Pittsburgh Pirates

Tony Pena still making his mother proud

Tony Pena still making his mother proud
October 31, 2012 No Comments »

When Tony Pena was a boy growing up in the Dominican Republic, playing baseball for money was a pipe dream. It was the stuff of fantasy. Tony was naive enough to entertain that fantasy, dreaming of being like Manny Sanguillen ... Read More »

Pirates batting champ Paul Waner endorsed Louisville Slugger bats

Pirates batting champ Paul Waner endorsed Louisville Slugger bats
September 8, 2012 No Comments »

This advertisement could be seen in sports publications in the 1930s. It featured Pittsburgh star right fielder Paul Waner Read More »

Pittsburgh’s “Lumber Company” paced team to success in 1970s

Pittsburgh’s “Lumber Company” paced team to success in 1970s
September 4, 2012 2 Comments »

In baseball if your team gets a nickname it’s a sign that things are going well. Bad teams don’t get nicknames. In the 1970s the Pittsburgh Pirates were (next to Cincinnati) the most successful team in the National League. Led ... Read More »

Little Freddie Patek made immediate impact on Royals

Little Freddie Patek made immediate impact on Royals
April 25, 2012 No Comments »

You have to wonder if Freddie Patek would even get drafted by a major league team today. Even back in the mid-1960s when baseball was much different than it is now, Patek wasn’t selected until the 22nd round of the ... Read More »

Five biggest surprises of the 2011 baseball season

Five biggest surprises of the 2011 baseball season
June 16, 2011 No Comments »

Here are the five biggest surprises so far in the 2011 season. 5. Tribe Revival The 2010 Cleveland Indians had their share of problems: they were one of the worst hitting teams in the league, their pitching staff gave up ... Read More »

Blyleven’s wait is an indictment of the Baseball Writers

Blyleven’s wait is an indictment of the Baseball Writers
January 5, 2011 No Comments »

On Wednesday, Bert Blyleven was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, earning his place among the greats of the game. After 14 tries, the Baseball Writers Association of America finally repaired its most glaring mistake, electing a man ... Read More »