• 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • This Date in Pirates History: October 25

    Born on this date in 1893 was Pirates pitcher Vic Aldridge, who only spent three seasons in Pittsburgh but twice he helped the Pirates to World Series appearances. The Pirates acquired him after the 1924 season as part of a six-player trade with the Cubs that saw Hall of Famer Rabbit Maranville...

  • This Date in Pirates History: October 24

    Born on this date in 1952 was the starting center fielder for the last Pirates championship team, Omar Moreno, who played for Pittsburgh from 1975-1982. He signed as a 16-year-old with the Pirates in 1969 and would play 25 games in the Gulf Coast League that year. He spent seven seasons in...

  • This Date in Pirates History: October 23

    Born on this date in 1931 was former Pirates pitcher, and Hall of Famer, Jim Bunning. He joined the Pirates in December of 1967 as part of a four for one trade with the Philadelphia Phillies, with Woodie Fryman, Don Money, Bill Laxton and Harold Clem leaving Pittsburgh. At the time, Bunning...

  • This Date in Pirates History: October 22

    On this date in 1974 the Pirates traded outfielder Gene Clines to the New York Mets in exchange for catcher Duffy Dyer. The day after the trade the Pirates released backup catcher Mike Ryan. Dyer, 29 years old at the time he joined the Pirates, had spent his entire major league career...

  • This Date in Pirates History: October 21

    On this date in 1969 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded catcher Carl Taylor and minor league outfielder Frank Vanzin to the St Louis Cardinals in exchange for catcher Dave Ricketts and pitcher Dave Giusti. The trade, thanks to Giusti, worked out very well for the Pirates. Carl Taylor had hit .348 for the Pirates...

  • This Date in Pirates History: October 20

    Born on this date in 1864 was one of the original Pittsburgh Pirates back before they were known as the Pirates, Jocko Fields. He was a member of the 1887 team named the Alleghneys, the first year Pittsburgh fielded a team in the National League. Fields is one of 46 major leaguers...

  • This Date in Pirates History: October 19

    On this date in 1931 former Pirates catcher and coach Don Leppert was born. He started his pro career in 1955 when he signed with the Milwaukee Braves organization. The Pirates acquired him in December 1960 in exchange for minor leaguer Tom Burgess. He made his major league debut on June 18, 1961 and...

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