This Date in Pirates History: January 10

A light day for Pittsburgh Pirates history, no notable transactions and just two former players born on this date. George Strickland, born in 1926, was an infielder for the Pirates from 1950 until 1952. He was signed as a 17-year-old in 1943 by the Brooklyn Dodgers and played just three minor league games before joining the service during WWII. When he returned he was a member of the Boston Red Sox organization and he reported to the...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 9

On this date in 1918 the Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn Robins(Dodgers, named Robins at the time for their manager Wilbert Robinson) hooked up for a five player deal that saw two future Hall of Famers change teams. The Pirates sent future HOF pitcher Burleigh Grimes along with fellow pitcher Al Mamaux and shortstop Chuck Ward to the Robins in exchange for second baseman George Cutshaw and outfielder Casey Stengel, the future HOF...

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Claude Ritchey Bio

Before I get into the 1907 Pittsburgh Pirates I wanted to cover the career of longtime Pirates second baseman Claude Ritchey, who was included in a trade with the Boston Doves in December of 1906, along with Ginger Beaumont(his career was covered here in an earlier article) and Patsy Flaherty. The Pirates received second baseman Ed Abbaticchio back in the trade and he replaced Ritchey at the position. Claude had spent the last seven...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 8

Born on this date in 1934 was Gene Freese, infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 to 1958 then again in 1964-65. Gene was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates just prior to the 1953 season. He hit .300 that first season in the lower levels then moved up to AA in 1954 where he hit .332 with 16 homers in 145 games, which earned him an Opening Day spot for the 1955 Pirates. He played just over half of his games at third...

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Pirates Will Not Scout Vicente Padilla

According to a Nicaraguan newspaper (link is in Spanish) Vicente Padilla will be scouted by Rene Gayo and the Pittsburgh Pirates next week, possibly during his next start down in Nicaragua. Padilla pitched just nine relief games this past season for the Los Angeles Dodgers before going on the DL with a forearm injury, then extending the DL stay due to a neck injury which required surgery. Padilla also missed part of spring training...

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