Thursday, May 23, 2013

Day In Bucco History: 5/23

Deacon Phillippe, Crazy Schmit, ending a streak, Lee Meadows, The Hound for Klu, and Gonzo...

  • 1872 - Charles “Deacon” Phillippe was born in Rural Retreat, Virginia. The righty spent 12 years with Pittsburgh (1900-11) with a Pirate line of 189-109/2.59. He went 3-2 in the 1903 World Series with a 3.07 ERA and closed out two games in the 1909 World Series, pitching six scoreless innings. 
  • 1890 - During a 17-10 New York victory at the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants swiped a record 17 sacks against the battery of rookie Crazy Schmit and veteran C George "Doggie" Miller. The Alleghenys added three steals of their own to set a game record of 20. Crazy was thought to be the first pitcher to keep a book on hitters, and earned his nickname honestly, as related by Baseball History’s piece “Crazy Schmit Stories.”
  • 1892 - The Pirates ended the Chicago Colts 13 game winning streak with a 5-4 win at South Side Stadium. 
  • 1923 - Pittsburgh sent 2B Cotton Tierney and P Whitey Glazner to the Phils for 2B Johnny Rawlings and P Lee Meadows. Meadows went 87-51 over the next five years as Glazner's replacement in the Pirate rotation, winning 20 games once and 19 twice. Whitey was out of baseball after winning 14 games in two seasons for the Phils. 
  • 1963 - The Bucs sent "The Hound," Bob Skinner, to the Reds for Jerry Lynch, who started his career in Pittsburgh. Lynch spent his last four years as a Pirate and set the pinch hit home run record of 18 (since surpassed) in a Bucco uniform. Skinner spent nine seasons with Pittsburgh, compiling a .280 BA, and lasted five more years in the show.
  • 1978 - Reliever Mike Gonzalez was born in Corpus Christi. He was drafted by the Pirates and pitched his first four seasons (2003-06) in Pittsburgh. Gonzo became a rare LH closer in 2006, earning 24 saves before being sent to Atlanta in the off season as part of the Adam LaRoche deal.

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