Pittsburgh Pirates 1907 Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a fairly quiet 1906 off-season, making one major trade by giving up longtime second baseman Claude Ritchey, Ginger Beaumont who was their centerfielder and leadoff hitter since 1899 and pitcher Patsy Flaherty who spent the 1906 season in the minors. In return all they received was second baseman Ed Abbaticchio who seemed to be at best a slight upgrade over Ritchey. They still had to replace Beaumont, who had...

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Pittsburgh Pirates: The First 25 Seasons

The current day Pittsburgh Pirates franchise started in 1882 as a member of the American Association, a rival league to the National League and one that existed for ten seasons. The Pittsburgh Alleghenys were one of the teams that played in the leagues first season and they remained as a member of the AA until being invited to join the National League for the 1887 season. This is a follow up to the first ten seasons article I did back...

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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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The Best Pittsburgh Pirates Infields Ever

SEE ALSO: The Best Pittsburgh Pirates Outfields Ever Determining the best Pirate infield ever is mainly a matter of figuring out how to delineate the various infields that Honus Wagner was a part of.  He dominated the game in his day like few other players have dominated it.  Not only that, but during his prime, which lasted through 1912, the Pirates generally surrounded him with good players. Still, the Pirates have had some other...

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The Best Pittsburgh Pirates Outfields Ever

Despite what we’ve seen over the last two decades, the Pirates during their long history have had some mighty good infields and outfields.  No, really.  Inspired by a brief exchange on a message board recently, I thought it’d be interesting to try to determine which ones were the best. As a measure, I decided to use Wins Above Replacement (WAR), specifically the version found at Fangraphs.  Not that WAR is the be-all and end-all for...

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A Recent History of the 82nd Win – 1983

Continuing down memory lane with a look at the 82nd win in 1983. The 1982 Pirates were never in serious contention for the post-season. Althought they did play meaningful games in September, something that we have only been able to wish for recently. That 1982 team had a strong offense – ranking second in the National League in runs scored, first in homers and first in OPS. There was reason for optimism. Of the Opening Day...

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