This Date in Pirates History: December 2

On this date in 1970, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Kansas City Royals completed a six player trade with Bruce Dal Canton, Jerry May and Freddie Patek going to the Royals and Jim Campanis, Jackie Hernandez and Bob Johnson coming back to Pittsburgh. Campanis was a backup catcher who had trouble hitting major league pitching over five partial seasons, batting just .147 with nine RBIs in 107 games. Hernandez was a 30-year-old light...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 1

On this date in 1966 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded 3B/LF Bob Bailey and shortstop Gene Micheal to the Los Angeles Dodgers for all-star shortstop Maury Wills. Bailey started his career with the Pirates in 1962 and hit .257 with four straight seasons of double figure home run totals. Michael was 28 at the time of the trade but he had just played his first season in the majors in 1966, hitting .152 in 30 games. Wills was a former MVP, a...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 30

On this date in 1950 the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Pete Reiser, a three-time all-star outfielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1941-42,1946. In each of those seasons he finished in the top 10 in NL MVP voting as well. He was 31 at the time of the signing and had spent the past two seasons with the Boston Braves in a part-time role. Reiser had twice led the NL in stolen bases and three times hit over .300 but he hit just .205 in 1949....

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This Date in Pirates History: November 29

Born on this date in 1950 was Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Mike Easler, who played for the team from 1977,1979-83. He was drafted by the Astros in 1969, made his major league debut in 1973 but played just 26 games over three seasons with them before being traded to the Cardinals. He never played in the majors with the Cardinals who traded him to the Angels in September. The Angels used him all September but traded him to the Pirates...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 28

On this date in 1927 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded star outfielder Kiki Cuyler to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Sparky Adams and outfielder Pete Scott. Cuyler at the time of the trade had been benched by manager Donie Bush, who refused to use him in the World Series despite being swept in four games. The Cubs easily got the best of the deal as Cuyler was a Hall of Fame caliber player in the prime of his career and both players they...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 20

On this date in 1962 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded first baseman Dick Stuart and pitcher Jack Lamabe to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Don Schwall and catcher Jim Pagliaroni. Stuart was covered in the November 7th article here. He played five seasons in Pittsburgh with a .273 average and 117 homers. He had a great 1961 season, hitting .301 with 35 homers and 117 RBI’s but struggled in 1962 and he was horrible...

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