Monday, January 13, 2014

1/13: Odell Jones, Swede & Lucky, Elmer Dessens, Ryan Church

Odell Jones, Swede & Lucky, Elmer Dessens, Ryan Church

  • 1953 - RHP Odell Jones was born in Tulare, California. Jones had two stints with the Bucs, starting out in 1975, spending a year in the minors and returning from 1977-78, then coming back via trade in 1981. He went 9-12/4.28, splitting his time between the pen and starting. 
  • 1954 - The Pirates traded workhorse P Murry Dickson to the Phils for P Andy “Swede” Hansen and IF Jack "Lucky" Lohrke. Dickson won 52 games over the next decade, while neither Hansen or Lohre ever suited up for Pittsburgh. Both were sent to the top Bucco farm team, the Hollywood Stars, and retired shortly thereafter. 
  • 1971 - RHP Elmer Dessens was born in Hermosillo, Mexico. He started out with the Bucs, pitching from the bullpen from 1996-98 with a 2-8/6.12 slash. He went to Japan the following year, then came back to toss in the MLB through the 2010 season. 

  1997 Pacific Prisms - Gems of the Diamond series

  • 2010 - Ryan Church inked a $1.5M, one-year deal with the Bucs. The 31-year old outfielder was expected to be the Bucs' fourth outfielder, behind Brandon Moss, Andrew McCutchen, and Lastings Milledge. Instead, Church hit .182 and was traded to Arizona at the deadline in what was his final MLB season.

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