This Date in Pirates History: February 6

Plenty of star power among former Pittsburgh Pirates born on this date but we start with the current player celebrating a birthday today. Pedro Alvarez turns 27 today. He was the first round draft pick of the Pirates in 2008, second overall. Pedro split his first season between high-A and AA, hitting .288 with 27 homers and 95 RBIs. He moved to AAA for 2010 and in 66 games hit .277 with 13 homers and 53 RBIs. Alvarez made his major...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 10

On this date in 1976 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded outfielder Richie Zisk and pitcher Silvio Martinez to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitchers Goose Gossage and Terry Forster. Martinez was a minor leaguer at the time while the other three were just one year away from free agency and by 1978 none of the four players were with their new team. Zisk hit 30 homers and drove in 101 runs for the White Sox while Gossage pitched 133...

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In Praise of Jason Thompson

I have a weird quest to acquire every regular issue baseball card for every Pirates player from 1952 to 1993. I’m way more than half way there, but my collection essentially starts in the early 1970s. I recently acquired a 1981 Topps Jason Thompson card, which got me thinking.

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