After winning their first World Series title in 1909, the Pirates could manage just a third place finish the following year. Led by the hitting of Honus Wagner, the managing and play of Fred Clarke, and a strong pitching staff, Pittsburgh still won 86 games against just 67 defeats. The offense that season was near the middle of the pack, finishing fourth with 655 runs scored. The pitching staff had a 2.83 ERA, good for third in the league, while the team finished with the third best fielding percentage in the NL, all leading to a third place finish overall, 17 games back of the first place Chicago Cubs. On this page, we have the links for the 1909 Pirates page, as well as the 1909-10 off-season moves, the full 1910 season recap, and then bios for any player that has been covered already in our daily “This Date in Pirates History” column. This page will be updated as new bios are written, until all 33 players who put on a Pirates uniform during the 1910 season are covered. Currently 30 have been finished.
1910 Pirates Season
Lefty Leifield part one/ part two (first no-hitter)
Nick Maddox part one / part two (with info on Babe Adams)
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.