This Date in Pirates History: December 22

Born on this date in 1938 was all-star outfielder Matty Alou, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1966 to 1970. The Pirates acquired Alou from the San Francisco Giants on December 1, 1965 for Ozzie Virgil and Joe Gibbon in a trade that was covered here. Matty had been in the majors with the Giants since 1960 but he never received more than 351 plate appearances in a season and he was just a .260 hitter over 453 games. When he...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 21

Born on this date in 1960 was Andy Van Slyke, the all-star, gold glove defender who manned center field for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1987 to 1994. Van Slyke was a first round draft pick of the Cardinals in 1979 and he made his major league debut in mid-June 1983 after he hit .368 in 54 AAA games. In his four seasons in St Louis he hit .259 with 204 RBIs, 205 runs scored and 104 stolen bases. He spent time at all outfield positions...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 20

On this date in 1984 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Dale Berra, Al Pulido and Jay Buhner to the New York Yankees for Steve Kemp and Tim Foli. Berra and Foli were teammates on the Pirates for three seasons, with Berra backing up Foli when he wasn’t his double play partner. Pulido was almost 28 and had pitched just two games for the Pirates, one in 1983 and one in 1984 and he struggled in both games. Buhner was just a minor leaguer...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 19

Born on this date in 1964 was relief pitcher Mike Fetters, who pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001-02. Fetters was in his 13th season in the majors when the Pirates acquired him from the Dodgers along with Adrian Burnside in exchange for Terry Mulholland on July 31, 2001. Mike finished the year going 1-1 4.58 in 17.2 innings over 20 games with the Pirates, recording eight saves. In 2002 Fetters went 1-0 3.26 in 32 games before...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 18

Born on this date in 1969 was third baseman Joe Randa, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1997 and then again in 2006. Randa started his career with the Royals, getting 144 major league games in before the Pirates traded Jeff King and Jay Bell to Kansas City to acquire Joe and three pitchers named Jeff. Randa had a solid season for the surprising Pirates team in 1997. The team got within 1.5 games of first place in September and...

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