This Day in Pirate History - 11/22

Sunday, November 22 2009 @ 05:01 am UTC

Contributed by: Staff

Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1934, the Pirates traded away future Hall of Famer Freddie Lindstrom to the Cubs along with pitcher Larry French for Guy Bush,Jim Weaver and Babe Herman.

Herman a career .324 hitter would play just 26 games for the Bucs before being put on waivers. He would hit just .235 with 7 RBI's before joining the Reds for the second time in his career.

Guy Bush came over with a career mark of 152-101. At the time, he was 33 and coming off 7 straight seasons of at least 15 wins. He would struggle going just 11-11 with an ERA of 4.32 (last on the team). He would pitch just 16 games for the Bucs in 1936, going 1-3 with an ERA of almost 6.00 before moving on to the Braves. Guy Bush is most notable for giving up Babe Ruth's last 2 home runs and for pitching sparingly for the Reds 7 years after his last appearance when the majors were short quality players during World War 2.

Jim Weaver, who came over in the trade with probably the least expectations for the Bucs, ended up doing the best of the 3 players. A big (6'6" 230lb) right-handed pitcher, he would go 14-8 in consecutive seasons (35'-36'). He would go 8-5 in 1937, pitching mostly out of the bullpen, in what would be his last season with the Pirates. He would lead the league in shutouts in 1935, the only time he lead the league in any category.

The Pirates would finish in 4th place in both 35-36 despite having 5 future Hall of Famers on the team (the Waner bros., Pie Traynor, Arky Vaughan and Waite Hoyt), but it was actually an improvement over the 34 team which finished in 5th place despite having 7 future Hall of Famers on the roster (the previous 5 plus Lindstrom and Burleigh Grimes).

Born on this date in 1965 was Mike Benjamin, who was with the Bucs from 1999 till this past season, though he did miss all of 2001 when he was out with an injury. Benjamin batted .247 and .270 his first 2 seasons with the team before struggling this past season. He would play all 4 infield positions over his first 2 seasons, spending the majority of the time at shortstop.

Also born on this date was Dick Bartell (1907) who started his career as a teenager with the Bucs. He would bat .300 his only 3 full seasons with the Bucs before being traded to the Phillies for Tommy Thevenow and Claude Willoughby.

He would hit a career high .320 in his last season with the Bucs while driving in 75 runs, also a career high. Bartell would be the NL all-star shortstop 2 times in his career and finish with 2100+ hits, 1100+ runs and a career average .284, numbers very similar to the numbers of many Hall of Fame shortstops of his era. He would appear in 3 World Series and be on the losing side in all three.