The 1908 Pittsburgh Pirates: Season Recap

Last week we covered the tight playoff race that lasted nearly the entire 1908 season between the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and New York Giants. This week we will take a look at who those players were that battled all season, won 98 games, yet still fell short of winning the National League title. We start off with the returning players from the previous season and no better place to start than at the top with the greatest...

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The 1908 Pittsburgh Pirates: Second Place With 98 Wins

In the 130 season history of Pittsburgh Pirates franchise, they have finished in first place a total of 16 times and as many of you know it hasn’t happened in the last 19 years and it also didn’t happen once during their first 19 years either. The team has won their division or just the NL in general, with as many as 110 wins like they did in 1909 or as few as 88 wins like they did in 1974. Never have they done as well as...

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Babe Adams and Nick Maddox

At the end of the 1907 season the Pittsburgh Pirates brought in two new pitchers to help finish out the season. One of them was 25 years old who had pitched, albeit very poorly, in the majors already. The other was just 20 years old and had only 25 games of minor league experience to his credit. Both would go on to play big parts in the Pirates 1909 run to their first World Series title but after that their careers took very different...

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The Pirates First No-Hitter

According to the record books, the first official no-hitter thrown in Pittsburgh Pirates history was by Nick Maddox on September 20, 1907 over the Brooklyn Superbas. Prior to that event the Pirates had been no-hit twice since joing the NL in 1887, both times by Reds pitchers. In 1898 by Ted Breitenstein no hit the Pirates, he was a 160 game winner in the majors before age 32 and a 165 game winner in the minors after that. Pittsburgh...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 9

Born on this date in 1886 was the first Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher to throw a no-hitter, Nick Maddox, who was with the team from 1907-1910. He had gone 13-10 in the minors in 1907 pitching better than the record indicates when the Pirates signed him and brought him to the majors. He pitched a shutout in his major league debut on September 13, won his second start just three days later and exactly a week after his major league debut he...

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