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1953 Pittsburgh Pirates

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1952 / 1954

50-104, Finished 8th in National League (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Fred Haney (50-104)
GM: Branch Rickey
Scored 622 runs, Allowed 887 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 53-101

Ballparks: Forbes Field · Attendance: 572,757 (7th of 8)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 99, Pitching - 104 · one-year: Batting - 102, Pitching - 106

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1952 / 1954 Trades and Transactions

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

October 14, 1952

Traded Gus Bell to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Cal Abrams, Gail Henley and Joe Rossi.

October 16, 1952

Traded George Strickland and Ted Wilks to the Cleveland Indians. Received a player to be named later, Johnny Berardino and $50,000. The Cleveland Indians sent NULL (minors) (October 16, 1952) to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete the trade.

December 1, 1952

Drafted Roy Face from the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1952 rule 5 draft.

Drafted Bob Hall from Seattle (PCL) in the 1952 rule 5 draft.

Drafted Johnny Hetki from the St. Louis Browns in the 1952 rule 5 draft.

Jack Merson drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1952 rule 5 draft.

December 3, 1952

Traded Clyde McCullough to the Chicago Cubs. Received Dick Manville and $25,000.

December 15, 1952

Signed Vic Janowicz as an amateur free agent (bonus baby).

1953

Signed Ron Blackburn as an amateur free agent.

Signed Whammy Douglas as an amateur free agent.

Signed Roman Mejias as an amateur free agent.

Signed Don Williams as an amateur free agent.

Lino Donoso received from Veracruz (Mexican) in an unknown transaction.

March 19, 1953

Signed Eddie O'Brien as an amateur free agent (bonus baby).

Signed Johnny O'Brien as an amateur free agent (bonus baby).

March 25, 1953

Signed Gene Freese as an amateur free agent.

April 17, 1953 (Standings)

Selected Eddie Pellagrini off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.

May 12, 1953 (Standings)

Selected Roger Bowman off waivers from the New York Giants.

May 13, 1953 (Standings)

Sold Ed Fitz Gerald to the Washington Senators.

June 4, 1953 (Standings)

Traded Joe Garagiola, Ralph Kiner, George Metkovich and Howie Pollet to the Chicago Cubs. Received Bob Addis, Toby Atwell, George Freese, Gene Hermanski, Bob Schultz, Preston Ward and $150,000.

June 12, 1953 (Standings)

Signed Pete Naton as an amateur free agent.

June 13, 1953 (Standings)

Released Bob Addis.

June 14, 1953 (Standings)

Traded Pete Castiglione to the St. Louis Cardinals. Received Hal Rice and cash.

June 16, 1953 (Standings)

Signed Jack Shepard as an amateur free agent.

July 9, 1953 (Standings)

Signed Nick Koback as an amateur free agent (bonus baby).

August 31, 1953 (Standings)

Sold Johnny Lindell to the Philadelphia Phillies.

November 30, 1953

Drafted Jerry Lynch from the New York Yankees in the 1953 rule 5 draft.

December 1, 1953

Sonny Senerchia selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1953 minor league draft.

December 19, 1953

Sold Mike Sandlock to the Philadelphia Phillies.

December 26, 1953

Traded Danny O'Connell to the Milwaukee Braves. Received Larry Lassalle (minors), Sid Gordon, Sam Jethroe, Curt Raydon, Max Surkont, Fred Waters and $100,000.

1954

Signed Joe Trimble as a free agent.

Signed Earl Francis as an amateur free agent.

Signed Bill Mazeroski as an amateur free agent.

Signed Don Rowe as an amateur free agent.

Barney Schultz sent to the St. Louis Cardinals in an unknown transaction.

January 13, 1954

Traded Murry Dickson to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Andy Hansen, Jack Lohrke and $70,000.

February 9, 1954

Signed Walker Cooper as a free agent.

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1952 / 1954 Trades and Transactions