The 1908 Pittsburgh Pirates: Season Recap

Last week we covered the tight playoff race that lasted nearly the entire 1908 season between the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and New York Giants. This week we will take a look at who those players were that battled all season, won 98 games, yet still fell short of winning the National League title. We start off with the returning players from the previous season and no better place to start than at the top with the greatest...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 1907 Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a fairly quiet 1906 off-season, making one major trade by giving up longtime second baseman Claude Ritchey, Ginger Beaumont who was their centerfielder and leadoff hitter since 1899 and pitcher Patsy Flaherty who spent the 1906 season in the minors. In return all they received was second baseman Ed Abbaticchio who seemed to be at best a slight upgrade over Ritchey. They still had to replace Beaumont, who had...

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The 1906 Pirates Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates went into the 1906 season with the makings of a strong pitching staff and a solid top of the lineup but they had two big obstacles in their way of a trying to win a fourth National League title, the Chicago Cubs and the New York Giants. The Giants had won two straight NL titles going into 1906 and they were coming off a 105-48 season. The Cubs had won 93 games in 1904 and 92 games in 1905 plus the had a deep...

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The Pirates First No-Hitter

According to the record books, the first official no-hitter thrown in Pittsburgh Pirates history was by Nick Maddox on September 20, 1907 over the Brooklyn Superbas. Prior to that event the Pirates had been no-hit twice since joing the NL in 1887, both times by Reds pitchers. In 1898 by Ted Breitenstein no hit the Pirates, he was a 160 game winner in the majors before age 32 and a 165 game winner in the minors after that. Pittsburgh...

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Deacon Phillippe: By the Numbers

A short while back I did a bio on Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Sam Leever and then followed that up with a breakdown of his stats, which to me showed his strong case for the Hall of Fame. After last week when I wrote about all of the future Hall of Famers in baseball in 1906, I felt it was a good time to do the same thing for Deacon Phillippe as I did for Leever. If you use baseball-reference, which I recommend for everyone, you know...

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