date in 1966 was Orlando Merced, first baseman/outfielder for the Pirates from 1990-96. Merced was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates in 1985 and he struggled his first two seasons before missing most of the 1987 season, getting into just 8 games. In 1988-89 he moved from low-A to AAA,...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 1

Born on this date in in 1956 was Gary Redus, who played five years for the Pittsburgh Pirates, including all three NL East pennant winning seasons in the early 90′s. Redus got his career off to an amazing start, hitting .462 in 68 games with Billings of the Pioneer League in 1978 after being drafted by the Reds in the 15th round of the amateur draft that year. Despite that quick start it still took him four more full seasons to...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 31

On this date in 1973 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded catcher Milt May to the Houston Astros in exchange for pitcher Jerry Reuss. May had been drafted by the Pirates in the 11th round of the amateur draft in 1968 and he made his major league debut on September 8, 1970. He was used as a pinch hitter five times that September, his only five appearances. In 1971 he made the opening day roster and was the backup to Manny Sanguillen all...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 30

Born on this date in 1960 was Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Lee Tunnell, who played for the team from 1982-85. He was a 2nd round draft pick by the Pirates out of Baylor University in 1981 and he signed quickly. After a brief stay in the GCL, the Pirates moved him all the way up to AA where he started 12 games, going 5-5 4.44 in 71 innings. He was in AAA the next year going 12-9 3.46 in 27 starts before being called up by the Pirates in...

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The 1904 Season: Part Two

As mentioned previously, the Pittsburgh Pirates had lost their best starter to injury, Deacon Phillippe, on June 16 after his 5-1 win. They stood in 4th place in the NL standings, just six games out of first place. Without Phillippe though, it was going to be tough to just keep up the same pace they were on so unless they could jump over three teams in the standings, their three year run of National League pennants would come to an...

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