Monday, October 21, 2013

10/20-21: Jocko, Marc Wilkins, Giusti & the Comeback Kids...

Jocko, Wilkins, Giusti, Expo Exhibition, Comeback Kids, Jughandle Johnny, The Possum, The Hat & Osik...

  • October 20, 1864 - UT John “Jocko” Fields was born in Cork, Ireland. Jocko played everything on the field, hitting .265 as a member of the Alleghenys (1887-89), the Burghers of the Players’ League (1889) and the Pirates in 1890.
  • October 21, 1970 - RHP Marc Wilkins was born in Mansfield, Ohio. He spent his entire six season MLB career (1996-2001) as a Bucco reliever (he started two games as a rookie), putting up a line of 19-14-3/4.28 and appearing in 70 outings during 1997.&
  • October 21, 1969 - RHP Dave Giusti and C Dave Ricketts came over from from St. Louis for 1B/OF Carl Taylor and OF Frank Vanzin. Giusti spent seven years in the Buc bullpen and earned 133 saves.
  • October 21, 2013 - LHP Francisco Liriano (16-8. 3.02) was named the Sporting News “Comeback Player of the Year” for 2013. The runner up was RHP Mark Melancon, the Bucs set-up/closer arm, and third place went to OF Marlon Byrd, who the Pirates picked up from the NY Mets during the stretch run in late August.

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