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George and Gene Freese, One of Eight Pirates’ Brothers and Teammates Combinations

August 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In the Pittsburgh Pirates’ long, rich, 125-year history, eight brother combinations have taken the field as teammates. The complete list is Carson and Lyle Bigbee (1921), Harry and Howie Camnitz (1909), Larry and John Gilbert (Pittsburg Alleghenies, 1890), Andy and Adam LaRoche (2008), Johnnie and Phil Morrison (1921), Eddie and Johnnie O’Brien, twins, (1953, 1955-1958), […]

Calling Dock Ellis: the Pirates Need You!

August 23, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Although three weeks have passed since Cincinnati Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman plunked the Pirates’ National League batting leader Andrew McCutchen with a 102- mile per hour fastball, no one in Pittsburgh has forgotten about it. Since August 3, the wheels have fallen off the Pirates’ season. The team has gone 7-13, McCutchen has dropped 20 […]

Phil Linz: “Play Me or Keep Me!”

August 3, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Just before the trade deadline, San Francisco Giants’ reserve outfielder Nate Schierholtz got his wish and was sent to the Philadelphia Phillies.  Schierholtz, in a public “play me or trade me” ultimatum issued to the first place Giants via San Francisco Chronicle baseball beat reporter Henry Schulman, said that he had come to the sad […]

1933 Washington Senators, Baseball’s Most “Interesting” Team

July 29, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Through games played Saturday July 28, the Washington Nationals were 20 games over .500. The last time a D.C.-based team reached those lofty heights was in 1933 when the then-Senators won the American League title. Baseball historians will never include that year’s Senators team with the best of all time. But I’ll make the case […]