This Date in Pirates History: January 26

On this date in 1895 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Ad Gumbert to the Brooklyn Grooms for catcher Tom Kinslow. Gumbert was just 26 at the time of the trade, a native of Pittsburgh who had a 106-79 career record already. For the Pirates he had gone 15-14 in 1894, sporting a 6.08 ERA which seems very high but 1894 was near the very top of high offense years in baseball history. The Pirates that season had a 5.62 team ERA and...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 25

Only two former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, no major transactions and I even checked the minor league rosters for a birthday today and couldn’t find one, so today will be a light day. Dan Serafini (1974) lefty pitcher for the 2000 Pirates. He was originally a 1st round draft pick of the Twins in 1992 and he averaged just over a strikeout per inning his first three seasons as he worked his way through the low...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 24

While today’s date is a busy one for former Pittsburgh Pirates players to be born, there aren’t any players who contributed significantly on the field. One player however, helped bring a key player back to the Pirates in a trade. Dave Brain (1879) was one of three players traded to the Boston Beaneaters in December 1905 in exchange for Hall of Fame pitcher Vic Willis, who helped the Pirates win their first World Series...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 23

On this date in 1921 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded infielder Walter Barbare, outfielders Billy Southworth and Fred Nicholson, along with $15,000 to the Boston Braves in exchange for shortstop Rabbit Maranville. It was a lot to give up for one player, Southworth was an everyday outfielder who hit .284, Nicholson batted .360 in 99 games, Barbare was a solid backup infielder and all three were in their mid-20′s. Maranville was a...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 22

Five former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, so starting with the most recent first we have lefty pitcher Jimmy Anderson (1976) who played for the Pirates from 1999 until 2002. He was a ninth round draft pick of the Pirates in 1994 and had a strong debut in the rookie league straight out of high school, going 5-1, 1.60 in 56.1 innings with 66 strikeouts. He made 14 low-A starts in 1995 and posted a 1.53 ERA, earning a...

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