This Date in Pirates History: November 10

On this date in 1897 the Pittsburgh Pirates made a seven player trade, sending star outfielder Mike Smith and 30-game-winner, Pink Hawley along with cash, to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for five players. Hawley was just shy of his 25th birthday at the time and he had a 71-61 record for the Pirates in three seasons. He had also gone 30-58 for the St Louis Browns(Cardinals) prior to joining the Pirates in 1895. Smith had started his...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 9

Born on this date in 1886 was the first Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher to throw a no-hitter, Nick Maddox, who was with the team from 1907-1910. He had gone 13-10 in the minors in 1907 pitching better than the record indicates when the Pirates signed him and brought him to the majors. He pitched a shutout in his major league debut on September 13, won his second start just three days later and exactly a week after his major league debut he...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 8

On this date in 1920, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Wally Westlake was born. He played for the Pirates from 1947-51. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Dodgers in 1940 and spent his first three seasons in the minors. He missed the 1943-45 seasons due to military service, returning in 1946 when he played AAA ball in Oakland and hit .315 in 136 games. The Pirates traded for him in late 1946 and put him in right field to start...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 7

Born on this date in 1932 was Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Dick Stuart, who played for the team from 1958-62. He was signed by the Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1951 and as a 19 year old in 1952 he hit .313 with 31 homers for Billings, a class C team. He spent the next two years serving in the military. He returned to Billings when he rejoined the Pirates in 1955 and hit 32 homers his first year back but his best was yet to...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 6

Born on this date in 1953 was a longtime pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, John Candelaria. He was a big 6’7″ lefty taken in the 2nd round of the 1972 amateur draft by the Pirates. He shot through the minors quickly for his age, going 28-11 before getting called on June 8,1975 at just 21 years old. Four starts into his career he struck out 13 Cubs during a 5-2 complete game win. Candelaria finished 8-6 2.76 in 18 starts...

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