This Day in Pirate History - 1/24

Sunday, January 24 2010 @ 05:18 am UTC

Contributed by: Staff

By 81omar_moreno

Born on this date in Pirates history was a player named Johnny Dickshot, who played for the Bucs from 1936-38. Born John Oscar Dicksus in 1910, he was nicknamed "Ugly" when he was a player. He started the 1936 season with the Bucs and made his ML debut on April 16th, but lasted just 9 games that season, playing 1 game in the outfield (his only career game in center field) pinch hit the rest of the games, and he had 2 hits in 9 at-bats. The next season he was a backup outfielder, playing 58 games in left field, 6 in rightfield and 82 total. He hit .254 total and drove in 33 runs.

His last year with the Bucs he was used sparingly, hitting just .229 in 29 games. He played for the Giants the next year and then didn't play in the majors again till 1944 during the war when he resurfaced with the White Sox. In his last year in the majors in 1945 he hit .302 with 58 RBI's and 18 stolen bases (The previous 5 seasons he had 5 total stolen bases). During all of Johnny's 3 seasons with the Pirates he played alongside the Waner Brothers, who are both Hall of Famers.

Dave Brain, who played for the Pirates in 1905, was born on this date in 1879 in England. He was acquired by the Pirates from the Cardinals for George McBride on July 4th, 1905. He played 85 games with the Bucs that year, and hit .257 with 46 RBI's while playing third base. While with the Bucs he became the only player to hit 3 triples in a game twice in one season. Brain was part of a great trade for the Bucs which brought them Hall of Famer Vic Willis from the Braves for Del Howard, Brain and Vive Lindaman. Willis went on to help the Bucs win the 1909 World Series.

While with the Braves in 1907 Brain led the NL in home runs with 10, but didn't hit another home in the majors after that, and he wasn't the first man to accomplish this dubious feat. Fred Odwell of the Reds led the NL in homers in 1905 with 9, but didn't hit another in his last 2 seasons despite almost 500 at-bats.

Born in 1906, Stu Clarke played for the 1929-30 Pirates. A middle infielder,he played 41 games at shortstop and hit .264 with 21 RBI's overall in 57 games during his rookie year. He lost his shortstop job to all-star Dick Bartell (Nov. 22nd article) the next season. Bartell had the job for one year before being traded, then Tony Thevenow(nov 6th) took over till losing it to Hall of Famer Arky Vaughan (Dec. 12th) who held the job for 10 years and never hit below .300

The next season Clarke played just 4 games, 2 at second base and he had 4 hits in 9 at-bats in what would be his last ML appearance. He hit .273 career in 61 games and he had 8 triples,1 more than his homer and double total combined. In the field he struggled at shortstop, making 19 errors in 41 games there, but made just 1 error in 18 games between third base and second.

Tim Jones, who turns 49 today, was a big right-hander who pitched 3 games for the 1977 Pirates. A late season callup he made his ML debut on September 4th during an 8-2 loss vs the Dodgers. In 10 innings that season, he gave up 0 runs, while winning 1 game. He was a switch hitter too, but batted just twice in the majors going 0-2 during his only career start. The Pirates finished 96-66 that year (despite having 3 starting pitchers with below .500 records), but it was good for just 2nd place as the Phillies won 101 games. That year was Tim's only in the majors.

Ross Powell, a left handed pitcher born in 1968, finished his 3 year ML career as a member of the 1995 Pirates. While with the Bucs in 12 games, 3 as a starter, he went 0-2 5.23 after coming over from the Astros midseason. In his brief career he pitched 48 games, going 0-5 5.40 with no saves either.

Finally, Wally Judnich who finished his 7 year career with the 1949 Pirates was born on this date in 1917. Wally had a great year his rookie season in 1940 hitting .303 with 24 homers, 89 RBI's and 97 runs scored. He had 2 more good years including 1941 when he hit .284/14/83 with 90 runs and 1942 when he hit .313/17/82 and scored 78 runs. Wally lost the next 3 seasons though to the war and when he returned his numbers dropped. After hitting just .259 over the next 3 years, he joined the Bucs for the 1949 season. The left-handed hitting/throwing center fielder lasted just 10 games with the Pirates and hit .229 with 1 RBI to end his career. In 790 career games he hit .281 with 90 HR's and 420 RBI's.


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