This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History: October 9th, Starling Marte, Bob Moose and the Pirates Beat the Yankees

Ten former Pittsburgh Pirates born on this date, including one who threw a no-hitter. We also have two games of note.

Starling Marte, outfielder for the 2012-19 Pirates. Marte was originally signed by the Pirates as an international free agent at 18 years old in 2007 out of the Dominican Republic. He spent his first two seasons in the Dominican Summer League, hitting .220 with 27 runs, one homer, 16 steals and a .595 OPS in 45 games in 2007. In 2008, he hit .296 with 53 runs, ten doubles, nine homers, 44 RBIs, 20 steals and an .822 OPS in 65 games. He moved up to Low-A West Virginia of the South Atlantic League in 2009 and batted .312 with 41 runs, 17 extra-base hits, 34 RBIs, 24 steals and an .815 OPS in 54 games. He moved up to Lynchburg of the High-A Carolina League at the end of the season, but he got hurt in his first game and did not play again. Marte played 11 games in the Dominican during winter ball that off-season. The next season was spent mostly in High-A Bradenton of the Florida State League, though a wrist injury limited him to 68 games total, including eight rehab games in the Gulf Coast League. He batted .319 with 47 runs, 26 extra-base hits, 38 RBIs, 26 steals and an .847 OPS that season. He made up some time in the Dominican playing winter ball that off-season, putting up a .540 OPS in 28 games. Marte spent all of 2011 in Double-A Altoona of the Eastern League, where he hit .332 with 91 runs, 38 doubles, eight triples, 12 homers, 50 RBIs, 24 steals and an .870 OPS in 129 games. He played winter ball in the Dominican again and hit .328/.368/.467 in 30 games. Before making the majors in 2012, he hit .286 with 64 runs, 46 extra-base hits, 62 RBIs, 21 steals and an .847 OPS in 99 games with Triple-A Indianapolis of the International League.

Marte debuted with the Pirates in July of 2012 and homered on the first big league pitch he faced. He hit .257/.300/437 with five homers and 12 stolen bases in 47 games as a rookie. He held down the left field position for the next five years, before moving to center field full-time in 2018. In 2013, he batted .280, with 83 runs, 26 doubles, ten triples, 12 homers, 35 RBIs, 41 stolen bases and a .784 OPS. That was followed up by a .291 average in 2014, with 73 runs scored, 29 doubles, 13 homers, 56 RBIs, 30 stolen bases and an .808 OPS in 135 games. Marte won his first of two consecutive Gold Glove awards in 2015. He batted .287, with 84 runs scored, 30 doubles, 19 homers, 81 RBIs, 30 stolen bases and a .780 OPS in 153 games. In 2016, Marte made his only All-Star appearance with the Pirates. He batted .311 in 129 games, with 71 runs scored, nine homers, 46 RBIs, an .818 OPS, and career highs of 34 doubles and 47 stolen bases. Unfortunately that was followed up with a PED suspension, and he played just 77 games in 2017. He batted .275 with 48 runs scored, seven homers, 31 RBIs, 21 steals and a .712 OPS. In 2018, Marte hit .277 in 145 games, with 81 runs scored, 32 doubles, 20 homers, 72 RBIs and 33 stolen bases. He had a career high .845 OPS in 132 games in 2019, hitting .295 with 31 doubles and 25 steals, while setting career highs with 97 runs scored, 23 homers and 82 RBIs.

After the 2019 season, Marte was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who in turn traded him to the Miami Marlins during the 2020 season. He batted .281 with 36 runs, 14 doubles, six homers, 27 RBIs, ten steals and a .770 OPS during the shortened season. Due to the timing of the trade, he was able to play 61 games during the 60-game schedule. The Marlins traded Marte during the 2021 season to the Oakland A’s. He hit .310 in 120 games, with 86 runs, 27 doubles, 12 homers, 55 RBIs and 47 steals, which was the most in baseball, but he didn’t lead either league because of the mid-season trade. He became a free agent at the end of the season and signed a four-year deal with the New York Mets. Through late in the 2022 season, he hit .292 in 118 games, with 76 runs, 24 doubles, 16 homers, 63 RBIs, 18 steals and an .814 OPS. He was selected for his second All-Star team. Marte hit .287 in 953 games with the Pirates, with 555 runs scored, 192 doubles, 42 triples, 108 homers, 420 RBIs and 239 stolen bases. He ranks 20th in Pirates history in homers and eighth in stolen bases. During the 2013-15 playoff run with the Pirates, he had two hits in the 2013 Wild Card game, then went 2-for-27 with a homer and a walk over the rest of the time.

Bob Moose, pitcher for the 1967-76 Pirates. He was drafted by the Pirates in the 18th round of the 1965 amateur draft at age 17, and it took him just two years to make the majors. He flew through the minor league system posting a 29-10 record on his way to the majors, making his big league debut 20 days before his 20th birthday on September 19, 1967. Moose went 8-2, 1.95 with 75 strikeouts in 60 innings over 18 relief appearances with Salem in the short-season Appalachian League during the 1965 season. He split the 1966 season between Gastonia of the Class-A Western Carolinas League and Raleigh of the Carolina League, combining to go 11-5, 3.91, with 122 strikeouts in 138 innings over 22 starts and two relief appearances. Before he debuted in the majors in 1967, he made ten appearances in both Double-A Macon of the Southern League and Triple-A Columbus of the International League, combining for a 10-3, 3.23 record in 120 innings. He got a no-decision in his big league debut, which saw him allow just one run over the first five innings before the Houston Astros put up four runs in the sixth to tie the score. The Pirates ended up winning 11-7. In his second career start ten days later he threw a complete game victory over the Astros allowing just one run. He had a 3.68 ERA in 14.2 innings.

Moose started the 1968 season in the Pirates bullpen, then moved to the starting role in early July, finishing with 22 starts and 16 relief appearances. He finished the season with an 8-12 record, despite an ERA of 2.74 over 170.2 innings pitched. That season was the year of the pitchers and his ERA matched the team’s ERA for the season. Moose completed three games that year and all three were shutouts. He also picked up three saves and struck out 126 batters. At age 21 in 1969, he led the National League in winning percentage with his 14-3 record, with 19 of his 44 appearances coming as a starter. He had six complete games and four saves, while setting a career high with 165 strikeouts. His 1969 ERA was actually 17 points higher (2.91) than his mark in 1968, which just shows you how unpredictable win-loss records can be. On September 20th of that 1969 season, Moose pitched a no-hitter over the New York Mets at Shea Stadium, shutting down the team that went on to win the World Series just a few weeks later.

Moose was mostly used in a starter role during the 1970-73 seasons, and he won at least 11 games each year. He went 11-10, 3.99 in 189.2 innings in 1970, completing nine of his 27 starts that year, including two shutouts. He lost his only start in the NLCS that year to the Cincinnati Reds, allowing three runs in 7.2 innings. During the World Series winning 1971 season, Moose went 11-7, 4.11 in 140 innings over 18 starts and 12 relief appearances. He threw two shutout innings in relief during the NLCS that year, then had some troubles in the World Series, allowing seven runs over 9.2 innings, while making one start and two relief appearances. He didn’t factor into any of the decisions. Moose had a strong 1972 season, but the playoffs were a complete disaster for him. He helped the Pirates get to the postseason by going 13-10, 2.91, with 144 strikeouts in a career high 226 innings, finishing with 30 starts, six complete games and three shutouts. He started game two of the series and was pulled before he could record an out, allowing four runs. In the final game, his wild pitch in relief of Dave Giusti allowed the winning run to score. Moose had a solid 1973 season as the Pirates missed the playoffs. His 12-13 record was a reflection on the team, as he posted a 3.53 ERA in 201.1 innings. He started 29 of his 33 games that season, finishing with six complete games and three shutouts.

Moose missed most of the 1974 season due to a blood clot in his right shoulder, which limited him to 35.2 innings and saw him post a 7.57 ERA in his six starts and one relief appearance. In 1975 he suffered a bad thumb injury which required him to spend part of the year in the minors on rehab, making five starts for Charleston of the International League. In five starts and 18 relief appearances for the Pirates, he went 2-2, 3.72 in 67.2 innings. The following year he was used almost exclusively in relief, making just two starts and 51 relief appearances. He recorded ten saves that season, one more than his previous nine years combined. He finished 3-9, 3.70 in 87.2 innings. Sadly, today is also the anniversary of his death. He died due to injuries suffered in a car accident on his 29th birthday, shortly after the 1976 season ended. Moose finished his career with a 76-71, 3.50 record in 1,303.1 innings, starting 160 games and relieving in another 129. He had 35 complete games, 13 shutouts and nine saves, while finishing with 827 strikeouts. He spent all ten of his seasons in the majors as a member of the Pirates.

Derek Holland, pitcher for the 2020 Pirates. He was drafted in the 25th round in 2006 out of Wallace State Community College by the Texas Rangers. Holland was a draft-and-follow signing, inking his deal to go pro right before the 2007 deadline to sign. He debuted in pro ball in short-season ball, going 4-5, 3.22 in 67 innings, with 83 strikeouts for Spokane of the Northwest League. In 2008, he started in Low-A Clinton of the Midwest League (17 starts) and finished in Double-A Frisco of the Texas League (four starts), with his best results at the higher level. He also made five starts in between with Bakersfield of the High-A California League. Holland combined to go 13-1, 2.27 in 150.2 innings, with a 1.00 WHIP and 157 strikeouts. In 2009, he made one Triple-A start with Oklahoma City of the Pacific Coast League and allowed four earned runs in four innings. He spent the rest of the year with the Rangers, going 8-13, 6.12, with 107 strikeouts in 138.1 innings. In 2010, He split the season evenly between Oklahoma City and the majors. Holland had a 6-2, 1.87 record in 62.2 innings over 11 starts in Triple-A. He went 3-4, 4.08 in ten starts and four relief outings for the Rangers, throwing 57.1 innings. He pitched twice in relief during the World Series that  year and managed to allow three runs in one inning of work without giving up a hit. In 2011, he spent the entire season in the majors and excelled, going 16-5, 3.95 in 198 innings, with 162 strikeouts and a league leading four shutouts. The Rangers made the World Series again, and while they lost the series again, Holland won game four by throwing 8.1 shutout innings. The next year saw him go 12-7, 4.67 in 175 innings, with 145 strikeouts. In 2013, he went 10-9, 3.42, while setting career highs with 213 innings and 189 strikeouts.

Holland was limited to 37 innings in 2014 due to an off-season knee injury that required surgery. He had a 1.46 ERA in his limited time, while also making six rehab starts in the minors. He came back in 2015 to go 4-3, 4.91 in 58.2 innings over ten starts, while missing a chunk of the season due to a left shoulder strain. He also made four rehab starts in the minors that season. In 2016, he went 7-9, 4.95 in 107.1 innings over 20 starts and two relief outings. Holland signed with the Chicago White Sox as a free agent prior to the 2017 season. He went 7-14, 6.20, with 104 strikeouts in 135 innings that year before being released in September. He signed a free agent deal with the San Francisco Giants for 2018 and had a 7-9, 3.57 record in 171.1 innings, with 169 strikeouts. He made 30 starts and six relief appearances that season. He moved to more of a relief role in 2019 when he re-signed with the Giants, who then traded him mid-season to the Chicago Cubs. Holland combined to go 2-5, 6.08 in 84.1 innings over eight starts and 43 relief outings that year. He signed with the Pirates as a free agent for the 2020 season. He went 1-3, 6.86 in 40.2 innings over five starts and seven relief outings in the shortened season. Holland signed with the Detroit Tigers as a free agent for 2021, posting a 3-2, 5.07 record in 49.2 innings over 39 games. He signed a free agent deal with the Boston Red Sox for 2022. They released him on May 1st and he signed with the Toronto Blue Jays four days later. They released him in July. He spent the entire season in Triple-A, pitching for Worcester and Buffalo of the International League, going 0-3, 5.77 in 39 innings over 30 appearances. In his 13-year career, Holland is 82-83, 4.62 in 1,466 innings over 228 starts and 118 relief outings. He had nine complete games and eight of them are shutouts.

Jason Jaramillo, catcher for the 2009-11 Pirates. Jaramillo was a 39th round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies out of high school in 2001 and didn’t sign. He improved to a second round pick three years later out of Oklahoma State, once again being selected by the Phillies. He debuted in short-season ball in 2004, hitting .235/.308/.304 with one homer and 15 RBIs in 32 games, playing one game in the Gulf Coast League and 31 for Batavia of the New York-Penn League. He spent the entire 2005 season with Low-A Lakewood of the South Atlantic League, where he hit .304 with 46 runs, 40 extra-base hits, 63 RBIs and an .805 OPS in 119 games. Most of 2006 was spent in Double-A Reading of the Eastern League, with two games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the International League as well. Jaramillo hit .248 in 93 games, with 35 runs, 25 doubles, six homers, 39 RBIs and a .700 OPS. He played in the Arizona Fall League after the season and hit .379/.436/.591 with eight doubles and two homers in 17 games. The 2007 season was spent in Triple-A Ottawa of the International League, where he hit .271 with 52 runs, 23 extra-base hits, 56 RBIs, 50 walks and a .711 OPS in 118 games. Jaramillo returned to Triple-A (Lehigh Valley of the International League) in 2008 and hit .266 with 48 runs, 20 doubles, eight homers, 39 RBIs, 42 walks and a .710 OPS in 115 games. He spent his first five seasons of pro ball in the minors for Philadelphia before the Pirates acquired him in December of 2008 for catcher Ronny Paulino.

Jaramillo spent the entire 2009 season with the Pirates, hitting .252 with 20 runs, 14 doubles, three homers, 26 RBIs and a .674 OPS in 63 games. He split the 2010 season between the minors and majors due to a poor showing early in the 2010 season with the Pirates. He finished his big league time that year with a .149 average and a .434 OPS in 33 games. That year with Triple-A Indianapolis of the International League, he hit .239/.281/.307 in 25 games. He played winter ball in the Dominican during the 2010-11 off-season, but he put up a .549 OPS in 16 games. He was with the Pirates for the first two weeks of the 2011 season, then returned in September. He did well in his limited big league time that year, batting .326/.356/.395 in 23 games. He had a .741 OPS in 46 games with Indianapolis that year, and also missed some time, resulting in seven rehab games in the Gulf Coast League. Jaramillo was let go after the 2011 season and he ended up playing just two more years of minor league ball, while spending time with four different organizations, playing for the Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland A’s in 2012, and the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners in 2013. At one point in the 2012 season, Milwaukee demoted him to Double-A. He combined to hit .223 with a .592 OPS in 86 games that season, spending most of the year in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. In 2013, he had a .600 OPS in 61 games, while spending the entire year in the PCL, seeing time with Oklahoma City (Astros) and Tacoma (Mariners). He hit .235 with 23 runs, 19 doubles, four homers and 38 RBIs in 119 games over three seasons with the Pirates, which was his only big league experience.

Felix Fermin, shortstop for the 1987-88 Pirates. The Pirates signed him as an international free agent at 19 years old out of the Dominican in 1983. He debuted in pro ball that same year, playing 67 games in the New York-Penn League for Watertown, where he hit .197, with 27 runs, seven extra-base hits and a .487 OPS. He also played one game in the Gulf Coast League. In 1984, he played for Prince William of the Class-A Carolina League, hitting .246 in 119 games, with 34 runs, 13 doubles, one triple, 41 RBIs, 32 stolen bases and a .592 OPS. Fermin spent the entire 1985 season in Double-A, with Nashua of the Eastern League. He batted .226 in 137 games, with 32 runs, ten doubles, two triples, 27 RBIs, 29 steals and a .546 OPS. The 1986 season saw him drop down to Prince William for more than half of the season, while the rest of the time was spent in Triple-A, with Hawaii of the Pacific Coast League. He hit .253 with 71 runs, 15 doubles, 35 RBIs, 41 steals and a .637 OPS in 123 games that year, with slightly better results at the lower level. A majority of the 1987 season was spent in Double-A (Harrisburg of the Eastern League), but he made a big jump that same season. In 100 games with Harrisburg, he had a .268 average, with 62 runs, 14 extra-base hits, 35 RBIs, 22 steals and a .631 OPS. It took him just four years to work his way through the minor league system, debuting in the majors on July 8, 1987. He played 23 games for the Pirates that year, batting .250/.301/.250 in 75 plate appearances, while making 19 starts at shortstop.

Fermin split the 1988 season between the majors and minors, getting into 43 games with the Pirates. He started 32 times at shortstop, but left often for a pinch-hitter, playing just ten games from start to finish. He hit .276/.354/.322 in 100 plate appearances for the Pirates, and he had a .261 average and a .595 OPS in 87 games for Buffalo of the Triple-A American Association. After the season, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians in a deal that landed Jay Bell back in Pittsburgh. Fermin stayed with the Indians until 1993, when he was sent to the Seattle Mariners for Omar Vizquel.

In 1989, Fermin hit .238 in 150 games, with 50 runs scored and a career high 41 walks, while leading the league with 32 sacrifice hits. He had just ten extra-base hits, so he ended up with a .562 OPS. His defense that year was impressive, with a 2.3 dWAR mark, which really stands out when his career dWAR sits at 3.2 in ten seasons. In 1990, Fermin played 148 games, hitting .256 with 47 runs, 16 extra-base hits, 40 RBIs and a .601 OPS. On April 22nd, he homered off of Donn Pall, which was not only Fermin’s first big league homer, it was also his first homer in pro ball. He failed to hit a single homer in 683 minor league games during his career. He batted .262 in 129 games in 1991, with 30 runs, 15 extra-base hits, 31 RBIs and a .609 OPS. He began to see some work around the infield during the 1992 season, and he wasn’t an everyday player. Fermin hit .270 in 79 games that year, with 27 runs, nine extra-base hits, 13 RBIs and a .647 OPS. He returned to the starting shortstop role in 1993, but poor defense led to a -1.0 season. He hit .263 with 48 runs, 20 extra-base hits, 45 RBIs and a .619 OPS in 140 games. He was traded to the Mariners for Vizquel before the 1994 season, and it didn’t look like a bad trade at first. During that strike-shortened season, Fermin hit .317 with career highs of 52 runs, 21 doubles and a .718 OPS. However, it started becoming a one-sided deal in 1995 when he hit just .195/.232/.225 in 73 games and his defense was below average, leading to a -1.7 WAR season.

Fermin was released by the Mariners in April of 1996 and signed with the New York Yankees, who released him after he spent the first two weeks of the season with Columbus of the Triple-A International League. He then signed with the Chicago Cubs and played his final 11 big league games, putting up a .410 OPS in 19 plate appearances. He spent time in the minors while with the Cubs, hitting .286 in 39 games for Iowa of the American Association, before being released in August. That turned out to be his final season of pro ball. He batted .265 in 66 games during his two seasons with Pittsburgh, collecting two triples, with no doubles or homers. Fermin played a total of ten seasons in the majors, hitting .259 with 294 runs, 86 doubles, 11 triples, four homers and 207 RBIs in 903 games. Despite being a stolen base threat in the minors, he had 27 steals in the majors in 48 attempts. Since retiring, he has been a manager in Mexico, where he’s had a job almost every season since 2007, along with winter ball managerial experience in the Dominican.

Ray Krawczyk, pitcher for the 1984-86 Pirates. He was drafted three times in the first round before signing with the Pirates in 1981. The Boston Red Sox took him 23rd overall in the January 1980 draft out of Golden West College. That same June, the St Louis Cardinals took him 23rd overall again. He transferred to Oral Roberts, where the Pirates took him fourth overall in June of 1981. Krawczyk began his pro career in short-season ball, pitching four games in the Gulf Coast League, where he had a 1.50 ERA in 18 innings. He then jumped to Class-A ball with Alexandria of the Carolina League, where he posted a 4.89 ERA in 46 innings. He combined for 55 strikeouts in 64 innings. The Pirates sent him back to Alexandria for a short stint in 1982, where he allowed one run in 18.2 innings, but most of that year was spent with Buffalo of the Double-A Eastern League. His ERA jumped to 4.71 in 101.2 innings with Buffalo. He struck out 127 batters that season in 120 innings. He moved up to Hawaii of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in 1983, where he stayed for the better parts of the next five seasons, even after he left the Pirates. Krawczyk went 5-7, 3.76, with seven saves and 88 strikeouts in 88.2 innings over 41 appearances (three starts) in 1983. He picked up 15 saves in 1984, when he had a 2.13 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 72 innings for Hawaii. The Pirates used him four times over an eight-day span in June/July during the 1984 season, but he didn’t pitch with them again until 11 months later. In his brief time in Pittsburgh that year, he allowed two runs in 5.1 innings.

Krawczyk came up for four appearances in May of 1985 and threw just four total innings, while giving up runs in all four games. He returned in mid-September and pitched four more times, allowing five runs in 4.1 innings. His final ERA that year was 14.04 in 8.1 innings. That was a sharp contrast to his time in Hawaii that season, where he had a 2.26 ERA, 54 strikeouts and 20 saves in 55.2 innings. He had control issues during his time with Pittsburgh in 1986, though his stats were acceptable until his final outing of the season. In his last game with the Pirates, he gave up four runs on three hits and three walks in one inning. Krawczyk had a 7.30 ERA and ten walks in 12.1 innings over 12 games for the 1986 Pirates, while posting a 3.90 ERA in 60 minor league innings that season, which was mostly spent in Hawaii, but it included five games with Double-A Nashua of the Eastern League, where he threw 12.2 scoreless innings. He was released by the Pirates shortly after the 1986 season ended. He went 0-3, 8.65 in 26 innings over 24 games with the Pirates.

After leaving the Pirates, Krawczyk saw big league time with the 1988 California Angels and 1989 Milwaukee Brewers. The Chicago White Sox signed him as a free agent in 1987 and kept him in Triple-A all year, where he ended up back in Hawaii, which switched to a White Sox affiliate that same season. He went 11-6, 4.13 that season in 120 innings over 13 starts and 22 relief appearances. The 1988-89 seasons were his last in pro ball and they were mostly spent in Triple-A. Krawczyk had a 4.81 ERA in 24.1 innings over 14 appearances with the 1988 Angels. He made his only big league start that season and gave up eight runs in 4.2 innings. He had a 2.29 ERA as a reliever in the other 13 games. He had 13 starts and seven relief appearances for Edmonton of the Pacific Coast League that year, going 4-9, 4.56 in 94.2 innings. In 1989, he pitched two innings on April 28th for the Brewers and struck out six batters, though he gave up three runs in what turned out to be his final big game, and his only game with the Brewers. The rest of the year was spent with Denver of the American Association, where he had a 3.47 ERA in 93.1 innings in a hitter-friendly park.

Freddie Patek, shortstop for the 1968-70 Pirates. The Pirates drafted him in the first amateur draft, which was held in 1965. Patek was a 22nd round pick. It took him just three years to make it to the majors and he never returned to the minors, playing until 1981. He debuted in pro ball in 1966 and played over three levels, starting in A-Ball with Gastonia of the Western Carolina League for 75 games, jumping up to Triple-A Columbus of the International League by the end of the season for 17 games. He also played 26 games in between with Asheville of the Double-A Southern League. He combined to hit .277 with 81 runs scored, 18 extra-base hits, 41 steals, 58 walks and a .725 OPS in 118 games that year. In 1967, he batted .255 with 77 runs, 25 extra-base hits, 42 steals and a .662 OPS in 128 games with Columbus. He began the 1968 season in Triple-A, but he was in the majors by early June. He hit .304/.368/.370 in 38 games with Columbus, followed by a .255 average, with 31 runs, eight extra-base hits, 18 RBIs, 18 steals and a .620 OPS in 61 games as a rookie for the Pirates. He was the starting shortstop for Pittsburgh in 1969, hitting .239 with 48 runs, 15 extra-base hits, 32 RBIs, 53 walks, 15 steals and a .614 OPS in 147 games.

Patek put up a .245 average, 42 runs, 16 extra-base hits, 19 RBIs and a .664 OPS in 84 games in 1970. He was expendable to a team looking to build towards their fourth World Series title, so the Pirates included him in a three-for-three swap with the Kansas City Royals after the 1970 season. That deal gave the Pirates Bob Johnson and Jackie Hernandez, two solid pieces for the 1971 World Series champs. While he didn’t get a World Series title during his career, the move helped Patek. He hit .244/.315/.314 in 292 games with the Pirates, then went on to play another 11 seasons in the majors, including nine with the Royals. Patek got a full-time role immediately in Kansas City, hitting .267 with 86 runs, 49 RBIs, 49 steals, a .693 OPS and a league leading/career high 11 triples in 147 games. He had 21 doubles that year and set a career high with six homers. That performance, along with some solid defense, earned him a sixth place finish in the MVP voting. He hit just .212 in 136 games in 1972, seeing a 137-point drop in his OPS, yet he made his first All-Star appearance. He had 59 runs, 25 doubles and 33 steals. Despite the poor offense, he post an incredible 3.2 dWAR, which is considered to be the best defensive season in Royals history.

Patek batted .234 in 1973, with 82 runs, 29 extra-base hits, 45 RBIs, 54 walks, 36 steals and a .632 OPS. His average dropped to .225 in 1974, but it came with a career best 77 walks, along with 72 runs scored and 33 steals. Due to the high walk total, he had a career best .324 OBP. He led all American League shortstops in double plays turned for the fourth straight season. In 1975, he hit .228, with 24 extra-base hits, 45 RBIs and a .599 OPS, which was due in part to a much lower walk rate. He scored 58 runs and stole 32 bases  in 136 games that year.

The Royals made the playoffs during the 1976-78 seasons and lost every year in the ALCS to the New York Yankees. Patek did his best in the playoffs during those first two seasons to try to help prevent those losses. He made his second All-Star appearance in 1976, while hitting .241 with 58 runs, 23 extra-base hits, 43 RBIs, 51 steals and a .624 OPS in 144 games. He batted .389 in the playoffs that year and drove in four runs. In 1977, Patek hit .262 with 72 runs scored and a .688 OPS in 154 games, while setting career highs with 26 doubles and 60 RBIs. His 53 stolen bases that season led the American League. He batted .389 in the playoffs again, this time with five RBIs and four runs scored. In the last year of that postseason run, Patek hit .248 with 54 runs scored, 23 doubles, 46 RBIs, 38 steals and a .630 OPS in 138 games. He made his third All-Star appearance that year. His personal postseason success ended, going 1-for-13, though the one hit was a home run. He saw a drop in production in 1979, while also seeing an end to his days as a stolen base threat. He batted .252 in 106 games, with 30 runs, 17 doubles, 37 RBIs and 11 stolen bases, while getting caught 12 times.

Patek became a free agent and signed with the California Angels for the 1980 season. He played 86 games that first year, hitting .234 with 41 runs, 20 extra-base hits, 34 RBIs, a .694 OPS and he went 7-for-13 in steals. During the strike-shortened 1981 season, his primary position was second base, though he was mostly a bench player. He hit .234/.250/.298 in 27 games. The Angels released him at the end of Spring Training in 1982, which ended his career. Patek was a career .242 hitter, who scored 736 runs and stole 385 bases in 1,650 games. He had 216 doubles, 55 triples and 490 RBIs. He’s one of the smallest players in baseball history, standing in at 5’5″, 148 pounds. He still managed to hit for a little power, collecting over 300 extra-base hits in his career, including 41 homers. Patek put up 24.1 WAR in his career, which included 13.6 dWAR.

Jack Tising, pitcher for the 1936 Pirates. Tising debuted in pro ball at 20 years old in 1924 with a 1-9 record, playing for three teams in the Class-D East Texas League, seeing time with Longview, Tyler and Sulpher Springs. That’s a long way from the majors and a poor showing, which just shows how he battled to get to the majors 12 years later. He played pro ball briefly in the East Texas League with Mount Pleasant in 1925 (credited with an 0-2 record), then played semi-pro ball in 1926. He returned to pro ball in 1927, when he had a bit of controversy. He was listed as a rookie pitcher for Burlington for the Class-D Mississippi Valley League. I’ve never heard of this rule before, but that designation was found out to be false in June, which threw out the results of three games that he won. He still ended up the season with a 20-8 record and 270 innings pitched. Tising moved up to Class-C Fort Smith of the Western Association in 1928, where he went 12-8, 4.10 in 239 innings. His 1929 records show just three games pitched, and he has no pro experience listed for the 1930-31 seasons. He was playing those season for a semi-pro team called Postum, in what was often dubbed the Cereal League, with a club called Kelloggs and another called the Battle Creek Cereals.

In 1932, Tising returned to pro ball with Kansas City of the Double-A American Association (highest level of the minors at the time), where he went 5-12 and pitched 153 innings in 30 games. No ERA is available, but he allowed 6.35 runs per nine innings. He pitched for Indianapolis of the American Association for all of 1933 and part of 1934. He went 11-13, 3.79 in 204 innings in 1933. There’s no ERA available for 1934, but between Indianapolis and Louisville (also of the American Association), he had an 11-14 record and threw 186 innings. He went 13-15, 4.88 in 269 innings over 33 starts and ten relief appearances for Louisville in 1935. On November 23, 1935, the Pirates added Tising on a conditional deal, which said that he would go to Spring Training with the club and they had time to decide on whether to keep him or not. In exchange, the Pirates sent shortstop Tony Malinosky to Louisville. The Pirates had big plans for Tising in 1936, as he came advertised as the “strikeout king” of the American Association. For the record, he had 142 strikeouts in 269 innings in 1935, though batters were more concerned about putting the ball in play, used bigger bats, took shorter swings, and they choked up with two strikes, so strikeout totals were low.

Tising debuted in the majors at 32 years old and lasted just one partial season, putting up a 4.21 ERA in 47 innings over six starts and four relief appearances. He wasn’t with the Pirates long, debuting on April 24th and pitching his final game on May 30th. He was released just two days later back to Louisville, with the Pirates getting Malinosky back at the end of the minor league season. When he was released, Pirates President Bill Benswanger was rather blunt in his assessment of the decision, saying “Tising failed to show enough with the Bucs and we would rather try and get another hurler than the waste time with a failed one”.  Tising spent 20 seasons in pro ball, but he never returned to the majors after his time with the Pirates. He went 10-9, 4.58 in 161 innings for Louisville in 1936. He also played one game with Des Moines of the Class-A Western League that year. He was back in Louisville for 1937, going 9-18, 4.91 in 218 innings over 28 starts and 17 relief appearances. He had 174 strikeouts that season. Tising had a combined 11-16 record in 206 innings in 1938, spending time with Louisville and Indianapolis.

Tising spent the 1939-44 seasons playing in the Double-A International League, seeing time with Buffalo, Syracuse and Baltimore. He split 1939 between Syracuse and Baltimore, posting a 19-15 record in 253 innings. All of 1940 was spent with Syracuse, which had a working agreement with the Pirates at the time. He went 13-16, 2.81 in 269 innings that season. In 1941, Tising pitched a partial season, going 1-2 in 25 innings for Syracuse, while making two appearances with Milwaukee of the American Association. He was a contract holdout at the beginning of the year, and Syracuse was looking to move him immediately after he signed. He joined Buffalo in 1942 for the first of three seasons. He went 8-14, 4.80 in 148 innings in 1942, followed by a 13-20, 4.28 record in 1943 when he pitched 223 innings. In 1944, he had a 6-10, 4.85 record in 143 innings. Tising had a nice season with Portland of the Pacific Coast League in 1945, going 11-10, 2.92 in 145 innings at 41 years old. The next year was his final season and he spent it in Class-B ball with Spokane of the Western International League, where he allowed 49 runs in 39 innings.

Arnie Stone, pitcher for the 1923-24 Pirates. The 6’0″ lefty didn’t make his debut in the majors until after his 30th birthday. He played independent ball before signing his first pro deal. Stone was said to be 25 years old when he signed with the Pirates, but he was actually 30 at the time. The Pirates signed him on February 27, 1923 under the recommendation of Ben Shaw, who played against Stone during the 1922 season. Shaw was a catcher for the 1917-18 Pirates. Stone was with the Pirates in Spring Training and made the Opening Day roster in 1923, but failed to make an appearance before being sent to Hartford of the Class-A Eastern League, where he had an 8-1, 201 record in 112 innings. He rejoined the Pirates in late July and pitched nine games in relief, posting an 8.03 ERA in 12.1 innings. He was mostly used in a mop-up role, appearing in just one game that the Pirates won. Stone started off strong in 1924, once they actually decided to use him. He threw 2.2 perfect innings during his season debut on April 27th, then tossed one-hit ball over five innings on May 3rd. That got him more time on the mound and eventually he made two starts. On July 5th, he pitched a complete game victory over the Cincinnati Reds, allowing just one earned run. Stone finished with a 2.95 ERA in 64 innings that season, despite being one of the most contact-oriented pitchers in history. In his 35 career appearances, he recorded more than one strikeout just once, racking up two against the St Louis Cardinals during a three-inning outing in 1924, on his way to nine career strikeouts.

Stone never pitched in the majors again after that 1924 season, finishing his career in the minors two years later. On December 3, 1924, the Pirates traded Stone (and cash) to Omaha of the Class-A Western League for young infielder Fresco Thompson. Stone played for five different teams over his final two seasons in pro ball, with just a brief stop in Omaha along the way. He went 3-3 for Omaha in 1925, while also putting up an 0-2 record in 17 innings with Wichita Falls of the Class-A Texas League. A majority of the season was spent with Birmingham of the Class-A Southern League, where he had a 6-11, 3.76 record in 103 innings. Stone went 0-2, 7.00 in 18 innings for New Haven of the Class-A Eastern League in 1926, while spending the majority of the year with Evansville of the Class-B Three-I League, posting a 9-7, 2.44 record in 162 innings. He played for a semi-pro team called Hudson Falls in New York during the 1927-28 seasons and received a lot of press for dominating pitching. He remained in semi-pro ball for a long time, continuing to play as late as 1943 when he was found pitching an Old Timers game in upstate NY, just five years before his passing. He went by the nickname “Lefty” and his real first name was Edwin (Arnold was his middle name). The scouting reports said that he had no curve ball, so that limited his potential. His fastball was said to move a lot and he had a strong changeup.

Al Maul, outfielder, first baseman and pitcher for the 1888-89 Pittsburgh Alleghenys, who rejoined the team during the 1891 season. Maul began his pro career and Major League career in 1884 as an 18-year-old, pitching one game for the Philadelphia Keystones in the Union Association, a one-season Major League that folded as soon as the season ended. He gave up seven runs over eight innings on June 20th in a loss. Maul spent the next two years as a pitcher/outfielder in the minors, spending time in Binghamton both seasons, though in different leagues. He played with Binghamton in the New York State League in 1885 (no stats available), then appeared with Binghamton and Rochester in the International League in 1886. He had a combined 10-7, 1.47 record in 152.2 innings. He saw time in 1887 with Nashville of the Southern League, where he’s credited with a .466 average and 20 extra-base hits in 26 games, along with a 9-3, 2.91 record in 108.1 innings. Maul returned to the big leagues with the 1887 Philadelphia Quakers, where he went 4-2, 5.54 in 50.1 innings, and put up a .915 OPS in 71 plate appearances. The Alleghenys purchased his contract on January 3, 1888 for $1,000.

Maul batted well in 1887, but he hit just .208/.276/.274 in 74 games for the Alleghenys during his first season with the team. He also struggled during his limited time on the mound that year, going 0-2, 6.35 in 17 innings. Most of his work came at first base that season. The next season, Maul was even worse on the mound, posting a 9.86 ERA in 42 innings. However, his batting came around in 1889, as he hit .276, with 37 runs, 16 extra-base hits, 44 RBIs, 18 steals and a .749 OPS in 68 games. He saw some time right field in 1888, then after Hall of Fame first baseman Jake Beckley joined the team, Maul split most of his time between left field and right field in 1889. Most of the good players in the National League left for the newly formed Player’s League for the 1890 season. That was an exodus that decimated the roster of the 1890 Alleghenys and led to them finishing with a 23-113 record that year. When that season ended, the Player’s League folded/teams consolidated and most players returned to their former teams. Maul finally pitched well with the Pirates in 1891, posting a 2.35 ERA in 39 innings, but his batting fell well off, hitting .188/.284/.255 in 47 games, while seeing time at all three outfield spots. He had to return to the minors in 1892 to work his way back to the majors.

Maul split the 1892 season between Buffalo and Philadelphia of the Eastern League, going 5-12, 2.86 in 148 innings. He made it back to the majors in 1893 and stayed around until 1901. He returned with the Washington Senators in 1893 and had a 12-21, 5.30 record in 297 innings, with twice as many walks (144) as strikeouts (72). He completed 29 of his 33 starts. He also put up a .778 OPS in 44 games. In 1894, he went 11-15, 5.98 in 201.2 innings, with 21 complete games in 26 starts. He had a .715 OPS in 41 games that season. Limited work on the mound did him well on the stat sheet in 1895, when he went 10-5, 2.45 in 16 starts, leading the league in ERA (though not a recognized stat at the time). He was almost strictly a pitcher during this time, playing in a total of 26 games he didn’t pitch during that three-year stretch. Maul suffered an arm injury during the middle of the 1895 season, which ended costing him the better part of three years, even though he made appearances during the 1896 season, going 5-2, 3.63 in 62 innings over eight starts that year. That was followed by three poor starts during the 1897 season, in which he went 0-1, 7.45 in 9.2 innings.

The last two starts for Maul in 1897 came in Baltimore with Hall of Famer Ned Hanlon, who was the manager of the Orioles at the time. He brought back Maul the next year despite the results, and the move paid off. The injury caused him to lose velocity, but he was a better pitcher overall as shown in his vastly improved control numbers. He went 20-7, 2.10 in 239.2 innings over 28 starts (26 complete games) with the Orioles in 1898. It was just a one-year return to glory, as the next three seasons saw him pitch 83 innings total, playing for the Brooklyn Superbas in 1899, the Phillies in 1900 and the New York Giants in 1901. Maul was 2-0, 4.50 in four starts for Brooklyn, then went 2-3, 6.16 in four starts and a relief appearance for Philadelphia. The Giants gave him three September starts in 1901, and he had a 0-3, 11.37 record in 19 innings. His second start that season was a 15-1 loss to the Pirates in which they collected 22 hits against him. Maul finished his career with a 84-80, 4.43 record in 1,440.2 innings over 188 games, with 168 starts, 144 complete games and four shutouts. He also had a .241 batting average in 410 games, with 193 runs, 83 extra-base hits and 180 RBIs. He became a scout for a time after he retired, and for many years he worked at Shibe Park, the home of the Philadelphia Athletics.

The Games

On this date in 1960, the Pirates beat the New York Yankees in game four of the World Series by a 3-2 score in front of 67,812 fans in Yankee Stadium. Vernon Law started for the Pirates and pitched 6.1 innings allowing two runs and getting the win. Elroy Face pitched the final 2.2 IP for the save. He retired all eight batters he faced including the final two hitters of the seventh, taking over with two inherited runners on base. Law drove in the Pirates first run of the game with a fifth inning double, and he scored the eventual winning run one batter later on a two-run single by Bill Virdon. Here’s the boxscore.

On this date in 1972, the Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds in the NLCS by a 3-2 score to give them a 2-1 lead in the five-game series. Bruce Kison picked up the win in relief of starter Nelson Briles, and Manny Sanguillen picked up two RBIs including a solo home run in the fifth inning. Roberto Clemente went 1-for-3 with a walk. He would play just two more games in his career after this game. Here’s the boxscore

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