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This Day in Pirate History - 12/10   
Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1965, the Pirates traded away long time ace, Bob Friend who won 191 games for the Bucs from 1951-1965 (For more on Friend's Pirates career see Nov 24th history). In return the Pirates received from the Yankees, pitcher Pete Mikkelsen. Pete would have a good year out of the bullpen going 9-8 3.07 with 14 saves in 71 appearances. He would finish 2nd in the league in games pitched and 6th in saves.

In 1967, Pete would struggle and not make it to the end of the season,instead moving on to the Cubs. His stats with the Bucs in '67 were 1-2 4.31, with 2 saves in 32 games. The Pirates also received cash from the Yankees in the trade. Bob Friend pitched just 12 games for the Yankees, going 1-4 4.84 before going on to the Mets where he finished his career at the end of the 1966 season.

On this date in 1947, the Pirates bought pitcher Elmer Riddle from the Reds. It would prove to be a great buy the first year as he made the All-Star team for the only time in his career. He went 12-10 with a 3.49 ERA, good for 10th in the NL. He also finished top-10 in the league in complete games and shutouts.

Riddle, the previous 4 seasons would pitch just 32 games and win just 4 while twice posting ERA's above 8.00. It was a drastic drop from his 19-4 2.24 season in 1941 and 21-11 2.63 in 1943. Unfortunately Elmer's success with the Pirates lasted just the one season. He went 1-8 5.33 in 1949 before being released. He would not play in the majors again.

On this date in 2000 the Pirates signed Derek "Operation Shutdown" Bell in what would arguably be the worst signing in their history. For the record, Bell hit .173 with 5 HR's and 13 RBI's in 46 games.

On to players born on this date. Bob Priddy, born on this date in 1939, played for the Pirates in 1962 and 1964. A native of Pittsburgh, he made his debut for the hometown team on Sept. 20, 1962. He would pitch 2 games, throwing 3 innings in relief total, giving up 1 run and winning one of those games. In 1964, he would pitch in 19 games, all in relief, going 1-2 3.93 with 1 save. Priddy would move on to the Giants the next season. He wore #31 and #35 while with the Bucs.

Frank Shugart, born on this date in 1866, was a shortstop for the Bucs from 1891-93. The 1891 season was his NL debut, he did play in the Players League the season before. He would hit .275 3HR 33RBI's and steal 21 bases his first season while starting 75 games. The next year he would hit .267 over 137 games, driving in 62 runs and finishing 10th in the league in triples. Before being sent to the Cardinals during the 1893 season, Frank would hit .262 with 32 RBI's in 52 games for the Bucs.

Frank would be replaced at shortstop by "Pebbly" Jack Glass*censormode* who came over from the Cardinals. In his day he was considered one of, if not the top shortstop in baseball. Glass*censormode* was 33 at the time of the trade, 7 years older then Shugart and near the end of his 17 year career which saw him hit .290 with 825 RBI's and 372 stolen bases, although RBI's and stolen bases weren't officially kept during his entire career. He also had 1163 runs scored and 2040 hits.

As a member of the Pirates, Glass*censormode* hit .341 with 71 RBI's in 66 games in 1893 after coming over from the Cardinals. The next season he hit .280 with 61 RBI's in 86 games, it would be his last year with the team.

Finally, Stan Gray, born in 1888 on this date, played for the 1912 Pirates. After getting called up at the end of the 1912 season, he played just 6 games, starting 4 at first base. His debut was in a 7-3 loss to Brooklyn on Sept 17th. He hit .250 (5 for 20) and had 2RBI's and his only extra base hit was a triple. He also scored 4 runs and made no errors. It would be his only ML experience. The 1912 Pirates finished 93-58, but it was good enough for only 2nd, 10 games behind the Giants.

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