This Date in Pirates History: January 23

On this date in 1921 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded infielder Walter Barbare, outfielders Billy Southworth and Fred Nicholson, along with $15,000 to the Boston Braves in exchange for shortstop Rabbit Maranville. It was a lot to give up for one player, Southworth was an everyday outfielder who hit .284, Nicholson batted .360 in 99 games, Barbare was a solid backup infielder and all three were in their mid-20′s. Maranville was a...

Read More

This Date in Pirates History: November 11

Born on this date in 1898 was one of the greatest Pittsburgh Pirates players of all-time, Hall of Fame thirdbaseman, Harold “Pie” Traynor. He has the 9th highest average in team history, hitting .320 over his 17 seasons in the majors, all spent in Pittsburgh. He is seventh in team history in games played(1941) and at-bats(7559), sixth all-time in runs scored(1183) and doubles (371), fifth in total bases (3289) and fourth...

Read More

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...

Read More