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1899 Pittsburgh Pirates

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1898 / 1900

76-73, Finished 7th in National League (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Bill Watkins (7-15) and Patsy Donovan (69-58)
Scored 841 runs, Allowed 771 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 80-69

Ballparks: Exposition Park III · Attendance: 251,834 (6th of 12)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
Batting - 99, Pitching - 98 · one-year: Batting - 99, Pitching - 98

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1898 / 1900 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from October 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

December 2, 1898

Traded Bill Gray and Bill Hart to Milwaukee (Western). Received Ginger Beaumont.

December 14, 1898

Traded Jack O'Brien, Dick Padden and Jimmy Slagle to the Washington Senators. Received Heinie Reitz.


Purchased Jimmy Williams from Kansas City (Western).

April 13, 1899 (Standings)

Loaned Tom O'Brien to the New York Giants.

June, 1899 (Standings)

Released Billy Rhines.

June 18, 1899 (Standings)

Purchased John O'Brien from the Baltimore Orioles.

July, 1899 (Standings)

Purchased Jack Chesbro from Richmond (Atlantic).

August 5, 1899 (Standings)

Released Willie Clark.

September, 1899 (Standings)

Purchased Pop Dillon from Buffalo (Western) for $1,500.

September 9, 1899 (Standings)

Purchased Chummy Gray from Buffalo (Western) for $1,000.

October, 1899 (Standings)

Tom O'Brien returned by the New York Giants as part of earlier loan.

December 8, 1899

Traded Jack Chesbro, George Fox, Art Madison, John O'Brien and $25,000 to the Louisville Colonels. Received Fred Clarke, Bert Cunningham, Mike Kelley, Tacks Latimer, Tommy Leach, Tom Messitt, Deacon Phillippe, Claude Ritchey, Rube Waddell, Jack Wadsworth, Honus Wagner and Chief Zimmer.

December 12, 1899

Sold Jack McCarthy to the Chicago Orphans for $2,000.

January, 1900

Sold Patsy Donovan to the St. Louis Cardinals for $1,000.

February, 1900

Sold Tully Sparks to the Philadelphia Phillies.

March, 1900

Sold Mike Kelley to Indianapolis (American). (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

Released Bill Hoffer. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

Traded Heinie Reitz to Milwaukee (American). Received a player to be named later. Milwaukee (American) sent Harry Smith (September, 1900) to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete the trade.

March 9, 1900

Frank Bowerman assigned from roster onto the New York Giants.

Jack Chesbro, George Fox, Art Madison and John O'Brien assigned onto roster from the Louisville Colonels.

Sold Bert Cunningham to the Chicago Orphans.

March 15, 1900

Sold Art Madison to Indianapolis (American). (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

April, 1900

Released George Fox.

Released John O'Brien.

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1898 / 1900 Trades and Transactions