The following is part of a new feature to the site from Pirates Prospects contributor John Dreker. The feature focuses on the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and every Sunday, John will take a look at a different piece of that history. Last week, John looked at the first game ever played in Pittsburgh. This week follows up on that first game by looking at the first professional team in Pittsburgh, and their years in the American Association.
In 1882 the American Association was formed when two independent team owners attempted to meet up with National League owners in Pittsburgh with hopes of joining the league, which was looking to expand. When the two owners showed up to the supposed meeting they found themselves to be the only ones there and from that snub the current Pirates f...
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