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 1891 Pirates.
The 1891 Pirates answered the age old question, how many future Hall of Famers in your lineup does it take to go 55-80 in a season? This question obviously ignores the fact no one knew what the Hall of Fame was before the 1930's but just go along with it anyway.
Three of their position players and their top starting pitcher would eventually make the HOF. All they could muster that season was 55 wins, bad enough for last place in the eight team NL. They were 30 1/2 games behind the first place ...
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