Thursday, January 8, 2015

1/8: Gene Freese, Brian Boehringer, Goose Gossage...

Gene Freese, Brian Boehringer, Goose Gossage...
  • 1934 - IF Gene Freese was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. Augie went to Wheeling Central HS and West Liberty State College, spending two stints (1955-58, 64-65) and six years with the Bucs. Mostly a reserve with Pittsburgh, he hit .247 as a Pirate. While between Bucco rosters, he started at third for three years at Cincinnati and hit 26 homers in 1961 to help the Reds to thier first NL flag in 21 years.
Gene Freese 1955 Bowman series
  • 1969 - RHP Brian Boehringer was born in St. Louis, Missouri. The reliever closed out his 10 year MLB career in Pittsburgh between 2002-04, compiling a Bucco record of 10-9-1, 4.36 ERA. He had a solid 2002 season, making 70 appearances and pitching to a 3.39 ERA, but couldn’t keep up the pace during his final two campaigns.
Brian Boehringer 2004 Topps series
  • 2008 - In his ninth year on the BBWAA's ballot, Rich “Goose” Gossage was the only player elected to the Hall of Fame. During Goose's' 22-year career, he compiled a 124-107 record, saved 310 games, and posted a 3.01 ERA. He spent 1977 as a Pirate, going 11-9-26 with a 1.62 ERA and 151 K in 133 IP. Goose was inducted on July 27th. 
Goose in the Hall of Fame - photo by Richard Drew/Associated Press

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