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 seasons while helping them win the 1979 WS. For the Indians he went 11-7 2.88 in 20 starts during the strike shortened 1981...

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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 trade on this date, and also the biggest in team history occurred on this date in 1899 and received an article of its very own....

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Game 101 Recap: Braves Win on Blown Call at Home

They will be talking about this one for a long, long time. The game itself was long. The game featured many, many blown chances. Ultimately, the game ended on a blown call. Home plate umpire Jerry Meals called Julio Lugo safe on a tag play at home in the 19th inning. He was out. He was clearly out. He was called safe and the game ended. The blown call caused mayhem for both parties. Atlanta celebrated in right field like a man who was...

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Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee Redux

I have been absent for almost a month. Gone and perhaps forgotten? Hopefully not. 2009 got off to a weird start as my family and I came home on the night of January 1, 2009 and found our house under some water. So, some new flooring and a burnt out furnace motor later, we finally have the house back together in time for March Madness and Spring Training. My apologies for the extra long delay. In addition to the damage to my house, the...

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