This Date in Pirates History: January 17

On this date in 1895, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Red Ehret, along with cash to the St Louis Browns for pitcher Pink Hawley. Ehret was 26 at the time of the trade and had played for the Pirates for three seasons compiling a 53-59, 3.79 record. In 1894, he went 19-21, 5.14 in 346.2 innings. Hawley was just 22 years old and while he had a poor record at 30-58 in three years with St Louis, the team never finished higher than...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 16

On this date in 1948 the Pittsburgh Pirates purchased third baseman Eddie Bockman from the Cleveland Indians. He had started his career in the minors in 1939 but before he could make his major league debut he spent three years serving in the military during WWII. When he returned he played briefly for the 1946 Yankees who traded him to the Indians after the season. In 46 games with Cleveland in 1947 he hit .258 with 14 RBIs in just 66...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 1907 Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a fairly quiet 1906 off-season, making one major trade by giving up longtime second baseman Claude Ritchey, Ginger Beaumont who was their centerfielder and leadoff hitter since 1899 and pitcher Patsy Flaherty who spent the 1906 season in the minors. In return all they received was second baseman Ed Abbaticchio who seemed to be at best a slight upgrade over Ritchey. They still had to replace Beaumont, who had...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 15

On this date in 1969 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded outfielder Manny Jimenez to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league infielder Ron Campbell and pitcher Chuck Hartenstein. Jimenez was a 30 year old outfielder who had received limited playing time with the Pirates over the 1967-68 seasons. He started just five games in 1968 despite playing on the team the entire season. He was used as a pinch hitter 54 times that year and hit...

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Brock Holt Interview: 2012 Version

In January 2011 we had a chance to talk to Brock Holt as he got ready for the upcoming season. That interview can be read here. Last year he was coming off a season ending knee injury at this time, looking forward to what would end up being his first full season of minor league ball. He played 132 games this year for Altoona, hitting .288 with 30 doubles, 18 stolen bases and 50 walks. He was named to the Eastern League All-Star game...

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