This Date in Pirates History: January 25

Only two former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, no major transactions and I even checked the minor league rosters for a birthday today and couldn’t find one, so today will be a light day. 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 his way through the low...

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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 Beaneaters in December 1905 in exchange for Hall of Fame pitcher Vic Willis, who helped the Pirates win their first World Series...

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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 in 99 games, Barbare was a solid backup infielder and all three were in their mid-20′s. Maranville was a...

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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 league straight out of high school, going 5-1, 1.60 in 56.1 innings with 66 strikeouts. He made 14 low-A starts in 1995 and posted a 1.53 ERA, earning a...

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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 four full seasons with the Pirates, posting an ERA under 3.00 in three of them. His best season was 1934 when he went 15-6, 2.93 in 40 games, 17 as a starter. In 190.2 innings...

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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 .284 with 39 homers in 299 games before they traded him to the Pirates on November 18, 1998 in exchange for Ricardo Rincon. That trade was covered here....

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