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: 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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