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 one of the best purchases the Pirates have ever made.

Jake Beckley

As I mentioned in my last article, I'd cover the purchase of Jake Beckley and Harry Staley in this article. I chose to single out this move because it turned out to be one of the better ones in Pirates history, yet little is ever made of it. I think Beckley, because of how long ago he played, is an under appreciated all-time great with the Pirates. One of the reasons he loses a little luster in my opinion is he was part of the mass exodus of play...

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