Tuesday, February 3, 2015

2/3: Tom O'Brien, Herman in the Hall, Angel Is Everything But...

Tom O'Brien, Herman in the Hall, Angel Is Everything But...
  • 1901 - Pirate utilityman Tom O’Brien, who was born in Verona, died at the age of 27  from “consumption” (pneumonia) complicated by drinking sea water, which he had been told would cure him. His death left a big void in the Buc lineup, filled by rookie Kitty Bransfield.
Tom O'Brien photo via Baseball Reference
  • 1975 - The Special Veterans Committee selected 2B Billy Herman (Cubs, Dodgers, Braves and Pirates) for the Hall of Fame. He spent his final season in 1947 as a Bucco player/manager, getting into 15 games and hitting .213. Herman was inducted on August 18th.
Billy Herman 1947 photo via tnfoto from Out of the Park Development
  • 1982 - Minor league C Angel Rodriguez‚ 20, who played for the Pirates' Alexandria club (Carolina League), was suspended from organized baseball for one year for telling opposing Latin American batters what pitches were coming, in Spanish. Rodriguez had been suspended by the Pirates during an August 19th game against Lynchburg, and baseball added its punishment after investigators had obtained written statements from eight umpires and several managers. He returned to baseball in 1984, but never got past the AAA level.

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