Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2002
Former Pirates players born on this date include Clyde Barnhart, who spent his whole career as a member of the Pirates from 1920-1928. Born in 1895, Clyde, who went by the nickname Pooch, is the father of Vic Barnhart, who played shortstop for the Pirates from 1944-46.
Clyde got called to the majors on Sept. 22nd in 1920. He got into 12 games and hit .326 with 5 RBI's in his brief trial. The starting third baseman in 1921, he hit .258 with 62 RBI's in 124 games. In 1922, Clyde moved to the outfield to make way for future Hall of Famer Pie Traynor, who played his first full season that year. Barnhart hit .330 that season in 75 games and struck out just 7 times in 209 at-bats.
In 1923, Clyde hit .324 with 72 RBI's while finishing 7th in the league in triples with 13. After a subpar 1924 season, Clyde had his best season in 1925. He batted .325 with 114 RBI's and scored 85 runs in 142 games. The Bucs won the World Series that season over the Senators and Clyde hit .250 with 5 RBI's in the 7 game series.
In 1926, in what would be one of the worst drop-offs in a single season for a player, he batted just .192 with 10 RBI's over 76 games. He was a backup when the season started behind 3 future Hall of Famers, Paul Waner, Kiki Cuyler and Max Carey. Carey was traded midseason and Cuyler took over as the regular center fielder moving from left field where Barnhart would play.
In 1927, Clyde would have a good season for them Pirates who would win the NL title before losing to the Yankees in the World Series (To this day, its the last time the Pirates have lost a W.S. they've participated in). He hit .319 with 54 RBI's over 108 games. In the 4 W.S. games, he hit .312 with 4 RBI's (The Pirates scored just 10 runs total in the series). In 1928, Clyde hit .296 in 61 games, finishing his career as a .295 hitter over 814 games.
Mike Brown who played for the Bucs in 1985 and 86 was born on this date in 1959. He was part of a 6 player trade with the Angels on August 2nd, 1985 coming over with Pat Clements and Bob Kipper for George Hendricks, Al Holland and John Cadelaria. Over the last 2 months of the season,Mike got into 57 games, 56 in right field and hit .332 with 33 RBI's. In 1986 he struggled, hitting just .218 over 71 games and was sent to the minors before being released in the offseason. He finished his career back with the Angels in 1988.
George Perez, who turns 65 today, pitched 4 games for the 1958 Pirates. A 20 year old right hander, George made his ML debut on April 17th in relief. It was the 2nd game of the season and the Bucs ended up losing 6-1 to the Braves. Perez would pitch in just 3 more gmaes before being sent to the minors and he finished his career 0-1 5.40 with 1 save in 8 1/3 innings. At the plate George struck out in both of his at-bats.
Emil Brown, who played for the Pirates from 1997-2001 before being traded to the Padres, was born on this date in 1974. Brown started the season with the Pirates in 1997 after being selected in the rule 5 draft from the A's. He got into just 66 games, batting 95 times and hitting just .179. In 1998, he spent most of the year in the minors and hit .330 before being called up and in 13 games he hit .256.
After spending time on the DL in 1999, he hit .307 in his first stop at Triple-A. He got into just 6 games with the Pirates and went 2-14. In 2000, Emil again spent time on the DL and split his season between the minors and majors. With the Pirates he hit .218 over 50 games. The next year after hitting .203 in 61 games, the Bucs gave up on Brown and traded him to San Diego for minor leaguers Shawn Camp and Shawn Garrett.
Finally, current Bucs shortstop Jack Wilson turns 25 today. Flash has been with the Pirates since making the opening day roster in 2001, although he did spend some time in the minors before returning to stay in early June. He was acquired by the Bucs from the Cardinals for Jason Christiansen on July 30, 2000. Happy birthday Jack!