Nine former Pittsburgh Pirates players have been born on this date, including a player from the 1991-92 NL East champs. There’s also one game of note at the bottom.
Chris Archer, pitcher for the 2018-19 Pirates. He was a fifth round pick of the Cleveland Indians out of high school in 2006. He struggled with two short-season teams at 17 years old in his first year in pro ball, posting a combined 7.71 ERA in 21 innings between the Gulf Coast League Indians and Burlington of the Appalachian League. In 2007, he spent the year in the Gulf Coast League and didn’t do much better, putting up a 5.64 ERA in 52.2 innings, along with one start in Low-A Lake County of the South Atlantic League in which he allowed four runs in four innings. Archer spent the entire 2008 season with Lake County and started to get on track, finishing with a 4-8, 4.29 record in 115.1 innings over 27 starts, with 106 strikeouts. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs in December of 2008 and spent the 2009 season in the Low-A Midwest League, where he went 6-4, 2.81 in 109 innings, with 119 strikeouts for Peoria. The 2010 season was split between High-A Daytona of the Florida State League and Double-A Tennessee of the Southern League, with strong results at both levels. Archer combined to go 15-3, 2.34 in 142.1 innings, with 149 strikeouts. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays after the season and spent 2011 in Double-A Montgomery of the Southern League, along with two starts in Triple-A for Durham of the International League. The two Durham starts were outstanding, but he mostly struggled in Double-A, going 8-7, 4.42 in 134.1 innings. He had 130 strikeouts in 147.1 innings that season.
Archer made it to the majors during the 2012 season for two games in June, before coming back in September for four more outings. He had a 3.66 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 128 innings over 25 starts with Durham, and a 4.60 ERA in 29.1 innings with the Rays. The 2013 season saw him make ten starts in Durham (5-3, 3.96 in 50 innings) and 23 starts in the majors. He went 9-7, 3.22, with 101 strikeouts in 128.2 innings with the Rays, which led to a third place finish in the Rookie of the Year voting. Archer followed that up with a 10-9, 3.33 record in 32 starts and 194.2 innings, with 173 strikeouts in 2014. He was an All-Star in 2015 when he had a 12-13, 3.23 record in 212 innings over 34 starts, with 252 strikeouts, which ranked second in the American League. He finished fifth in the Cy Young voting that season. In 2016, Archer finished second again in strikeouts (233), doing that despite leading the league with 19 losses, to go along with just nine wins. He had a 4.02 ERA in 201.1 innings. He was an All-Star again in 2017 when he went 10-12, 4.07 in 201 innings, with 249 strikeouts, which ranked third in the American League. He was 3-5, 4.31, with 102 strikeouts in 96 innings (17 starts) before the Pirates traded Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow and first round pick Shane Baz to acquire him at the 2018 trade deadline. The Pirates, who also picked up reliever Keone Kela that day, were hoping to not only make a playoff run that season, but Archer had a team friendly contract beyond that season. However, injuries have sidetracked his career since the trade.
After the trade, Archer made ten starts and went 3-3, 4.30 in 52.1 innings for the 2018 Pirates. In 2019, he made 23 starts, despite multiple stints on the disabled list. He went 3-9, 5.19 in 119.2 innings, with 143 strikeouts. He was on the injured list for the entire shortened 2020 season, then the Pirates cut ties with him prior to the 2021 season, buying out his option instead of keeping him for a $9M salary. That proved to be a great decision, as he re-signed with the Rays and was injured for nearly the entire 2021 season, pitching just 19.1 innings total before landing on the injured list for a second time in mid-September. Archer signed a 2022 contract with the Minnesota Twins and has a 2-8, 4.56 record in 25 starts and 102.2 innings through mid-September. Through mid-September of 2022, he has a career 63-89, 3.93 record in 1,357 innings, with 1,454 strikeouts.
Jordan Luplow, outfielder for the 2017-18 Pirates. He was a third round pick of the Pirates in the 2014 draft out of Fresno State. He went to Jamestown of the short-season New York-Penn League that season and hit .277 with 33 runs, 15 doubles, six homers and 30 RBIs in 62 games. In 2015, he spent the season with Low-A West Virginia of the South Atlantic League, where the Pirates moved him from outfield to third base in a failed experiment. He hit .264 with 74 runs scored, 36 doubles, 12 homers, 67 RBIs, 59 walks and an .830 OPS in 106 games. He moved up to High-A Bradenton in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League in 2016, where he was back in the outfield. He hit .254 with 63 runs, 23 doubles, ten homers, 54 RBIs, 60 walks and a .784 OPS in 104 games. Luplow had a breakout year in the minors in 2017, which led to a call up to the majors in late July. He hit .287 with 15 doubles, 16 homers and a .904 OPS in 73 games at Double-A Altoona, followed by a .325 average, 25 runs, seven doubles, seven homers and a .914 OPS in 44 games at Triple-A Indianapolis of the International League. In 28 games over two separate stints for the 2017 Pirates, he hit .205/.276/.385 with three homers and 11 RBIs.
In 2018, Luplow began the year in Indianapolis, posting a .287 average, 36 extra-base hits and an .829 OPS in 88 games. He then joined the Pirates in early July and played 37 games, hitting .185/.272/.359 with three homers. After the season, the Pirates traded him to the Cleveland Indians in a five-player deal. Luplow had a strong 2019 season in a platoon role, batting .276 with 42 runs, 15 doubles, 15 homers and 38 RBIs in 85 games. He posted a .923 OPS in 261 plate appearances. He struggled in the shortened 2020 season, hitting .192/.304/.359 with two homers and eight RBIs in 28 games. He didn’t do any better with the Indians in 2021, though his average hid a solid OPS thanks to some power and a decent walk rate. He hit just .173 in 36 games, with seven homers and 21 walks, giving him a .769 OPS. At the July trade deadline, he was dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays, where he hit .246/.319/.477 with four homers in 26 games. He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in November of 2021. So far in 2022, he has a .158 average in 75 games, with 25 runs, 11 homers, 27 RBIs and a .624 OPS. Through mid-September 2022, he has a .210 career average in 314 big league games over five seasons, with 120 runs, 45 homers, 119 RBIs and 111 walks. Luplow’s great-uncle Al Luplow played for the 1967 Pirates, making them one of 26 groups of relatives to play for the Pirates.
Daniel McCutchen, pitcher for the 2009-12 Pirates. He came to the Pirates from the New York Yankees in a six-player deal that involved Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte. McCutchen was drafted four times before he finally signed with the Yankees in 2006. He was taken in the 47th round of the 2003 draft by the Yankees out of Grayson College. He transferred to the University of Oklahoma in 2004, where he went in the 29th round to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The next year the St Louis Cardinals selected him in the 12th round. He finally signed in 2006 as a 13th round pick of the Yankees. McCutchen pitched well that first year, split between short-season ball with Staten Island of the New York-Penn League and Low-A Charleston of the South Atlantic League, posting a 1.86 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 29 innings. He split the next season between High-A Tampa of the Florida State League and Double-A Trenton of the Eastern League, with twice as much time at the lower level, but strong results at both stops. He combined to go 14-4, 2.47 in 142 innings, with 103 strikeouts and a 1.05 WHIP. In 2008, he made nine starts in Trenton (2.55 ERA in 53 innings) and 11 starts in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the International League (3.58 ERA in 70.1 innings) before the July trade to the Pirates. He went to Triple-A Indianapolis of the International League after the deal and had a 4.69 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 48 innings over eight starts.
McCutchen spent most of 2009 in Indianapolis, where he went 13-6, 3.47, with 110 strikeouts in 142.2 innings over 24 starts. With the Pirates that year, he made six starts and had a 4.21 ERA in 36.1 innings. The 2010 season was split between 13 starts in Indianapolis (4-8, 3.99 in 78 innings) and 28 appearances with the Pirates, with nine starts and 19 relief outings. He had a 2-5, 6.12 record in 67.2 innings with the Pirates. His best season in Pittsburgh was the 2011 campaign when he pitched 73 times in relief and had a 5-3, 3.72 record in 84.2 innings. Most of the 2012 season was spent pitching in relief in Indianapolis, where he went 7-2, 2.98 in 63.1 innings. He appeared just once with the Pirates that year, facing two batters in the tenth inning of a loss on August 21st. He walked the lead-off batter, then gave up a two-run walk-off homer. The Pirates released McCutchen after the 2012 season. He spent all of 2013 in the minors with the Baltimore Orioles after pitching poorly during winter ball in the Dominican, where he had a 10.13 ERA in three starts and two relief appearances. He went 4-2, 3.43 in 60.1 innings in 2013, split between Triple-A Norfolk of the International League and Double-A Bowie of the Eastern League.
McCutchen made his final big league appearance for the Texas Rangers in 2014, allowing three runs in 2.1 innings, while spending the rest of the year in the Triple-A, where he had an 8.13 ERA in 86.1 innings. He split that season between Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League (Rangers) and Charlotte of the International League (Chicago White Sox). He pitched in the minors in 2015-16 for the San Diego Padres before retiring. He actually did well during the 2015 season in a starting role, putting up a 3.60 ERA over 132.1 innings in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League with El Paso. However, he pitched poorly during his final season in pro ball, spending part of the year back in Double-A with San Antonio of the Texas League. Between the two stops, McCutchen had an 11-11, 6.23 record in 154.2 innings. In his time with the Pirates, he went 8-11, 4.77 in 188.2 innings over 15 starts and 93 relief appearances.
Yurendell de Caster, infielder for the 2006 Pirates. He was originally signed out of Curacao in 1996 by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at 16 years old. He debuted in the Dominican Summer League in 1997 (no stats available), then came to the U.S. in 1998, where he hit .236/.315/.328 in 56 games in the Gulf Coast League. The next year was spent in the short-season Appalachian League with Princeton, where he hit .257 with 37 runs, 12 doubles, 11 homers and 36 RBIs in 48 games. The 2000 season was spent with Low-A Charleston of the South Atlantic League, where he batted .240 with 34 runs, 21 doubles, seven homers, 28 RBIs and a .712 OPS in 69 games. The Pirates acquired de Caster in the minor league portion of the 2000 Rule 5 draft from the Devil Rays. He spent most of the 2001 season with Low-A Hickory of the South Atlantic League, while also getting 13 games at High-A Lynchburg of the Carolina League. He combined to hit .267 with 57 runs, 19 doubles, 19 homers, 78 RBIs and an .824 OPS in 110 games. In 2002, de Caster was with Lynchburg for the entire season. He hit .252 in 125 games, with 54 runs, 25 doubles, 15 homers, 62 RBIs and a .738 OPS. He remained in Lynchburg the next year and did not do well compared to the previous season. He batted .230 with 50 runs, 24 doubles, 13 homers, 56 RBIs and a .710 OPS in 97 games. He made it up to Double-A Altoona of the Eastern League in 2004 and played 97 games again, hitting .279 with 54 runs, 18 doubles, 15 homers, 42 RBIs and an .807 OPS.
In 2005, de Caster moved up to Indianapolis of the International League, where he became more of a super utility player, seeing time at five different positions. He hit .282 with 60 runs, 31 doubles, 11 homers, 61 RBIs and an .804 OPS in 120 games. During the 2006 season, he hit .273 with 47 runs, 22 doubles, 11 homers, 51 RBIs and a .748 OPS in 119 games for Indianapolis, but he didn’t spend the entire season in Triple-A. On May 21, 2006, de Caster made his big league debut as a pinch-runner. He received his first at-bat 15 days later as a pinch-hitter, then pinch-hit again two days later, in what turned out to be his final at-bat. He was with the Pirates for five more days before being sent to the minors when Joe Randa came off the disabled list. He went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts in three games for the Pirates, which ended up being his only big league time. In 2007, de Caster hit .280 in 120 games for Indianapolis, with 55 runs, 25 doubles, nine homers, 54 RBIs and a .793 OPS. He was let go after the season and played for another eight seasons in the minors/winter ball/independent ball before retiring, spending his affiliated time with the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees.
In 2008, de Caster played in Double-A (Harrisburg of the Eastern League) and Triple-A (Columbus of the International League for the Nationals, combining to hit .262 in 104 games, with 54 runs, 38 extra-base hits, 63 RBIs and a .789 OPS. He played 53 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the International League for the Yankees in 2009, posting an .815 OPS in 53 games. The rest of the year was spent with Fargo-Moorhead of the independent Northern League, where he had a 1.083 OPS in 37 games. He then played summer and winter ball in Mexico from the 2009-10 off-season through part of the 2012 summer season. He also played for Winnipeg of the independent American Association in 2012, where he had a .327 average and an .876 OPS in 89 games. In 2013, de Caster played in Mexico and Winnipeg again, combining for a .314 average and an .838 OPS in 83 games. After playing winter ball in Mexico during the 2013-14 off-season, his only other pro experience was 14 games in Mexico in 2015. His 1997 stats aren’t available, but his pro totals at all levels over his other 17 seasons shows a .281 average with 225 homers, 999 RBIs, 405 doubles and 954 runs scored in 1,822 games. He’s also played extensive time with the national team from the Netherlands.
Brian Shouse, pitcher for the 1993 Pirates. The Pirates selected him in the 13th round of the 1990 draft out of Bradley University. He pitched poorly during his debut in the short-season New York-Penn League in 1990, posting a 5.22 ERA in 39.2 innings with Welland, but he did much better in 1991, splitting the season between the Augusta of the Low-A South Atlantic League and Salem of the High-A Carolina League. He combined to go 4-4, 3.06, with 57 strikeouts in 64.2 innings over 43 appearances, with 11 saves. Shouse spent all of 1992 in Double-A Carolina of the Southern League, where he posted a 2.44 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 77.1 innings over 59 appearances. He moved up to Triple-A Buffalo of the American Association the next year and had a 3.83 ERA in 51.2 innings over 48 games. Despite averaging over a strikeout per inning during the previous season, he fell short of striking out one player every two innings in Buffalo. The Pirates called him up in late July of 1993, and he made his last appearance for the team on August 23rd. During his brief time in Pittsburgh, he gave up four runs over four innings in six relief appearances. In 1994, he spent the year in Buffalo, going 3-4, 3.63 in 52 innings over 43 games, while once again posting a low strikeout rate. He was converted to a starter in 1995, but it was a brief experiment and he never pitched as a starter during his ten-year big league career. That season saw him go 11-10, 4.91, with 93 strikeouts in 154 innings, splitting the season between Carolina and Triple-A, with the Pirates affiliate moving to Calgary of the Pacific Coast League that season.
Shouse started the 1996 season back in Calgary, but he was let go in May and signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles. He ended up pitching 86 games for Rochester of the Triple-A International League over the 1996-97 seasons without a stint with the Orioles. His combined record in 1996 showed a 2-2, 5.74 record in 44 games, with 57 strikeouts in 62.2 innings. He was much better in 1997, but didn’t get a chance after going 6-2, 2.27, with nine saves and 81 strikeouts in 71.1 innings. He signed a free agent deal with the Boston Red Sox for 1998 and ended up allowing five runs in eight innings over seven big league appearances. Shouse spent part of that season playing in Japan, where he had a 6.49 ERA in 26.1 innings. He pitched well for Triple-A Pawtucket of the International League that year, posting a 2.90 ERA and six saves in 31 innings over 22 games. The entire 1999 season was spent in Triple-A with the Arizona Diamondbacks, going 3-4, 6.25 in 30 games/44.2 innings with Tuscon of the Pacific Coast League. Shouse then he split the 2000 season in Triple-A between the Orioles (Rochester) and New York Mets (Norfolk of the International League). He combined to go 4-5, 3.39 in 61 innings over 47 appearances. The entire 2001 season was spent in Triple-A with the Houston Astros and he actually pitched well, posting a 2.89 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 53 innings with New Orleans in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
Shouse finally made it back to the majors in 2002, though most of the year was spent in Triple-A with the Astros (New Orleans) and Kansas City Royals (Omaha of the Pacific Coast League). He went 1-0, 4.24 with 22 strikeouts in 23.1 innings over 24 games during his Triple-A time that year. It was with the Royals where he got his third big league shot. Shouse had a 6.14 ERA in 14.2 innings over 23 appearances that season. He got another shot with the Texas Rangers in 2003 and this time he stayed in the majors for nearly the entire season. After six appearances with Oklahoma of the Pacific Coast League, he posted a 3.10 ERA in 61 innings over 62 games with the Rangers. He was even better in 2004, going 2-0, 2.23 in 44.1 innings over 53 games, though he still made nine appearances that year with Oklahoma. In 2005, Shouse had a 3-2, 5.23 record for the Rangers, with 64 appearances and 53.1 innings pitched. It was his first full season in the majors. He was traded early in the 2006 season to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Shouse went 1-3, 3.99 in 65 appearances in 2006, with the Brewers throwing him into a lefty specialist role, which limited him to 38.1 innings. In 2007, he had a 3.02 ERA in 73 games, throwing 47.2 innings. It was more of the same in 2008, with a 5-1, 2.81 record in 51.1 innings over 69 games. He signed with the Tampa Bay Rays as a free agent and had a 4.50 ERA in 28 innings over 45 games in 2009. Shouse signed with the Red Sox as a free agent in 2010, but got released before pitching a game. He re-signed with the Rays, but he spent the rest of the year in the minors, which ended up being his final season in pro ball. He actually saw time as a starter during that final season, though that is a bit misleading, as they were rehab appearances in the lower levels. He combined over three levels to go 0-3, 4.15 in 30.1 innings. He ended up pitching 467 games in the majors over ten seasons and 565 games in the minors over 18 years. Shouse went 13-10, 3.72 in 350.2 innings in the majors, picking up six saves.
Steve Buechele, third baseman for the 1991-92 Pirates. He was a first round pick in 1979 out of high school, taken ninth overall by the Chicago White Sox, but he decided to attend Stanford and slipped to the Texas Rangers in the fifth round three years later. Buechele went right to Double-A after signing and performed well, hitting .296 in 62 games, with 21 runs, 19 extra-base hits, 33 RBIs and an .808 OPS for Tulsa of the Texas League. He spent most of the 1983 season back in Tulsa, with another nine games in Triple-A with Oklahoma City of the American Association. He hit .276 that year in 126 games, with 66 runs, 17 doubles, 15 homers, 66 RBIs, 58 walks and a .782 OPS. He spent the entire 1984 season in Oklahoma City, hitting .264 in 131 games, with 48 runs, 35 extra-base hits, 59 RBIs, 36 walks, and a .701 OPS. He was back in Oklahoma City to start 1985, hitting .297/.363/.471 in 89 games, with 36 extra-base hits and 64 RBIs, before joining the Rangers in mid-July for the rest of the season. Buechele hit .219/.271/.356 in his rookie season, with 22 runs, six doubles, six homers and 21 RBIs in 69 games. In his first full season in the majors, he batted .243 with 54 runs, 19 doubles, 18 homers, 54 RBIs and .712 OPS in 153 games. That was followed in 1987 by a .237 average, with 45 runs, 20 doubles, 13 homers, 50 RBIs and a .690 OPS in 136 games.
Buechele batted .250 in 155 games in 1988, with 68 runs scored, 21 doubles, 16 homers, 58 RBIs, and a career best 65 walks, giving him a .746 OPS that was his best mark up to that point. He put up almost identical power numbers and playing time in 1989, albeit with a much lower OBP. He played 155 games again, with 60 runs, 22 doubles, 16 homers and 59 RBIs, but the average dropped to .235 and he had 36 walks, leaving him with a .680 OPS and a career high 107 strikeouts. In 1990, he hit .215/.294/.339, with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 91 games. The Pirates acquired him on August 30, 1991 from the Rangers for two minor league pitchers. He was batting .267 with 18 homers, 66 RBIs and a .783 OPS in 121 games at the time of the deal. He hit .246/.315/.412 with four homers and 19 RBIs over the last 31 games with the Pirates. His combined total of 22 homers and 85 RBIs that season both set career highs. In the playoffs, Buechele hit .304 with two runs, two doubles and four walks in seven games.
Buechele was traded to the Chicago Cubs in early July of 1991 for Danny Jackson. At the time of the deal, he was batting .249 with 27 runs, 14 doubles, eight homers and 43 RBIs in 80 games for the Pirates. He ended up playing four seasons with the Cubs. Buechele batted .276 in 65 games after the trade, though he managed to hit just one homer, leading to a .690 OPS. In 1993, he .272 in 133 games, with 53 runs, 15 homers, 65 RBIs and career highs of 27 doubles and a .782 OPS. He was having a typical season in 1994 before the strike halted play in mid-August. He finished with a .242 average in 104 games, with 33 runs, 11 doubles, 14 homers and 52 RBIs. He split his final season (1995) between the Cubs and Rangers, hitting just .177/.262/.215 with one homer in 41 games. The Cubs released him on July 6th, and he spent 19 days with the Rangers before they released him on July 31st. Buechele played 1,334 games over his 11-year big league career, finishing with a .245 average, 501 runs scored, 183 doubles, 137 homers and 547 RBIs. He was an above average defensive player for most of his career, finishing with 5.4 dWAR. He led all American League third basemen in fielding twice, including a .991 mark in 1991 that ranks as the American League’s all-time best mark in a season at third base for any player with at least 800 innings played.
Bobby Shantz, pitcher for the 1961 Pirates. He played 16 years in the majors, winning 119 games while spending half of his career as a reliever. He played just one season of minor league ball, going 18-7, 2.82 in 214 innings at 22 years old for Lincoln of the Class-A Western League in 1948. He debuted in the majors in 1949 with the Philadelphia Athletics, going 6-8, 3.40 in 127 innings, with seven starts and 26 relief appearances. In 1950, he was 8-14, 4.61 in 214.2 innings, with 23 starts, 13 relief outings, six complete games and one shutout. The next season saw Shantz post an 18-10, 3.94 record in 205.1 innings, making 25 starts and eight relief appearances. He completed 13 starts and tossed three shutouts. He made his first All-Star game that year and he received mild MVP support, finishing 21st in the voting. As a full-time starter in 1952, he led the American League with 24 wins (just seven losses) and WHIP (1.05), which led to him winning the MVP award and gaining his second All-Star appearance. He had a 2.48 ERA in 279.2 innings, with 27 complete games and five shutouts. He had 152 strikeouts that season (third most in the league), the only time he cracked the century mark in a season for strikeouts. Shantz couldn’t back up that big season with success. He was also injured late in the year when he was hit on his pitching wrist while batting, and that was just the start of injuries for him. He went 5-9, 4.09 in 105.2 innings over 16 starts in 1953, missing time due to a sore shoulder, then pitched just eight innings in 1954. He was injured the rest of the time, dealing with shoulder soreness, which ultimately led to him pitching fewer innings from that point on. He was actually quoted in numerous papers in May of 1954 that his career could be over, but he ended up stringing together a decent finish to his MLB time.
In 1955, Shantz was 5-10, 4.54 in 125 innings, spread over 17 starts and six relief appearances for the A’s, who moved to Kansas City that season. He pitched 101.1 innings over 45 appearances (two starts) in 1956. He finished with a 2-7, 4.35 record that year, but things were about to turn around. It all started with a 13-player traded that sent him to the New York Yankees. Shantz led the AL in ERA in 1957 with a 2.45 mark in 173 innings, which was easily his highest innings total during his final 12 seasons in the majors. He went 11-5 in 21 starts and nine relief outings that season, throwing nine complete games, with one shutout and five saves. He made his third (and final) All-Star appearance that season, and he also received mild MVP support, finishing 26th in the voting. He also won his first Gold Glove that season. In 1958, he went 7-6, 3.36 in 126 innings over 13 starts and 20 relief appearances, picking up his second Gold Glove in the process. The next year he started just four of his 33 games, finishing with a 7-3, 2.38 record in 94.2 innings. Despite starting just four games, he tossed two shutouts that season, while also picking up three saves (not an official stat until 1969). He won his third Gold Glove that season, then picked up the fourth the next year. During the 1960 season, he went 5-4, 2.79 in 42 appearances, which were all in relief.
Prior to joining the Pirates, Shantz pitched against them three times during the 1960 World Series, giving up three runs in 6.1 innings. After the season, they acquired him from the Washington Senators, who had just picked him up in the Expansion Draft two days earlier. The Pirates worked out a deal with the Senators in which they shared scouting reports in exchange for Washington picking up Shantz. The Pirates then sent three players to Washington in a trade to acquire him. While in Pittsburgh for one year, Shantz went 6-3, 3.32 in six starts and 37 relief appearances, throwing a total of 89.1 innings. He won the Gold Glove award that year. It was his fifth straight Gold Glove win, and he would also take the award during the 1962-64 seasons. Immediately after the 1961 season, he was lost to the Houston Colt .45’s in the Expansion Draft. His official time with the Pirates was ten months.
After making three starts with Houston in 1962, Shantz was traded to the St Louis Cardinals. Those starts ended up being the final ones of his career. He combined to go 6-4, 1.95 in 78.1 innings over 31 appearances in 1962. He had a 6-4, 2.61 record in 79.1 innings over 55 appearances in 1963. He pitched for three different teams during the 1964 season, which was his last in the majors. He made 16 appearances with the Cardinals, 20 with the Chicago Cubs, and 14 with the Philadelphia Phillies. Combined, Shantz went 2-5, 3.12 in 60.2 innings that year. In his 16-year career, he finished up 119-99, 3.38 in 1,166.2 innings over 171 starts and 366 relief appearances. He had 78 complete games, 15 shutouts and 48 saves. His brother Billy Shantz was a catcher for three seasons in the majors, all spent as a teammate with Bobby Shantz (1954-55 and 1960). Bobby was tiny for a pitcher, even back then, standing 5’6″, 139 pounds for most of his career. He turns 97 years old today, making his the fifth oldest living baseball player.
Joe Sullivan, lefty pitcher for the 1941 Pirates. He debuted in pro ball at 19 years old in 1930 in the Class-D Arizona State League with a team from Tuscon. He was with Tuscon in 1931 as well, though they played in the Class-D Arizona-Texas League that year. He had a 23-8 record while throwing 279 innings. He played briefly three levels higher for Beaumont of the Class-A Texas League that year, then stayed there for the next two seasons. He had a 3-4, 3.60 record in 105 innings in 1932, followed by a 13-15, 3.40 record in 238 innings the next year. He walked 131 batters that season. Sullivan played for Hollywood of the Double-A Pacific Coast League (highest level of the minors at the time) in 1934, where he went 25-11, 2.88 in 288 innings. That led to his first shot at the majors. He was with the Detroit Tigers in 1935, going 6-6, 3.51 in 125.2 innings over 12 starts and 13 relief appearances, finishing with five complete games. He struggled with the Tigers in 1936, posting a 2-5, 6.78 record in 79.2 innings, with four starts and 22 relief outings. He had more walks than strikeouts in both seasons.
Sullivan spent 1937 with Toledo of the Double-A American Association and 1938 with Toronto of the Double-A International League. He went 14-14, 4.66 in 228 innings in 1937, making 29 starts and eight relief appearances, while throwing 14 complete games. He improved to 18-10, 3.76 in 220 innings in 1938, completing 16 of his 29 starts, while throwing four shutouts. He returned to the majors in 1939 with the Boston Bees (the name changed back to Braves in 1941), going 6-9, 3.64 in 113.2 innings over 11 starts and 20 relief appearances. He followed that up with a 10-14, 3.55 record in 177.1 innings in 1940, making 22 starts and 14 relief outings. The Bees were a total of 47 games under .500 during those two seasons, which is reflected in his record, as his ERA was below league average each season. Sullivan started off 1941 with a 2-2, 4.13 record in 52.1 innings with the Braves, starting just two of his 16 appearances. He was purchased by the Pirates mid-season from the Braves in 1941 and went 4-1, 2.97 in 39.1 innings over four starts and 12 relief appearances.
After the 1941 season, Sullivan was sent to minors and played another seven years without returning to the big leagues. He was actually with the Pirates on Opening Day in 1942 (April 14th), but his contract was sold outright to Toronto four days later, ending his time with the Pirates. Sullivan went 30-37, 4.01 in 588 big league innings over 55 starts and 95 relief appearances, finishing with 20 complete games and five saves. His pro career spanned 19 seasons from 1930 to 1949. He went 6-14, 3.07 in 129 innings in 1942. Sullivan remained with Toronto in 1943, going 6-7, 3.66 in 91 innings. In 1944, he played for both Portland and Oakland of the Pacific Coast League, combining for a 3-14 record and 134 innings pitched. He missed the 1945 season while working as a fireman in a Naval shipyard. According to his SABR bio, he only pitched home games with Bremerton of the Class-B Western International League during the 1946-49 seasons, while retaining his job as a fireman. Despite that fact, he still managed to pick up 13 wins during both the 1947 and 1948 seasons. His minor league records, which are not complete, show that he had at least 147 wins and 2,109 innings pitched in 13 seasons. During his only season in Pittsburgh, the Pirates got money from the league for their fourth place finish, which was standard for the time. Of the 38 players for the 1941 Pirates, 23 received full shares of $361.08 as part of the bonus pool. Sullivan was one of two players who received half shares, while 13 others didn’t receive anything.
Bob Coleman, catcher for the 1913-14 Pirates. He spent the first four years of his pro career playing for a team in Davenport, Iowa in the Class-B Three-I League. He spent part of his first season in 1910 at 19 years old with Springfield in the same league. Full stats aren’t available during that time, but his records show that he played 37 games in 1910, then had a .221 average in 116 games in 1911, followed by a .286 average in 139 games in 1912. Before joining the Pirates, he had a .250 average, seven doubles and a triple in 45 games during that 1913 season. The Pirates purchased his contract in June of 1913 and he batted .180/.281/.220 in 24 games during his rookie season. Coleman joined the Pirates on an emergency basis, as they had injuries to all three of their catchers (George Gibson, Bill Kelly and Mike Simon), so owner Barney Dreyfuss wired all around baseball to get a catcher as soon as possible and Coleman was the first available one he could find who could jump right into big league action. He played his first game almost immediately (within hours) of arriving to the team from Davenport. After the catching ranks were healthy again in Pittsburgh, his contract was sold to Columbus of the Double-A American Association on September 12, 1913. However, on February 2, 1914, the Pirates purchased him back from Columbus for the 1914 season.
Coleman spent all of the 1914 season with the Pirates, hitting .267 in 73 games, with 11 runs, six extra-base hits, 14 RBIs and a .660 OPS. During the peak of the deadball era, that OPS was actually nine points above league average. He didn’t start his first game that year until the 59th game of the season, but he ended up making 47 starts over the final 100 games of the season. On February 27, 1915, he was sold to Columbus again, this time going there along with pitcher Dixie McArthur. Coleman hit .245 with one homers, 23 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 97 games during his time in Pittsburgh. With Columbus in 1915, he hit .264 in 131 games, with 36 runs, 14 doubles, a triple, 48 walks and a .636 OPS. In 1916, he batted .232 with 15 extra-base hits in 74 games for Columbus. His only other big league time outside of Pittsburgh was a brief stint with the 1916 Cleveland Indians, after they acquired him in August in a trade with Columbus. He batted .214/.371/.286 in 19 games with the Indians.
Coleman played minor league ball until 1927 and he caught over 1,300 minor league games. He returned to Columbus in 1917 and hit .242 with 15 extra-base hits in 114 games. In 1918, he played nine games for Minneapolis of the Double-A American Association, then spent the rest of the year a level lower with Mobile of the Class-A Southern Association. He batted .240 in both spots, playing a total of 66 games. In 1919, he hit .216 with 15 extra-base hits in 139 games for Mobile. He remained with the team in 1920 and batted .247 in 109 games, while collecting 15 extra-base hits for the fourth time in five seasons (his 1918 extra-base hit totals are unavailable). Coleman surpassed that magic extra-base hit total in 1921 with Terre Haute of the Class-B Three-I League. That year he hit .280 in 129 games, with 21 doubles, four triples and two homers. He had the exact same games played, double and triple totals with Terre Haute in 1922, but he raised his average 40 points to .320, while hitting three homers. The next three seasons were spent with San Antonio of the Class-A Texas League, where he hit .281 in 28 games in 1923, then put up a .312 average and 12 extra-base hits in 87 games in 1924. His final season there saw him bat .227 with three doubles and two homers in 31 games. His next and last pro experience was 37 games for Knoxville of the Class-B South Atlantic League in 1927. Coleman hit .259 with two doubles that year.
Coleman managed a total of 38 seasons in pro ball, starting in 1919. His first eight years were as a player-manager. He spent three of those 38 years in the majors, at the helm of the Boston Braves, compiling a 128-165 record over one full season and two partial years. His lone home run in the majors was a bounce home run, which by today’s standards would be a ground rule double. He hit it on September 18, 1914 at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia over the center field wall 408 feet away. That rule changed in 1930 in the National League.
On this date in 1906, Pirates pitcher Lefty Leifield threw the first no-hitter in franchise history. During the second game of a doubleheader, Leifield no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies. The game was limited to six innings due to darkness. He hit one batter and walked two others. In game one, Hall of Fame pitcher Vic Willis threw a 5-0 shutout. Here’s the boxscore for Leifield’s game. At one time Leifield’s game was considered to be an official no-hitter, but a rule change around 20 years ago eliminated any shortened games from being official. Regardless of the change, he threw a complete game with no hits, it’s a no-hitter.