Monday, January 20, 2014

1/20: The Black Babe Ruth, Carl Taylor, Adam LaRoche, DJ Carrasco, Brian Giles

The Black Babe Ruth, Carl Taylor, Adam LaRoche, DJ Carrasco, Brian Giles...
  • 1947 - Homestead Gray and Pittsburgh Crawfords C Josh Gibson, the “black Babe Ruth,” died of a stroke at the age of 35. The future Hall of Fame catcher was put to rest in an unmarked grave in Allegheny Cemetery. In 1975, Negro League teammate Ted Page paid for a granite marker that read: "Josh Gibson, 1911-1947, Legendary Baseball Player." 

 Josh Gibson's Plaque in Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1944 - UT Carl Taylor was born in Sarasota, Florida. He caught, played first and pinch hit for the Bucs in 1968-69, and again in September of 1971 for their pennant drive. His best season was far and away 1969, when he hit .348/4/33 in just 221 at-bats. 
  • 2009 - 1B Adam LaRoche signed a one-year, $7.05M contract and avoided arbitration. 
  • 2010 - RHP DJ Carrasco was signed to a one year, $950K contract. The reliever lasted until the deadline, and was packaged as part of a deal with Arizona. Carrasco was a part of the Pirate organization way back in 2002, before KC took him in that year’s Rule 5 draft from Pittsburgh's High A Carolina League club, Lynchburg. 
  • 1971 - RF Brian Giles was born in El Cajon, California. In five years with Pittsburgh, he put up a line of .308/.426/.591 with 165 HR/506 RBI and three All-Star berths.
  • Quote of the day: "I won't play for a penny less than fifteen hundred dollars." - Honus Wagner

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