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 Hall of Famer Ned Hanlon and his career in Pittsburgh.

Ned Hanlon

Before the start of the 1889 season the Detroit Wolverines, who had won the 1887 National League title, had already fallen out of favor in town and their owners had become so disenchanted with baseball in a small market (Detroit had a pop. of approximately 200,000 then) that they decided to sell off their team and walk away with the profits before things got worse. This led to the Alleghenys doing what today would seem unthinkable in Pittsburgh, a...

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