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Wednesday, December 07 2022 @ 12:17 pm UTC
Fractured Fairy Tales  View Printable Version 
By Wilbur Miller

As we all know, the real villains in the Piratesí seventeen-year losing streak are the Nutting family. Oh, we probably canít hold them accountable for the first three years, before they had any stake in the team, but they probably should be blamed for it anyway. We just donít know exactly how they did it yet, thanks to all the Pittsburgh journalists being in cahoots with the Nuttings and not asking them any questions. But we can definitely blame them for the last fourteen years, since we know that the Nuttings have been hiding behind the curtains and calling all the shots throughout that time.

Hereís a timeline that shows how the Nuttings have exercised their iron control over the Pirates:
This Day in Pirate History - 2/25  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1999 the Pirates traded Tony Womack to the Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder Paul Weichard and a player to be named later (that player turned out to be Jason Boyd who was covered briefly in the Feb. 23rd article). Tony Womack was a 7th round draft pick by the Bucs in the 1991 amateur draft. He made his ML debut on September 10, 1993 at the age of 23. From 1993-1996 Tony played parts of 3 seasons for the Bucs, but appeared in just 37 games total.
This Day in Pirate History - 2/24  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

Born on this date in Pirates history in 1874 was the greatest player in team history, the greatest shortstop ever and and one of the greatest players in ML history. John "Honus" Wagner began his career with the Louisville Colonels in 1897 as a center fielder and hit .338 his rookie year. After just missing .300 in 1898 (.299) Honus would not hit under .300 for the next 15 seasons. He drove in 105 runs that year, but would top that the next season driving in 113 runs while hitting .336 with 43 doubles (2nd most in the NL).
This Day in Pirate History - 2/23  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history in 2000 the Bucs traded outfielder Al Martin to the Padres for John VanderWal and 2 minor league pitchers, neither of whom still play for the Bucs. Martin had been with the Bucs since 1992, playing his first full season the next year. He had 7 seasons with double digits in homers and steals missing 8 straight by just one homer in the strike shortened 1994 season. He had his best season in 1996 when he hit .300 with 101 runs scored,38 steals, 18 HR's,and 72 RBI's, all career highs. In VanderWal's first season with the Bucs he hit .299 with 94 RBI's in just 384 at-bats. In 2001 he hit .278 in 97 games before being traded to the Giants along with Jason Schmidt for Ryan Vogelsong and Armando Rios.
When Walk Talks, I Listen  View Printable Version 
By Richard A. Mathews

Contrary to common belief, I really do listen to the men and women who cover MLB for a living.

Contrary to common belief, I don't pretend to be the personal friend let alone peer of these individuals who have spent their lives either playing, coaching, scouting or covering the game.

Maybe just maybe Mr. Bob Walk might recognize me if we met on a busy street. While I have heard Mr. Walk speak at fund raisers and Pirate public events, Bob Walk doesn't know me any more than he knows any other Pirate fan.

But if you want to hear Mr. Walk's thoughts on this 2010 Pirate season shared with a common fan during our time spent together on a snowy Saturday while our wives shopped, please consider reading on.
This Day in Pirate History - 2/22  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history in 1922 Frankie Zak was born. He spent his entire career with the Bucs during the war years from 1944-46. During his rookie year he was the opening day shortstop and he was named to the all-star team. The game was played at Forbes Field that year on July 11th and the Pirates had 4 players on the team, Vince Dimaggio, Rip Sewell and Bob Elliot along with Zak. Frankie was named to the team as a replacement for injured Reds shortstop Eddie Miller.
This Day in Pirate History - 2/21  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

Only 2 former Pirates players born on this date, and each played just one year so I'll give a brief history of the team one of them played on. First, born in 1936 was Ted Savage, who was an outfielder for the 1963 Pirates. He made he ML debut the previous season with the Phillies and hit .266 with 39 RBI's and 16 stolen bases in 127 games. The next season Savage joined the Bucs and struggled as the Pirates 4th outfielder. In 85 games, he hit .195 with 14 RBI's while spending most of his playing time in left field, but also appeared in right and center. Ted played 7 more seasons for 6 teams and finished with a .233 average over 642 games.
This Day in Pirate History - 2/20  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

Usually I start with any trades or signings or important news, but not today. I'm starting with players because the only signing is one most fans would like to forget and the players include one who is one of the best pitchers in team history. On this date in Pirates history in 1928 Elroy Leon Face was born. A member of the Bucs for 15 seasons, he is the all-time franchise leader in games pitched with 802 and in saves with 188. Signed by the Pirates in 1952 by Branch Rickey, Elroy joined the team in 1953 and went just 6-8 6.58 in 41 games, with 13 coming as a starter (just 1 less than he would start the rest of his career).
This Day in Pirate History - 2/19  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

Short column today, but I promise I'll make it up to everyone tomorrow. Only 3 players born on this date starting with Joe Marshall who played for the 1903 Pirates team that went to the W.S. Born in 1876, the little righty made his ML debut on September 7th of that season and would go on to play 10 games that year. At bat he hit .261 (6-23) with 2 RBI's, he also scored 2 runs and had a double and 2 triples.
This Day in Pirate History - 2/18  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

Lots of interesting players born on this date in Pirates history, so I hope you have a few extra minutes to read today. First off, Bruce Kison, who pitched for 2 World Championship winning Pirates teams, was born on this date in 1950. A tall lanky right hander, he was the Pirates 6th round draft pick in the 1968 draft. He had a 30-9 record in 4 minor league seasons before making his ML debut on July 4th, 1971 and he would go 6-5 3.40 in 18 games on the season. In the NLCS he came in during game 4 after Steve Blass struggled vs the Giants, and Kison would pitch 4 2/3 innings of shutout baseball and get credit for the win. In the W.S. he pitched 2 games, throwing 6 1/3 scoreless innings and picking up a win in game 4, replacing Luke Walker in the 1st after he struggled.