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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This Date in Pirates History: December 11

On this date in 1975 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitchers Ken Brett, Dock Ellis and rookie second baseman Willie Randolph to the New York Yankees for pitcher Doc Medich. Ellis went 96-80 in eight seasons in Pittsburgh, he was 30 at the time of the trade and went just 8-9 with a career high 3.79 ERA in 1975. Brett went 22-14 over two seasons in Pittsburgh, he was just 27 at the time but had already played parts of nine seasons in the...

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The 1905 Pirates Season: Part Two

The 1905 Pittsburgh Pirates were a strong team and almost any other year they would be winning the National League pennant or at least be giving the first place team a run for their money but the New York Giants that year were a powerhouse team, winning 105 games and their second straight NL title. Unlike 1904 though, when they refused to play in the World Series, the 1905 team played and beat the American League champs, the...

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Pirates 1905 Season: Trying to Catch the Giants

The Pirates went into the 1905 season with changes at first base, catcher and in right field after finishing the 1904 season in fourth place. The 1905 season opened up in Cincinnati for four games with Patsy Flaherty on the mound. He went 19-9 in 1904 after leading the AL with 25 losses in 1903, and just four years after the Pirates released him following a brief four game trial. The Pirates had a strong enough pitching staff to start...

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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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