This Date in Pirates History: February 2

Six former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date starting with a member of the first team in franchise history to win the World Series. Bill Abstein (1883) played three seasons in the minors before he made his major league debut with the 1906 Pirates in late September. Pittsburgh purchased his contract that season after he hit .311 in 127 games for the Shreveport Pirates of the Southern Association. He batted .200 in eight...

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A Recent History of the 82nd Win – 1983

Continuing down memory lane with a look at the 82nd win in 1983. The 1982 Pirates were never in serious contention for the post-season. Althought they did play meaningful games in September, something that we have only been able to wish for recently. That 1982 team had a strong offense – ranking second in the National League in runs scored, first in homers and first in OPS. There was reason for optimism. Of the Opening Day...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 23

Born on this date in 1931 was former Pirates pitcher, and Hall of Famer, Jim Bunning. He joined the Pirates in December of 1967 as part of a four for one trade with the Philadelphia Phillies, with Woodie Fryman, Don Money, Bill Laxton and Harold Clem leaving Pittsburgh. At the time, Bunning was 36 and coming off a season in which he led the NL in innings pitched, games pitched, shutouts and strikeouts. He had just a 17-15 record but...

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