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This Day in Pirate History - 11/22  View Printable Version 
Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1934, the Pirates traded away future Hall of Famer Freddie Lindstrom to the Cubs along with pitcher Larry French for Guy Bush,Jim Weaver and Babe Herman.

Herman a career .324 hitter would play just 26 games for the Bucs before being put on waivers. He would hit just .235 with 7 RBI's before joining the Reds for the second time in his career.
This Date in Pirate History - 11/21  View Printable Version 
Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1962, the Pirates traded first baseman Dick Stuart and pitcher Jack Lamabe to the Red Sox for pitcher Don Schwall and catcher Jim Pagliaroni. I already covered Stuart on Nov 7th, so I will sum up the Pirate careers of the other three players involved.

Lamabe played one year for the Bucs, starting his career with them in 1962, as a 25 year old rookie reliever. He would pitch 78 innings over 46 games with a record of 3-1, 2.88 ERA and 2 saves. He was part of an impressive 4 man bullpen committee that year that included Elroy Face who had 28 saves, Diomedes Olivo who was 43 at the time (62 games, 2.77 ERA) and Tom Sturdivant (49 gms. 9 wins, 3.73 ERA). Lamabe would play for 7 teams over 7 seasons and finish 33-41 with a 4.24 ERA over 285 games.
This Day in Pirate History - 11/20  View Printable Version 
Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1985 the Pirates signed Jim Leyland as manager. He replaced Chuck Tanner, who had been the manager since 1977 and led the team to a win in the 1979 World Series. Leyland who was 41 at the time, would join the team with no previous Major League experience and take over a team that finished last with over 100 losses.

His first season proved to be a tough one as the team finished last in the NL, though it did improve 7 games over the previous seasons. The team included rookies Bobby Bonilla and Barry Bonds. The Pirates also finished last in attendance in the NL, barely breaking the 1 million mark. The 87 season would prove to be much better for Leyland and the Bucs as they improved 16 games over the previous season and just barely missed reaching .500 on the season.
This Day in Pirate History - 11/19  View Printable Version 
Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1992, the Pirates traded Jose Lind to the Royals for pitchers Dennis Moeller and Joel Johnston. Lind was the starting second baseman for the Bucs since coming up late august of 1987.

Jose would play 150 games or more for 4 straight years and win the Gold Glove in 1992. During the 3 straight playoff appearance seasons, he would bat just .205 total (15-73) in the postseason. He managed to hit 2 home runs and drive in 10. In his 9 year career he would manage just 9 home runs.
This Day in Pirate History - 11/18  View Printable Version 
Posted: Monday, November 18, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

Back on this date in 1998, the Pirates made one of their best trades acquiring Brian Giles from the Indians for Ricardo Rincon. At the time, Rincon was a 29 year old reliever in his 2nd season for the Bucs, he had pitched 60 and 62 games all out of the bullpen and posting ERA's of 3.45 and 2.91 despite having a record of just 4-10 combined.

Giles, who everyone on here should know about his Pirates career, was a platoon player, topping out at 17 homers and 66 RBI's playing 2 full and 2 part-time years for the Indians. He was 27 at the time of the trade.
This Day in Pirate History - 11/17  View Printable Version 
Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history in 1998, they pulled off one of the biggest free agent signings in their history when they signed Mike Benjamin away from the Red Sox. Benji signed a 2-year contract and stayed with the team till this season (I hope I'm not going out on a limb saying he's done with the team).

In 1993, on this date the Pirates traded for Brian Hunter from the Braves for the ever popular player to be named later. Brian would play just 76 games for the Bucs, mostly at first base, before going to the Reds for the most traded person in baseball, a player to be named later (that player would be Micah Franklin). He would bat .227 with 11 HR and 47 RBI as a Buc.
This Day in Pirate History - 11/16  View Printable Version 
Posted: Friday, November 15, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1966, the great Roberto Clemente was named MVP of the NL narrowly beating out Sandy Koufax 218-208 points. The 31 year old Clemente led the Bucs to 92 wins, good enough for 3rd place, just 3 games behind the 1st place Dodgers. Clemente made the All-Star team and also won the Gold Glove Award in 1966.

As far as stats go, Roberto finished 5th in batting average and the only season from 64-67 that he didn't win the NL crown. He hit .317 for the year, which by the way, equals his career mark. He finished 2nd to Hank Aaron in RBI's with 11 and finished in the top-10 in doubles, triples, runs, at-bats, home runs, total bases and hits.
This Day in Pirate History - 11/15  View Printable Version 
Posted: Friday, November 15, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1978, Dave Parker would be named MVP of the NL. Parker led the league in AVG batting .334, slugging % .585 and total bases 340. He would finish 2nd in RBI's (117) and Triples (12), 3rd in runs (102) and homers (30) and 4th in hits (194). He would also win his 2nd straight Gold Glove, but amazingly didn't make the all-star team.

Dave received 21 of 24 first place votes with the other 3 going to Larry Bowa who finished 2nd. He would become the first Bucs player since Roberto Clemente, in 1966, to win the MVP and just the 4th overall at the time, with Dick Groat (1961) and Paul Waner (1927) being the others.
This Day in Pirate History - 11/14  View Printable Version 
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

Today is a busy day in Pirates history with a big trade, an award announced and a strange birthday occurrence.

First, on this date in 1996, the Pirates completed a 9 player trade sending 2B Carlos Garcia, OF/1B Orlando Merced and reliever Dan Plesac to the Blue Jays for Jose Silva, Jose Pett, Brandon Cromer and 3 prospects to be named later, one of which is current Bucs infielder Abraham Nunez.

On this date in 1990, Pirates ace Doug Drabek was announced as the Cy Young award winner, compiling a 22-6 record with an ERA of 2.76. Doug would receive all but one first place vote, which would go to the Dodgers Ramon Martinez. Drabek would lead the team to the postseason, where he would go 1-1 1.65 ERA vs the Reds.
This Day in Pirate History - 11/13  View Printable Version 
Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1979, Willie Stargell was named co-mvp with Keith Hernandez. Stargell, who was of course the team leader during it's World Series season of 79, was 39 years old at the time. He put up impressive numbers hitting .281 with a team leading 32HR's and 2nd on the team to Dave Parker with 82 RBI's.

Willie would lead the team to a 98 win season, edging the Expos by 2 games. In the NLCS, the Pirates would sweep the Reds led by Stargell, who hit .455, 2HR, and 6RBI in the 3 game series. During the World Series Pops would hit .400 with 3 HR and 7RBI's. He hit an important go ahead 2-run home run in game 7, which would help the Bucs beat the Orioles by the score of 4-1.