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This Day in Pirate History - 2/28   
By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history in 1881 Terry Turner, who played briefly for the first Pirates team to win the NL pennant, was born. Turner's Pirates career didn't amount to much, but he is known for 3 things during his career. First, he is the Indians all-time leader in games played with 1619. He is also known as being one of the first players to use a headfirst slide, a technique he used all the time because feet first slides hurt his ankles. Finally, the last feat he is known for, is probably one he would've rather not had. Terry went almost 3200 at-bats and almost 8 full seasons without hitting a home run. In fact, in his last 13 seasons, Turner hit just 1 home run.

While with the Bucs, Terry played just 2 games, getting 3 singles in 7 at-bats with 1 RBI. He made his debut August 25th, and played both games with the Bucs at 3rd base. In his career he hit .253 and finished just 1 hit shy over 1500 and just 1 run scored shy of 700. Known as a great fielder in his day, he played over 600 games at both 3rd base and shortstop, and even 250 games at 2nd base. Despite switching positions so much, his career fielding % is 20 points higher than the league average during his career.

Moose McCormick, who was also born in 1881, finished his rookie year with the 1904 Pirates team after starting the year with the Giants. On August 7, 1904 the Giants traded McCormick to the Reds for Mike Donlin, then the Reds sent him to the Pirates for Harry Sebring. Moose played 66 games for the Bucs, mostly in RF and he hit .290.

After the season the Bucs traded Moose along with 1st baseman Kitty Bransfield and pitcher Otto Krueger to the Phillies for Del Howard.Moose didn't play for the Phillies in the majors till 1908, and then he lasted just 11 games before being sent back to the Giants.

In 1912 and 1913, he was the Giants top pinch hitter and they made the World Series each year. They lost both series' and Moose went 2-6 in 7 games. In 418 career games he hit .285 with 113 RBI's. In 1909 he finished top-10 in the NL in batting, on base %,and slugging %. In an occurance that would almost certainly never happen these days, McCormick left the big leagues many times during his career to either coach or to work in the steel industry.

Jack Easton pitched 3 games for the 1894 Pirates, his last games in the majors. Born in 1867 Jack played 3 seasons in the American Association to start his career. He made his NL debut in 1892 for the original St Louis Browns, and went 2-0 in 5 games despite an ERA of 6.39 and just 4 strikeouts with 26 walks allowed. For the Bucs he went 0-1 4.12 in 3 games, pitching a complete game, but losing in his only start. Career he went 26-29 4.12 in 76 games pitched and also appeared in games at shortstop, 2nd base, RF and CF.

Born in 1899 was a Pirates pitcher who had one of the more interesting names in baseball. Ulysses Simpson Grant Stoner, who pitched 5 games for the 1930 Pirates, was known as Lil Stoner during his playing days. He had pitched 7 years for Detroit before joining the Bucs and he had a 50-58 record with them. For the Pirates he pitched all 5 games in relief and had no record and an ERA of 4.76. Stoner pitched briefly for the Phillies the next season ending his career with a 50-58 4.76 ERA in 229 games. An interesting note about both Stoner and Easton is they finished their career with the same ERA they had in their one season with the Pirates.

Finally, and I'm making a little exception just so hes not forgotten. Paul Giel, who pitched parts of 2 seasons for the Pirates including the 1960 Championship season, was born on Feb. 29, 1932. After struggling in 4 games during the 1959 season for the Bucs, Paul pitched 16 games in relief for the 1960 team. He pitched 33 innings going 2-0 5.73. Giel did not appear in the postseason and by the start of next season he was a member of the Twins in their first season in Minnesota. In 102 career games, mostly as a reliever, Paul had an 11-9 5.39 record. He also pitched for the Giants in their first year in San Francisco.

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