• This Date in Pirates History: December 24

    Born on this date in 1949 was shortstop Frank Taveras, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1971 to 1979. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates in 1968 and he spent four full seasons in the minors before he got a chance in the big leagues. He...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 23

    Born on this date in 1871 was one of the best pitchers in Pittsburgh Pirates history, Sam Leever, who played for the team from 1898 to 1910. On the Pirates all-time list for pitchers he ranks fourth in ERA with a 2.47 mark, tied for second in wins with 194, sixth in...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 22

    Born on this date in 1938 was all-star outfielder Matty Alou, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1966 to 1970. The Pirates acquired Alou from the San Francisco Giants on December 1, 1965 for Ozzie Virgil and Joe Gibbon in a trade that was covered here. Matty had been in the...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 21

    Born on this date in 1960 was Andy Van Slyke, the All-Star, Gold Glove defender who manned center field for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1987 to 1994. Van Slyke was a first round draft pick of the Cardinals in 1979 and he made his major league debut in mid-June 1983 after he...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 20

    On this date in 1984 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Dale Berra, Al Pulido and Jay Buhner to the New York Yankees for Steve Kemp and Tim Foli. Berra and Foli were teammates on the Pirates for three seasons, with Berra backing up Foli when he wasn’t his double play partner. Pulido was...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 19

    Born on this date in 1964 was relief pitcher Mike Fetters, who pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001-02. Fetters was in his 13th season in the majors when the Pirates acquired him from the Dodgers along with Adrian Burnside in exchange for Terry Mulholland on July 31, 2001. Mike finished the...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 18

    Born on this date in 1969 was third baseman Joe Randa, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1997 and then again in 2006. Randa started his career with the Royals, getting 144 major league games in before the Pirates traded Jeff King and Jay Bell to Kansas City to acquire Joe...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 17

    Born on this date in 1959 was Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Marvell Wynne, who was with the team from 1983 to 1985. He signed with the Kansas City Royals as an amateur free agent in 1978 then moved to the Mets in a 1981 trade. He was acquired by the Pirates from the...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 16

    On this date in 1960 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded three players to the Washington Senators for veteran pitcher Bobby Shantz. Just two days prior to the trade the Senators chose Shantz in the expansion draft off the Yankees roster. The Pirates sent pitcher Bennie Daniels, first baseman RC Stevens and utility fielder...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 15

    On this date in 1967 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded four players to the Philadelphia Phillies for Hall of Fame pitcher, Jim Bunning. Going to Philly in the deal were pitcher Woody Fryman, minor league third baseman Don Money and two minor league pitchers, Bill Laxton and Harold Clem. Bunning  was thirty-six at...

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