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Wednesday, December 07 2022 @ 12:42 pm UTC
This Day in Pirate History - 2/25   
By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1999 the Pirates traded Tony Womack to the Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder Paul Weichard and a player to be named later (that player turned out to be Jason Boyd who was covered briefly in the Feb. 23rd article). Tony Womack was a 7th round draft pick by the Bucs in the 1991 amateur draft. He made his ML debut on September 10, 1993 at the age of 23. From 1993-1996 Tony played parts of 3 seasons for the Bucs, but appeared in just 37 games total.

Finally, in 1997 Womack stuck in the big leagues. He was the teams everyday 2nd baseman playing 152 games there on the season. He hit .278 with 50 RBI's and 60 stolen bases and he was named to the NL all-star squad. His 60 stolen bases also led the league, a title he would capture for 3 straight seasons. He also finished 3rd in the league in triples and at-bats. In 1998 he again played 152 games at 2nd base, and besides leading the league in stolen bases (58), he set career highs in average(.282) and hits (185). He also scored 85 runs for the 2nd straight season.

After the trade, Womack moved to right field and stole a career high 72 bases while scoring 111 runs,also a career high. The next year he moved to shortstop where he has played the last 3 seasons for the D-Backs. Tony was a member of the 2001 W.S. champs and he hit .250 in the series,scoring 3 runs and driving in another 3. In 919 career games, he's a .274 hitter with 296 stolen bases, which ranks him 14th among active players. Paul Weichard, the other player in the trade has never appeared in the majors, and this past season he batted 52 times with just 10 hits, for Lynchburg and Altoona in the Bucs minor league system.

Jim Dunn, who was born on this date in 1931, pitched 3 games for the 1952 Pirates. For the right handed reliever it would be his only big league experience. He made his debut on August 26th during a 14-7 loss to the Giants in Pittsburgh. The Pirates at the time had just a 37-91 record and were 48 games out of 1st place (they finished 42-112). Dunn pitched 5 1/3 innings total and gave up 2 runs while striking out 2 batters and allowing 7 base runners. Jim had no record and a 3.38 ERA. He made an out in his only major league at-bat.Jim wore #29 while with the Bucs.

Phil Slattery who played for the 1915 Pirates was the Jim Dunn of his day. Born in 1893 the lefty reliever, also pitched 3 games career, all for the Pirates that season. He made his debut on September 16th and just like Dunn's first game, the Pirates lost to the Giants in Pittsburgh. Slattery also had one career at bat without a hit. In 8 innings total, Phil did not give up a run, striking out 1 batter and allowing 6 base runners. He didn't have a decision, but of course had an ERA of 0.00.

The 1915 Pirates were a little better than the 1952 team Dunn pitched for. Led by manager and future Hall of Famer Fred Clarke, the Bucs finished 73-81 and in 5th place. All-time great Honus Wagner was 41 at the time and near the end of his career, but he still led the team in RBI's with 78. Center fielder and also HOF'er Max Carey led the league in stolen bases and finished 6th in runs scored with a team leading 76. Bill Hinchman in his 1st season in the majors since 1909, resurrected his career by hitting a team leading .307 while driving in 77 runs and scoring 72 times.

The other Hall of Famer on that team was a player not known to many as a member of the Pirates. Dazzy Vance, who won 197 games career despite not winning a single game before the age of 31, made his ML debut that year and lasted just one game, taking the loss. Despite the presence of 2 all-time great Pirates pitchers (Babe Adams and Wilbur Cooper) the Bucs staff was led by Al Mamaux who went 21-8 2.04 and Bob Harmon who won 16 games, while posting a 2.50 ERA. The Bucs finished with a team 2.60 ERA, 3rd best in the NL, but they hit just .246 as a team. Despite losing 8 more games than they won, the Bucs outscored their opponents by 37 runs on the season.

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