Sunday, March 2, 2014

3/2: Chick Robataille, Frank Colman, Cal Abrams, Don Schwall...

Chick Robataille, Frank Colman, Cal Abrams, Don Schwall...

  • 1879 - RHP Chick Robataille was born in Whitehall, New York. He spent his two year MLB career as a Pirate (1904-05), going 12-8 with a 2.56 ERA. 
  • 1918 - 1B/OF/PH Frank Colman was born in London, Ontario. The Canadian played for the Bucs at the start of his career (1941-46), getting just 373 PA and hitting .233. In 1947, Frank’s career ended with the Yankees when a leg injury followed by surgery finished his MLB playing days. 

 Frank Colman from Facepack
  • 1924 - OF Cal “Abie” Abrams was born in Philadelphia. He spent 1953 in Pittsburgh as the starting RF, hitting .286 with 15 HR, and was traded early in 1954 to Baltimore for P Dick Littlefield. 
  • 1936 - RHP Don Schwall was born in Wilkes-Barre. After an All-Conference basketball career at Oklahoma, he won the AL Rookie of the Year honors in 1961 with the Red Sox, beating out teammate Yaz. He settled into journeyman status and was converted to the bullpen later in his career by the Bucs. He was a Pirate from 1963-66, going 22-23-4 with a 3.23 ERA.

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