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    Bolstered by former Colonels shortstop Honus Wagner (who was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area) and player/manager Fred Clarke, the Pirates completely dominated the National League, in part because they lost few star players to the rival American League. However, owing to injuries to their starting pitchers, they lost the first modern World Series ever played, in 1903 to Boston. Deacon Phillippe pitched five complete games, winning three of them, but it was not enough. With largely the same star players, the Pirates would continue to be a strong team over the next few years, and got their first World Series title in 1909, defeating the Detroit Tigers in seven games, the same year they opened Forbes Field.

    The Pirates originally played in Recreation, Union and Exposition Parks, all in what was then Allegheny City. Allegheny City was annexed by Pittsburgh in December, 1907. Accordingly, the Pirates did not play their first major league game in Pittsburgh until 1908—over 25 years after their founding.

    The decline of Honus Wagner, considered by many to be the greatest shortstop ever, led to a number of losing seasons, culminating in a disastrous 51–103 record in 1917; however, veteran outfielder Max Carey and young players Pie Traynor and Kiki Cuyler, along with a remarkably deep pitching staff, brought the Pirates back into the spotlight. The Pirates recovered from a 3–1 deficit to win the 1925 World Series over the Washington Senators, and reached the 1927 World Series before losing in a sweep to the New York Yankees, who at that time had built the most dominant team in baseball. The 1927 season was the first for the sharp-hitting combination of brothers Lloyd Waner and Paul Waner, who along with shortstop Arky Vaughan ensured that the Pirates had plenty of Hall of Fame-caliber position players through 1941. However, the Pirates' crushing defeats of 1927 and 1938 (they lost the pennant to the Chicago Cubs in the final days of the 1938 season) were tremendous setbacks.

    -------------------------------------------------------------Pittsburgh Pirates
    -----------------------------------------------------------The early Honus Wagner Era.

    The Louisville Colonels were the precurser to the modern-day Pittsburgh Pirates. For the 1900 season, the National League dropped Louisville from their circuit. So, Louisville owner Barney Dreyfuss, bought into the new Pittsburgh franchise and transferred all his good players from the Colonels to the Pirates for 1900.

    1904 Pittsburgh Pirates; 87-66, .569, 4th Place, 19 g behind---BB Ref
    Top Row, L-R: Lew Moren (P), Sam Leever (P), Ed Phelps (C), Ernie Diehl (UT), Gus Thompson (P), Roscoe Miller (P), Fred Carisch (UT), Doc Scanlan (P), Bull Smith (OF).
    Middle Row, L-R: Jimmy Sebring (RF), Bucky Veil (P), Honus Wagner (SS), Deacon Phillippe (P), Kitty Bransfield (1B), Tommy Leach (3B).
    Bottom Row, L-R: Warren, Claude Ritchey (2B), Otto Krueger (UT), Ginger Beaumont (CF), Howie Camnitz (P), Fred Clarke (LF/Mgr.)

    1905 Pittsburgh Pirates; 96-57, .627, 2nd place, 5 g behind---BB Reference
    1906 Pittsburgh Pirates?; 93-60, .608, 3rd Place, 23.5 g behind,---BB Ref
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-18-2013, 05:02 PM.

  • #2
    "Twenty-five years Pittsburgh fans have waited for a pennant winning team. Now it's here."
    Is that odd, having won four in the preceding 25 years?


    • #4
      Bernhard Dreyfuss---AKA Barney Dreyfuss

      Owner: Pittsburgh Pirates, 1900 - 1932

      Born: February 23, 1865, Freiburg, Baden, Germany
      Died: February 5, 1932, Pittsburgh, PA, age 66

      Born Germany, Jewish, Arrived US (1881), prior to buying Pirates in 1900, He owned the Louisville Colonels in NL 1899.
      d. after contracting pneumonia following prostate surgery, while in NYC, buried in West View Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA

      Barney Dreyfuss: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Bernhard "Barney" Dreyfuss (February 23, 1865 – February 5, 1932) was a German-Jewish-American executive in Major League Baseball who owned the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise from 1900 to 1932. He is often credited with the creation of the modern baseball World Series. He also built in 1909 baseball's first modern steel and concrete baseball park, Forbes Field.

      Dreyfuss was born in Freiburg, Germany as the son of Samuel Dreyfuss, who was a U.S. citizen since about 1861. After training in a bank in Karlsruhe he emigrated in 1881 to the U.S. to escape conscription. In the U.S. he lived and worked with the Bernheim family in Paducah, Kentucky. The Bernheims were relatives over his grandfather Leon Bernheim. In 1888 he moved with the Bernheim family to Louisville, Kentucky. Dreyfuss became president of the Louisville Colonels team in 1899, and moved to the Pirates one year later when the league contracted from 12 teams to 8. Under his ownership, the Pirates won 6 pennants and two World Series championships (1909, 1925), finishing below fourth place only four times.

      Dreyfuss died at age 66 in New York City. He is buried in West View Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-06-2011, 06:37 PM.


      • #5
        Florence (Wolf) Dreyfuss

        owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, February 5, 1932 - August 8, 1946

        Born: March 31, 1872, Louisville, KY
        Died: May 12, 1950, Pittsburgh, PA, age 78

        Florence married Barney October 16, 1894. She inherited the Pittsburgh Pirates' team upon his death, February 5, 1932, and sold the team August 8, 1946, to group headed by Frank McKinney of Indianapolis, which included famed entertainer, Bing Crosby, who was made VP, for an estimated $2.75 million dollars.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-22-2011, 10:32 AM.


        • #6
          William Edward Benswanger

          Born: February 22, 1892, NYC
          Died: January 16, 1972, Pittsburgh, PA, age 79,---d. Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA


          • #7
            Samuel Edward Watters

            Born: October 20, 1883, Pittsburgh, PA
            Died: August 29, 1950, Pittsburgh, PA, age 66---d. after an illness of almost 3 years.

            Pittsburgh Pirates' Vice-President / Secretary, 1908 - November 27, 1946

            Mr. Watters rose from ticket seller to vice president. He resigned at the end of the 1946 season, when the franchise was sold.
            He rose to club secretary in 1920, vice-president in 1932 and also treasurer in 1940.
            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-20-2011, 01:39 AM.


            • #8
              John Peter Wagner---AKA Honus Wagner

              Born: February 24, 1874, Mansfield, PA
              Died: December 6, 1955, Carnegie, PA

              ML player: 1897-1917
              In most every informed fans' Top 4 All-Time Players, along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Willie Mays.


              • #9
                Fred Clifford Clarke:

                Born: October 3, 1872, Winterset, IA
                Died: August 14, 1960, Winfield, KS, age 87

                Louisville Colonets, 1897 - 1899
                Pittsburgh Pirates, 1900 - 1915

                Pittsburgh Pirates, 1925

                NL OF, 1894 - 1915

                Won 4 pennants, between 1900-12, finished lower than 3rd only once.---Managing Record


                • #10
                  Charles Alexander Jorgensen

                  Born: November 11, 1889, Racine, WI
                  Died: November 12, 1967, Amlin (Columbus), Ohio, age 78

                  Pittsburgh Pirates' trainer, 1930 - November, 1958
                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-22-2011, 10:41 AM.


                  • #11
                    John Wilmer Galbreath:

                    Owner: Pittsburgh Pirates, 1946 - 1985

                    Born: August 10, 1897, Derby, OH
                    Died: July 20, 1988, Columbus, OH, age 90

                    Pirates' Owner (1946-1985, President, 1951 - 1969) part of 4 man syndicate (1946) purchasing team. In 1951 bought 70% of club, hired Branch Rickey. Lost around $2m but never lost faith & heart. Helped formulate 1957 player's pension. Sold majority interest (1985) in Pirates. Made his money breeding champion racehorses.
                    John W. Galbreath graduated from Ohio University in 1922 the same year he founded the John W. Galbreath Company. He was not only a gentleman's, philanthropist, and keen businessman, but was named "Greatest Sportsman Of Our Time" in 1985 by The Columbus Touchdown Club at their annual gala. John passed away July 20th 1988.

                    DARBY DAN FARM was founded by John W. Galbreath in 1935. Over the years, the Galbreath family has built Darby Dan from the original 85 acres to the current 4,000 acres. This includes 750 acres of blue grass pasture, 250 acres in woods, with the remaining 3000 acres in corn, soy beans and wheat fields. The Darby House sits on the original 85 acres.

                    On the west side of of Big Darby Creek 110 acres have been converted into wild animal preserve. Animals include zebra, buffalo, deer, elk and antelope roam freely in large fenced pastures. The Galbreath family continue to support wild life preservation and propagation, through their support of Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservatory, The World Wild Life Federation and other organizations dedicated to conservation.

                    Big Darby Creek runs straight through the farm and is a protected designated National and State "Scenic Waterway" that flows through the Darby Plain and extends west and south down the Ohio River into the state of Kentucky. Darby Dan Farm is named for the creek and John's son Dan.

                    The farm include a 1/8 mile training track plus a six-stall starting gate, used to school the yearlings. There is a thirty-two stall training barn, which incorporates a completely covered 1/8 mile track. In addition, there are 21 other large barns with 100 stalls, a large cattle barn, a breeding barn, and a stallion barn. Also located on the property are 39 houses.

                    Darby Dan Farm bred and raced Chateaugay, 1963 Kentucky Derby winner, Proud Clarion, 1967 Kentucky Derby winner, Roberto, 1972 English Derby winner and Proud Truth, 1985 Breeder's Cup Classic winner. In addition, champions Primonetta, Little Current, Tempest Queen and Sunshine Forever were raised and raced under the Darby Dan banner. Darby Dan Farm is one of two places in the world to both breed and own the Derby winners on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean; the Kentucky Derby and the English Derby.

                    John Galbreath was the franchise owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1945 to 1985. Under John's tenure the Pirates won three world championships in 1960, 1971 and 1979. Mr. Galbreath was the first owner to break the "Million Dollar Mark" when he signed Dave Parker to a multiple year contract in 1979. He also had the privilege of signing Hall of Fame player Roberto Clemente. John was often seen at the top of the big hill at Darby Dan Farm in the front seat of his convertible, watching the sun set and listening to the Pirates on the car AM radio.
                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 01-18-2012, 10:39 AM.


                    • #12
                      Daniel Edward Murtaugh---AKA Danny Murtaugh

                      Born: October 8, 1917, Chester, PA
                      Died: January 13, 1976, Chester, PA, age 59, d. heart attack, buried at St. Peter's & Paul's Cemetery, Springfield, PA

                      Pittsburgh Pirates, 1957 - 1964, 1970 - 1971, 1973 - 1976

                      Pittsburgh Pirates, 1956 - 1957

                      Won 2 pennants and 2 Divisions. But also came in 4th or lower 7 times. Won World Series in 1960 & 1971.

                      Managing Record
                      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-22-2011, 10:35 AM.


                      • #13
                        I have fond memories of the Pittsburgh Pirates as a child. I started watching baseball in 1976 during the Pirates greatest decade. The Pirates of the 1970's were a great fracnchise.

                        2 World Series titles
                        2 NL Pennants
                        6 NL East titles
                        3 2nd-Place finishes
                        1 3rd-Place finish (finished 1.5 games back)
                        Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis


                        • #14
                          James Otis Crandall---AKA Doc Crandall

                          Born: October 8, 1887, Wadena, IN
                          Died: August 17, 1951, Bell, CA

                          ML player: 1908 - 1916, pitcher and infielder. Mostly NL and Federal L.
                          Pittsburgh Pirates' coach, 1931 - 1934.


                          • #15
                            Grover Allen Hartley

                            Born: July 2, 1888, Osgood, IN
                            Died: October 19, 1964, Daytona Beach, FL

                            ML player: 1911 - 1917; 1924 - 1927; 1929, 1930, 1934.

                            ML Coaching History:
                            Cleveland Indians: 1928 - 1930
                            Pittsburgh Pirates: 1931 - 1933
                            St. Louis Browns: 1934 - 1936
                            New York Giants: 1946
                            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 01-18-2012, 10:36 AM.


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