When looking for the best hitting team in Pirates history one place to start that search would be with the first powerhouse team they fielded in the National League. The Pittsburgh Pirates scored more runs in 1893 than any other year in franchise history and they played just 131 games that season. The team wasn't built on home runs as you would expect from a team that scored 7.4 runs per game for a total of 970 runs. They hit just 37 of them all year. More than any other team in franchise history they had two things working for them to accomplish that feat, an All-Star caliber lineup, and a new rule moving the pitchers distance from the batter back to the current distance of 60 feet 6 inches. Prior to 1893 the pitcher threw from inside a box, the front of which was 50 feet ...
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