1903 World Series: Game Seven

Game seven of the 1903 World Series was originally scheduled for Friday October 9th. That day in Pittsburgh was brutally cold so the game was postponed until Saturday. The off-day gave Pirates ace, Deacon Phillippe, an added day of much needed rest for his arm. He had pitched games one, three and four already winning all three games. The Pirates had lost games five and six without him on the mound and the best of nine series was now...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 8

On this date in 1917 long-time Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh was born. He started his baseball career as a player, spending nine seasons in the majors between 1941 and 1951. He made his debut with the Phillies as a 23 year old 2B and led the league in stolen bases despite hitting just .219 and playing only 85 games. He was a regular for the 1942-43 seasons but like many players from that era, he missed time due to serving his country...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 7

On this date in 1903 the Pittsburgh Pirates lost game five of the World Series to the Boston Americans by an 11-2 score. The pitcher for the Pirates that game was William “Brickyard” Kennedy, who was celebrating his 36th birthday that same day. Kennedy had spent just one season in a Pirates uniform, signing in January 1903 as a free agent. He had compiled a 178-153 record up to that point over 11 seasons, ten of them with...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 6

Today on Pirates Prospects we start a new feature called This Date in Pirates History where we will cover either an important event from that specific date or highlight a player born on that date. Today we start with Gene Clines who was born on this date in 1946. He was drafted by the Pirates in the 6th round of the 1966 amateur draft. He signed ten days later, and the 19 year old Clines reported to the Salem Rebels of the Appalachian...

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1903 World Series: Game Six

After an 11-2 blowout loss in game five, the Pirates went to 25 game winner Sam Leever for game six. He was suffering from a sore arm but on five days of rest since his loss in game two, he was ready to give it a shot. Deacon Phillippe wasn’t able to go after already pitching three games so far in the series so the Pirates had to go to Leever or otherwise risk using an unproven and much lesser talented rookie. As mentioned...

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