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This Day in Pirate History - 12/2  View Printable Version 
Posted: Monday, December 2, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history in 1967, the Bucs traded Bob Oliver to the Twins for pitcher Ron Kline. Ron was coming off a season where he went 7-1 with 5 saves in 54 relief appearances. Kline, who was 36 at the time, would have a great year in 1968 as he went 12-5 with 7 saves in 56 appearances and post an ERA of just 1.68. He would struggle, however, the next season as he played in just 20 games for the Bucs before moving on to the Giants then Red Sox and then the Braves in 1970. He would end his career appearing in just 5 games that year. Kline posted a 1-3, 5.81 record in 1969 with the Bucs.
This Day in Pirate History - 12/1  View Printable Version 
Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history in 1965 and 1966, the Pirates made 2 major trades.

First in 1965 the Bucs traded Ozzie Virgil and Joe Gibbon to the Giants for outfielder Matty Alou. Matty, who was coming off a season where he hit just .231, would lead the league in average hitting a career high .342. He would also finish top-10 in the league in hits, triples and stolen bases that year while patrolling center field for the Bucs. More on Alou in a future article (I promise).
This Day in Pirate History - 11/30  View Printable Version 
Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

Born on this date in Pirates history was one of the first aces of the team, Frank Killen. Killen, who was known as lefty, for obvious reasons, was born in 1870 in Pittsburgh and joined his hometown team in 1893.

Frank started his career for Milwaukee of the American Association in 1891 and went 7-4 1.68 as a rookie. 1890 would be the last year for the AA and Frank would join the Washington Senators where he would win 29 games for a team that won just 58 games. The rest of the staff would combine for a 29-67 record.
This Day in Pirate History - 11/29  View Printable Version 
Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

Born on this date in 1950 was one of my favorite Pirates from when I first started watching, Mike "Hit Man" Easler. Mike joined the Pirates at the beginning of the 1977 season from the Angels in a trade for pitcher Randy Sealy who never made it to the majors. Mike had previously played parts of 3 seasons with the Astros before joining the Angels for one year.

Mike appeared for the Pirates briefly during the 1977 season playing in 10 games and batting .444 with 1 HR and 5 RBI's. Mike played in the minors for the entire 1978 season and in 1979 he served as the designated pinch-hitter, batting 54 times over 55 games, while playing just parts of 4 games in the field. He batted .278 and drove in 11 runs during the regular season. In the postseason he batted just 3 times, going 0-2 with a walk.
This Day in Pirate History - 11/28  View Printable Version 
Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone reading this, even if you aren't Pirates fans. On this date in 1927 the Pirates traded future Hall of Famer Kiki Cuyler to the Cubs for 2nd baseman Sparky Adams and OF Pete Scott.

Cuyler was considered to be one of the most talented players in his day, but the Pirates thought he didn't play to his potential and grew disenchanted with him. During the 1927 season, Cuyler was asked to bat second in the order by manager Donie Bush, but Cuyler insisted he batted third. Looking for any reason to bench Cuyler, Bush got his chance when he didn't slide into 2nd base in a game on August 6th. Cuyler was benched and did not appear in one game during the 1927 series vs the Yankees.
This Day in Pirate History - 11/27  View Printable Version 
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

Born on this date in 1939, was one of the best Pirates relievers ever, Dave Giusti. Dave, who played from 1970-76 with the Pirates, appeared in 5 playoffs and 1 World Series in his 7 seasons.

Coming over from the Cardinals with Dave Ricketts for Carl Taylor and Frank Vanrin after the end of the 1969 season, Dave moved to the bullpen for good for the first time in his career. From his debut in 1962 and 64-68', Dave played for the Astros as a reliever and part-time starter compiling a record of 47-53 before moving to the Cards for one year.
This Day in Pirate History - 11/26  View Printable Version 
Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

Born on this date in 1947, was 3rd baseman Richie Hebner who started his career in 1968 for the Pirates. He appeared in just 2 games that year. He making his debut Sept. 23rd and batted once without a base hit. In 1969, he would take over as the starter for the great Maury Wills, who would move on to the Expos. Wills eventually went back to the Dodgers where he spent most of his career.

Hebner would hit a career high .301 in his rookie year, hitting 8 HR and driving in 47 runs over 129 games. He would finish 10th in the league in on base % that year with .381, also a career high.
This Day in Pirate History - 11/25  View Printable Version 
Posted: Monday, November 25, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1972, Roberto Clemente won his 12th straight Gold Glove, the most by any Pirates player in history and tied with Willie Mays for most by an NL outfielder. In the teams history they have had 13 Gold Glove winners win a total of 45 times, the last being Jay Bell in 1993. Andy Van Slyke won 5 straight from 1988-1992. Bill Mazeroski won 8 between 1958-1967. Gene Alley, a double play combo with Maz, won 2 in 1967-68.

The Pirates have had just 2 pitchers win the award, Harvey Haddix first did it in 1959 and then won again in 1960. Rick Reuschel won in 1985.
This Day in Pirate History - 11/24  View Printable Version 
Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2002


By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1986, the Pirates acquired Doug Drabek, Brian Fisher and Logan Easley from the Yankees for Rick Rhoden, Cecilio Guante and Pat Clements. Drabek who was 23 at the time and coming off a rookie season in which he posted a 7-8 record, would go on to win the 1990 Cy Young award and help lead the Bucs to 3 straight first place finishes.

In his 6 seasons with the team, he would post double figure win totals each year, finishing with a combined 92-62 record. Doug would go just 2-5 in the playoffs combined despite an ERA of just 2.05.
This Day in Pirate History - 11/23  View Printable Version 
Posted: Friday, November 22, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1971, Danny Murtaugh resigned as manager of the Pirates, just weeks removed from winning the World Series. Danny would be replaced by Bill Virdon, who would lead the team to another first place finish (96-59). Murtaugh would eventually come back to replace Virdon late in the 1973 season and stay on until the end of the 1976 season.

Murtaugh would have 4 different stints with the team, winning 2 World Series. He would win 5 pennants in his 15 total years and finish above .500 12 of those 15 seasons. His 1115 wins are second in franchise history, trailing only Hall of Famer Fred Clarke. It should be noted that Danny is the only manager in the teams history to win 2 World Series, although Clarke did win 2 pennants before there was a World Series and also managed the 1909 W.S. winning team.