This Date in Pirates History: December 15

On this date in 1967 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded four players to the Philadelphia Phillies for Hall of Fame pitcher, Jim Bunning. Going to Philly in the deal were pitcher Woody Fryman, minor league third baseman Don Money and two minor league pitchers, Bill Laxton and Harold Clem. Bunning  was thirty-six at the time of the trade with a career mark of 192-133, 3.07 in 13 seasons. In 1967 he went 17-15, 2.29 and led the league in...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 14

On this date in 1998 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Jon Lieber to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for outfielder Brant Brown. Lieber started his career with the Pirates in 1994 and went 38-47 4.36 in 151 games, 104 as a starter. He was 8-14 4.11 for the Pirates in 1998. Brown was in his third season with the Cubs in 1998 but at age 27 it was his first full season. He hit .291 with 14 homers and 48 RBI’s in 124 games. Brant...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 13

On this date in 2001 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded starting pitcher Todd Ritchie and minor leaguer Lee Evans to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitchers Josh Fogg, Kip Wells and Sean Lowe. For Fogg the date has double meaning as it is also his birthday. Ritchie, who was 30 at the time of the trade, was a starter for the Pirates for three seasons, going 35-32 4.29 in 90 starts. Evans was a catcher who had reached AA in his six...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 12

Today is a busy date for important trades in Pittsburgh Pirates history. Three big trades involving 18 players and two Hall of Famers, Freddie Lindstrom and Arky Vaughan. Starting with the best player first, the Pirates traded away superstar shortstop Arky Vaughan to the Brooklyn Dodgers in exchange for catcher Babe Phelps, pitcher Luke Hamlin, infielder Pete Coscarart and outfielder Jimmy Wasdell. The only reason this trade...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 11

On this date in 1975 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitchers Ken Brett, Dock Ellis and rookie second baseman Willie Randolph to the New York Yankees for pitcher Doc Medich. Ellis went 96-80 in eight seasons in Pittsburgh, he was 30 at the time of the trade and went just 8-9 with a career high 3.79 ERA in 1975. Brett went 22-14 over two seasons in Pittsburgh, he was just 27 at the time but had already played parts of nine seasons in the...

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