1901 Pirates Season: Part Two

I left off last week with the Pirates protecting a small lead as the month of June came to a close. The Pirates opened July at Philadelphia with a three game lead over the Phillies as well as Brooklyn and St. Louis, while the Giants trailed by just two games. Even the Boston Beaneaters (Braves) were still within striking distance just five games back. The month didn’t start well with a 1-0 shutout loss and wins by the Cardinals,...

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1901 Pirates Season: Part One
Jul10

1901 Pirates Season: Part One

After finishing in second place in the NL in 1900, and making it through the mass player jump to the newly formed American League relatively unscathed, the Pirates began their march towards their first title in late April 1901, behind 2nd year player-manager Fred Clarke, superstar Honus Wagner and a very deep pitching staff.  This week we will take a look how the Pirates began the season and the extremely minor deal they made that...

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Pirates Build For a Pennant Run in 1901

When you’re writing about something that happened 110 years ago it’s hard to surprise anyone with the information, especially when you’re dealing with baseball standings. Last week I left off with the 1900 team and how they fared after the Honus Wagner trade put in the building blocks for a great run in the franchise’s history. After finishing the 1900 season in 2nd place the team was poised to make a run at...

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The 1900 Pittsburgh Pirates

While the Honus Wagner trade obviously added a lot of talent, and the 1899 Pirates had a winning record (76-73), they were still the 7th best team in league coming into the 1900 National League season. Also three of the teams that were worse than the Pirates in 1899 were cut from the league trimming the NL down to just 8 teams for the first time since 1891. Since the AL didn’t come into existence until the next season and from...

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The Honus Wagner Trade
Jun19

The Honus Wagner Trade

In 1899 the Louisville Colonels of the National League were in danger of folding. The National League was looking to scale down to 8 teams. At the same time, their team owner Barney Dreyfuss had purchased a half interest in the Pittsburgh Pirates team, realizing that his Louisville team was likely to be one of the teams trimmed from the NL. In doing so he was able to turn the Pirates into a powerhouse for most of the next decade....

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Baseball in 1899
Jun12

Baseball in 1899

Baseball in 1899 was obviously a lot different back then than it is now so I thought I would point out some of those differences using the Pirates team as an example. It will also be a good lead in to next week’s article. First thing is there was only one major league at the time, the National League. It consisted of 12 teams, eight of which still exist, although only five of those teams are still in the same location....

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