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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This Date in Pirates History: October 31

On this date in 1973 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded catcher Milt May to the Houston Astros in exchange for pitcher Jerry Reuss. May had been drafted by the Pirates in the 11th round of the amateur draft in 1968 and he made his major league debut on September 8, 1970. He was used as a pinch hitter five times that September, his only five appearances. In 1971 he made the opening day roster and was the backup to Manny Sanguillen all...

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1903 World Series: Game Two

Following the Pirates 7-3 victory in game one of the 1903 World Series, they looked to 25 game winner, Sam Leever, to put them up by two games in the series on the road. The Boston Americans countered with Bill Dinneen, who went 21-13 2.26 in the regular season. His win total was good enough for 3rd place in the AL and his ERA ranked him 7th. The only change in either lineup besides the pitchers, was backup catcher Harry Smith of the...

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