This Date in Pirates History: October 26

It’s a light day for the players born on this date who have played for the Pirates, just four players who played a combined total of 22 games for the Pirates so I threw a bonus one in at the end. Starting off with the oldest player of the bunch, pitcher Bill Garfield, who played for Pittsburgh in 1889, was born on this date in 1867. The 1889 Pittsburgh Alleghenys were not a horrible team, they finished 61-71 but in the midst of...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 25

Born on this date in 1893 was Pirates pitcher Vic Aldridge, who only spent three seasons in Pittsburgh but twice he helped the Pirates to World Series appearances. The Pirates acquired him after the 1924 season as part of a 6 player trade with the Cubs that saw Hall of Famer Rabbit Maranville and the Pirates all-time wins leader, Wilbur Cooper, go to Chicago. Vic had won 47 games in his last three seasons with the Cubs and he...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 24

Born on this date in 1952 was the staring centerfielder for the last Pirates championship team, Omar Moreno who played for Pittsburgh from 1975-1982. He signed as a 16 year old with the Pirates in 1969 and would play 25 games in the Gulf Coast League that year. He spent seven seasons in the minors before making his debut in September 1975. He began the 1976 season in AAA getting some brief time in June and July before finally making...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 23

Born on this date in 1931 was former Pirates pitcher, and Hall of Famer, Jim Bunning. He joined the Pirates in December of 1967 as part of a four for one trade with the Philadelphia Phillies, with Woodie Fryman, Don Money, Bill Laxton and Harold Clem leaving Pittsburgh. At the time, Bunning was 36 and coming off a season in which he led the NL in innings pitched, games pitched, shutouts and strikeouts. He had just a 17-15 record but...

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The 1904 Pirates: Part One

Last week we saw how the Pirates prepared themselves for the 1904 season and they definitely started the season with some questions among their starting rotation. The team had a rough spring training, the weather was bad and when they reported to St Louis for opening day on April 15th it quickly became evident that they were behind schedule in their preparations for the season. They had early injury problems including Sam Leever...

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