Tuesday, January 27, 2015

1/27: Otis and St. Mary's Joe...

Otis and St. Mary's Joe...
  • 1876 - OF Otis Clymer was born in Pine Grove (Schuylkill County) Pennsylvania. Clymer started his career in Pittsburgh, playing from 1905-07, when the often injured OF’er was traded to Washington after hitting .285 during his Pirate days. He was a feisty guy, getting into a fight with Reds 1B Cliff Blankenship during a 2-1 win at Expo Park in 1905. It started when Clymer spiked Blankenship as a payback for an event a few days prior when the Reds infielder ran into Honus Wagner. Blankenship won the fight but not the war as he was pelted with bottles (and even a knife was tossed from the stands) by heated Bucco fans after the pair were ejected, per The Baseball Library. A more memorable moment came in 1908 when Otis hit for the cycle while a Cub. 
Otis Clymer at the dish as a Washington Senator (photo via All Posters)
  • 2011 - St. Mary’s native Joe Beimel signed a minor league deal with the Bucs, reuniting him with both the Pirates and his former manager, Clint Hurdle. The lefty reliever started the year on the DL with forearm stiffness, pitched six weeks to a 5.33 ERA, went back on the DL and was DFA’ed in August. He had TJ surgery in 2012, and returned as a Mariner in 2014, going 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 56 games at age 37.
St. Mary's Joe in 2011 (photo by Peter Diana/Post Gazette) 

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