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The 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates: World Series Champs


As covered here yesterday, the Pittsburgh Pirates took game seven of the 1909 World Series, bringing home their first World Series title. They were dominating during the regular season, winning 110 games, a franchise record. During the postseason, they relied on the pitching of an unlikely hero, Babe Adams, who made just twelve starts all season, but in the series he won all three of his starts.

The season and the series were covered in great detail here. This article is a recap of everything that happened from the off-season until the last pitch of the postseason, put into one place for easy access of the entire story. I have also included links below to any player, who has already been covered on this site, either on their birth date in a previous “This Date in Pirates History” column, or in an individual bio. When new players are added on the site, I will add the links to this post. Currently, 25 of the 29 players have been covered on here.

The Off-Season

Planning for 1909

The Regular Season

Part One

Part Two

Forbes Field Opener

Part Three

Season Recap

The World Series

The match-up

Game one

Game two

Game three

Game four

Game five

Game six

Game seven

The Players

Honus Wagner

Babe Adams

Sam Leever part one/ part two

Deacon Phillippe

Ed Abbaticchio

Bill Abstein

Chick Brandom

Bobby Byrne

Harry Camnitz

Kid Durbin

Sam Frock

George Gibson

Ham Hyatt

Tommy Leach

Nick Maddox part one/ part two (includes Babe Adams content)

Lefty Leifield part one/ part two (no-hitter info)

Dots Miller

Bill Powell

Mike Simon

Vic Willis

Jap Barbeau

Ward Miller

Paddy O’Connor

Chief Wilson

Howie Camnitz

John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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