This Day in Pirate History - 1/28

Thursday, January 28 2010 @ 05:24 am UTC

Contributed by: Staff

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history, 2 former Bucs gained induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1968, Kiki Cuyler was selected by the veterans committee (along with Goose Goslin). Cuyler, who was featured in the Nov. 28th article, played outfield for the Pirates from 1921-1927. Over his 18 year career he hit .321 in 1879 games with 4 different teams.

Bill McKechnie, who managed the Pirates from 1922-1926 and played for them in 1907, 1910-1912, 1918 and 1920 was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962. He was selected by the Veterans Committee, who also selected Edd Roush. McKechnie led the Bucs to their 2nd World Series title in 1925. He was elected for his managerial record, as he wasn't much of a player. He won 2 W.S. total and 4 pennants in 25 years while winning 1896 games, 11th most all-time.

Players born on this date include Moses "Chief" Yellowhorse who was a right handed pitcher for the 1921-22 Pirates. Born in 1898, he made the opening day roster in 1921, his rookie season, but pitched just 10 games that year. He did well though, in 4 starts and 6 relief appearances, he went 5-3 2.98 with a save. He missed significant time with a groin injury that year. The next season, which would be his last in the majors, he pitched 28 games, 5 as a starter and had a 3-1 record, but his ERA rose to 4.52. In 1922 he hit .316 after going 0-17 in 1921.

Alf Anderson, born in 1914, played shortstop for the 1941-42 Pirates, then returned for 2 games with the 1946 team after missing 2 years in the war. In 1941, as a rookie, Alf hit .231 with 10 RBI's in 70 games. The Pirates regular shortstop that season was Hall of Famer Arky Vaughan who was in his last season with the team. The next year Anderson hit .271 in 54 games, but his lack of power, speed and below average fielding made him a bench player most of the year. Pete Coscarart got most of the time at short that year even though he hit just .228. Alf returned to play 2 games in 1946 as a pinch hitter, going 0-1 with a walk in what would be his last ML experience.

Emil Yde, born in 1900 was a left handed switch hitting pitcher for the Pirates from 1924-1927. He was on 2 World Series clubs, the 1925 team that won and the 1927 team that lost 4 games to 0 to the Yankees. He played in just one game each year, giving up 3 runs in 2 1/3 innings in a game 4 start of the '25 series, which he lost to Walter Johnson. In the 1927 series, he pinch hit once and scored a run. In Emil's rookie year (1924) he went 16-3 2.83 in 33 games. He started 22 and pitched 14 complete games with 4 shutouts. The next season he went 17-9, but had an ERA of 4.13.

He dropped to 8-7 the next season before struggling in 1927 when he went 1-3 9.71 in 9 games and spent time in the minors. He finished his career 2 years later with the Tigers and in 5 years total went 49-25 4.02 in 141 games. Emil was used often in his career as a pinch hitter and in 317 at-bats he hit .233 with 28 RBI's.

Carlos Bernier, who played just one year in the majors as a member of the 1953 Pirates was born on this date in 1927. He played all 3 outfield positions, spending 57 of his 105 games in center field. Carlos hit just .213 with 31 RBI's in 310 at-bats. He did hit 8 triples (8th in the NL, and he hit 3 in one game on May 2nd) and stole 15 bases (good for 6th in the NL), but he was also caught stealing 14 times. Carlos a small right-hander, born in Puerto Rico, wore #17 with the Bucs. He was the all-time stolen base leader in the Puerto Rican League till Rickey Henderson broke his mark in 1981.

Bob Muncrief, born in 1916, played part of the 1949 season with the Pirates. He was a long time pitcher for the Browns who played for the last W.S. winning Cleveland Indians in 1948 right before joining the Bucs. While with the Bucs he didn't fair so well, going just 1-5 6.31 in 13 games before joining the Cubs to finish the season. Bob pitched briefly in 1951 ending his 12 year career with a 80-82 record in 288 games. He also pitched in the World Series for the 1944 Browns.

Finally, Chris Peters who played for the 1996-2000 Pirates teams turns 33 today. A left hander, drafted in the 37th round by the Pirates in 1993, Chris went 2-4 5.63 in 10 games in his rookie season in 1996. After going 2-2 in 31 games in 1997 he spent his first full season in the majors in 1998 and he went 8-10 3.47 in 39 games, 21 as a starter. The next 2 years he split between Nashville and the majors, he struggled in 1999, but pitched well in relief in 2000 posting a 2.86 ERA in 18 games. Chris was signed by the Expos on January 10,2001 and last appeared in the majors with Montreal that year.


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