After eight highly successful years as a Pirate, including a batting title in 1902, Ginger Beaumont was sent packing to the Boston Braves, along with pitcher Patsy Flaherty and their solid second baseman throughout the championship years, Claude Ritchey. In return came Ed Abbaticchio a second baseman who the Pirates got for his supposed better all around play. What they ended up giving up what a second baseman in Ritchey who had a better fielding percentage that Abbaticchio two out of three years (although Ed would out hit him two out of three also knocking in 82 RBI’s good for second in the NL in 1907) a centerfielder in Beaumont who rebounded from his poor 1906 showing to hit .322 and a pitcher in Flaherty who was 12-15 with a 2.70 ERA.
Goat Anderson was a rookie center fielder that took over for Beaumont. He would hit only .206 in his one and only major league season.
Despite the poor one-sided trade, the Bucs still finished in second as Wagner won yet another batting title with a .350 average and Tommy Leach broke the .300 mark for the first time since 1901.
On the mound, Howie Camnitz began what would be a wonderful career in Pittsburgh with a 13-8-2.15 season in his first full year. He would also follow Leifield’s lead with a shortened 5-inning no-hitter on August 23rd against the Giants. Vic Willis continued his impressive road back winning 20 games again with a 22-11 mark.
The Bucs and the Giants, two of the greatest teams in the 20th century’s first decade had a couple of controversial episodes during the season involving catcher Roger Breshnahan. On May 21st, Fred Clarke would protest Breshnahan’s use of shin pads (Breshnahan of course would win the protest) and on September 23rd when McGraw tries to put Breshnahan in the starting lineup , and is protested by Hall of Fame umpire Bill Klem after the catcher had been ejected the day before. Klem would eject McGraw in the 6th inning for arguing a call during a 2-1 Pittsburgh victory.
Overall, the Bucs would fall once again to the Cubs who followed their record setting 1906 season with 107 wins and an illusive world championship in a sweep against the Tigers.By Pirates Encyclopedia
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- Claude Ritchey, Ed Abbaticchio, Fred Clarke, Ginger Beaumont, Goat Anderson, Honus Wagner, Howie Camnitz, Lefty Leifield, Patsy Flaherty, Tommy Leach, Vic Willis