Saturday, November 1, 2014

11/1: Ham Hyatt, Larry French, Miguel Dilone, Gary Redus...

Ham Hyatt, Larry French, Miguel Dilone, Gary Redus...
  • 1884 - PH Robert Hamilton “Ham” Hyatt was born in Buncombe County, NC. Nominally a 1B/OF but used mainly as a pinch-hitter, Hyatt played for the Bucs from 1910-11, went to the minors for a year and returned from 1912-14, hitting .267 for Pittsburgh.
  • 1907 - LHP Larry French was born in Visalia, California. He started his 14 year career in Pittsburgh (1929-34) and had a line of 87-83/3.50, winning 15 or more games four times as a Pirate. French won 197 games before he hung ‘em up and was an All-Star for the Cubs in 1940. He’s still remembered for his 1933 “Soap Game.” With an 8-0 lead in the ninth, Larry ducked out of the Forbes Field bullpen to get to the showers first. The pesky Boston Braves tied the game, and the unrinsed hurler was summoned from the bullpen with soap still dripping down his face. It didn’t hurt his performance; he tossed 1-⅔ IP perfectly and got the win in ten innings.

Larry French via The Baseball Hobbyist
  • 1954 - OF Miguel Dilone was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He played parts of five seasons for Pittsburgh, from 1974-77 and again in 1983, but mustered just 75 PA and a .145 BA over that span and was used primarily as a pinch runner, finishing his with 267 swiped sacks, 23 as a Pirate. Dilone carved out a 12 year MLB career and had a .265 lifetime BA while playing for seven teams.
  • 1956 - 1B/OF Gary Redus was born in Tanner, Alabama. Redus played off the bench for five years (1988-92) with three division winning teams as a Pirate, hitting .255 in 398 Buc games. His biggest day as a Buc was on August 25th, 1989 when he hit for the cycle in a 12–3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Gary Redus - 1989 Donruss series

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