Finding Pitching in 1904

The one thing the Pittsburgh Pirates learned from the 1903 World Series was that you can never have enough pitching. They had three healthy reliable starters going into October but by the time the World Series actually started they were down to one, Deacon Phillippe. The amount of work Sam Leever had during the season took a toll on him and by the time they reached October he wasn’t able to pitch effectively in the series...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 15

On this date in 1925 the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Washington Senators by a 9-7 score at Forbes Field in game seven of the World Series to win their second championship. To win the series they had to defeat the great Walter Johnson, who had already won games one and four of the series. The lineups for this game included seven total future Hall of Famers. The Senators had Johnson, Goose Goslin, Sam Rice and Bucky Harris while the...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 14

On this date in both 1971 and 1979, the Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles in game five of the World Series. Both games occurred at Three Rivers Stadium but under different circumstances. In 1971 the series was tied two games apiece. The Pirates went with Nelson Briles for his first start of the series while the winner of game one, Dave McNally, took the mound for the Orioles. The Pirates got to McNally early with a solo homer by...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 13

On this date in 1960 the Pirates won game seven of the World Series at Forbes Field by a 10-9 score over the New York Yankees on a walk-off home run from Bill Mazeroski. The win gave the Pirates their third World Series title overallĀ and first one in 35 years. The Pirates took an early 2-0 lead in the game on a home run by Rocky Nelson in the 1st inning. In the 2nd, Bill Virdon added 2 more runs with a single that scored Don Hoak and...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 12

On this date in 1906, Hall of Famer Joe Cronin was born. He signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent in 1925 and played two seasons for the Pirates(1926-27) making his debut on April 29, 1926 at the age of just nineteen. He was sent to the minors in early May of that 1926 season after just four games. When he returned the majors in late August he almost immediately became the team’s starting second baseman in the middle of a...

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