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 late in the year and helped lead the team to their fourth World Series title. In three years in Pittsburgh he played...

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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 the time of the trade, a backup left-handed hitting catcher who got plenty of pinch-hitting appearances. In 1958 he hit...

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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 1966 and leading the league in doubles and hits in 1969. Alou hit .297 in 1970, the only year under .300 with the Pirates. Brunet was a...

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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 for the Oklahoma City Indians of the Western League in 1923. The Pirates acquired him for minor league outfielder Ed Hock in December 1923. They would use him...

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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 the Eastern League. His minor league career up to that point consisted of just that 1904 season despite the advanced age. He hit .294...

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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 6.08 ERA which seems very high but 1894 was near the very top of high offense years in baseball history. The Pirates that season had a 5.62 team ERA and...

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