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 the 1890 Alleghenys, owners of the worst record in Pittsburgh franchise history.
When looking up Pirates futility records a good place to start is the 1890 team. They went 23-113 which will likely remain the second worst record of all-time. As I pointed out in my last article, many of the 1889 players left to go to the Player's League so that would seem like a good reason they were bad. Then again all the NL teams lost many of their players so how did the Alleghenys get so bad?
When the Pittsburgh owners started...
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