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 the closer role where he saved 24 games with a 2.17 ERA in 54 innings. During the 2004 season the lefty had a 1.25 ERA in 47...

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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 RBI’s in 1946 at the age of 35 but the Tigers put him on waivers anyway where he was picked up by the Pirates. Not only did the pay a high price for him but he was paid $100,000 for the season, the first player to reach that six figure salary level. He would hit...

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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, 5.14 in 346.2 innings. Hawley was just 22 years old and while he had a poor record at 30-58 in three years with St Louis, the team never finished higher than...

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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 for the 1946 Yankees who traded him to the Indians after the season. In 46 games with Cleveland in 1947 he hit .258 with 14 RBIs in just 66...

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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 1968 despite playing on the team the entire season. He was used as a pinch hitter 54 times that year and hit...

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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 player first. Steve Cooke (1970) pitcher for the Pirates from 1992 until 1997. He was a 35th round draft pick by the Pirates in 1989 but he didn’t sign...

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