This Date in Pirates History: January 3

There have been eight former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date. That’s a lot for one day, but by far the most important one is first baseman Gus Suhr, who was born on this date in 1906. Suhr is considered by some as the best first baseman in team history and he manned the position in Pittsburgh for ten seasons from 1930 to 1939. Suhr was signed by the Pirates after hitting .381 with 51 homers, 62 doubles and 299 hits...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 2

Born on this date in 1951 was All-Star third baseman Bill Madlock, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1979 until 1985. He was originally drafted by the Washington Senators in 1970 and made his major league debut in 1973 after they moved to Texas. After just one season he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins. The Cubs dealt him to the Giants in 1977 and after 2 1/2 seasons they traded him to...

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Pirates Quiet During 1906-07 Off-Season

For a team that finished 23.5 games back in the standings in 1906, the Pittsburgh Pirates┬ádid very little to improve for the following season. It is likely they expected the Chicago Cubs to fall back somewhat from their amazing 116-36 season but looking at the off-season moves, or lack there of, you could say that the Pirates themselves should’ve expected to regress as well. Now the Pirates did make a large amount of late season...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 1

Born on this date in 1911 was Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947. He missed nearly five seasons due to World War II but the 36-year-old Greenberg still led the American League in homers with 44 and RBIs with 127 his first full season back in baseball in 1946. The Pirates purchased him from the Detroit Tigers for $75,000 in January of 1947 and then signed him to a $100,000 contract,...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 31

Before I get into the birthdays for today(there are no trades to mention) I have to mention the tragic passing of a legendary Pittsburgh Pirates player on this date in 1972 when the great Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash en route to Nicaragua to deliver relief aid after the country was struck by an earthquake. He was just 38 years old. As a tribute to Clemente, instead of doing the standard player bio we did for every player on...

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