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Monday, January 30 2023 @ 07:53 am UTC
This Day in Pirate History - 2/17   
By 81omar_moreno

Former players born on this date include Charles "Whammy" Douglas, whose career didn't amount to much, but he was part of an important trade made by the Bucs. Born in 1935, the right-handed starter joined the Bucs on July 29, 1957 and lost to the Cardinals 4-0. He got his 1st win vs Don Newcombe and the Dodgers on August 11th, in the second game of a doubleheader. Douglas finished the season 3-3 3.26 in 11 games, 8 as a starter.

After not appearing in the majors in 1958 the Bucs on January 30, 1959 traded Whammy, along with Johnny Powers, Jim Pendelton, Frank Thomas and cash to the Reds for Harvey Haddix, Don Hoak and Smoky Burgess (more on this trade in the January 30th article). Douglas would not appear in the majors again after 1957.

Eddie Phillips, who played for the 1931 Pirates had an interesting 6 seasons in the majors. Born in 1901, Eddie was a weak hitting catcher who made his ML debut with the 1924 Braves. After just 3 games, he spent the next 4 season in the minors before appearing with the 1929 Tigers. After one more full season in the minors he made the 1931 Pirates, and had his best season. In 106 games, he hit .232 with 7 HR's and 44 RBI's. The next year he appeared briefly for the Yankees, followed by another full season in the minors then playing for the Senators in 1934 and Indians in 1935 before ending his career. Thats 6 seasons (over 12 years time) and 6 different teams. In 312 games he batted .237 career.

Dave Wissman played one year in the majors, as a member of the 1964 Bucs. Born in 1941 Dave made his ML debut on September 15th of that year. He played 16 games total, 10 in the field (7 in LF and 3 in CF). At bat he went just 4-27 (.148) with all 4 hits being singles, no RBI's and 2 runs scored. He also struck out 9 times with just 1 walk. At least he was flawless in the field handling all 11 of his chances. Dave wore #2 while with the Bucs.

Rivington Bisland, who was born in 1890, made his ML debut as a member of the 1912 Pirates. On September 13th, in a game Vs the Phillies in Philadelphia, Bisland was called on to pinch hit, and he made an out in what would be his only appearance in a Bucs uniform. The next year he played with the Browns before finishing his career with the Indians in 1915. In 31 career games, he hit just .118 (12-102) with only one extra base hit. He was a shortstop playing 27 of his 31 ML games there.

Finally, Ed Brandt who pitched 2 years for the Pirates in 1937-38 was born on this date in 1905. The left-handed starter had played 8 years for the Braves and one(1936) for the Dodgers going 105-132 total. From 1931-34 Ed won 68 games and twice finished top-5 in the NL in ERA and 3 times finished top-10 in strikeouts. With the Bucs in 1937 he went 11-10 3.11 in 33 games, 25 as a starter. He threw 2 shutouts and saved 2 games. In 1938, his last season in the majors, Ed went 5-4 3.46 in 14 starts, 24 games overall. Ed was a good hitting pitcher and was occasionally used as a pinch hitter, finishing with a .239 career average.

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