Wednesday, January 15, 2014

1/15: Mike Mansell, Jock Menefee, Jeff Banister, Chuck Hartenstein

Mike Mansell, Jock Menefee, Jeff Banister, Chuck Hartenstein

  • 1858 - OF Mike Mansell was born in Auburn, New York. He played three seasons (1882-84) for the Alleghenys, with a .251 BA. 
  • 1868 - RHP Jock Menefee was born in Rowlesburg, West Virginia. Jock tossed three not very successful campaigns for Pittsburgh (1892, 1894-95), going 5-9/5.75. But he did have a shining moment: Menefee became the first NL pitcher to pull off a successful steal of home, against Brooklyn on July 15th, 1902, while with the Cubs. 
  • 1965 - Jeff Banister was born in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Drafted in 1986, he got one at-bat with the Bucs in 1991 and singled. Jeff is a Pirate lifer; beside going through the minor league system, he’s served as a coach or manager for the franchise since 1993. 
  • 1969 - The Pirates traded OF Manny Jimenez to the Cubs for minor league IF Ron Campbell and RHP Chuck Hartenstein. Jimenez played briefly for Chicago before fading into the minors, while Campbell never did make it to the show. Hartenstein made 56 appearances for the Bucs in 1969, with 10 saves and a 3.95 ERA, but slipped in 1970 and was traded to St. Louis. 

Topps 1969 series

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