Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2002
Today is a busy day in Pirates history with a big trade, an award announced and a strange birthday occurrence.
First, on this date in 1996, the Pirates completed a 9 player trade sending 2B Carlos Garcia, OF/1B Orlando Merced and reliever Dan Plesac to the Blue Jays for Jose Silva, Jose Pett, Brandon Cromer and 3 prospects to be named later, one of which is current Bucs infielder Abraham Nunez.
On this date in 1990, Pirates ace Doug Drabek was announced as the Cy Young award winner, compiling a 22-6 record with an ERA of 2.76. Doug would receive all but one first place vote, which would go to the Dodgers Ramon Martinez. Drabek would lead the team to the postseason, where he would go 1-1 1.65 ERA vs the Reds.
Born on this date in 1967 was Pirates pitcher Paul Wagner. Wagner came up with the Bucs in 1992 and went 2-0 with an ERA of 0.69. The next 4 seasons he would appear in 122 games, starting 74, compiling a record of 24-40 and posting ERA's in the 4.00's 3 of the 4 seasons.
In 1997 He would start the season in the bullpen for the Bucs appearing in 14 games with no record before going on the 60 day disabled list. He would be reassigned to the minors and eventually signed with the Brewers for whom he would appear in 2 games late in the season.
Born on this date in 1898 was pitcher Claude Willoughby who was sent to the Bucs from the Phillies with Tommy Thevenow for Dick Bartell (see nov. 6th Pirates History article). He played just 9 games for the Pirates during the 1931 season, losing his only 2 decisions in what would be the end of his major league career.
Finally, born on this date in 1881 were Pirates teammates on the 1905 squad, Jim Wallace and Fred Carisch. Fred would have the better career of the two, making his debut during the Pirates first W.S. season in 1903. He would be a backup catcher for the Bucs for 4 years and occasionally played 1st base during the 1904 season. He would appear in just 78 games from 1903-1906, hitting .229 (60-262) with 1 HR and 21 RBI's. After the 1906 season he would spend the next 5 years in the minors before resurfacing with the Indians in 1912.
Wallace would appear in just 7 games during the 1905 season and in his career, starting in right field all 7 games, he would have 6 hits in 29 at-bats (.207) getting 3 RBI's and 2 stolen bases. He would also throw out 3 runners in those 7 games. Jim made his debut during a doubleheader vs the Boston Braves on August 24th. He was apparently a good luck charm for the Bucs as they won 19 of the next 21 games.