This Date in Pirates History: December 7

On this date in 1946 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded catcher Al Lopez to the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Gene Woodling. Lopez had a Hall of Fame career as a manager but he was also a fine player for 19 seasons, including seven in Pittsburgh. Lopez caught 1918 career games, the highest total in baseball at the time and a mark that stood nearly 40 years. He was strong on defense, four times leading the NL in fielding percentage for...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 6

Born on this date in 1950 was Tim Foli, who played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1979 to 1981, then returned in 1985 to finish his career. Foli was drafted first overall in the 1968 amateur draft by the Mets and he made his major league debut in late 1970 with them. He played just one full season there before being traded to the Montreal Expos, where he played until 1977 when he was traded to the Giants. The Giants sold...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 5

On this date in 1978 the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Seattle Mariners made a six player trade with three players involved from each team. Pitchers Enrique Romo and Rick Jones along with shortstop Tom McMillan went to the Pirates while Seattle got pitchers Rafael Vasquez, Odell Jones and shortstop Mario Mendoza. Odell Jones was 25 at the time of the trade, he had played parts of three seasons in the majors, all with the Pirates. He went...

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Baseball In 1906: The Hall of Famers

In 1906 the Pittsburgh Pirates had three future Hall of Fame players on their roster, Honus Wagner, Fred Clarke and the newcomer, pitcher Vic Willis. In today’s article I decided to look at how they stacked up against the other 15 teams in major league baseball in this regard. I chose to use the beginning of the 1906 season and I will include any manager who is also enshrined in the Hall. In the case of the Pirates, Fred Clarke...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 4

On this date in 1989 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Jeff Robinson and minor leaguer Willie Smith to the New York Yankees in exchange for catcher Don Slaught. The trade was a one-sided win for the Pirates as Slaught spent six seasons in Pittsburgh, including three years in which the Pirates won the NL East while Robinson pitched just one year out of the Yankees bullpen before leaving via free agency and Smith played just one...

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