Sunday, March 13, 2016

3/13: HBD Eddie & Gary; Black HoF For Roberto; Crystal v Maholm

  • 1918 - Utilityman Eddie Pellagrini was born in Boston. He lost four years to the service, but still put in eight seasons in MLB, his last two (1953-54) with the Bucs, hitting .237. After retiring, Pellagrini spent 32 years as the manager of the Boston College Eagles.
  • 1940 - All purpose player Gary Kolb was born in Rock Falls, Illinois. Kolb played all three OF spots, 2B, 3B and catcher for the Bucs in 1968-69 (he played every position in the minors and all but pitcher and short in the majors), but only hit .186 and his Pirate stint was the end of his MLB career.
Gary Kolb 1968 Topps
  • 1975 - Roberto Clemente and 13 others were inducted into Las Vegas’ Black Athletes Hall of Fame. James Brown hosted the ceremony and Aretha Franklin provided the entertainment as Roberto (in memory), Roy Campanella and a dozen other athletes were honored during the affair at Caesar's Palace Convention Center.
  • 2008 - In a spring game against the Pirates, comedian and lifelong Yankee fan Billy Crystal led off as the DH after signing a one-day contract with New York. He made contact, fouling a fastball up the first base line, but was eventually struck out by Paul Maholm on six pitches. He joined Garth Brooks, Tom Selleck and most recently Will Ferrell as celebrities who appeared in a MLB exhibition game.

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