A Recent History of the 82nd Win – 1988

After being as close to a perpetual contender as any team in the National League East, the Pirates went through what was to my teenage eyes the worst three years imaginable. 1984, 1985 and 1986 saw the Pirates finish dead last each season. Back then, I thought that three year stretch of futility and hopelessness was the worst the team would ever experience. As Bob Seger once penned, ‘Wish I didn’t know now what I...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 27

Born on this date in 1922 was one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history, Pirates outfielder Ralph Kiner. They signed Kiner as an amateur free agent in 1941, but partly due to the war, he did not make his major league debut until the 1946 season. He would lead the NL in home runs that season with a surprisingly low total of just 23, which would’ve ranked him 6th in the AL. The following season he left no doubt that his...

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