Monday, January 19, 2015

1/19: LaRoche Comes to Pgh, Stan the Man Passes On...

LaRoche Comes to Pgh, Stan the Man Passes On...
  • 2007 - The Bucs traded LHP Mike Gonzalez and SS Brent Lillibridge to the Atlanta Braves for 1B Adam LaRoche and minor league 1B/OF Jamie Romak. Gonzo ended up injury-bitten, Lillibridge became a utility player and Romak a career minor leaguer while LaRoche has held a starting job at first for several clubs since the deal after putting up a slash of .265/58/213 in three Bucco seasons.
Adam LaRoche - 2009 Bowman series
  • 2013 - Hall of Famer Stan the Man Musial of the Cards, who was born in Donora, died at the age of 92. His 24 All-Star Game selections are more than anyone except Hank Aaron. When he retired after the 1963 season, Musial had an NL record 3,630 hits – 1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road – and a .331 batting average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969 on his first appearance on the ballot, garnering 93.2 percent of the vote. In 2001, SABR master Bill James ranked Musial the tenth-greatest baseball player in history. No wonder Mon Valley's Donora is called “The Home of Champions.”
Stan the Man - 1939 Donora HS (top row, 4th from left) (photo: Donora Historical Society)

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