Posts by John Dreker

Card of the Day: 1954 Bowman Cal Abrams

Card of the Day
Today’s Card of the Day comes from the 1954 Bowman set and features outfielder Cal Abrams, who spent two seasons (1953-54) with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He came to the Pirates as part of a three-for-one deal with the Cincinnati Reds, which sent Gus Bell to Cincinnati, where he became a…

Card of the Day: 1985 Donruss Action All-Stars Johnny Ray

Card of the Day
Today’s Card of the Day is bigger than most previous cards featured here. The 1985 Donruss Action All-Star set consisted of 60 cards (59 players, one checklist) that were 3 1/2″ x 5″ in size, compared to the standard card size of 2.5″ × 3.5″. These cards were sold in…

Card of the Day: 1986 Baseball’s Best Rick Reuschel

Card of the Day
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed 35-year-old right-handed pitcher Rick Reuschel as a free agent on this date in 1985. He went on to have an outstanding first season in Pittsburgh, which led to him being included in a 44-card set put out by Fleer called Baseball’s Best, featuring 22 of the…

Card of the Day: 1933 DeLong Pie Traynor

Card of the Day
Today’s Card of the Day features Hall of Fame third baseman Pie Traynor, the best third baseman in Pittsburgh Pirates history and the man who was voted as the best third baseman in the first 100 years of baseball during Major League Baseball’s 1969 centennial celebration. Traynor was elected to…

The One Who Got Away: Nick Etten

The One Who Got Away
This one is a bit different than previous articles in this series. Nick Etten did go on to have a strong run during the war years with the New York Yankees, but that was a long time after the Pittsburgh Pirates gave up on him. His overall big league value…