Sunday, November 24, 2013

11/24: Bob Friend, Al Martin, Doug Drabek, Million Dollar Arms, Zach Duke...

Bob Friend, Al Martin, Doug Drabek, Million Dollar Arms, Zach Duke...

  • 1930 - RHP Bob Friend was born in Lafayette, Indiana. A three-time All-Star pitcher for the Pirates, he averaged 232 IP and 13 victories for some of the worst teams in baseball. As a 24-year-old in 1955, Friend became the first pitcher to lead his league in ERA while pitching for a last-place team. He led the NL in victories once, innings pitched twice, games started three times, and WAR for pitchers twice, going 191-218/3.55 in 15 years (1951-65) as a Buc. 
  • 1967 - OF Al Martin was born in West Covina, California. Martin played eight years (1992-99) for Pittsburgh, hitting .280 with 107 HR. His best season was 1996, when he hit .300 with 18 HR, 72 RBI and 38 stolen bases. 

 Al Martin - Upper Deck 1992

  • 1986 - In a pitcher swap, the Yankees dealt Doug Drabek, Brian Fisher, and Logan Easley to the Bucs for Rick Rhoden, Cecilio Guante, and Pat Clements. Drabek went on to win the NL Cy Young in 1990. 
  • 2008 - The Pirates became the first MLB team to sign players from India when they inked pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, winners of a reality show called "The Million Dollar Arm Hunt." Singh pitched with the Bucs' organization until 2012 while Patel was released in 2010.
  • 2010 - After six years as a Pirate, Pittsburgh traded LHP Zach Duke to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a PTBNL (RHP Cesar Valdez).

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