• This Date in Pirates History: December 4

    On this date in 1989 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Jeff Robinson and minor leaguer Willie Smith to the New York Yankees in exchange for catcher Don Slaught. The trade was a one-sided win for the Pirates as Slaught spent six seasons in Pittsburgh, including three years in which the Pirates won...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 3

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have been busy on December 3rd throughout the years, making many minor trades, signings and waiver claims. The most productive of all transactions made on this date was the amateur free agent signing of an 18-year-old infielder out of Puerto Rico named Jose Lind on this date in 1982....

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 2

    On this date in 1970, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Kansas City Royals completed a six player trade with Bruce Dal Canton, Jerry May and Freddie Patek going to the Royals and Jim Campanis, Jackie Hernandez and Bob Johnson coming back to Pittsburgh. Campanis was a backup catcher who had trouble hitting...

  • This Date in Pirates History: December 1

    On this date in 1966 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded 3B/LF Bob Bailey and shortstop Gene Micheal to the Los Angeles Dodgers for all-star shortstop Maury Wills. Bailey started his career with the Pirates in 1962 and hit .257 with four straight seasons of double figure home run totals. Michael was 28 at...

  • This Date in Pirates History: November 30

    On this date in 1950 the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Pete Reiser, a three-time all-star outfielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1941-42,1946. In each of those seasons he finished in the top 10 in NL MVP voting as well. He was 31 at the time of the signing and had spent the past...

  • This Date in Pirates History: November 29

    Born on this date in 1950 was Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Mike Easler, who played for the team from 1977,1979-83. He was drafted by the Astros in 1969, made his major league debut in 1973 but played just 26 games over three seasons with them before being traded to the Cardinals. He never...

  • This Date in Pirates History: November 28

    On this date in 1927 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded star outfielder Kiki Cuyler to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Sparky Adams and outfielder Pete Scott. Cuyler at the time of the trade had been benched by manager Donie Bush, who refused to use him in the World Series despite being swept in...

  • This Date in Pirates History: November 20

    On this date in 1962 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded first baseman Dick Stuart and pitcher Jack Lamabe to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Don Schwall and catcher Jim Pagliaroni. Stuart was covered in the November 7th article here. He played five seasons in Pittsburgh with a .273 average and...

  • This Date in Pirates History: November 19

    On this date in 1962 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded star shortstop Dick Groat and pitcher Diomedes Olivo to the St Louis Cardinals for pitcher Don Cardwell and infielder Julio Gotay. In our November 4th article we covered the career of Dick Groat, who played nine seasons in Pittsburgh with a .290 batting...

  • This Date in Pirates History: November 18

    On this date in 1998 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Ricardo Rincon to the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Brian Giles. The trade was a one-sided win for the Pirates as Giles was an all-star outfielder and Rincon was a lefty reliever, who pitched 207 games for the Indians but only amassed 154.1...

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