• This Date in Pirates History: January 3

    There have been eight former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date. That’s a lot for one day, but by far the most important one is first baseman Gus Suhr, who was born on this date in 1906. Suhr is considered by some as the best first baseman in team history and...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 2

    Born on this date in 1951 was All-Star third baseman Bill Madlock, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1979 until 1985. He was originally drafted by the Washington Senators in 1970 and made his major league debut in 1973 after they moved to Texas. After just one season he was traded...

  • This Date in Pirates History: January 1

    Born on this date in 1911 was Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947. He missed nearly five seasons due to World War II but the 36-year-old Greenberg still led the American League in homers with 44 and RBIs with 127 his first full...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 31

    Before I get into the birthdays for today(there are no trades to mention) I have to mention the tragic passing of a legendary Pittsburgh Pirates player on this date in 1972 when the great Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash en route to Nicaragua to deliver relief aid after the country...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 30

    On this date in 1943 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded catcher Babe Phelps to the Philadelphia Phillies for first baseman Babe Dahlgren. Phelps hit .284 in 95 games for the Pirates in 1942 but he did not play during the 1943 season. The Pirates also included cash in the deal. Dahlgren played for...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 29

    Born on this date in 1977 was Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson, who played for the team from 2001 until 2009. Wilson was originally draft by the Cardinals in 1998. The Pirates acquired him on July 29, 2000 in exchange for pitcher Jason Christiansen. Jack started the 2001 season in the majors...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 28

    On this date in 1957 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded first baseman Dee Fondy to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for first baseman Ted Kluszewski. Fondy was veteran the Pirates had acquired from the Cubs during the 1957 season. At age 32 he hit .313 in 95 games for Pittsburgh to finish out...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 27

    Born on this date in 1952 was infielder Craig Reynolds, who played for the 1975-76 Pittsburgh Pirates. He was a first round draft pick of the Pirates in 1971, the 22nd overall pick. He hit .318 that first season the Gulf Coast League but struggled the following year in A-ball playing just...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 26

    On this date in 1953 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded young infielder Danny O’Connell to the Milwaukee Braves in exchange for six players and $100,000 cash. Danny had a strong season for the Pirates in 1953 hitting .294 with 57 walks and 88 runs scored. He was 26 at the time of the...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 25

    Born on this date in 1856 was James “Pud” Galvin, the winningest pitcher to ever suit up for the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise. He joined the team having already won 222 games by the age of 28 and by the time he retired following the 1893 season he would be the major league...

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