This Date in Pirates History: November 20

On this date in 1962 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded first baseman Dick Stuart and pitcher Jack Lamabe to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Don Schwall and catcher Jim Pagliaroni. Stuart was covered in the November 7th article here. He played five seasons in Pittsburgh with a .273 average and 117 homers. He had a great 1961 season, hitting .301 with 35 homers and 117 RBI’s but struggled in 1962 and he was horrible...

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Pirates 1905 Season: Trying to Catch the Giants

The Pirates went into the 1905 season with changes at first base, catcher and in right field after finishing the 1904 season in fourth place. The 1905 season opened up in Cincinnati for four games with Patsy Flaherty on the mound. He went 19-9 in 1904 after leading the AL with 25 losses in 1903, and just four years after the Pirates released him following a brief four game trial. The Pirates had a strong enough pitching staff to start...

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Winter Leagues 11/19: Ciriaco Picks Up Two Hits

Saturday’s winter league action with Pirates’ players and friends: DOMINICAN LEAGUE Toros del Este 3, Tigres del Licey 2 Matt Hague went 1-3 with a single, walk and a strikeout. He is now hitting .309 although he also committed his 8th error of the season. Pedro Ciriaco played left field and went 2-3 with two singles. He was replaced on defense in the 9th inning. VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Aguilas del Zulia 3, Leones del Caracas 0 Ramon...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 19

On this date in 1962 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded star shortstop Dick Groat and pitcher Diomedes Olivo to the St Louis Cardinals for pitcher Don Cardwell and infielder Julio Gotay. In our November 4th article we covered the career of Dick Groat, who played nine seasons in Pittsburgh with a .290 batting average over 1258 games played. He was a three time all-star and the 1960 NL MVP, when he led the league in hitting with a .325...

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Winter Leagues 11/18: Farrell Drives in the Winning Run

Friday’s winter league action with Pirates’ players and friends: DOMINICAN LEAGUE Toros del Este 1, Gigantes del Cibao 11 Matt Hague went 0-1 with a walk before being lifted during the 4th inning for a defensive replacement. He is now batting .308 after 25 games played. Pedro Ciriaco went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts while playing second base. He is now batting .242 VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Cardenales de Lara 5, Leones del Caracas 9 Ramon Cabrera...

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