Tag: John Candelaria

This Date in Pirates History: August 9

Three former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, plus we have a transaction of note, that involved a future Hall of Fame manager. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland covers a Pirates no-hitter from 36 years ago. The Trade On this date in 1919, the Pirates traded outfielder Casey Stengel to the Philadelphia […]
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This Date in Pirates History: August 2

We have two former Pittsburgh Pirates born on this date, both young pitchers for playoff teams, the first and last(prior to the current run) playoff teams in franchise history. We also have a major trade to talk about, as well as a Jolly Roger Rewind from John Fredland, dealing with the tight pennant race from […]
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Pittsburgh Pirates Twenty Game Winners

In the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise, 62 times they have had a pitcher win 20 games in a season. The list includes many multiple names, including Ray Kremer who was featured today. He won exactly 20 games in both 1926 and 1930. Since 1930, there have been just eight 20 win seasons for […]
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Welcome Back to Pittsburgh

While writing about the nine player trade between the Oakland A’s and Pittsburgh Pirates from yesterday, I noticed two of the players sent to Oakland, returned to Pittsburgh to finish their career. Mitchell Page and Doug Bair were part of the trade that brought back Phil Garner and both finished their career back in Pittsburgh. […]
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A Recent History of the 82nd Win – 1988

After being as close to a perpetual contender as any team in the National League East, the Pirates went through what was to my teenage eyes the worst three years imaginable. 1984, 1985 and 1986 saw the Pirates finish dead last each season. Back then, I thought that three year stretch of futility and hopelessness […]
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A Recent History of the 82nd Win – 1983

Continuing down memory lane with a look at the 82nd win in 1983. The 1982 Pirates were never in serious contention for the post-season. Althought they did play meaningful games in September, something that we have only been able to wish for recently. That 1982 team had a strong offense – ranking second in the […]
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A Recent History of the 82nd Win – 1982

Continuing with the history of the joy of being above .500, let’s have a look at 1982. After winning it all in 1979 and fading down the stretch in 1980, the 1981 season was nothing short of disastrous both for baseball and the Pirates. The 1981 strike commenced with the Pirates in fourth place and […]
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A Recent History of the 82nd Win -1980

Though there were excellent signs of improvement in 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates are not close to contention. Next year, though, we might reasonably expect them to return to mediocrity. That’s right: I’m expecting 82 wins next year. The Pirates inability to even achieve mediocrity has been well documented. The current streak of futility is record […]
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This Date in Pirates History: November 6

Born on this date in 1953 was a longtime pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, John Candelaria. He was a big 6’7″ lefty taken in the 2nd round of the 1972 amateur draft by the Pirates. He shot through the minors quickly for his age, going 28-11 before getting called on June 8,1975 at just 21 […]
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