• This Date in Pirates History: December 14

    On this date in 1998 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Jon Lieber to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for outfielder Brant Brown. Lieber started his career with the Pirates in 1994 and went 38-47, 4.36 in 151 games, 104 as a starter. He was 8-14, 4.11 for the Pirates in 1998. Brown...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 13

    On this date in 2001 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded starting pitcher Todd Ritchie and minor leaguer Lee Evans to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitchers Josh Fogg, Kip Wells and Sean Lowe. For Fogg the date has double meaning as it is also his birthday. Ritchie, who was 30 at...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 12

    Today is a busy date for important trades in Pittsburgh Pirates history. Three big trades involving 18 players and two Hall of Famers, Freddie Lindstrom and Arky Vaughan. Starting with the best player first, in 1941 the Pirates traded away superstar shortstop Arky Vaughan to the Brooklyn Dodgers in exchange for catcher...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 11

    On this date in 1975 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitchers Ken Brett, Dock Ellis and rookie second baseman Willie Randolph to the New York Yankees for pitcher Doc Medich. Ellis went 96-80 in eight seasons in Pittsburgh, he was 30 at the time of the trade and went just 8-9 with a...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 10

    On this date in 1976 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded outfielder Richie Zisk and pitcher Silvio Martinez to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitchers Goose Gossage and Terry Forster. Martinez was a minor leaguer at the time while the other three were just one year away from free agency and by...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 9

    On this date in 1980 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Bert Blyleven and catcher Manny Sanguillen to the Cleveland Indians for catcher Gary Alexander and pitchers Victor Cruz, Bob Owchinko and Rafael Vasquez. Blyleven was the key piece to the deal, he was unhappy in Pittsburgh, where he went 34-28 over three...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 8

    There have been so many trades on this date in Pittsburgh Pirates history that I decided, instead of concentrating on one specific one and skipping some due to time, I would cut down the summaries and include them all, while posting links to old articles for more information wherever applicable. The biggest...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 7

    On this date in 1946 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded catcher Al Lopez to the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Gene Woodling. Lopez had a Hall of Fame career as a manager but he was also a fine player for 19 seasons, including seven in Pittsburgh. Lopez caught 1,918 career games, the highest total...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 6

    Born on this date in 1950 was Tim Foli, who played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1979 to 1981, then returned in 1985 to finish his career. Foli was drafted first overall in the 1968 amateur draft by the Mets and he made his major league debut in late 1970 with...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 5

    On this date in 1978 the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Seattle Mariners made a six player trade with three players involved from each team. Pitchers Enrique Romo and Rick Jones along with shortstop Tom McMillan went to the Pirates while Seattle got pitchers Rafael Vasquez, Odell Jones and shortstop Mario Mendoza. Odell...

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