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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Pirates 1905 Season: Trying to Catch the Giants

The Pirates went into the 1905 season with changes at first base, catcher and in right field after finishing the 1904 season in fourth place. The 1905 season opened up in Cincinnati for four games with Patsy Flaherty on the mound. He went 19-9 in 1904 after leading the AL with 25 losses in 1903, and just four years after the Pirates released him following a brief four game trial. The Pirates had a strong enough pitching staff to start...

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1904-05 Pirates Offseason

The 1904 Pittsburgh Pirates broke a string of three straight NL pennant winning seasons despite the fact they returned their entire starting lineup from the previous season. The main problem was they came into the 1904 season short on pitching and when they lost Deacon Phillippe for an extended time, they were left short-handed, eventually piecing together a pitching staff with unproven players in Patsy Flaherty, Mike Lynch and George...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 4

Born on this date in 1930 was long-time Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Dick Groat, who won the 1960 NL MVP. The Pirates signed him as an amateur free agent in June of 1952 out of Duke University and brought him right to the majors. He also played in the NBA that year as a first round draft pick. He hit .284 in 95 games that rookie season, finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. He missed all of the 1953-54 seasons to...

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1903 World Series: Game Eight

Game eight of the 1903 World Series saw the return of the teams to Boston with the Americans up 4 games to 3 in the best of nine series. A win today for the Pirates and the series continues, a loss and they return to Pittsburgh for the long off-season. The game was originally scheduled for Monday October 12th but rain forced the third postponement of the series so the two teams played the following day. The Pirates went with Deacon...

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