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This Day in Pirate History - 12/20  View Printable Version 
Posted: Friday, December 20, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1904 the Pirates traded Moose McCormick, Otto Krueger and Kitty Bransfield to the Phillies for Del Howard (picured on right). Del was 26 at the time but had not made his ML debut yet. He hit .292 with 63 RBI's and 19 stolen bases as the starting firstbaseman his rookie season. Howard also pitched once, throwing 6 innings without giving up an earned run. Despite the successful first season he is traded the next offseason to the Braves for future Hall of Famer Vic Willis.
This Day in Pirate History - 12/19  View Printable Version 
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1996, the Pirates signed free agent shortstop Kevin Elster to a one year contract. Elster was signed after the Pirates traded regular shortstop Jay Bell to the Royals. Kevin was coming off a year where he set career highs in avg (.252) hr's (24) and rbi's(99). Unfortunately Kevin would struggle in his limited time, hitting just .225 in 39 games, but did drive in 25 runs. He also made just 1 error in the field. On May 17th, he was placed on the 60 day disabled list with a broken wrist. He was replaced by Kevin Polcovich.
This Day in Pirate History - 12/18  View Printable Version 
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

Born on this date in Pirates history was former outfielder Gino Cimoli,who was a member of the 1960 World Championship team. Gino, born in 1929, was acquired prior to the 1960 season from the Cardinals along with pitcher Tom Chaney in exchange for pitcher Ron Kline.

Gino was a valuable backup for the Bucs in 1960, he played all three outfield positions, with the majority of his time in center field backing up Bill Virdon. Cimoli got into 101 games, hitting .267 with 28 RBI's in 307 at-bats. During the World Series, with Bob Skinner injured, Gino got into every game and hit .250 scoring 4 runs. He got a key hit to help the Pirates rally to win game 7.
This Day in Pirate History - 12/17  View Printable Version 
Posted: Monday, December 16, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1998, the Pirates signed free agent pitcher Pete Schourek to a 2 year contract. The Bucs signed him away from the Red Sox whom he joined midseason in 1997. At the time of the signing, Pete had a 57-55 record over 8 seasons.
This Day in Pirate History - 12/16  View Printable Version 
Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

In what is a historically slow date for the Pirates, it would figure only 2 players were born on this date who played for them and neither spent significant time with the team. So instead, I'll give a description of the team one of them played on during his Pirates days.

William Otey, who played for the Bucs in 1907, was born on this date in 1886. He made his major league debut September 27th of that year. He appeared in just 3 games, starting 2, completing 1 and finishing 0-1 4.41. Otey was a left-handed pitcher and appeared in 21 games for Washington in 1910-11, in what would be his only other ML playing time.
This Day in Pirate History - 12/15  View Printable Version 
Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history, they made 2 separate trades to acquire future Hall of Fame pitchers. First in 1905, they acquired Vic Willis in a trade with the Boston Braves. Going to the Braves were Del Howard, Dave Brain and Vive Lindaman.

Vic Willis would be a great pickup for the Bucs as he won at least 20 games all 4 years he spent with the team, including 1909 when the Pirates won their first World Series title ever. Willis finished in the top 4 in the league in wins all 4 years and won 89 all together with just 46 losses. In 1906 he posted an ERA of 1.73. He never finished higher than 2.34 for any season with the Pirates.
This Day in Pirate History - 12/14  View Printable Version 
Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1963, the Pirates traded pitcher Harvey Haddix to the Orioles for infielder Dick Yencha and cash. Haddix had pitched 5 seasons for the Bucs and was 37 at the time of the trade. He is best known for retiring 36 straight batters to start the game vs Milwaukee on May 26,1959. He ended up losing the game 1-0 in the 13th inning. He also won 2 games in the 1960 W.S. over the Yankees, winning game 5 as a starter and game 7 as a reliever.

Harvey's best year with the Bucs was the 1959 season when he went 12-12 3.13 with 14 complete games while finishing 6th in the league in strikeouts with 149. He went 45-38 total for the Bucs and won 2 gold gloves (1959, 1960). He won 136 games total over his 14 year career. Dick Yencha never played in the majors.
This Day in Pirate History - 12/13  View Printable Version 
Posted: Friday, December 13, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history in 1999, the Pirates made 2 trades, first one sending Brant Brown to the Marlins for Bruce Aven. Brown played one year for the Bucs, coming over from the Cubs the previous season. He spent most of his time playing right field and some center, while occasionally filling in at first base. In 130 games, he hit .232 with 16HR's and 58RBI's. Browns biggest downfall was his walks/strikeouts, in 341 at-bats he walked just 22 times and struck out 114. He was 28 at the time of the trade.
This Day in Pirate History - 12/12  View Printable Version 
Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

This is gonna be a long one folks, so you better get some coffee ready while you read this. On this date in 1913, the Pirates made an 8 player trade with the Cardinals, sending second baseman Dots Miller, pitcher Hank Robinson, outfielder Chief Wilson and infielders Art Butler and Cozy Dolan to St Louis in return for 1b Ed Konetchy, pitcher Bob Harmon and 3b Mike Mowrey.
This Day in Pirate History - 12/11  View Printable Version 
Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1975 the Pirates traded pitchers Doc Ellis, Ken Brett and secondbaseman Willie Randolph to the Yankees for pitcher Doc Medich. Randolph went on to play 17 more seasons in the bigs after the trade, 6 times making the all-star team. As a member of the Pirates he played 30 games, 14 as a secondbaseman and 1 as a thirdbaseman, the only time he would play a position in the field other than 2ndbase in his career. He batted just .164 while with the Bucs, with 3 RBI's but scored 9 runs. Randolph also played in the NLCS that year, appearing in 2 games,going 0-2 and scoring a run. He was 20 at the time of the trade.