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After 20 years, the Pirates finally played a few meaningful games in October. The Bucs finished their postseason with a 3-3 record, falling to the Cardinals in the NLDS. The month has historically been pretty good to the Bucs.

Oct. 1, 1903: The Pirates capture the first World Series game ever played, beating Cy Young and the Boston Red Sox 7-3.

Oct. 1, 2013: One hundred and ten years after winning the first World Series game every played, the Bucs won the first playoff game in the history of PNC Park, routing the Reds 6-2 behind Francisco Liriano's dominating pitching performance and two homeruns by Russell Martin.

Oct. 2, 1920: Pittsburgh drops the first two of three games to Cincinnati in what is baseball’s only triple-header of the century. The third game, which lasts only six innings, is called for darkness.

Oct. 5, 1979: En route to capping a sweep of the Reds in the NLCS, Willie Stargell clubs a homerun and is named series MVP.

Oct. 6, 1971: The Pirates win the N.L. pennant after defeating the Giants 9-5. Steve Blass squares off against the Giants’ Gaylord Perry, though both pitchers poor outings do not factor into the final.

Oct. 8, 1917: Danny Murtaugh, who finished with a .540 winning percentage in 2,068 games as Pirates manager, is born. Murtaugh played with Pittsburgh from 1948-1951, batting .264, before becoming the team’s manager in 1957 and winning the World Series title in 1960 and 1971.

Oct. 9, 1947: Former Pirates pitcher Bob Moose is born. Moose spent his entire 10-year career with Pittsburgh, winning 76 games with a 3.50 ERA. In September 1969, the Pirate hurler tossed a no-hitter against the Mets at Shea Stadium. His career ended abruptly when he died in a car crash, on his 29th birthday, after the 1976 season.

Oct. 10, 1986: Current Pirates center fielder and three-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen is born. The former first round pick has led Pittsburgh in Wins Above Replacement in each season since his first full year in 2010, and is the focal point of the first Pirates team to record a winning record since 1992.

Oct. 11, 1979: With the scored at 2-2 entering the ninth inning of the World Series, Pirates catcher Manny Sanguillen pinch hits with two outs and drives in Ed Ott for the winning run. Kent Tekulve retires the Orioles in order in the bottom-half to tie the Series at one game apiece.

Oct. 13, 1903: The Pirates lose the eighth game of the first ever World Series to the Boston Americans, 3-0. Deacon Phillippe sPiratestarted his fifth contest of the nine-game series, hurling eight innings and yielding three runs – two earned – on eight hits and no walks.

Oct. 13, 1960: Bill Mazeroski’s ninth-inning, walk-off homerun against the Yankees wins Pittsburgh its third World Series title. The Game 7 series-clinching homer is still the only such of its kind in World Series history.

Oct. 13, 1971: The World Series is played as a night game for the first time in league history. The Pirates take this one, the fourth game of the series, by a 4-3 score over the Orioles at Three Rivers Stadium. Milt May’s pinch-hit single in the seventh scores Bob Robertson and Pittsburgh ties the series at 2-2.

Oct. 14, 1971: Pittsburgh takes a 3-2 World Series lead over Baltimore, due in large part to pitcher Nellie Briles. Then 28, Briles tossed a two-hit shutout while striking out two Orioles in a game at Three Rivers Stadium that lasted just 2:16.

Oct. 14, 1979: Pittsburgh’s Jim Rooker, at 36, staves off a Baltimore World Series victory by pitching five innings and allowing just one run. Bert Blyleven followed Rooker by going four innings and surrendering no runs on three hits and a walk as the Pirates win 7-1.

Oct. 15, 1925: The Pirates are victorious in Game 7 of the World Series, defeating Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators, 9-7. Pittsburgh trailed 3-1 in the series before storming back to capture the franchise’s second championship.

Oct. 16, 1909: Babe Adams, a 27-year-old rookie, leads Pittsburgh to its first World Series title by throwing a complete game shutout against the Detroit Tigers in Game 7. In a matchup of Pittsburgh’s Honus Wagner and Detroit’s Ty Cobb, the Pirates star drove in two runs and recorded a triple; Cobb finished the game 0-for-4.

Oct. 16, 1971: Pittsburgh wins the World Series over Baltimore in seven games. Steve Blass goes the distance, allowing just one run, while Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell both homer in the 4-1 victory.

Oct. 18, 1973: The Pirates trade second baseman Dave Cash to the Phillies for pitcher Ken Brett. Cash, then 25, was coming off a season in which he hit .271; Brett, also 25 at the time, had just posted a 3.44 ERA in 211 2/3 innings with Philadelphia.

Oct. 21, 1969: Pittsburgh acquires pitcher Dave Giusti and catcher Dave Ricketts for catcher Carl Taylor and outfielder Frank Vanzin. Giusti went on to pitch Pirates618 innings with the Pirates, saving 133 games – the fourth most in franchise history – with a 2.94 ERA.

Oct. 25, 1955: Branch Rickey leaves his general manager position to Joe L. Brown.

Oct. 27, 1922: Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, second in Pirates history with 301 homeruns, is born.

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