This Date in Pirates History: December 14

On this date in 1998 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Jon Lieber to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for outfielder Brant Brown. Lieber started his career with the Pirates in 1994 and went 38-47 4.36 in 151 games, 104 as a starter. He was 8-14 4.11 for the Pirates in 1998. Brown was in his third season with the Cubs in 1998 but at age 27 it was his first full season. He hit .291 with 14 homers and 48 RBI’s in 124 games. Brant...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 13

On this date in 2001 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded starting pitcher Todd Ritchie and minor leaguer Lee Evans to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitchers Josh Fogg, Kip Wells and Sean Lowe. For Fogg the date has double meaning as it is also his birthday. Ritchie, who was 30 at the time of the trade, was a starter for the Pirates for three seasons, going 35-32 4.29 in 90 starts. Evans was a catcher who had reached AA in his six...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 12

Today is a busy date for important trades in Pittsburgh Pirates history. Three big trades involving 18 players and two Hall of Famers, Freddie Lindstrom and Arky Vaughan. Starting with the best player first, the Pirates traded away superstar shortstop Arky Vaughan to the Brooklyn Dodgers in exchange for catcher Babe Phelps, pitcher Luke Hamlin, infielder Pete Coscarart and outfielder Jimmy Wasdell. The only reason this trade...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 11

On this date in 1975 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitchers Ken Brett, Dock Ellis and rookie second baseman Willie Randolph to the New York Yankees for pitcher Doc Medich. Ellis went 96-80 in eight seasons in Pittsburgh, he was 30 at the time of the trade and went just 8-9 with a career high 3.79 ERA in 1975. Brett went 22-14 over two seasons in Pittsburgh, he was just 27 at the time but had already played parts of nine seasons in the...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 10

On this date in 1976 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded outfielder Richie Zisk and pitcher Silvio Martinez to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitchers Goose Gossage and Terry Forster. Martinez was a minor leaguer at the time while the other three were just one year away from free agency and by 1978 none of the four players were with their new team. Zisk hit 30 homers and drove in 101 runs for the White Sox while Gossage pitched 133...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 9

On this date in 1980 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Bert Blyleven and catcher Manny Sanguillen to the Cleveland Indians for catcher Gary Alexander and pitchers Victor Cruz, Bob Owchinko and Rafael Vasquez. Blyleven was the key piece to the deal, he was unhappy in Pittsburgh, where he went 34-28 over three seasons while helping them win the 1979 WS. For the Indians he went 11-7 2.88 in 20 starts during the strike shortened 1981...

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