Saturday, November 22, 2014

11/22: Dick Bartell, Guy Bush + Big Jim, & the Great One Joins the Club...

Dick Bartell, Guy Bush + Big Jim, & the Great One Joins the Club...
  • 1907 - IF Dick Bartell was born in Chicago. He began his 18 year MLB career with Pittsburgh (1927-30) and hit .301 as a Bucco before being traded to the Phillies after butting heads with Pirate owner Barney Dreyfuss; it seems fitting his nickname was “Rowdy Richard.” But he still added 14 more seasons to his resume, missing a couple of years during WW2, and made a pair of All-Star teams. 
Dick Bartell - 1928 via Out Of the Park Baseball
  • 1934 - The Pirates acquired P Guy Bush, P Big Jim Weaver (he was 6'6"), and 1B/OF Babe Herman from the Cubs for P Larry French and OF Fred Lindstrom. French ended up the key figure; he pitched seven years for Chicago, winning 95 games, while Weaver was a Buc for three seasons and won 36 contests.
Big Jim Weaver & the Waner Brothers (copyright Mark Stewart)
  • 1954 - Pittsburgh, with the first pick, selected Roberto Clemente from the Dodgers in the Rule 5 draft, signing him to a $20,000 bonus and sending $4,000 to the Dodgers, on the recommendation of scout Clyde Sukeforth. It was money well spent for a Hall-of-Fame player with 3,000 hits, four batting titles, 15 All-Star games and 12 Golden Glove awards collected during his career.
Roberto Clemente via The Ole Ballgame

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