Monday, February 3, 2014

2/3: A couple odd events; Billy Herman HOF...

A couple odd events; Billy Herman to the Hall...

  • 1901 - Pirate utilityman Tom O’Brien, who was born in Verona, died from “consumption” caused by drinking sea water. He was sailing to Cuba on a ball playing tour, got sea sick, and was allegedly advised by one of his tour teammates that the cure was to drink sea water. This was one time the cure proved worse than the disease. 
  •  1975 - The Special Veterans Committee selected 2B Billy Herman (Cubs, Dodgers, Braves and Pirates) for the Hall of Fame. He spent his final season in 1947 as a Bucco player/manager, getting into 15 games and hitting .213. Herman was inducted on August 18th. 

Billy Herman image from Joey Scoll's collection

  • 1982 - Minor league C Angel Rodriguez‚ who played for the Pirates' Alexandria club (Carolina League), was suspended from organized baseball for one year for telling opposing Latin American batters what pitches were coming. Rodriguez had been suspended by the Pirates after spilling the beans during an August 19th game against Lynchburg.

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