On this date in 1967, two former members of the Pirates were elected to the Hall of Fame. First was outfielder Lloyd Waner who joined his brother in the HOF. Paul was elected in 1952.Lloyd was a member of the Bucs from 1927-1941, and rejoined the team to finish his career from 1944-45. He batted over .300 ten times, while playing center field along side his brother from 1927-1940. In 18 seasons and 1993 games, Lloyd had 2459 hits, scored 1201 runs and hit .316 total.
Branch Rickey, who was the Bucs GM from Nov 6th, 1950-October 25, 1955, was also elected to the Hall of Fame with Waner. Obviously his time with the Bucs wasn't what got him into the Hall of Fame, as they lost at least 90 games every year and had 3 straight 100 loss seasons from 1952-54. Before Rickey joined the Pirates they had 4 straight seasons with over a million fans in attendance, but they dropped below a million his first year and the total dropped every year to a low of 469,000+ in 1955. Rickey made his name is baseball foremost with the signing of Jackie Robinson, but also with the Cardinals earlier on in his GM days. He was also a player and a manager.
In 1961, Max Carey was elected to the Hall of Fame. A member of the Pirates from 1910-1926 he played in 2476 games career and amassed 2665 hits. He is 9th all-time in stolen bases with 738. In the 1925 World Series, he hit .458, scored 6 runs and stole 3 bases in the Bucs 7 game series win. More on Max's career in the January 11th article.
On this date in 1949, the Pirates signed right handed pitcher Murry Dickson. A 32 year old, who played parts of 7 seasons for the Cardinals, Murry would pitch 5 years for the Bucs and win at least 10 games every year, but also lose double digits every year too. He went 20-16 for a Pirates team that lost 90 games in 1951 and overall in his 5 years he compiled a 66-85 record in 238 games. He made his only career All-Star game appearance in 1953, his last year with the Bucs, despite leading the league in losses for the 2nd of 3 straight seasons.
In 1971, the Pirates traded Matty Alou and George Brunet to the Cardinals for Vic Davalillo and Nelson Briles. Matty played 5 years for the Bucs and hit over .330 four of those seasons, finishing in the top-4 in the league each year from 1966-69. He led the league in average, hits and doubles once, at-bats twice and made 2 All-Star teams(1968-69) while with the Pirates. Brunet was a 14 year veteran, who pitched just 12 games for the Bucs, all in 1970. He went 1-1 2.70 after coming over from the Senators midseason.
Vic Davalillo was a 33 year old part-time outfielder who hit .311 for the Cardinals the previous season. He played 2 1/2 years for the Bucs and hit .285 in 99 games for the 1971 Championship team. He batted just twice in the NLCS going 0-2 and in 3 World Series at-bats he went 1-3 and scored a run. He batted a career high .318 the next season in 117 games, but dropped to .181 in 1973 before joining the A's to finish the season.
Nelson Briles was a 26 year old pitcher who had some good seasons, but was coming off his worst season when he would turn it back around while with the Bucs. He went 8-4 3.04 in 1971 and pitched a complete game 2 hit shutout in game 5 of the W.S. vs the Orioles. He would play 2 more years for the Bucs and win 14 games each year while posting ERA's of 3.08 in 1972 and 2.84 in 1973. He finished 36-28 over 98 games with the Bucs, throwing 5 shutouts in 74 starts.
Finally, the only player born on this date was Jason Schmidt who pitched for the Bucs from 1996-2001. He was acquired from the Braves for Denny Neagle on August 28, 1996 and he finished the season going 2-2 for the Pirates in 6 starts. The next year he went 10-9 4.60 in 32 starts and increased his win total each year to 11 in 1998 and 13 in 1999. He spent almost all of 2000 on the DL, starting just 11 games. In 2001, he went 6-6 4.61 in 14 games before being traded to the Giants for John VanderWal for Armando Rios and Ryan Vogelsong. Jason turns 30 today.