This Day in Pirate History - 1/22

Friday, January 22 2010 @ 05:15 am UTC

Contributed by: Staff

By 81omar_moreno

Born on this date in Pirates history was reliever Diomedes Olivo, who made his major league debut with the 1960 Bucs at the reported age of 41. To this day his real birth year isn't known ,but it was assumed he was a little bit older at the time. Coming off an MVP season in the International League, Olivo made his ML debut on September 5th and he pitched 4 games total that year. After spending all of 1961 in the minors, Diomedes made the 1962 club and pitched fairly well that year. In 62 appearances he had a 5-1 record with 7 saves and an ERA of 2.79

On November 19, 1962 the Pirates traded Olivo and Dick Groat to the Cardinals for Pitcher Don Cardwell and shortstop Julio Gotay (more on this trade in the Nov 19th article). Olivo, who was born in the Dominican Republic, finished his ML career that year with the Cardinals, but he still pitched in the minors after and even threw a no-hitter with Toronto of the IL on July 22nd of that year. He is the second oldest player in history to make his major debut next to Satchell Paige. His son Gil Rondon and his brother Chi Chi Olivo also played in the major leagues.

Fred Cambria, who played for the pennant winning 1970 Pirates team, was born on this date in 1970 and he turns 55 today. He made his ML debut on Aug. 26th of that season and he pitched 6 games total, 5 as a starter with a record of 1-2 3.51. That season would be his only in the majors and he did not appear in the postseason. While with the Bucs he wore #36, and interestingly, he was born in a town called Cambria Heights, NY. As of late last year, Fred was coaching former little league star Danny Almonte(yeah, the 14 year old) to become a better pitcher.

Huck Geary, who played for the 1942-43 Pirates, was born on this date in 1917. A lefty hitting shortstop, he made his ML debut midseason 1942 and in 9 games he hit .227 with 2 RBI's. The next season he played 46 games at short, but hit just .151 with 13 RBI's. He lost the job to Frankie Gustine who had been with the Bucs since 1939, but had mostly played at 2nd base prior to 1943. Gustine, who hit .290 that season, will be featured in an upcoming article. Geary did not appear in the majors after 1943 and finished a .160 hitter with 12 errors in 54 games, all at shortstop. The only bright side for Huck was he struck out just 6 times in 166 at-bats in 1943.

Warren McGlaughlin, who was born on this date in 1876, was a member of the pennant winning 1902 Pirates. A left-handed pitcher, he started 3 games for the 103-36 season, won all three games and also threw a complete game in all 3 starts, posting a 2.77 ERA. Despite this record, he did not appear again for the Pirates. In his 3 year career he did not win another game, finishing 3-3 4.75. At the plate he also faired well, hitting .364 with 3 RBI's and a stolen base for the Pirates.

Finally, Jimmy Anderson, who is now a former Pirate turns 27 today. A 9th round draft pick of the Bucs in 1994 Anderson, the big lefty, made his ML debut in 1999 and went 2-1 3.99 in 4 starts and 13 games overall. The next year he started 26 games, but went just 5-11 5.25. He won a career high 9 games in 2001, while losing 17 games in 34 starts. Anderson went 8-13 last year, but posted a career high 5.44 ERA. Jimmy signed with the Reds just recently and finishes his Pirate career with a 24-42 5.17 record in 102 games.