Monday, January 18, 2016

1/18: HBD Wandy; Welcome Aboard, Hammerin' Hank

  • 1947 - The Pirates purchased Hank Greenberg, the original "Hammerin' Hank," from the Tigers for $75,000 after a contract dispute. Team co-owner Bing Crosby celebrated the move by recording the song "Goodbye, Mr. Ball, Goodbye" with Groucho Marx and Hank after the Bucs signed him to a reported $90,000 deal, the biggest in history at that time. In his one season with Pittsburgh, he hit .249 with 25 HR/74 RBI to become the first player with a 25 homer season in both leagues, walked a league high 104 times and served as a mentor to a young Ralph Kiner. He inspired “Greenberg Gardens” when the Bucs shortened Forbes Field’s left field for him. When he retired after the season, his garden was renamed Kiner’s Korner.
Hank Greenberg 1947 Illustrated Current News
  • 1979 - LHP Wandy Rodriguez was born in Santiago Rodriguez, Dominican Republic. Wandy joined the Bucs in 2012, when he was acquired in a deadline deal from the Astros. He didn’t become a major contributor as hoped, as his 2013 season derailed after a dozen starts with arthritis in his pitching arm, and contributed just 11 wins in 25 outings, with a 3.66 ERA, as a Pirate before being released in May of 2014. 
Wandy Rodriguez 2012 Topps Update

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