Pirates 1904 Post-Season?

As mentioned last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates finished the 1904 season on October 9th in 4th place with an 87-66 record but they weren’t done playing games. When the Pirates agreed to play the Boston Americans in the 1903 World Series it was not a popular move among most of the heads of the NL. They did not believe the American League was equal to them so they did not want to see the two leagues play for a championship thinking...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 5

Going to go a little different today and go with all transactions on this date, starting with the one that brought the Pittsburgh Pirates their last manager to win a World Series title. On this date in 1976 the Pirates traded catcher Manny Sanguillen to the Oakland A’s in exchange for Chuck Tanner and $100,000. Tanner first managed in the majors for the Chicago White Sox, getting the job late in 1970 and he lasted there until...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 4

Born on this date in 1930 was long-time Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Dick Groat, who won the 1960 NL MVP. The Pirates signed him as an amateur free agent in June of 1952 out of Duke University and brought him right to the majors. He also played in the NBA that year as a first round draft pick. He hit .284 in 95 games that rookie season, finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. He missed all of the 1953-54 seasons to...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 3

On this date in 1856 one of the winningest pitchers to ever put on a Pittsburgh uniform was born. Jim McCormick only played one season in Pittsburgh, for the 1887 Alleghenys, but only three pitchers who have won more career games than him, have also put on a Pirates uniform. Those pitchers are Pud Galvin, Bert Blyleven and Burleigh Grimes. In fact, McCormick’s 265 career wins still ranks him 39th all-time despite the fact he...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 2

We covered Gary Redus yesterday, today just happens to be the birthday of the man he platooned with in Pittsburgh for a time. Born on this date in 1966 was Orlando Merced, first baseman/outfielder for the Pirates from 1990-96. Merced was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates in 1985 and he struggled his first two seasons before missing most of the 1987 season, getting into just 8 games. In 1988-89 he moved from low-A to AAA,...

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