• This Date in Pirates History: February 2

    Six former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date starting with a member of the first team in franchise history to win the World Series. Bill Abstein (1883) played three seasons in the minors before he made his major league debut with the 1906 Pirates in late September. Pittsburgh purchased his contract...

  • This Date in Pirates History: February 1

    Seven former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, six of them pitchers and the oldest one was an outfielder. Cecilio Guante (1960) pitcher for the 1982-86 Pirates. He was signed by the Pirates as an amateur free agent in November 1979 out of the Dominican Republic. He shot through the minors...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 31

    On this date in 1974 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded shortstop Jackie Hernandez to the Philadelphia Phillies for catcher Mike Ryan. Hernandez had joined the Pirates in a December 2, 1970 trade that was covered here. He played three seasons for the Pirates, including the 1971 season when he became the everyday shortstop...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 30

    On this date in 1959 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Whammy Douglass, outfielders Jim Pendleton and John Powers and third baseman Frank Thomas to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for catcher Smoky Burgess, third baseman Don Hoak and pitcher Harvey Haddix. Starting with Burgess, he was just about to turn 32 at...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 29

    On this date in 1971 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded outfielder Matty Alou along with pitcher George Brunet to the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Vic Davalillo and pitcher Nelson Briles. Alou was the big piece in the deal, he hit .327 over five seasons with the Pirates, winning a batting title in...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 28

    Six former Pittsburgh Pirates born on this date and we start with Emil Yde, a starting pitcher for the 1925 Pirates team that won the World Series. He spent three seasons in the minors before making his debut with the 1924 Pirates. Yde had gone 28-12 in 47 games and 339 innings...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 27

    Only one former Pittsburgh Pirates player born on this date and no major transactions so Otis Clymer, right fielder for the 1905-07 Pirates, takes center stage today. He was born in 1876 and didn’t make his major league debut until 1905 when the Pirates signed him away from the Buffalo Bisons of...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 26

    On this date in 1895 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Ad Gumbert to the Brooklyn Grooms for catcher Tom Kinslow. Gumbert was just 26 at the time of the trade, a native of Pittsburgh who had a 106-79 career record already. For the Pirates he had gone 15-14 in 1894, sporting a...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 25

    Only two former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date and no major transactions. Dan Serafini (1974) lefty pitcher for the 2000 Pirates. He was originally a 1st round draft pick of the Twins in 1992 and he averaged just over a strikeout per inning his first three seasons as he worked...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 24

    While today’s date is a busy one for former Pittsburgh Pirates players to be born, there aren’t any players who contributed significantly on the field. One player however, helped bring a key player back to the Pirates in a trade. Dave Brain (1879) was one of three players traded to the Boston...

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