This Date in Pirates History: January 18

On this date in 1947 the Pittsburgh Pirates purchased all-star first baseman Hank Greenberg from the Detroit Tigers for $75,000.  He had led the AL in both homers and RBI’s in 1946 at the age of 35 but the Tigers put him on waivers anyway where he was picked up by the Pirates. Not only did the pay a high price for him but he was paid $100,000 for the season, the first player to reach that six figure salary level. He would hit...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/17 — Navarro and Hernandez Power Los Tigres, Four RBI For Scott

  Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Tuesday’s winter league action:   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Indios de Mayaguez  2,  Criollos de Caguas  o Los Indios took a 2-1 game lead in this best-of-9 series with a shut-out win.  Los Criollos were held to 4 hits.  Two of them were surrendered by Justin Thomas, who made what was for him an unusual start for Los Indios.  Thomas pitched into the 3rd inning.  He...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/15 — A Loss For Figueroa

Checking on a few Pirates’ players and friends in Sunday’s winter league playoff action:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  5,  Caribes de Anzoategui  3 A 4-run top of the 9th gave Los Tigres the win.  Los Caribes got the scoring started with a solo home run in each of the first two innings.  CF Gorkys Hernandez walked to begin the bottom of the 3rd.  He scored on a single and a sacrifice fly.  Los Tigres scored...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/12 — Hernandez On A Roll; Welch Too

Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action on Thursday:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Gigantes del Cibao  6,  Aguilas Cibaenas  4 A 4-run 5th inning made the difference for Los Gigantes.  Both teams scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning — Los Gigantes with a walk, three singles, and a ground out double play; and Los Aguilas on a solo homer and a walk and two singles.  The scoring in the 5th began with a pair of doubles, and...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/10 — Another Homer For Moss

Looking at a few Pirates’ players and friends in Tuesday’s winter league action:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  2,  Aguilas del Zulia  1 Los Tigres scored first, with one run in the 4th, on a sacrifice fly by LF Jorge Cortes.  Los Aguilas tied the score in the 5th inning, on a double, a single, and a throwing error by 1B Hector Gimenez.  Another error started Los Tigres’ rally in the 7th inning.  A bunt...

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