On this date in Pirates History, 5 different former Bucs over 4 different years gained Hall of Fame inductions. The most prominant is the player who I consider to be the best player to ever wear a Bucs uniform and that is Honus Wagner. He was a member of the Pirates from 1900-1917, and in his career he batted .327 with 3430 hits, 1736 runs and 1732 RBI's. He's also 3rd all-time in triples and 8th in doubles.
Wagner was elected in 1936, and was part of the greatest hall of fame class ever which included, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson. Also 3 years to the day prior, Wagner was named coach of the Pirates, rejoining the team for the first time since he retired and he would stick with them till early 1952 as a coach.
In 1964, both Burliegh Grimes and Heinie Manush were elected the the Hall of Fame. Grimes started his career with the Bucs in 1916 and lasted 2 years, but rejoined the team for the 1928-29 seasons, again left and again rejoined them for one last time in 1934 for 8 games. He won 270 games career over 19 seasons, with 48 of them as a member of the Bucs. Heinie Manush didnt have much of a career with the Pirates, playing small parts of 2 seasons with them 1938-39. He did however have a pretty good career hitting .330 over 2008 games, with over 2500 career hits.
In 1969, Waite Hoyt gained his Hall of Fame entry. A star pitcher for the Yankees during 6 of their World Series appearances during the 1920's, he played for the Bucs from 1933-37. He won 35 of his career 237 wins while with the Pirates, but he was mainly used in relief while with them. The 5th player, and most recent was Freddie Lindstrom who played for the Pirates in 1933-34. He was mainly a 3rd baseman before joining the Pirates, but while he was with the team they had 3 future Hall of Famers playing at once in the outfield, as he was alongside Paul and Lloyd Waner. Freddie batted .311 career over 13 seasons, spent mostly with the Giants. Lindstrom was elected in 1976.
On this date in 1970 the Bucs traded Bo Belinsky to the Reds for Dennis Ribant. Bo pitched just 8 games for the Bucs and went 0-3 4.58, and to that point in his career he was 28-51 4.10. He would pitch just 3 games for the Reds in what would be his last ML experience. Dennis Ribant was a 6 year veteran at the time of the trade and he had played previously for the Bucs in 1967. He was 24-29 3.87 in 149 games before rejoining the Pirates, but he never appeared for them (or anyone else in the majors) ending his career in the minors.
Players born on this date include Fred Walters who was a lefty reliever in 1955-56. Born in 1927, he made his ML debut on Sept 20,1955 with the Pirates. In 2 relief appearances that year, he threw 5 innings giving up 2 runs with no decisions. The next season he appeared in 23 games, starting 5 and posting a 2-2 2.82 record. That would be his last season in the majors. At bat he went just 1-21 but his one hit was a bases loaded triple. He was also flawless in the field in his 25 games. Fred wore #34, #35 and #36 with the Bucs in that order.
Bill Abstein, who was born in 1883, played for the Pirates in 1906 and then again in 1909, when he was the regular 1st baseman. In 1906, he appeared in 8 games, with his ML debut coming on Sept 25th. He played 2B and RF and hit .200 with 3 RBI's. After spending all of the next 2 seasons in the minors, he earned the starting 1st base job and in 137 games he hit .260 with 70 RBI's (7th in the NL) and 16 stolen bases. The Pirates made their 2nd W.S. appearance in the teams history, and in the postseason Bill hit .231 with 2 RBIs as the Bucs won in 7 games over the Tigers. The next season Abstein played for the Browns and after hitting just .149 in 25 games, his major league career was over.
Manny Sarmiento, born in 1956, played for the Pirates in 1982-83. He had previously played parts of 5 seasons in the majors, but did not play in the big leagues in 1981 (spent with Pawtucket-AAA). His first year with the Pirates he started 17 of his 35 games and went 9-4 3.39 with 1 save. In 1983, his last season in the majors, he pitched 52 games in relief, posting a 2.99 ERA with 4 saves. Manny finished 26-22 3.49 in 228 games. He wore #38 while with the Bucs.
John Tudor, who turns 49, today played 1 year for the Pirates in 1984. He was acquired by the Pirates on Dec. 6, 1983 from the Red Sox for Mike Easler. Tudor had played 5 years with the Sox and had won 13 games each of the last 2 seasons. With the Bucs he went 12-11 3.27 in 32 starts. The Pirates had 3 starting pitchers go 12-11 that year with John Candelaria and Larry McWilliams being the other 2. On Dec. 12, 1984 the Pirates traded Tudor along with Brian Harper to the Cardinals for George Hendricks and a minor leaguer. John went 117-72 career in his 12 seasons.
Finally, Pat Clements, a lefty reliever who played for the Bucs in 1985-86 was born on this date in 1962. He came over from the Angels along with Mike Brown and Bob Kipper for George Hendricks, John Candelaria and Al Holland. In 27 games he went 0-2 3.67 in 1985. The next year he went 0-4 2.80 in 65 games, and led Pirates pitchers in appearances. The following offseason he was part of the trade that brought Doug Drabek and Brian Fisher over from the Yankees and sent Cecilio Guante and Rick Rhoden to the Yanks. Despite no wins in 92 appearances for the Pirates, Clements went 17-5 the rest of his career which lasted till 1992.