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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This Date in Pirates History: October 22

On this date in 1974 the Pirates traded outfielder Gene Clines to the New York Mets in exchange for catcher Duffy Dyer. The day after the trade the Pirates released backup catcher Mike Ryan. Dyer, 29 years old at the time he joined the Pirates, had spent his entire major league career with the Mets, making his debut in 1968. He was a light hitting backup his first two seasons in Pittsburgh but in 1977 he split the time behind the...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 21

On this date in 1969 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded catcher Carl Taylor and minor league outfielder Frank Vanzin to the St Louis Cardinals in exchange for catcher Dave Ricketts and pitcher Dave Giusti. The trade, thanks to Giusti, worked out very well for the Pirates. Carl Taylor had hit .348 for the Pirates in 1969 as a 25 year old in his first full season but he lasted just one year with the Cardinals and his average dropped 99...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 20

Born on this date in 1864 was one of the original Pittsburgh Pirates back before they were known as the Pirates, Jocko Fields. He was a member of the 1887 team named the Alleghneys, the first year Pittsburgh fielded a team in the National League. Fields is one of 46 major leaguers who were born in Ireland and three of them played for the 1888 Alleghenys, Fields, William Farmer and Sam Nicholl. Jocko began his pro career in 1885 and...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 19

On this date in 1931 former Pirates catcher and coach Don Leppert was born. He started his pro career in 1955 when he signed with the Milwaukee Braves organization. The Pirates acquired him in December 1960 in exchange for minor leaguer Tom Burgess. He made his major league debut on June 18, 1961 and in his first AB he homered off Cardinals pitcher, Curt Simmons. He played 22 total games that season batting .267 with 3 homers. The...

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