In 1899 the Louisville Colonels of the National League were in danger of folding. The National League was looking to scale down to 8 teams. At the same time, their team owner Barney Dreyfuss had purchased a half interest in the Pittsburgh Pirates team, realizing that his Louisville team was likely to be one of the teams trimmed from the NL. In doing so he was able to turn the Pirates into a powerhouse for most of the next decade.
Before the Colonels were bought out by the NL, Dreyfuss reached an agreement to accept less money for the buyout in exchange for moving his best players to Pittsburgh in a one-sided trade. Club President Harry Pulliam, who would follow Dreyfuss to Pittsburgh, made the following trade that changed Pirates history forever:
Louisville got Jack C...
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