This Date in Pirates History: December 8

There have been so many trades on this date in Pittsburgh Pirates history that I decided, instead of concentrating on one specific one and skipping some due to time, I would cut down the summaries and include them all, while posting links to old articles for more information wherever applicable. The biggest trade on this date, and also the biggest in team history occurred on this date in 1899 and received an article of its very own....

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Baseball In 1906: The Hall of Famers

In 1906 the Pittsburgh Pirates had three future Hall of Fame players on their roster, Honus Wagner, Fred Clarke and the newcomer, pitcher Vic Willis. In today’s article I decided to look at how they stacked up against the other 15 teams in major league baseball in this regard. I chose to use the beginning of the 1906 season and I will include any manager who is also enshrined in the Hall. In the case of the Pirates, Fred Clarke...

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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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