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This Day in Pirate History - 1/28  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history, 2 former Bucs gained induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1968, Kiki Cuyler was selected by the veterans committee (along with Goose Goslin). Cuyler, who was featured in the Nov. 28th article, played outfield for the Pirates from 1921-1927. Over his 18 year career he hit .321 in 1879 games with 4 different teams.

Bill McKechnie, who managed the Pirates from 1922-1926 and played for them in 1907, 1910-1912, 1918 and 1920 was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962. He was selected by the Veterans Committee, who also selected Edd Roush. McKechnie led the Bucs to their 2nd World Series title in 1925. He was elected for his managerial record, as he wasn't much of a player. He won 2 W.S. total and 4 pennants in 25 years while winning 1896 games, 11th most all-time.
This Day in Pirate History - 1/27  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

Only one former Pirates born on this date, so today's article will be a short one. Otis Clymer, who played for the Bucs from 1905 till 1907, was born on this date in 1876 in a town called Pine Grove Pa. A switch-hitting right fielder, Otis made the 1905 team to start the season and he made his ML debut on April 14th of that year which was opening day. The Pirates won that game 9-4 over the Reds in Cincinnati.
This Day in Pirate History - 1/26  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

What was different yesterday is getting to be a habit now. On this date only one former Pirates player was born and no significant transactions that I could find so today's article will be about Kaiser Wilhelm and the team he played for, the 1903 Pirates team, which went on to play in the first modern day World Series.
This Day in Pirate History - 1/25  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

Only 2 former players born on this date so I'm going to do something a little different. One of the players, Buddy Pritchard, played for the 1957 Pirates so I'm going to do a brief look at that team. First though, I'll get to the birthday boys.

Dan Serafini, who played for the 2000 Pirates team, was born on this date in 1974. A left-handed starter with the Bucs, he pitched 11 games going 2-5 4.91 in 62 1/3 innings. Dan was acquired by the Pirates on June 28, 2000 from the Padres for a player to be named later. He started his career as a 1st round draft pick of the Twins in 1992 and made his debut with the Twins in 1996, getting one midseason start. He also played for the Cubs and Padres before joining the Bucs, who are the last ML team he played for. His record stands at 14-13 6.06 in 91 games, 29 as a starter.
This Day in Pirate History - 1/24  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

Born on this date in Pirates history was a player named Johnny Dickshot, who played for the Bucs from 1936-38. Born John Oscar Dicksus in 1910, he was nicknamed "Ugly" when he was a player. He started the 1936 season with the Bucs and made his ML debut on April 16th, but lasted just 9 games that season, playing 1 game in the outfield (his only career game in center field) pinch hit the rest of the games, and he had 2 hits in 9 at-bats. The next season he was a backup outfielder, playing 58 games in left field, 6 in rightfield and 82 total. He hit .254 total and drove in 33 runs.
This Day in Pirate History - 1/23  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history in 1975, Ralph Kiner was elected to the Hall of Fame, receiving 75% of the votes. Kiner, who played for the Pirates from 1946-1953, gained election by just one vote. He was the only player elected by the Baseball Writers of America that year, but he was joined by Earl Averill, Bucky Harris and another former Buc, Billy Herman who were elected by the veterans committee. Judy Johnson, the great Negro Leagues player, was also selected for the Hall of Fame. Kiner is second on the Pirates all-time home run list with 301.
This Day in Pirate History - 1/22  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

Born on this date in Pirates history was reliever Diomedes Olivo, who made his major league debut with the 1960 Bucs at the reported age of 41. To this day his real birth year isn't known ,but it was assumed he was a little bit older at the time. Coming off an MVP season in the International League, Olivo made his ML debut on September 5th and he pitched 4 games total that year. After spending all of 1961 in the minors, Diomedes made the 1962 club and pitched fairly well that year. In 62 appearances he had a 5-1 record with 7 saves and an ERA of 2.79
This Day in Pirate History - 1/21  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates History in 1933, the Bucs sign veteran pitcher and now Hall of Famer Waite Hoyt. Waite had 195 wins in 15 seasons at the time of the signing. He had also gone 6-4 1.83 in 12 World Series games over 7 seasons, 6 times with the Yankees and once with the A's. While with the Bucs, Hoyt would be mainly used as a reliever and he went 5-7 2.92 his first year. His second season with the team was his best year as he went 15-6 2.93 in 48 games. He played 4 1/2 seasons for the Pirates going 35-30 total in 156 games. He finished with 237 career wins and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969.
This Day in Pirate History - 1/20  View Printable Version 
Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2003

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history the man with the ESPN award named after was born. Cecil Espy (ok, the award wasn't really named after him) turns 40 today. Cecil, a switch hitter, played outfield for the Pirates from 1991-1992. He was originally a member of the Pirates after coming over from the Dodgers in 1985 in a trade for Bill Madlock, but never made it to the majors with them in his first stint with the team. He rejoined the Bucs in 1991 after hitting just .127 in 52 games with the Rangers the previous season. Cecil spent most of the 91' season in the minors, but was recalled on august 1st of that year and hit .244 with 11 RBI's in the last 44 games. He was used at all 3 outfield positions, spending most of his time in center field. In the postseason he pinch hit twice, striking out both times.
This Day in Pirate History - 1/19  View Printable Version 
Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2003

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history there are only 2 former players that were born on January 19th, so I'm going to do something a little different. Each of these players played just one season and combined they played only 6 career games total. Ed Spurney, born in 1872, played 3 games for the 1891 Pirates, he went 2-7 (.286) and played all 3 games at SS. He scored 2 runs and walked twice. The other player Scott Little, born in 1963, played 3 games for the 1989 Pirates, going 1-4. He played one game in right field and even threw out a runner for a double play.

Here's the fun part now. I'm going to do a position by position comparison of the teams these 2 played for. First, the 1891 Pirates were coming off the worst season (still to this date) in team history when they went 23-113 in 1890. They would compile a record of 55-80, not great by any means but it does represent a 32.5 game improvement. The 1989 team was coming off a 85-75 record the previous season, but would finish just 74-88. The attendance for the seasons are as follows. The 1891 team drew 128,000 customers to Exposition Park, good for 7th (out of 8) in the NL. The 1989 Pirates drew almost 1.4 million to Three Rivers Stadium good for 11th out of 12 teams.