This Date in Pirates History: December 29

Born on this date in 1977 was Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson, who played for the team from 2001 until 2009. Wilson was originally draft by the Cardinals in 1998. The Pirates acquired him on July 29, 2000 in exchange for pitcher Jason Christiansen. Jack started the 2001 season in the majors as the team’s starting shortstop, skipping over AAA. After hitting .155 through the first month he was sent to AAA where he tore up...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 28

On this date in 1957 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded first baseman Dee Fondy to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for first baseman Ted Kluszewski. Fondy was veteran the Pirates had acquired from the Cubs during the 1957 season. At age 32 he hit .313 in 95 games for Pittsburgh to finish out his only season with the team. He wasn’t the typical corner infielder, he had more speed and less power than you would normally see at that...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 27

Born on this date in 1952 was infielder Craig Reynolds, who played for the 1975-76 Pittsburgh Pirates. He was a first round draft pick of the Pirates in 1971, the 22nd overall pick. He hit .318 that first season the Gulf Coast League but struggled the following year in A-ball playing just 41 games, hitting .240 with no homers. Just one year later he earned a late season promotion to AAA after hitting .287 with 13 homers while playing...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 26

On this date in 1953 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded young infielder Danny O’Connell to the Milwaukee Braves in exchange for six players and $100,000 cash. Danny had a strong season for the Pirates in 1953 hitting .294 with 57 walks and 88 runs scored. He was 26 at the time of the trade and had played just one prior season in the majors(1950) due to serving two years in the military. This deal, along with another trade a month...

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The 1906 Pirates Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates went into the 1906 season with the makings of a strong pitching staff and a solid top of the lineup but they had two big obstacles in their way of a trying to win a fourth National League title, the Chicago Cubs and the New York Giants. The Giants had won two straight NL titles going into 1906 and they were coming off a 105-48 season. The Cubs had won 93 games in 1904 and 92 games in 1905 plus the had a deep...

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