Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2002
On this date in 1962, the Pirates traded first baseman Dick Stuart and pitcher Jack Lamabe to the Red Sox for pitcher Don Schwall and catcher Jim Pagliaroni. I already covered Stuart on Nov 7th, so I will sum up the Pirate careers of the other three players involved.
Lamabe played one year for the Bucs, starting his career with them in 1962, as a 25 year old rookie reliever. He would pitch 78 innings over 46 games with a record of 3-1, 2.88 ERA and 2 saves. He was part of an impressive 4 man bullpen committee that year that included Elroy Face who had 28 saves, Diomedes Olivo who was 43 at the time (62 games, 2.77 ERA) and Tom Sturdivant (49 gms. 9 wins, 3.73 ERA). Lamabe would play for 7 teams over 7 seasons and finish 33-41 with a 4.24 ERA over 285 games.
Jim Pagliaroni would play 5 seasons for the Bucs. He was their main starter in '65-66 and platooning in '63-64 with left-hand hitting veteran Smoky Burgess and backing up Jerry May, who was in his first full season in 1967. Pagliaroni, who was known more for defense than hitting, did hit .295 in 1964 and had career highs in HR's (17) and RBI's (65) in 1965.
Jim played 490 games for the Bucs and reached double figures in homeruns in each of his first 4 years with the team. He would play 2 more seasons, first going to the A's then finishing with the expansion Seattle Pilots in 1969.
Don Schwall, who had an impressive rookie season, went 15-7 with a 3.22 ERA. He won the Rookie of the Year award and made the All-Star team before coming to the Pirates after his second season which he suffered a sophomore jinx going just 9-15 with a 4.94 ERA.
At the time the Pirates acquired him he was 27. His first year he would post a respectable ERA of 3.33 but finished just 6-12. His best year with the Bucs was 1965, when working out of the bullpen. He posted an ERA of 2.92 going 9-6 with 4 saves in 43 games.
He would play with the Bucs till the middle of the '66 season when he was traded to the Braves for Lefty reliever Billy O'Dell. He would finish his career appearing in 11 games in '66 and just 1 game in 1967 all for Atlanta. He would finish 22-23 over 102 games for the Pirates.
Bucs born on this day include current pitcher Brian Meadows who tuns 27 today and Billy Almon, a utility player who played with the Bucs from 1985 till he went to the Mets in 1987. As a Buc, he played 6 different positions, all except pitcher ,catcher and 2b. His best season with the Pirates was 1985 when he hit .270 with 29 rbi's and 10 stolen bases in limited time.
In his career he played 15 seasons, playing in over 1200 games. n 1981 he narrowly missed winning comeback player of the year batting .301 as the White Sox starting shortstop the year after batting just .193 for the Mets and Expos. Billy turns 50 today.
Finally, also born on this date in 1905 was future hall of famer Freddie Lindstrom who played 2 seasons for the Bucs in 1933-34 batting .310 and .290 respectively. Lindstrom came over from the Giants, who had 7 future Hall of Famers on their team his last season with them. He batted .311 career over 13 seasons, retiring at the age of 30. His trade to the Pirates was sparked by the fact he was upset Bill Terry took over instead of him for manager John McGraw, who retired the previous season. More on Lindstrom tomorrow and how he left the Bucs.