This Date in Pirates History: December 20

On this date in 1984 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Dale Berra, Al Pulido and Jay Buhner to the New York Yankees for Steve Kemp and Tim Foli. Berra and Foli were teammates on the Pirates for three seasons, with Berra backing up Foli when he wasn’t his double play partner. Pulido was almost 28 and had pitched just two games for the Pirates, one in 1983 and one in 1984 and he struggled in both games. Buhner was just a minor leaguer...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 19

Born on this date in 1964 was relief pitcher Mike Fetters, who pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001-02. Fetters was in his 13th season in the majors when the Pirates acquired him from the Dodgers along with Adrian Burnside in exchange for Terry Mulholland on July 31, 2001. Mike finished the year going 1-1 4.58 in 17.2 innings over 20 games with the Pirates, recording eight saves. In 2002 Fetters went 1-0 3.26 in 32 games before...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 18

Born on this date in 1969 was third baseman Joe Randa, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1997 and then again in 2006. Randa started his career with the Royals, getting 144 major league games in before the Pirates traded Jeff King and Jay Bell to Kansas City to acquire Joe and three pitchers named Jeff. Randa had a solid season for the surprising Pirates team in 1997. The team got within 1.5 games of first place in September and...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 17

Born on this date in 1959 was Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Marvell Wynne, who was with the team from 1983 to 1985. He signed with the Kansas City Royals as an amateur free agent in 1978 then moved to the Mets in a 1981 trade. He was acquired by the Pirates from the Mets in a four player deal on June 14,1983 with Junior Ortiz going to New York in the deal. Wynne made his major league debut the day after the trade, playing center...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 16

On this date in 1960 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded three players to the Washington Senators for veteran pitcher Bobby Shantz. Just two days prior to the trade the Senators chose Shantz in the expansion draft off the Yankees roster. The Pirates sent pitcher Bennie Daniels, first baseman RC Stevens and utility fielder Harry Bright to Washington in the deal. The Pirates and Senators made a prearranged deal prior to the expansion draft...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 15

On this date in 1967 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded four players to the Philadelphia Phillies for Hall of Fame pitcher, Jim Bunning. Going to Philly in the deal were pitcher Woody Fryman, minor league third baseman Don Money and two minor league pitchers, Bill Laxton and Harold Clem. Bunning  was thirty-six at the time of the trade with a career mark of 192-133, 3.07 in 13 seasons. In 1967 he went 17-15, 2.29 and led the league in...

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