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 just 50-104 in 1953 and they finished 7th out of eight NL teams in attendance. Dickson was their win leader in 1953 and he had also...

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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 others on the ballot eventually got in, one of them being Bill Mazeroski who finished 7th with 33.5% of the votes. Willie played 21 seasons in a Pittsburgh...

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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 from home for a team in South Bend, Indiana. He hit just .158 his first season there but really broke out the following year as a 20-year-old, hitting .294 and...

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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 games before joining the service during WWII. When he returned he was a member of the Boston Red Sox organization and he reported to the...

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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 shortstop Chuck Ward to the Robins in exchange for second baseman George Cutshaw and outfielder Casey Stengel, the future HOF...

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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 to AA in 1954 where he hit .332 with 16 homers in 145 games, which earned him an Opening Day spot for the 1955 Pirates. He played just over half of his games at third...

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