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 played just one game his rookie season, pinch running for Willie Stargell during a 15 inning game against the Mets on September 25,1971. He played just four September games...

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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 almost 28 and had pitched just two games for the Pirates, one in 1983 and one in 1984 and he struggled in both games. Buhner was just a minor leaguer...

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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 the time of the trade with a career mark of 192-133, 3.07 in 13 seasons. In 1967 he went 17-15, 2.29 and led the league in...

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1904-05 Pirates Offseason

The 1904 Pittsburgh Pirates broke a string of three straight NL pennant winning seasons despite the fact they returned their entire starting lineup from the previous season. The main problem was they came into the 1904 season short on pitching and when they lost Deacon Phillippe for an extended time, they were left short-handed, eventually piecing together a pitching staff with unproven players in Patsy Flaherty, Mike Lynch and George...

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