This Date in Pirates History: December 10

On this date in 1976 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded outfielder Richie Zisk and pitcher Silvio Martinez to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitchers Goose Gossage and Terry Forster. Martinez was a minor leaguer at the time while the other three were just one year away from free agency and by 1978 none of the four players were with their new team. Zisk hit 30 homers and drove in 101 runs for the White Sox while Gossage pitched 133...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 9

On this date in 1980 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Bert Blyleven and catcher Manny Sanguillen to the Cleveland Indians for catcher Gary Alexander and pitchers Victor Cruz, Bob Owchinko and Rafael Vasquez. Blyleven was the key piece to the deal, he was unhappy in Pittsburgh, where he went 34-28 over three seasons while helping them win the 1979 WS. For the Indians he went 11-7 2.88 in 20 starts during the strike shortened 1981...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 8

There have been so many trades on this date in Pittsburgh Pirates history that I decided, instead of concentrating on one specific one and skipping some due to time, I would cut down the summaries and include them all, while posting links to old articles for more information wherever applicable. The biggest trade on this date, and also the biggest in team history occurred on this date in 1899 and received an article of its very own....

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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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