The following is from Pirates Prospects contributor John Dreker, as part of his ongoing Pirates History feature.  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.  This week John looks at Alex McKinnon, the Pittsburgh Alleghenys first baseman who passed away during the 1887 season.

Alex McKinnon

During their first season in the NL in 1887, the Pittsburgh Alleghenys were led by a strong hitting first baseman named Alex McKinnon. He was acquired in the previous off-season for Otto Schomberg, a 21-year-old 1B who hit .272 as a rookie in 1886 for the Alleghenys, as well as a cash payment in the amount of $400. McKinnon was nine years older and had only played in the NL for three season due to the f...

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