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Pittsburgh Pirates

(Pittsburgh Pirates)

 

November 1, 2016: Despite a roster full of young stars, the Pirates were no better than a .500 team all season.  The outfield of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco fell far short of expectations, and no starting pitcher won as many as 10 games. Among the few bright spots were the play of rookies Josh Bell and Jameson Taillon, who will be counted upon for big years in 2017.

October 5, 2016: The Pirates put a quality team on the field every day, but it didn’t always show and the team finished with more losses than wins. Among the bright spots were young stars Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte, Josh Bell, Jameson Taillon, and Tyler Glasnow.

2016 Season Preview: The Pirates may have the best young outfield in the league, with Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco. Gerrit Cole anchors a pitching staff that usually squeezes the most out of its ability. American Leaguer John Jaso will be counted on to solve a long-standing problem at first base. The Pirates are unlikely to outplay the Cubs, but they could snag a Wild Card berth.

October 14, 2015: The Pirates enjoyed their best season in a generation, with 98 wins. Outfielders Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte were the top hitters, along with shortstop Jung Ho Kang, a rookie from South Korea. Gerrit Cole won 19 games and Mark Melancon saved 51 to lead the NL. Pittsburgh’s season ended with a loss to the Cubs in the Wild Card game.

April 5, 2015: Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco make up the league’s most exciting outfield, while Josh Harrison, Neil Walker, and Pedro Alvarez anchor a talented infield. If Gerrit Cole and the other starters can keep games close, the Pirates have a great chance to win the NL Central.

October 30, 2014: Pittsburgh had its second winning season in a row and snagged a Wild Card spot once again. Reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen had another great year, as did Neil Walker, Starling Marte and utilityman Josh Harrison. Mark Melancon and Tony Watson gave the team a dependable bullpen, while Edinson Volquez was the team's top starting pitcher. The Pirates faced the Giants in the Wild Card game, and were shut out by Madison Bumgarner, who went on to have a historic postseason.

September 1, 2014: Josh Harrison was named NL Player of the Month for August. He began the season as a little-used bench player, and finished the year as runner-up in the batting race.

March 31, 2014: The team's amazing run to the playoffs in 2013 will continue in 2014 if players like Pedro Alvarez, Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen continue to improve. Pittsburgh's pitching was better than anyone expected last year; this year the Pirates need the bullpen to be even better because the starters may not be as strong.

November 14, 2013: Andrew McCutchen was named NL Most Valuable player for 2013. He had more than 20 steals and 20 homers, and batter over .300 for the Pirates, who finished with a winning record for the first time since 1992.

November 13, 2013: Francisaco Liriano was named NL Comeback Player of the Year for 2013. One year after going 6–12 for the Twins and White Sox, he won 16 games for the Pirates with 163 strikeouts and a 3.02 ERA.

October 1, 2013: The Pirates finally put it all together and made it to the playoffs after more than 20 years. Led by MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen and NL home run co-leader Pedro Alvarez, the team finished in second in the NL Central They defeated the Reds in the Wild Card game before losing to the Cardinals 3 games to 2 in the NLDS. Alvarez became the first player to knock in a run in each of his first six postseason games.

September 29, 2013: Pedro Alvarez finished the year tied with Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks for the NL home run crown, with 36. Alvarez was the fourth Pirate to win or share the championship (see the League Leaders list) and the first since Willie Stargell exactly 40 years ago.

September 3, 2013: The Pirates won their 81st game of the season, which ended a 20-year streak of losing seasons.

March 30, 2013: With exciting hitters like Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker, and Starling Marte in the lineup, Pittsburgh can take a big step forward in 2013. They will need help from their pitchers, however, and that means newcomer Russell Martin will have to be a catcher and a teacher as the season wears on.

October 3, 2012: The Pirates had a losing record for the 20th year in a row, but the team looks ready to make a move in the NL Central. They were in first place in mid-July, but went into a slump in the second half. Andrew McCutchen led the way, with an All-Star season. He led the NL with 194 hits.

April, 2012: There are some interesting new faces in the mix for the Pirates in 2012. Erik Bedard, Casey McGehee, Clint Barmes, and Rod Barajas bring experience to one of baseball's youngest teams.

     
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Ginger Beaumont was the first player to score six runs in a game and the first to lead the NL in hits three years in a row. He was called Ginger because of his bright red hair. (Author's Collection)

 

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Wilbur Cooper liked to work fast. He started his windup almost as soon as he got the throw back from the catcher. His "out-pitch" was a sinking fastball that batters pounded into the dirt. (Author's Collection)

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The only thing scarier than a pitcher who can't control his fastball is one who can't see the batter clearly. I'll bet Bob Veale was no fun to hit against! (Topps, Inc.)

 

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Bill Madlock never seemed like the best hitter in the lineup, but at the end of the year he was either the batting champion or close or it. (Author's Collection)

 

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This is a cool card of Brian Giles. It was meant to look like the cards from 1941, which had watercolor paintings of the players instead of photos. (Topps, Inc)

 

Ginger Beaumont — Outfielder
Born: 7/23/1876
Died: 4/10/1956
Played for Team: 1899 to 1906
The Pirates were the best team in baseball at the turn of the 20th century, and Ginger Beaumont was the club's leadoff hitter and center fielder. Beaumont led the NL in hits three years in a row and was league batting champ in 1902.


Babe Adams — Pitcher
Born: 5/18/1882
Died: 7/27/1968
Played for Team: 1907 to 1926
Babe Adams stunned the baseball world when he pitched three complete games in the 1909 World Series as a rookie. Adams had spectacular control and pitched until he was 44. He was still a Pirate when the team returned to the World Series in 1925.


Max Carey — Outfielder
Born: 1/11/1890
Died: 5/30/1976
Played for Team: 1910 to 1926
Max Carey was a terror on the basepaths. He led the NL in stolen bases 10 times. In 1922, he stole 51 bases in 53 attempts. Carey specialized in stealing home. He did it 33 times in his career.


Wilbur Cooper — Pitcher
Born: 2/24/1892
Died: 8/7/1973
Played for Team: 1912 to 1924
Although he did not play for a pennant-winner, Wilbur Cooper ranks as Pittsburgh's greatest left-handed pitcher. He fooled batters with his easy motion and rarely gave up more than a couple of runs a game. Cooper won 161 games from 1917 to 1924.


Lloyd Waner — Outfielder
Born: 3/16/1906
Died: 7/22/1982
Played for Team: 1927 to 1941 & 1944 to 1945
Lloyd Waner did not have the power of his brother, Paul, but he was a .300 hitter almost every year he played for the Pirates. Waner joined his brother in the Hall of Fame in 1967.


Bob Friend — Pitcher
Born: 11/24/1930
Played for Team: 1951 to 1965
Bob Friend pitched for the Pirates when they were bad and when they were good. Regardless of the team around him, he pitched his heart out. Friend was nicknamed the "Warrior" for his courage on the mound. He led the NL in ERA in 1955 and wins in 1958.


Dick Groat — Shortstop
Born: 11/4/1930
Played for Team: 1952 & 1955 to1962
Dick Groat also played pro basketball, but in the end baseball was his best game. He proved that in 1960 when he led the NL in batting and won the NL MVP award.


Bob Veale — Pitcher
Born: 10/28/1935
Played for Team: 1962 to 1972
Bob Veale was one of the most feared pitchers in baseball during the 1960s. He threw very hard but couldn't always control his pitches. He led the league in strikeouts and also walks in 1964. In 1968, Veale had an ERA of 2.05—one of the lowest ever for a left-handed pitcher.


John Candelaria — Pitcher
Born: 11/6/1953
Played for Team: 1975 to 1985 & 1993
John Candelaria was tough to beat when he had a lead. In 1977, he won 20 games and led the NL with a 2.34 ERA. In the 1979 World Series, "Candy Man" beat the Baltimore Orioles 4–0 in Game 6 when the Pirates were facing elimination.


Bill Madlock — Third Baseman
Born: 1/12/1951
Played for Team: 1979 to 1985
Bill Madlock's bad temper earned him the nickname "Mad Dog." But his bat hurt more than his bite. He was the NL's top hitter twice after joining Pittsburgh. The Pirates traded for Madlock during the 1979 season. He helped turn the team into a champion that year.


Doug Drabek — Pitcher
Born: 7/25/1962
Played for team: 1987 to 1992
Doug Drabek was one of baseball's best pitchers when he played for the Pirates. He had a 3.02 ERA with the club in six seasons and was the NL Cy Young Award winner in 1990.


Brian Giles — Outfielder
Born: 1/20/1971
Played for Team: 1999 to 2003
Pittsburgh had plenty of winning players during its losing seasons, including Brian Giles. Giles did it all. He had power, speed, and a great batting eye. Giles had more than 100 runs and RBIs three times with the Pirates.

     
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When I was 9 years old, Richie Hebner and Al Oliver shared the same rookie card. Usually one of the guys on those old cards wasn't very good. Hebner and Oliver were both big-time hitters. (Author's Collection)

 

 

 

BROOKLYN–ESE
For many years, the Waner brothers were known to baseball fans as "Big Poison" (Paul) and "Little Poison" (Lloyd). It wasn't because they were toxic to enemy pitchers, however. They were nicknamed by Brooklyn fans, who pronounced the word "person" as "poison." The best way to tell the lookalike Waners apart was from their size!


BREAKING BARRIERS
In 1971—24 years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color line—the Pirates fielded the first "all-black" lineup in major-league history. The batting order was: Rennie Stennett (2B), Gene Clines (CF), Roberto Clemente (RF), Willie Stargell (LF), Manny Sanguillen (C), Dave Cash (3B), Al Oliver (1B), Jackie Hernandez (SS), and Dock Ellis (P).


HITTING THE DIRT
In the days before big salaries, many players made money by taking jobs that also kept them in shape during the off-season. One of the most unusual winter jobs belonged to Richie Hebner of the Pirates. In the 1960s and 1970s he worked as a gravedigger in a cemetery that was owned by his family.


NOT QUITE DONE
Honus Wagner retired from the big leagues in 1917 at the age of 43. However, his fans could still watch him on local baseball diamonds. Wagner loved the game so much he continued to play for semipro teams around Pittsburgh past the age of 50.


ONE–HOUR HURLERS
Few pitchers worked faster than the Pirates' Wilbur Cooper. Often he would be halfway through his windup before his catcher signaled which pitch he wanted. Another quick pitcher was Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Philadelphia Phillies. They once faced each other in a game that ended in less than an hour!

     
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This card of Ralph Kiner looks old but it's not. It came autographed in a pack from 1997 I think. (Topps, Inc.)

 

 

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This Roberto Clemente mini-poster came free in packs of 1970 baseball cards. I still have a bunch of them that I never unfolded. (Topps, Inc.)

 

 

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Owen Wilson was nicknamed "Chief" because his ancestors were Native Americans. It was a sign of respect back then, but now it is considered by many to be racially insensitive. (Author's Collection)

 

 

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Max Carey was more than just a fast runner. He was the best switch-hitter of his era and right up there with Tris Speaker as a defensive player. (Author's Collection)

 

 

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Ray Kremer was a top pitcher for the Pirates. His nickname was "Wiz." (Goudey Gum Co.)

 

 

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During the 1930s, Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants was known as the "king of the screwball." I guess that made Cy Blanton the prince, because he had a good one, too. (Goudey Gum Co.)

 

 

 

Home Runs
1902 — Tommy Leach — 6
1946 — Ralph Kiner — 23
1947 — Ralph Kiner — 51
1948 — Ralph Kiner — 40
1949 — Ralph Kiner — 54
1950 — Ralph Kiner — 47
1951 — Ralph Kiner — 42
1952 — Ralph Kiner — 37
1971 — Willie Stargell — 48
1973 — Willie Stargell — 44
2013 — Pedro Alvarez — 36*

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Batting Average
1883 — Ed Swartwood — .357*
1900 — Honus Wagner — .381
1902 — Ginger Beaumont — .357
1903 — Honus Wagner — .355
1904 — Honus Wagner — .349
1906 — Honus Wagner — .339
1907 — Honus Wagner — .350
1908 — Honus Wagner — .354
1909 — Honus Wagner — .339
1911 — Honus Wagner — .334
1927 — Paul Waner — .373
1934 — Paul Waner — .362
1935 — Arky Vaughan — .385
1936 — Paul Waner — .373
1960 — Dick Groat — .325
1961 — Roberto Clemente — .351
1964 — Roberto Clemente — .339
1965 — Roberto Clemente — .329
1966 — Matty Alou — .342
1967 — Roberto Clemente — .357
1977 — Dave Parker — .338
1978 — Dave Parker — .334
1981 — Bill Madlock — .341
1983 — Bill Madlock — .323
2006 — Freddy Sanchez — .344

* Pittsburgh was a member of the American Association.


Runs Batted In
1901 — Honus Wagner — 126
1902 — Honus Wagner — 91
1906 — Joe Nealon — 83
1908 — Honus Wagner — 109
1909 — Honus Wagner — 100
1911 — Owen Wilson — 107
1912 — Honus Wagner — 102
1927 — Paul Waner — 131
1949 — Ralph Kiner — 127


Stolen Bases
1901 — Honus Wagner — 49
1902 — Honus Wagner — 42
1904 — Honus Wagner — 53
1907 — Honus Wagner — 61
1908 — Honus Wagner — 53
1913 — Max Carey — 61
1915 — Max Carey — 36
1916 — Max Carey — 63
1917 — Max Carey — 46
1918 — Max Carey — 58
1920 — Max Carey — 52
1922 — Max Carey — 51
1923 — Max Carey — 51
1924 — Max Carey — 49
1925 — Max Carey — 46
1926 — Kiki Cuyler — 35
1939 — Lee Handley — 17
1944 — Johnny Barrett — 28
1977 — Frank Taveras — 70
1978 — Omar Moreno — 71
1979 — Omar Moreno — 77
1997 — Tony Womack — 60
1998 — Tony Womack — 58


Wins
1886 — Ed Morris — 41*
1893 — Frank Killen — 36
1896 — Frank Killen — 30
1902 — Jack Chesbro — 28
1921 — Wilbur Cooper — 22
1925 — Ray Kremer & Lee Meadows — 20
1928 — Burleigh Grimes — 25
1930 — Ray Kremer — 20
1931 — Heinie Meine — 19
1943 — Rip Sewell — 21
1958 — Bob Friend — 22
1990 — Doug Drabek — 22

* Pittsburgh was a member of the American Association.


Strikeouts
1885 — Ed Morris — 298*
1945 — Preacher Roe — 148
1964 — Bob Veale — 250

* Pittsburgh was a member of the American Association
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Earned Run Average
1882 — Denny Driscoll — 1.21*
1895 — Pink Hawley — 3.18
1900 — Rube Waddell — 2.37
1901 — Jesse Tannehill — 2.18
1903 — Sam Leever — 2.06
1926 — Ray Kremer — 2.61
1927 — Ray Kremer — 2.47
1935 — Cy Blanton — 2.58
1955 — Bob Friend — 2.83
1987 — Rick Reuschel — 2.75**

* Pittsburgh was a member of the American Association.
** Reuschel also pitched for the San Francisco Giants in 1987.

     
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This is a standing room ticket stub from the 1971 World Series. (Author's Collection)
 
YEAR OPPONENT RESULT
1903 Boston Americans Lost 5–3
1909 Detroit Tigers Won 4–3
1925 Washington Senators Won 4–3
1927 New York Yankees Lost 4–0
1960 New York Yankees Won 4–3
1971 Baltimore Orioles Won 4–3
1979 Baltimore Orioles Won 4–3
     
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