Nine former Pittsburgh Pirates born on this date, including one of the best pitchers in franchise history. We also have one early transaction of note.
Bob Friend, pitcher for the 1951-65 Pirates. He won 191 games in Pittsburgh, including 22 in 1958, and he holds the team records for innings pitched (3,480.1), strikeouts (1,682) and games started (477). Unfortunately for Friend, he also suffered through the early 1950s with some of the worst Pirates teams ever, so despite a 3.55 ERA during his time with the team, he lost 218 games. He won 18 games during the 1960 World Series winning season.
The Pirates signed Friend at 18 years old in 1949 and it took him just two years to make it to the majors. His entire minor league career consisted of 246 innings in 1950. He didn’t even dominate as you would expect from someone who made that quick jump to the majors. He went 12-9, 3.08 in 190 innings for Waco of the Class-B Big State League. He also pitched three levels higher for Indianapolis of the American Association, where he went 2-4, 5.46 in 56 innings. His first four seasons were very similar while playing for those bad 1950s teams. He had a losing record, with an ERA over 4.00, while putting in an average of 170 innings. As a rookie at age 20 in 1951, he made 22 starts and 12 relief appearances, posting a 6-10, 4.27 record in 149.2 innings. The Pirates went 42-112 in 1952 and he had a 7-17, 4.18 record in 185 innings over 23 starts and 12 relief appearances. The Pirates went 50-104 in 1953 and Friend had an 8-11, 4.90 record, with 24 starts, eight relief appearances and 170.2 innings pitched. The Pirates suffered through a 53-101 season in 1954 and he had another drop in performance, going 7-12, 5.07 in 170.1 innings, with 20 starts and 15 relief outings.
Things turned around in a big way in 1955 when he led the National League with a 2.83 ERA, while going 14-9 in 200.1 innings. He got mild MVP support, finishing 16th in the voting. In 1956, he went 17-17, 3.46, leading the NL with 42 games started and 314.1 innings. He was an All-Star for the first time that season and he finished 12th in the MVP voting. He also set a career high with 19 complete games. The next year was somewhat similar, with a 14-18, 3.38, once again leading the league in starts (38) and innings (277). The Pirates were 62-92 that season, which helps explain his won/loss record. Friend set his career high in wins in 1958, though he also led the league in both hits and earned runs allowed. For a third straight year, he led the NL in games started (38). He finished the year with a 22-14, 3.68 record in 274 innings, helping the Pirates to an incredible improvement of 22 games to an 84-70 record. He ended up placing third in the Cy Young voting and sixth in the MVP voting that year.
The Pirates and Friend had a tough year in 1959 when there were high expectations for the team. He led the NL with 19 losses (with just eight victories), and his 4.03 ERA in 234.2 innings was his highest during the 1955-65 time-frame. That ERA dropped to 3.00 in 1960, as he went 18-12 in 275.2 innings. He was an All-Star for the third (and final) year during his career, back when they played two All-Star games each year. While the Pirates took home the World Series title that year over the New York Yankees, Friend struggled in the postseason, giving up ten runs in six innings over two starts and a relief appearance. In 1961, he went 14-19, 3.85 in 236 innings, leading the league in losses for a second time in his career. In 1962, he had an 18-14, 3.06 record in 261.2 innings. He led the league with a career high of five shutouts. He was even better in 1963, though it didn’t show in the record. He went 17-16, 2.34 in 268.2 innings. Friend went 13-18, 3.33 in 240.1 innings in 1964. In his final season in Pittsburgh in 1965, he had an 8-12, 3.24 record in 222 innings. That was the last of 11 straight seasons with 200+ innings.
After the 1965 season, Friend was traded to the New York Yankees for pitcher Pete Mikkelsen and cash. While it was tough for Pirates fans seeing him end his career elsewhere, Friend was traded at the right time. He had a 4.55 ERA in 130.2 innings in what ended up being his final season. He went 1-4, 4.84 in 44.2 innings for the Yankees, who sold him to the New York Mets on June 15th. Back in the NL, he went 5-8, 4.40 in 86 innings with the Mets, who released him shortly after the season ended. Friend finished up 197-230, 3.58 in 3,611 innings. He pitched 602 games, had 497 starts and he completed 163 games, with 36 shutouts.,He holds many Pirates all-time record, both good and bad, due to his longevity. He’s the franchise leader in innings, games started and innings, along with the leader in hits allowed, runs allowed, walks allowed, home runs allowed and losses.
Al Martin, outfielder for the 1992-99 Pirates. He was an eighth round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves out of high school in 1985. He debuted in the Gulf Coast League, where he hit .232 with no homers and one steal in 40 games. In 1986, he began the year in Low-A, playing for Sumter of the South Atlantic League. He hit .244 with one homer in 44 games. When short-season ball began, he reported to Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League, where he hit .331 in 63 games, with 27 extra-base hits and 11 steals. The entire 1987 season was spent in Sumter. He batted .253 in 117 games that year, with 59 runs, 18 doubles, 12 homers, 64 RBIs and 27 steals. In 1988 he was with Burlington of the Class-A Midwest League, where he batted .279 in 123 games, with 69 runs, 31 extra-base hits and 40 steals. Martin played for Durham of the Carolina League in 1989. He hit .271 in 128 games, with 84 runs scored, 38 extra-base hits and 27 steals. He moved up to Double-A in 1990, where he hit .242 in 133 games for Greenville of the Southern League. He had 64 runs scored, 32 extra-base hits and 20 steals. In 1991, he split the season between Greenville (86 games) and Richmond of the Triple-A International League. He combined to hit .254 with 24 doubles, 12 homers and 30 steals in 130 games.
Martin became a minor league free agent in October of 1991 and signed with the Pirates one month later. He played 125 games for Triple-A Buffalo of the American Association, where he hit .305 with 85 runs scored, 16 doubles, 15 triples, 20 homers and 20 steals. He debuted in the majors briefly in late July in 1992, then returned to the majors in September, playing a total of 12 games with 13 plate appearances. He was a regular for the Pirates during the 1993 season, hitting .281 with 85 runs, 26 doubles, 18 homers, 64 RBIs and 16 stolen bases, which earned him a fifth place finish in the Rookie of the Year voting. He was putting up similar numbers in 1994 before the strike shortened the season, finishing with a .286 average in 82 games, with 48 runs, nine homers and 15 steals. When play resumed in 1995, he put up a .282 average, with 70 runs scored, 25 doubles, 13 homers and 20 steals in 124 games. The 1996 campaign was his best career year, setting highs with 101 runs scored, a .300 average, 38 steals, 40 doubles, 54 walks and 72 RBIs.
When the Pirates were making their unlikely playoff run in 1997, Martin helped out by hitting .291 with 64 runs, 13 homers, 59 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. His .832 OPS was a career best at that point, though he would soon top that mark. The 1998 season was a rough one, with a career worst .239 average and .660 OPS in 125 games. His only highlight was 20 steals in 23 attempts. Martin bounced back in a big way the next year, setting career highs with 24 homers and an .844 OPS, while scoring 97 runs. For the second straight season, he went 20-for-23 in steals. He also collected 36 doubles. He was dealt away during the 2000 off-season in a deal to the San Diego Padres for three players that brought back John Vander Wal, who had a huge first season with the Pirates. Martin faded quickly after leaving the Pirates, playing three more seasons, spending time with the Padres, Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He actually did well with San Diego in 2000, hitting .306 with 11 homers, before they traded him on July 31st to the Mariners. After the deal, he hit just .231 with four homers in 42 homers over the final two months. In 2001, he hit .240 with 41 runs scored, seven homers and 42 RBIs in 100 games. He didn’t play in 2002, then returned as a member of the Devil Rays in 2003, where he batted .252 with three homers and 26 RBIs in 100 games. Martin’s career finished in 2004 after playing the season in Korea. He was a .280 hitter with 523 runs scored, 178 doubles, 107 homers, 381 RBIs and 152 stolen bases in 897 games over eight seasons with the Pirates. He ranks 21st in Pirates history in home runs and 18th in stolen bases.
Kelvin Marte, pitcher for the 2016 Pirates. His big league career consisted of two September relief appearances for the Pirates in 2016. He threw 3.1 innings, allowing five runs, though they were all unearned. He signed with the San Francisco Giants at age 19 in 2007 as an international free agent out of the Dominican. He remained in the Giants minor league system for nine seasons until becoming a free agent after 2015. His career started off outstanding, posting a 1.62 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 61 innings in the Dominican Summer League. In 2008, Marte pitched 42.2 innings of short-season ball, putting up a 2.53 ERA and 41 strikeouts. In 2009, he pitched for Augusta of the Low-A South Atlantic League, where he was limited to just five starts due to an elbow injury that resulted in Tommy John surgery. In 2010, he saw limited action as he rehabbed from the injury, throwing a total of 37.2 innings. The next year Marte reported to San Jose of the High-A California League, where he had a 12-6, 3.47 record in 147.2 innings. In 2012, he was out from Spring Training until June, though he made up lost time in winter ball. In 2013, he spent the season with San Jose, making 15 starts and ten relief appearances, going 6-4, 3.67 in 105.1 innings. He moved up to Richmond of the Double-A Eastern League in 2014, where he went 8-3, 3.83 in 87 innings. Marte then posted a 5.45 ERA in six starts with Fresno of the Pacific Coast League. He pitched poorly in Venezuela over the winter, then returned to Double-A for his final year with the Giants in 2015. He spent that last season as a starting pitcher with Richmond, where he had a 2.63 ERA in 130.1 innings.
Marte pitched well in Venezuela over the 2015-16 winter, then signed a minor league deal with the Pirates in January of 2016. He spent most of the season in Triple-A Indianapolis, where he had a 3.79 ERA in 73.2 innings over 34 appearances, four as a starter. The Pirates called him up on August 30th and he pitched back-to-back days on September 3rd/4th, recording one out in his debut, then allowing five runs over three innings in his second game. Two days after his final game, he was designated for assignment and sent to the minors, effectively ending his time with the Pirates. He had an outstanding winter season in the Dominican, though the Pirates didn’t bring him back. In 11 starts, he had a 1.84 ERA. Marte signed as a free agent with the Miami Marlins in December of 2016, and spent the entire 2017 season in Triple-A, where he made 32 appearances, getting occasional starts. He made 11 winter starts in the Dominican again, though this time it didn’t go as well, with a 4.05 ERA. He pitched in Mexico during the 2018-19 seasons, then had a rough 2018-19 winter season in the Dominican, allowing seven runs in 1.1 innings. He then played in Venezuela over the 2019-20 winter, which ended up being his final pro experience.
Jeff Salazar, outfielder for the 2009 Pirates. He was originally selected in the 35th round of the 2000 draft by the Baltimore Orioles out of Connors State College. He transferred to Oklahoma State, where in 2002 he was drafted in the eighth round by the Colorado Rockies. He debuted in pro ball with Tri-City of the short-season Northwest League, where he hit .235 with four homers, ten steals and 47 walks in 72 games. In 2003, Salazar spent the season with Asheville of the Low-A South Atlantic League, where he batted .284 with 29 homers, 98 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 129 games. The 2004 season was split between Visalia of the High-A California League and Tulsa of the Double-A Texas League. He had much better results at the lower level, posting a 1.005 OPS vs a .643 OPS with Tulsa. In 2005, he split the year between Tulsa and Colorado Springs of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, with almost identical results in each spot. He combined to hit .271 with 30 doubles, 12 homers, 17 steals and 76 walks. Salazar played in the Arizona Fall League after the season, but he hit just .137 in 21 games. He was at Colorado Springs in 2006, where he batted .265 with 30 extra-base hits and 62 runs scored in 85 games. He made it to the majors as a September call-up that year and hit .283 with one home in 19 games.
During Spring Training of 2007, Salazar was selected off of waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he spent the next two seasons. He batted .277 in 38 games in 2007, then hit .211 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 90 games (24 starts) in 2008. The Pirates signed him as a free agent on December 16, 2008, four days after being let go by the Diamondbacks. Salazar spent most of that 2009 season in Triple-A Indianapolis, where he hit .270 with ten homers in 84 games. He saw his final big league time with the 2009 Pirates, going 1-for-23 at the plate in 21 games, while seeing time at all three outfield spots. He started just one game that season. After leaving the Pirates via free agency, he spent time in Triple-A with the Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays during the regular season, and played two years of winter ball in Mexico, before retiring following the 2012 season. He was a .232 hitter in 168 big league games, with four homers, 31 RBIs, 44 walks and 44 runs scored. Despite stealing 184 bases in the minors, he attempted just seven stolen bases in the majors and was successful five times.
Mike Edwards, third baseman for the 2006 Pirates. He was a ninth round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 1995 out of Mechanicsburg Area HS (PA.). It took him eight years to make the majors and he did it with his third organization. His first three seasons were spent with Burlington of the short-season Appalachian League. He batted just .169 with two extra-base hits (both doubles) in his first year. In 1996, Edwards improved to a .282 average in 58 games, with a .763 OPS and more walks (37) than strikeouts (26). In his third year with Burlington, he hit .288 in 60 games, with 50 runs scored, 22 extra-base hits and 41 RBIs. He moved up to Columbus of the Low-A South Atlantic League in 1998, where he batted .294 in 124 games, with 82 runs scored, 34 doubles, eight homers, 81 RBIs, 16 steals and 66 walks. He advanced to High-A Kinston of the Carolina League in 1999 and hit .289 in 133 games, with 76 runs scored, 25 doubles, 16 homers, 89 RBIs and 93 walks. His slow climb continued in 2000 with a full season at Double-A, playing for Akron of the Eastern League. Edwards hit .295 in 136 games, with 25 doubles, 11 homers and 68 walks. The next season saw him play 52 games total, missing time due to injury. He batted .340 in his limited time, though he played a lot below Double-A doing rehab.
Edwards became a free agent after the 2001 season and spent 2002 with the Cincinnati Reds, mostly in Double-A, with 15 games at Triple-A. He combined to hit .318 in 134 games, with 24 doubles, 13 homers and 68 RBIs. He signed with the Oakland A’s as a free agent for the 2003 season and he hit .298 with 41 extra-base hits, 95 RBIs and 60 walks in 125 games. He debuted in the majors in late September of 2003 and received six plate appearances in four games., He spent 2004 in Triple-A with the A’s, where he hit .287 with 91 runs scored, 41 doubles, 13 homers, 81 RBIs and 76 walks. He became a free agent after the season and signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in November of 2004. Edwards spent the majority of the 2005 season in the majors, hitting .247 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 258 plate appearances. The Pirates signed him on December 30, 2005 and he saw action with the big league club in late April, late May and late June. He played 14 games in Pittsburgh, going 3-for-16 at the plate, in what would end up being his final big league season. Edwards re-signed with the Pirates for 2007, but he was released in late April without appearing in a Major League game. He finished his pro career with the Reds in Triple-A later that season. He batted .243 with 24 runs scored, three homers and 15 RBIs in 106 big league games. He had an .809 OPS in 13 minor league seasons. The Pirates also had an infielder named Mike Edwards in 1977, who was no relation.
Ralph Comstock, pitcher for the 1918 Pirates. He debuted in pro ball at 19 years old on 1907, playing for the Mount Clemens Bathers of the Class-D Southern Michigan League. It took him six years to make it to the majors, no doubt due to a rough start in the minors. There are no stats available for his first season, but we know that he had an 0-7 record in the low levels during the 1908 season, playing for two teams in the Class-D Ohio State League. The 1909 season was spent with two teams in the Class-D Blue Grass League. He pitched semi-pro ball in 1910 and made some noise when he tossed a no-hitter on July 16th with 17 strikeouts. He was back in pro ball in 1911 and he won a total of 25 games while pitching for three teams, with a large majority of his time spent in Class-D ball with Vicksburg of the Cotton States League. He moved all the way up to Minneapolis of the Double-A American Association in 1912. He pitched 125.1 innings over 36 appearances, while posting a 6-5 record. Comstock debuted in the majors late in 1913 after picking up 24 wins over two levels in the minors, playing for Minneapolis teams in both Double-A and Class-C ball. That year he went 2-5, 5.37 in 60.1 innings for the 1913 Detroit Tigers. He spent all of 1914 and part of 1915 pitching for Providence of the International League, combining to go 24-18 with 349.2 innings pitched, while also seeing time with the Boston Red Sox in April of 1915 and the Pittsburgh Rebels of the Federal League (a Major League at the time) for the last seven weeks of the season. He pitched just nine innings with the Red Sox and he had a 3.25 ERA in 52.2 innings for the Rebels.
Comstock spent the 1916 season with Milwaukee of the American Association, where he went 15-19 and pitched 244 innings. In 1917, he spent most of the year with Birmingham of the Class-A Southern Association, where he went 14-8 and threw 216 innings. He began the 1918 season back with Birmingham, where he had a 7-5 record and pitched 120 innings. The Pirates purchased his contract on June 17th and he reported to the team on July 2nd, then debuted the next day. Comstock pitched 15 games with the Pirates between July 3rd and September 1st. He went 5-6, 3.00 in 81 innings over eight starts and seven relief appearances with the Pirates. He was released outright by the Pirates on January 31, 1919, getting sent back to his club in Birmingham. Comstock didn’t play pro ball after 1918, but he did play with a semi-pro team near his home in Toledo, Ohio in 1919. His big league numbers show an 11-14, 3.72 record in 203 innings over 22 starts and 18 relief appearances.
Harry Wolfe, infielder for the 1917 Pirates. He played just three games with Pittsburgh and 12 games total in his big league career. Wolfe played eight seasons in the minors, debuting at age 23 in 1912. He hit .279 in 62 games that year for Albany of the Class-C South Atlantic League, while also batting .136 in 23 games with Atlanta of the Class-A Southern Association. Wolfe played 60 games in 1913 back in the South Atlantic League, splitting his time between Albany and Jacksonville. In 1914, he moved on to Duluth of the Northern League, which was also Class-C ball. That year he hit .252 in 125 games, with 50 runs scored, 24 extra-base hits and 26 steals. In 1915 with Duluth, he hit .328 in 85 games, with 23 extra-base hits. In 1916, Wolfe batted .302 in 121 games for Duluth, which gained the attention of the big league clubs. He was taken in the minor league draft by the Chicago Cubs, who used him sporadically through early July of 1917, giving him just six plate appearances in his nine games, all off of the bench. He had two hits, an RBI and a walk. The Pirates picked him up on waivers on July 7th and his three games with the team happened between July 13th and the 16th. He played second base and went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in his only Major League start on the 14th in game one of a doubleheader. That lone start came against Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Marquard. When Wolfe was acquired by the Pirates, it was believed that he would get plenty of chances to play because starting shortstop Chuck Ward was slumping at the plate and in the field.
On July 24th, Wolfe was released to Richmond of the Central League under an optional agreement. He never played for his new team and instead he went to independent ball, which led to a suspension by Major League Baseball. On April 5, 1918, it was announced that the Pirates sold him to Minneapolis of the American Association. His pro baseball time after that was brief due to his service in WWI, but he continued to play and run into trouble. His final season of pro ball was 1919, when he hit .251 with 18 doubles and three triples in 97 games with Louisville of the American Association. He was said to be signed by Louisville for the 1920 season, but he was playing independent ball instead. He was sold to Kansas City of the American Association in June of 1920, but he didn’t report and the sale was canceled. In April of 1921, his contract was sold to Mobile of the Southern Association, but there’s no record of him playing there and he was suspended from baseball. He played semi-pro ball in 1922-24 for a team from Huntington, Indiana. He was reinstated by baseball in 1925 and reported to Louisville in May, then was transferred to Decatur of the Three-I League, then signed with a semi-pro team in July, but didn’t last long due to a broken leg. There’s no record of him with either Louisville or Decatur that season, but he may have played a handful of games. Some old stats are missing for players who played fewer than ten games for a team. He was back to playing semi-pro ball in 1927, but that appears to be the end.
Ed Doheny, pitcher for the 1901-03 Pirates. The Pirates won three consecutive National League titles from 1901-03 and Doheny was there for all of them, posting a 38-14, 2.75 record in 487.2 innings. Unfortunately for the Pirates, he had a mental breakdown and wasn’t available during the 1903 World Series, but things got even worse after that. He had a violent incident in October of 1903 that led to him being put in an insane asylum for the final 13 years of his life.
Prior to joining the Pirates, Doheny spent seven seasons with the New York Giants, where he went 37-69, 4.26 in 917.1 innings. He debuted in pro ball with the Giants, where he made three starts during the 1895 season. His ominous 6.66 ERA was a sign of things to come later in life. He played only one game of minor league ball in 1896 with New York of the Atlantic League. The rest of the year was spent with the Giants, where he went 6-7, 4.49 in 108.1 innings. In 1897, he went 4-4, 2.12 in ten starts, completing all ten games (two were ties), with 85 innings pitched. In 1898, Doheny had a 7-19, 3.68 record in 213 innings. He saw his most big league work in 1899 when he went 14-17, 4.41 in 277.2 innings, with 31 complete games in 34 starts. He had a career high 120 strikeouts, but it also came with 158 walks. In 1900, he split the season between the American League and the National League, though the former was a minor league at the time. With Chicago (AL), he went 0-4 and lasted just 33 innings. With the Giants, he was 4-14, 5.45 in 133.2 innings.
Doheny was released by the Giants in mid-July of 1901 after they took the loss in eight of his ten appearances. The Pirates signed him on July 25th after releasing veteran shortstop Bones Ely to make roster room. Manager Fred Clarke said that Doheny showed good stuff against them and he figured a change of scenery would help the 27-year-old lefty. Doheny debuted in relief on August 5th in a one-sided game, then he got ten starts over the rest of the season and pitched great, posting a 1.80 ERA in 75 innings. He went 16-4, 2.53 in 188.1 innings for the 1902 Pirates, completing 19 of his 21 starts for the best team in franchise history (103-36 record). He then had a 16-8, 3.19 record in 222.2 innings during his final season, despite it ending early and being marred by a few incidents with the team during the season. His loss during the World Series hurt the Pirates because they were using three starters for most of the year and Sam Leever was nursing a bad arm at the time, so they had just one healthy pitcher, leaving Deacon Phillippe to start five games in the series. Doheny’s final big league stats show a 75-83, 3.73 record in 1,405 innings over 169 starts and 15 relief appearances. He completed 141 of those starts, though he managed to throw just six shutouts, with five of them coming during his time in Pittsburgh.
Frank Smith, catcher for the 1884 Pittsburgh Alleghenys. He didn’t make the majors until he was 26 years old and then lasted just ten games, all with the 1884 Alleghenys. He went 9-for-36 at the plate with eight singles and a triple. Smith made seven starts at catcher and played one game at each of the three outfield spots. His time with the Alleghenys lasted from August 6th (debut) until October 3rd (final big league game). He was a Canadian-born player, whose pro career lasted just two seasons, though the surname Smith makes it difficult to fully track his career back when newspapers commonly referred to players by last name only. He was playing for the Saginaw Grays on the Northwestern League in early 1884, but the league disbanded right before he joined the Alleghenys. It was reported on July 26th that he was going to join Toledo of the American Association, along with teammate Jay Faatz, but they both joined Pittsburgh instead. In fact, the Alleghenys also picked up shortstop Tom Forster at Art Whitney from Saginaw as well. About a month after joining the Alleghenys, the local papers realized (or found out) that he once played in Pittsburgh for an amateur team named the C.S. Browns.
Smith wasn’t listed among players who were going to be reserved for the 1885 season, but the whole look of the team changed when the Alleghenys purchased the roster of Columbus of the American Association, which left many of the 1884 Alleghenys looking elsewhere for work. Smith’s only other known pro time came in 1885 when he finally joined Toledo, though the team was in the Western League. He also played for Toronto of the Canadian League. A search of Newspapers.com found a catcher named Frank Smith being signed by Memphis of the Southern Association in April of 1886, but there’s no stats associated with him that season. I was also able to find a Frank Smith playing in California in late 1883 and in Newark, NJ (semi-pro ball) in 1887, but couldn’t confirm (or deny) any of those three instances were the same as the catcher for the Alleghenys.
On this date in 1886, the Alleghenys purchased outfielder Abner Dalrymple from the Chicago White Stockings. He would go on to become the first batter used by the Alleghenys in their first National League game on April 30, 1887 against the White Stockings. Dalrymple won the NL batting title as a rookie in 1878 and he was a reliable player for many years in Chicago, four times leading the league in at-bats. He also led the league in homers in 1885. He had a down year in 1886 and it was a sign of things to come for his time in Pittsburgh. He hit .215 in 149 games over two season with the Alleghenys. He hit just two homers in Pittsburgh and they came in back-to-back at-bats, while playing in Chicago, with the first one tying the score late and the second one ending the game in the tenth.