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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.

    1897 Louisville Colonels; 52-78, .400, 11th of 12 Place, 40 g behind,---BB Ref---Source: Honus Wagner: The Life of Baseball's "Flying Dutchman", by Arthur D. Hittner, 1996, pp. 130. (Hall of Fame Archives)

    Top Row: L-R: Joe Dolan (2B/SS), Abbie Johnson (2B), 'Still' Bill Hill (P), Perry Werden (1B), Bill Wilson (C), Dick Butler (C), General Stafford (SS).

    Middle Row: L-R: Bill Clark (IF), Billy Clingman (3B), Fred Clarke (LF/Mgr.), Honus Wagner (CF), Billy Magee (P).

    Bottom Row: L-R: Roy Evans (P), Bert Cunningham (P), Chick Fraser (P), Charlie Dexter (UT).

    1898 Louisville Colonels: 70-81, .464, 9th of 12th Place, 33 g behind,---BB Ref
    ---Source: SABR's The Baseball Research Journal, 1990, #19, pp. 46.

    Standing: L-R: 'Topsy' Hartzell (OF), Bill Magee (P), Tommy Leach (IF), Deacon Phillipe (P), Bert Cunningham (P), Rube Waddel (P), Honus Wagner (1B), George Decker (1B), Charles Dexter (OF), Tom Morrison (UT), Claude Ritchey (SS), Nick Altrock (P), Pete Dowling (P).

    Sitting: L-R: Malackie Kittredge (C), Billy Clingham (3B), Walter Woods (P), Fred Clarke (LF/Mgr.), Mike 'Doc' Powers (C), Henry 'Harry' Croft (UT), 'Dummy' Hoy (OF).

    1900 Pittsburgh Pirates, 103-36, .741, 27.5 games ahead; WS (L 3-1)---BB-Ref

    Top: L-R: Tommy Leach (3B), Clarence 'Ginger' Beaumont (CF), Fred Clarke (Mgr./LF), Jack Chesbro (P), Bert Husting (P).

    Middle: L-R: Sam Leever (P), Charles 'Deacon' Phillippe (P), Tom McCreery (OF), William 'Bones' Ely (SS), William 'Pop' Schriver (C), Tom O'Brien (1B/OF).

    Bottom: L-R: John 'Jiggs' Donahue (OF), Jesse Tannehill (P), Hans Wagner (RF), Jack O'Connor (C), James 'Jimmy' Williams (3B), Claude Ritchey (2B).

    1901 Pittsburgh Pirates; 90-49, .647, 7.5 games ahead. (no WS)---BB Ref

    Top Row, L-R: Jack Chesbro (P), Chief Zimmer (C), George Merritt (P), Deacon Phillippe (P), Ed Poole (P), Honus Wagner (SS), George Yeager (C).

    Middle Row,L-R: Jimmy Burke (3B), Ed Doheny (P), Fred Clarke (LF), Jack O'Conner (C), Kitty Bransfield (1B).

    Bottom Row, L-R: Lefty Davis (RF), Tommy Leach (3B), Jesse Tannehill (P), Ginger Beaumont (CF), Claude Ritchey (2B).

    1903 Pittsburgh Pirates; 91-49, .650, 6.5 g ahead, (WS: L 5-3 to Boston Americans)---BB Ref

    Top Row, L-R: Brickyard Kennedy (P), Sam Leever (P), Deacon Phillippe (P), Ginger Beaumont (CF), Bucky Veil (P), Gus Thompson (P), Claude Ritchey (2B), Fred Carisch (C).

    Middle Row, L-R: Ed Phelps (C), Kitty Bransfield (1B), Tommy Leach (3B), Fred Clarke (LF/Mgr.), Art Weaver (C/1B), Honus Wagner (SS), Bull Smith (OF).

    Bottom Row, L-R: Joe Marshall (UF), Otto Krueger (UF), Jimmy Sebring (RF), Jack Pfiester (P).
    Note. Ed Doheny (P) was sick and Lave Winham (P) was absent when this photo was taken.

    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, 9 g behind,---BB Ref.---Player identifications provided courtesy of Gary Livacari (GaryL).

    Top, L-R: Lefty Leifield? (P), Sam Leever (P), Fred Carisch (C), Deacon Phillippe (P), Charlie Case? (P), unidentified, Homer Hillebrand (IF), Del Howard (1B), unidentified.

    Middle, L-R: Otis Clymer (RF), Ginger Beaumont (CF), Bob Ganley (OF), Heine Peitz (C), Barney Dreyfuss (Owner), Harry Smith (C), Claude Ritchey (2B), unidentified, Honus Wagner (SS).

    Front, L-R: Bill Clancy (1B), Doc Hillebrand (IF), Kaiser Wilhelm? (P), Fred Clarke (Mgr./LF), George Gibson (C), Mike Lynch (P), Otto Knabe (IF), Tommy Leach (OF).

    1905 Pittsburgh Pirates; 96-57, .627, 2nd place, 5 g behind---BB Reference

    L-R: George Gibson (C), Patsy Flaherty (P), Dave Brain (3B), Heine Pietz (C), Tommy Leach (CF), Mike Lynch (P), Charlie Case (P), Chick Robitaille (P), Fred Clarke (LF/Mgr.), Clarence 'Ginger' Beaumont (CF), Otis Clymer (RF), Doc Phillippe (P), Homer Hillebrand (P/1B), Del Howard (1B), Honus Wagner (SS), Claude Ritchey (2B).

    1906 Pittsburgh Pirates?; 93-60, .608, 3rd Place, 23.5 g behind,---BB Ref---spring training at Hot Springs, Arkansas.

    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-18-2013, 04:02 PM.

  • #2
    1909 Pittsburgh Pirates; 110-44, .724, 6.5 g ahead, (WS W 4-3 over Tigers)---BB Reference

    1909 Pittsburgh Pirates; 110-44, .724, 6.5 g ahead, (WS W 4-3 over Tigers)---BB Reference

    L-R: Ed LaForce (trainer), Tommy Leach (CF), Bobby Byrne(3B), Howie Camnitz (P), Paddy O'Connor (C), Chick Brandom? (P), Sam Leever (P), Ed Abbaticchio (IF), Ham Hyatt(OF), Nick Maddox (P), Chief Wilson (RF), Bill Abstein (1B), Vic Willis (P), Lefty Liefield (P), Bill Powell (P), Gene Moore (P), George Gibson (C), Sam Frock (P), Harry Camnitz (P), Babe Adams(P), Deacon Phillippe (P), Dots Miller (2B), Mike Simon (C), Honus Wagner (SS), Shelton, Fred Clarke (LF/Mgr.)

    1910 Pittsburg Pirates; 86-67, .562, 3rd Place, 17.5 g behind,---BB-Reference---Player identifications provided courtesy of Gary Livacari (GaryL).

    Top Row, L-R: Bud Sharp (1B/RF), Babe Adams (P), Honus Wagner (SS), "Dots" Miller (2B), Bill Powell (P), George Gibson (C), Gene Moore (P), Lefty Webb?.

    2nd Row, L-R: Ralph Cutting (P), John Flynn (1B), Nick Maddox (P), Paddy O'Connor (C), Vin Campbell?, Lefty Leifield (P).

    3rd Row, L-R: Harry Cammitz (P), Chick Brandom?, Sam Frock (P), Ham Hyatt (1B), Bridges?, Bert Humphries (P), Mike Simon (C).

    Front Row, L-R: Tommy Leach (CF), Sam Leever (P), Bobby Byrne (3B), Chief Wilson (RF), Bill McKechnie (2B), Howie Cammitz (P), Stan Gray (1B), Fred Clarke (Mgr./LF).

    1911 Pittsburgh Pirates; 85-69, .552, 3rd place, 14.5 g behind---BB Ref---Player identifications provided courtesy of Gary Livacari (GaryL).

    Top Row, L-R: Newt Hunter(1B), unidentified, Alex McCarthy? (SS), unidentified, Sherry Smith (P), unidentified, Howie Camnitz? (P), unidentified.

    2nd from Top, L-R: Elmer Steele (P), Vin Campbell? (OF), unidentified, Mike Simon (C), unidentified, unidentified, Dots Miller (2B), Max Carey (OF), unidentified, unidentified, Claude Hendrix (P).

    2nd from Bottom Row, L-R: unidentified (Trainer), unidentified, Deacon Phillippe (P), Fred Clarke (LF/Mgr.), Tommy Leach (OF), Honus Wagner (SS), Bill McKechnie (UT), Babe Adams (P), Chief Wilson (RF).

    Bottom Row, L-R: unidentified, unidentified, Kirby White (P), unidentified, Lefty Leifield (P), unidentified, George Gibson (P).

    1912 Pittsburgh Pirates; 93-58, .616, 2nd Place, 10 g behind ---BB Ref---Spring training, Hot Springs, Ark., March 22, 1912.---Player identifications provided courtesy of Gary Livacari (GaryL).[/B]
    Best I could do with this one,'s a tough one, as is '11. Again, I'm wondering is a lot of these guys were minor leaguers invited to Spring camp.

    Top, L-R: unidentified, unidentified, Ed Mensor? (OF), unidentified, unidentified, unidentified, Bill McKechnie (IF), unidentified, unidentified, unidentified, unidentified, unidentified, Hank Robinson? (P), George Gibson (C), unidentified, unidentified.

    Middle L-R: Tommy Leach (3B), Max Carey (LF), Alex McCarthy (2B), Bobby Byrne (3B), Babe Adams (P), Fred Clarke (Mgr.), Barney Dreyfuss (Owner), Sam Watters (Vice President/Treasurer), Honus Wagner (SS), Marty O'Toole (P), Claude Hendrix (P), Mike Simon (C).

    Front, L-R: Chief Wilson (CF), Dots Miller (1B), Wally Rehg (OF), Ham Hyatt? (OF), Mike Donlin (RF), Jack Ferry (P), Jimmy Viox (IF), Solly Hofman (OF), unidentified, King Cole (P), unidentified.

    1913 Pittsburgh Pirates; 78-71, .523, 4th Place, 21.5 g behind---BB Ref

    Top, L-R: Mike Simon (1B), Alex McCarthy (IF), Solly Hofman (OF), Babe Adams (P), Max Carey (CF), Dots Miller (1B), Billy Kelly (C), Wilbur Cooper (P), Hank Robinson (P).

    Middle, L-R: Chief Wilson (RF), Ham Hyatt (UT), Howie Camnitz (P), Claude Hendrix (P), Honus Wagner (SS), Fred Clarke (LF/Mgr.),

    Bottom, L-R: Art Butler (MI), Jim Viox(2B), Bobby Byrne (3B), Ed Mensor (OF), Marty O'Toole (P), Everitt Booe (OF).

    1921 Pittsburgh Pirates; 90-63, .588, 2nd Place, 4 g behind---BB Ref---Player Identifications provided courtesy of Gary Livacari (GaryL).

    Top Row, L-R: Jimmy Zinn (P), Mike Wilson (C), Johnny Morrison (P), Drew Rader (P), Clyde Barnhart (3B), Babe Adams (P), Bill Hinchman (coach), Bill Warwick (C), Ray Rohwer (OF), Whitney Glazner (P).

    Middle Row, L-R: Charlie Grimm (1B), Max Carey (CF), Cotton Tierney (2B), Earl Hamilton (P), George Gibson (Mgr.), Dave Robertson (RF), Lyle Bigbee (P), Hal Carlson (P), Wilbur Cooper (P).

    Bottom Row, L-R: Tony Brottem (C), George Cutshaw (2B), Rabbit Maranville (SS), Carson Bigbee (OF), Walter Schmidt (C), Possum Whitted (OF).

    1925 Pittsburgh Pirates; 95-58, .621, 8.5 games ahead, (WS W 4-3 over Senators)---BB Reference

    Top Row, L-R: Frazier (Trainer), Bill Hinchman (Scout), Jack Onslow (Coach), Clyde Barnhart (LF), Vic Aldridge (P), Sam Watters (Club Sec.), Barney Dreyfuss (Owner), Sam Dreyfuss (Club Treas.), Johnny Rawlings (2B), Emil Yde (P), Babe Adams (P), Johnny Morrison (P), Lee Meadows (P).

    Middle Row, L-R: Red Oldham (P), Earl Smith (C), Pie Traynor (3B), Stuffy McInnis (1B), Max Carey (CF), Bill McKechnie (Mgr.), Fred Clarke (Coach), Carson Bigbee (OF), Fresco Thompson (2B), Roy Spencer (C), George Grantham (1B), Austin (Trainer).

    Front Row, L-R: Mule Haas (OF), Eddie Moore (2B), Bud Culloton (P), Tom Sheehan (P), Mascot, Mutz Ens (Coach), Glenn Wright (SS), Kiki Cuyler (RF), Roy Kremer(P), Johnny Gooch (C).

    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-12-2013, 10:52 PM.


    • #3
      1936 Pittsburgh Pirates; 84-70, .545, 4th Place, 8 g behind---BB Ref---Spring Training

      Top L-R: unidentified, unidentified, Hal Finney? (C), unidentified, Fred Schulte (OF), unidentified, Ralph Birkofer (P), Earl Browne (OF), Bud Hafey? (OF), Red Lucas (P), William E. Benswanger (President/Treasurer), Pie Traynor (Mgr.), Bill Brubaker (IF), Johnny Dickshot (OF), Johnny Welch? (P), Jim Weaver (P), Russ Bauers (P), Bill Swift (P), Waite Hoyt (P), Jewel Ens (Coach), Honus Wagner (Coach).

      Front, L-R: unidentified, Arky Vaughan (SS), Paul Waner (RF), unidentified, Gus Suhr (1B), Tom Padden (C), Pep Young (2B), Guy Bush (P), Cy Blanton (P), Mace Brown (P), Woody Jensen (LF), Cookie Lavagetto (2B), Al Todd (C), Jack Tising (P), Mascot.

      1936 Pittsburgh Pirates; 84-70, .545, 4th Place, 8 g behind,---BB Reference

      Top Row, L-R: Russell Bauers (P), Fred Schulte (OF), Fred Lucas (P), Al Todd (C), Jack Tising (P), Hal Finnery (C).

      3rd Row, L-R: Jewel Ens (coach), Lawrence B. Coller (Secretary of Chamber of Commerce), John Wasco, Earl Browne (UT), Paul McSweep (Chairman of the sprots committee of Chamber of Commerce).

      2nd Row, L-R: Floyd 'Arky' Vaughan (SS), Mace Brown (P), Ralph Birkofer (P), Waite Hoyt (P), Spencer Woodill (C), Chilly Doyle (sports writer, Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph).

      Bottom Row, L-R: Aubrey Epps (C), Gus Suhr (1B), John Barkley (IF), William Benswanger (team President), Pie Trayner (Mgr.), Honus Wagner (coach), John Dickshot (OF).

      1941 Pittsburgh Pirates; 81-73, .526, 4th Place, 19 g behind,---BB-Reference

      Top Row, L-R: Bud Stewart (OF), Ken Heintzelman (P), Lefty Wilkie (P), Frankie Gustine (2B), Al Lopez (C), Joe Sullivan (P), Bob Klinger (P), Debs Garms (UT), Rushe, Alf Anderson (SS), Vinnie Smith (C), Shuman, Bill Brandt (P), Johnny Gee (P).

      Middle Row, L-R: Culley Rikard (OF), Nick Strincevich (P), George Asten (assistant trainer), Maurice Van Robays (LF), Max Butcher (P), Ripper Collins (UT), Bill Baker (C), Bill Clemensen (P), Dick Conger (P), Elbie Fletcher (1B), Spud Davis (C), Johnny Lanning (P), Collar (assistant secretary), Dr. Charles A. Jorgensen (trainer).

      Bottom Row, L-R: Myron O'Brisky (Forbes Field Concessionaire) Ed Leip (IF), Dutch Dietz (P), Honus Wagner (coach), Jake Flowers (coach), Frankie Frisch (Mgr.), William Benswenger (President), Mike Kelly (coach), Samuel Watters (vice-president/secretary), Bob Elliott (RF), Vince DiMaggio (CF), Stu Martin (2B), Billy Cox (SS), Rip Sewell (P).

      1942 Pittsburgh Pirates; 66-81, .449, 5th Place, 36 g behind---BB Ref

      Top Row, L-R: Hank Gornicki (P), Babe Phelps (C), Johnny Barrett (CF/RF), Maurice Van Robays (LF), Johnny Lanning (P), Dutch Dietz (P), Ken Heintzelman (P), Lefty Wilkie (P).

      Middle Row, L-R: Elbie Fletcher (1B), Bud Stewart (utility), Pete Coscarart (SS), Jimmy Wasdell (LF), Luke Hamlin (P), Bob Elliott (3B), Doc Jorgensen (Trainer).

      Bottom Row, L-R: Bob Klinger (P), Frankie Gustine (2B), Frankie Frisch (Mgr.), Virgil Davis (Coach), Rip Sewell (P), Vince DiMaggio (CF), Al Lopez (C).

      Boston Americans and Pittsburgh Pilgrims;----- Pirates BB-Reference--------------- Red Sox BB-Reference

      Photo taken October 13, 1903 before game 8 of the World Series.
      1903 Pittsburgh Pilgrims, 91-49, .650, 6.5 games ahead.
      1903 Boston Americans, 91-47, .659, 14.5 games ahead.
      Boston won the WS, 5 games to 3.
      Top row, L-R: (all Pirates in this row): Claude Ritchey (2B), Harry Smith (C), Eddie Phelps (C), Ginger Beaumont (CF), Charles 'Deacon' Phillippe (P)), Sam Lever (P), Fred 'Bucky' Veil (P), Gus Thompson (P), Tommy Leach (3B), Jimmy Sebring (RF), Bill (Junkyard) Kennedy (P), Fred Carisch (didn't play), Honus Wagner (SS).

      Middle row, L-R, (all Boston players after Clarke): Fred Clarke, (LF/Mgr.), Jimmy Collins, (3B/Mgr.), Charles 'Chick' Stahl (CF), Bill Dinneen (P), John 'Buck' Freeman (RF), Denton 'Cy' Young (P), George 'Candy' LaChance (1B), Patrick 'Patsy' Dougherty (LF), George Winter (didn't play), Charles Farrell (PH), Jack O'Brien (PH), Tom Hughes (P).

      Seated on ground, in front, L-R: Fred Parent (SS), Lou Criger (C), Albert 'Hobe' Ferris (2B).

      Absent from the pitcure was the Pirates' fine first baseman, Kitty Bransfield.

      Deacon Phillippe was the ace of the Pirates staftt, and, of course, Cy Young the ace of the Boston staff. Incredibly, Boston used only 3 pitchers in the entire 8 game series: Young, Dinneen, and Hughes.

      The little guy with the hat next to Bill Kennedy in the back row is Mike McGreevy, leader of the Boston Rooters

      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-15-2011, 01:38 PM.


      • #4
        "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?


        • #6
          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.

          --Barney's bio/photo (right) as they appeared in 1933's Who's Who
          in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson.-------------------------------------------1931

          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-06-2011, 05:37 PM.


          • #7
            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.

            August 24, 1946: Frank McKinney, Tom P. Johnson, Mrs. Dreyfuss, Sam E. Watters, Bill Benswanger, unidentified.
            Ownership change from the Dreyfuss family to the Galbreath group led by McKinney.
            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-22-2011, 09:32 AM.


            • #8
              William Edward Benswanger

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

              Pittsburgh Pirates' President, 1932 - 1946


              • #9
                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.

                August 24, 1946: Frank McKinney, Tom P. Johnson, Mrs. Dreyfuss, Sam E. Watters, Bill Benswanger, unidentified.
                Ownership change from the Dreyfuss family to the Galbreath group led by McKinney.
                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-20-2011, 12:39 AM.


                • #10
                  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.


                  • #11
                    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



                    • #12
                      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, 09:41 AM.


                      • #13
                        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.

                        THE GALBREATH RACING LEGACY
                        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.

                        THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES DYNASTY
                        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.

                        L-R: John W. Galbreath, Frank E. McKinney, H. Roy Hamey, top men in Pirates' organization.
                        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 01-18-2012, 09:39 AM.


                        • #14
                          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 ------------------March, 1971
                          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-22-2011, 09:35 AM.


                          • #15
                            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


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