This Date in Pirates History: November 13

On this date in 1947, Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher, Gene Garber was born. He was drafted by the Pirates in the 20th round of the 1965 amateur draft and he played for Pittsburgh from 1969-70,1972. Garber played a total of just 20 games in the majors with the Pirates before being traded to the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Jim Rooker following the 1972 season. He made 137 starts in the minors for the Pirates but during his major...

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A Look Back: First 10 Years in the NL

As mentioned here several times, the Pirates began play in the National League in 1887 after spending their first five seasons in the American Association. They compiled a record of 236-296 from 1882-1886 with their best season coming in 1886 when they went 80-57, good enough for 2nd in the AA that year. In this article I will recap the first ten years in the National League, as they went from the Alleghenys to the Innocents...

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Alleghenys Strike Gold

The following is from Pirates Prospects contributor John Dreker, as part of his ongoing Pirates History feature. The feature focuses on the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and every Sunday, John will take a look at a different piece of that history. This week John looks at one of the best purchases the Pirates have ever made. As I mentioned in my last article, I’d cover the purchase of Jake Beckley and Harry Staley in this...

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