Short column today, but I promise I'll make it up to everyone tomorrow. Only 3 players born on this date starting with Joe Marshall who played for the 1903 Pirates team that went to the W.S. Born in 1876, the little righty made his ML debut on September 7th of that season and would go on to play 10 games that year. At bat he hit .261 (6-23) with 2 RBI's, he also scored 2 runs and had a double and 2 triples.
In the field Marshall played 3 games at SS (the Bucs had a decent SS that year named Wagner), 2 in LF (the Bucs had a decent LF named Fred Clarke) and one game in both CF and 2B. He made an error in his only appearance at second, but none at the other 3 positions although he was helped by the fact he had no chances in the OF during those 3 games. Joe did not appear in the World Series that the Pirates would lose to the Red Sox (then named Pilgrims) 5 games to 3 in a best of 9 series.
After the 1903 season Joe spent the next 2 years in the minors, but would make one last appearance as a member of the 1906 Cardinals. In 33 games he hit just .158 with 6 RBI's while playing RF and 1B. He went by the nickname "Home run Joe", but in his 2 short seasons he did not hit a homer in the majors.
Chris Zachary who played for the 1973 Pirates was born on this date in 1944. He made his ML debut as a teenager with the Houston Colt 45's who were in just their 2nd season of existance. He played 5 partial seasons for them, pitching 46 games total with a 6-16 record. After playing all of 1968 in the minors he joined the expansion Royals in their inagural season, but lasted just 8 games. One more year in the minors then he played for the 1971 Cardinals, then had his best year with the 1972 Tigers going 1-1 1.41 in 25 games as a reliever.
In Zachary's last season in the majors in 1973, he pitched 6 games for the Bucs, all in relief and he went 0-1 3.00 with 1 save. All total, Chris pitched 9 seasons and finished with a 10-29 record, not having one above .500 season to his credit. In his only postseason appearance, as a member of the Tigers in 1972 Vs. the A's, he gave up one run without getting an out (he walked the only better he faced). Chris pitched one complete game in his career, a 10-0 shutout vs the Cubs Fergie Jenkins on May 27, 1971, but Chris in turn would get shutout in his next start vs Doc Ellis and the Pirates 9-0.
Finally, Miguel Batista, who last year played for the Diamondbacks, turns 32 today. He began his ML career as a member of the 1992 Pirates. He was originally a member of the Expos, but was taken in the 1991 Rule 5 expansion draft by the Pirates. The right-handed pitcher made his ML debut on April 11, 1992 and in a 7-4 loss to the Phillies he gave up 2 runs (including a HR) in 2 innings. He did not appear in another game for the Bucs as they instead returned him to the Expos on April 23rd. He next appeared in the majors as a member of the 1996 Marlins, and he was also a member of the 2001 World Champion Diamondbacks. In 8 seasons total his record stands at 32-41 4.62 in 218 games, 92 as a starter. While with the Bucs during that one unmemorable appearance he wore #53.