• This Date in Pirates History: January 23

    On this date in 1921 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded infielder Walter Barbare, outfielders Billy Southworth and Fred Nicholson, along with $15,000 to the Boston Braves in exchange for shortstop Rabbit Maranville. It was a lot to give up for one player, Southworth was an everyday outfielder who hit .284, Nicholson batted .360...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 22

    Five former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, so starting with the most recent first we have lefty pitcher Jimmy Anderson (1976) who played for the Pirates from 1999 until 2002. He was a ninth round draft pick of the Pirates in 1994 and had a strong debut in the rookie...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 21

    On this date in 1933 the Pittsburgh Pirates signed pitcher Waite Hoyt, two months after he was released by the New York Giants. He was 33 at the time and had a career record of 195-141, 3.71 in 15 seasons, ten of them with the Yankees. Hoyt would go on to pitch...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 20

    Born on this date in 1971 was outfielder Brian Giles who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1999 until 2003. He was an amateur draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 1989 and it took until 1995 for him to make his major league debut. He played four seasons in Cleveland, hitting...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 19

    On this date in 2007 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded relief pitcher Mike Gonzalez along with minor leaguer Brett Lillibridge, to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for first baseman Adam LaRoche and minor leaguer Jamie Romak. Gonzalez had pitched out of the Pirates bullpen for four seasons and in 2006 he took over...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 18

    On this date in 1947 the Pittsburgh Pirates purchased all-star first baseman Hank Greenberg from the Detroit Tigers for $75,000.  He had led the AL in both homers and RBIs in 1946 at the age of 35, but the Tigers put him on waivers anyway, where he was picked up by the...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 17

    On this date in 1895, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Red Ehret, along with cash to the St Louis Browns for pitcher Pink Hawley. Ehret was 26 at the time of the trade and had played for the Pirates for three seasons compiling a 53-59, 3.79 record. In 1894, he went 19-21,...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 16

    On this date in 1948 the Pittsburgh Pirates purchased third baseman Eddie Bockman from the Cleveland Indians. He had started his career in the minors in 1939 but before he could make his major league debut he spent three years serving in the military during WWII. When he returned he played briefly...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 15

    On this date in 1969 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded outfielder Manny Jimenez to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league infielder Ron Campbell and pitcher Chuck Hartenstein. Jimenez was a 30-year-old outfielder who had received limited playing time with the Pirates over the 1967-68 seasons. He started just five games in...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 14

    Seven former Pittsburgh Pirates players have been born on this date as well as a manager who never played for the team but he did go on to have his jersey retired by the Pirates. With so many people to cover I’ll keep the descriptions brief and start with the most recent...

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