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This Day in Pirates History - 10/31   
Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

Born on this day in 1874 in Yorkshire, England was a man named Harold Smith. He was a member of the Pirates first World Series team (and 1st ML W.S. overall) in 1903.

Smith, a catcher, had an injury plagued career. Twice he played just 1 game in a season before missing a significant amount of time with an arm injury in 1905. In 1906 he was ill all but 1 game and even in 1903 he missed time with a hand injury

.When he did play, he was known for his defense and not his bat. He had just 16 extra base hits spread out over 6 seasons in 614 at-bats, including no homers. Smith made one appearance in the 1903 WS not getting any hits in 3 at-bats.

He was a backup to Eddie Phelps who he split the catching duties with during the regular season.

Smith was also known as one of the players who jumped to the American league in its inagural season in 1901. He jumped right back the next year when he joined the Pirates team for who he played for thru the 1907 season.

Smith went on to play for and briefly manage the Boston Braves after his Pirates career.

Also on this date in 1973 the Pirates made a great trade, getting Jerry Reuss from the Astros for Milt May. Reuss was a sub .500 pitcher, but only 24 years old at the time.

When he reached the Bucs, his career took off. He won 58 games the next 4 seasons, including seasons of 18-11 and 16-11. He made an All-Star appearance in 1975.

May, who was a back-up for Manny Sanguillen, went on to play just 2 seasons for the Astros. He eventually came back to the Bucs where he finished out his career.

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