• This Date in Pirates History: January 13

    On this date in 1954 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded starting pitcher Murry Dickson to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for relief pitcher Andy Hansen and seldom used infielder Jack Lohrke along with $70,000 also going to the Pirates in the deal. For the Pirates in was a cost cutting move, they were...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 12

    On this date in 1988, Willie Stargell was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. Willie was named on 352 of the 427 ballots, a total of least 321(75%) were necessary for election. Stargell was the only player voted in that year but four...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 11

    Plenty of former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date but we will focus on one particular player. Born on this date in 1890 was Hall of Famer Max Carey, who played for the Pirates from 1910 until 1926. Carey spent his first two years in pro ball playing not too far...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 10

    A light day for Pittsburgh Pirates history, no notable transactions and just two former players born on this date. George Strickland, born in 1926, was an infielder for the Pirates from 1950 until 1952. He was signed as a 17-year-old in 1943 by the Brooklyn Dodgers and played just three minor league...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 9

    On this date in 1918 the Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn Robins(Dodgers, named Robins at the time for their manager Wilbert Robinson) hooked up for a five player deal that saw two future Hall of Famers change teams. The Pirates sent future HOF pitcher Burleigh Grimes along with fellow pitcher Al Mamaux and...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 8

    Born on this date in 1934 was Gene Freese, infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 to 1958 then again in 1964-65. Gene was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates just prior to the 1953 season. He hit .300 that first season in the lower levels then moved up...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 7

    Born on this date in 1935 was Dick “Ducky”  Schofield, infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1958 until 1965. He began his major league career at age 18 with the Cardinals, spending his first 5 1/2 seasons there playing sparingly, appearing in just 208 major league games during that stretch. The Pirates...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 6

    Just like yesterday there are no major transactions on this particular date or big time player with birthdays so the lesser known players take the spotlight starting with a couple recent pitchers. Jimmy Barthmaier (1984) Pitcher for the 2008 Pirates. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2003 and pitched for...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 5

    No big transactions or big name players born on this date on this date in Pittsburgh Pirates history but plenty of players to get to and even a manager thrown in there. Mark Redman (1974) The Pirates acquired Redman, along with Arthur Rhodes in November 2004 from the Oakland A’s in exchange...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 4

    On this date in 1993, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent outfielder Lonnie Smith to a one year contract. Smith was 37 at the time of the deal, a veteran of 15 major league seasons who had hit .247 with 6 homers and 33 RBIs in 84 games for the Braves in...

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