1918 - Utlilityman Tommy O’Brien (he played everywhere but pitcher & catcher) was born in Anniston, Alabama. He started his career as a Pirate, hitting .301 between 1942-45, but was in the minors from 1946-48, returning to play again in the AL in 1949-50.
1938 - In a poll of writers by the Associated Press, the Pittsburgh Pirates were selected as the biggest disappointment in sports for the year, edging out the Rice Owls football team. The Pirates had a 3-½ game lead after September 22nd, but lost six of their final seven games to finish the season two games behind the Cubs.
1983 - The Pirates signed 37 year old OF Amos Otis. A five-time All-Star with the Kansas City Royals, Otis hit .165 in 40 games for the Bucs. He was released in August and never played in the majors again.
1998 - The Pirates traded RHP Jon Lieber to the Cubs for OF Brant Brown. Lieber would win 93 games over the next nine seasons, going 20-6 in 2001, while Brown would be done as a major leaguer after the 2000 season.
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