Wednesday, March 9, 2016

3/9: HBD Billy, Joe, Arky & Ronnie

  • 1893 - RF Billy Southworth was born in Harvard, Nebraska. He was a Buc from 1918-20, hitting .294, and then was traded as part of the package for Rabbit Maranville. Southworth reached the Hall of Fame thanks mainly to his managing chops; he won two World Series with the Cardinals.
  • 1897 - RHP Ralph Fenton “Joe” Dawson was born in Bow, Washington. He tossed for the Bucs from 1927-29, mostly from the pen, and went 11-17-3 with a 4.15 ERA. Joe tossed a scoreless frame in the 1927 World Series and hit pretty well for a hurler with a .257 Pirate BA. 
Joe Dawson (photo The Sporting News/Rogers Photo Service)
  • 1912 - Hall-of-Fame SS Floyd “Arky” (for his birth state) Vaughan was born in Clifty, Arkansas. Vaughan compiled a .318 BA during a 14-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1932-41) and Brooklyn Dodgers. He was named to nine All-Star teams during that span. Arky hit at least .300 in all 10 of his seasons with the Pirates, walked 937 times during his career while striking out just 276 times and in 1941, he became the first player to hit two home runs in an All Star game.
  • 1932 - RHP Ronnie Kline was born in Callery, Butler County. He spent eight of his 17 big league years (1952, 55-59, 68-69) hurling for the Bucs, going 66-91-14/3.77 for Pittsburgh. Called the “Callery Hummer,” he became the mayor of Callery after he hung up the spikes. He remained there until he passed away at the age of 70.

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