The 1904 Season: Part Two

As mentioned previously, the Pittsburgh Pirates had lost their best starter to injury, Deacon Phillippe, on June 16 after his 5-1 win. They stood in 4th place in the NL standings, just six games out of first place. Without Phillippe though, it was going to be tough to just keep up the same pace they were on so unless they could jump over three teams in the standings, their three year run of National League pennants would come to an...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 29

Born on this date in 1944 was Pirates pitcher Jim Bibby, who was with the team from 1978-1983. Prior to joining Pittsburgh, Bibby had just a 60-69 career record at the age of 33 but he turned that record around while in a Pirates uniform. He was signed as a free agent on March 15, 1978 after going 12-13 3.57 while with the Indians in 1977. He had won as many as 19 games in a season while with the Rangers in 1974 when he made 41...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 28

Born on this date in 1935 was longtime Pirates pitcher Bob Veale, who played for the team from 1962-72. Veale was signed as a free agent out of college in 1958 and the Pirates sent him to the California League where he struggled with his command, walking 55 batters in 63 innings. He was just as wild his second season but much more effective lowering his ERA by almost two runs from the previous season. He then spent the next three...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 27

Born on this date in 1922 was one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history, Pirates outfielder Ralph Kiner. They signed Kiner as an amateur free agent in 1941, but partly due to the war, he did not make his major league debut until the 1946 season. He would lead the NL in home runs that season with a surprisingly low total of just 23, which would’ve ranked him 6th in the AL. The following season he left no doubt that his...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 26

It’s a light day for the players born on this date who have played for the Pirates, just four players who played a combined total of 22 games for the Pirates so I threw a bonus one in at the end. Starting off with the oldest player of the bunch, pitcher Bill Garfield, who played for Pittsburgh in 1889, was born on this date in 1867. The 1889 Pittsburgh Alleghenys were not a horrible team, they finished 61-71 but in the midst of...

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