In August of 1957, Bobby Bragan was let go as manager and replaced by Danny Murtaugh, who led the Pirates to a 26-25 record to finish the season. And in 1958, the Pirates improved to 84-70. They slipped to 78-76 in 1959 and in 1960 the Pirates went 95-59 and won the World Series.
Is anyone holding out similar hopes for the 2006 Pirates to improve that much in the next three years?
And who will be the Pirates All-Star representative (the game is in Pittsburgh this year)? In 1957, it was this guy. Presumably, Jason Bay would be the leading candidate.
The 1952 Pirates had an even worse start at 4-19 and they finished 42-112.