Saturday, January 3, 2015

1/3: AJ, Gus Suhr, Ka-Ching, Clemente Memorial Fund, Joe Randa...

AJ, Gus Suhr, Ka-Ching, Clemente Memorial Fund, Joe Randa...
  • 1906 - 1B August "Gus" Suhr was born in San Francisco. He spent 9-1/2 seasons (1930-39) with the Pirates, hitting .279 with a .386 OPB and driving in 818 runs, earning an All-Star berth in 1936. Suhr played 1,339 games at first base for Pittsburgh, a team record, and once held the NL standard of 822 consecutive games played, which lasted until 1957. The streak-snapping game he missed wasn’t due to injury; he took off to attend his mother’s funeral. 
Gus Suhr 1935 Diamond Star series
  • 1961 - The Pittsburgh Press reported that the Pirate owners collected their first dividend check since buying the club off the Dreyfuss family in 1946, citing the increased attendance and World Series championship. They got $4/share. John Galbreath was the main man and majority team owner from 1946-85. 
  • 1973 - President Nixon gave a $1,000 check in Roberto Clemente's memory to the Nicaraguan embassy. At his request, Dan Galbreath, owner of the Pirates, along with Dave Giusti and Steve Blass, met with him at the White House to discuss setting up a fund in Clemente's honor to aid the survivors of the earthquake. Thus was born the Roberto Clemente Memorial Fund to aid the earthquake victims with Richard Nixon as the first donor. 
  • 1977 - RHP AJ Burnett was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The veteran tossed for two years in Pittsburgh (2012-13) after being obtained from the Yankees in a Gotham salary dump. His Pirate line was 26-21 with a 3.41 ERA, averaging a whiff per frame. After a lost season in Philly, he returned to the Bucs for his self-proclaimed final year in 2015. 
AJ - photo by Keith Allison on Flickr via Wikipedia
  • 2006 - 3B Joe Randa was signed as a free agent for his second go-around with the Pirates. He was inked to a $4M deal, nearly double his 2005 salary at Cincinnati. Joe hit .267 in 89 games in what would be his last MLB season, losing his job to Freddy Sanchez and then announcing his retirement in November.

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