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This Day in Pirate History - 12/17   
Posted: Monday, December 16, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1998, the Pirates signed free agent pitcher Pete Schourek to a 2 year contract. The Bucs signed him away from the Red Sox whom he joined midseason in 1997. At the time of the signing, Pete had a 57-55 record over 8 seasons.

As a member of the Pirates, he would go just 4-7 5.34 over 30 games, 17 as a starter. Pete would not pitch till the end of the contract with the Bucs, instead going back to the Red Sox, where he would continue to struggle. He finished 66-77 after 11 seasons thru 2001.

Former Bucs players born on this date include Steve Parris, born in 1967, who made his ML debut as a member of the Pirates June 21,1995. He finished that season 6-6 5.38 in 15 starts. The next season, his last with the Bucs,he went 0-3 7.18 and did not pitch in the majors again till 1998. He currently pitches for the Blue Jays and is 44-46 4.67 career.

Cy Falkenberg, born in 1880, made his ML debut as a member of the 1903 Pirates team that played in the 1st World Series. Cy started the season in the bigs, but went just 1-5 despite pitching for a team that went 91-49 overall. He would pitch just 10 games in what would be his only season for the team. He went on to have a fairly successful career winning 129 more games over the next 11 seasons.

Jim Mattox, born in 1896, played for the 1922-23 Pirates teams as a backup catcher. In 1922 as a rookie, he caught 21 games and played 29 overall, while hitting .294 in 51 at-bats. The next season would be his last season in the majors.He got into 22 games, 8 as a catcher and hit .188 finishing .253 over 83 at-bats career. Jim was often used as a pinch runner although he never stole a base in his career, but did score 15 runs in his limited time.

Charlie Sands, born in 1947, was a member of the W.S. winning 1971 Pirates. He got into 1 games in the W.S. and struck out in his only at-bat. Used mainly as a pinch hitter, he also caught 3 games that 1971 season. He played 28 games total, batting 25 times with 5 hits (.200) but did drive in 5 runs and walked 7 times also. He got into 1 game the next season for the Bucs, going 0-1 as a pinch hitter. All told he played parts of 6 seasons for 4 clubs, getting into 93 games and hitting .214 total.

Finally, Marvell Wynne who played for the Bucs from 1983-85, was born on this date in 1959. As a 23 year old rookie center fielder, he batted .243 with 26 RBI's and 12 stolen bases. 1984 would be his best season in the majors, he batted .266 over 154 games and finished top-10 in the NL in at-bats, hits and triples (with 11, finishing 2nd in the league). He also stole 24 bases.

Wynne would struggle the next season, hitting just .205 in 103 games with all of his numbers dropping significantly over the previous season. He was known as a good fielder with great range, which probably helped him stay in the majors as long as he did. Marvell was traded to the Padres for Bob Patterson right before the start of the 1986 season.

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