Seven former Pittsburgh Pirates born on this date, plus one game of note. Before we get into them, current Pirates reliever David Bednar turns 28.
Andrew McCutchen, center fielder for the 2009-17 Pirates. In his nine seasons in Pittsburgh, he hit .291 with 814 runs scored, 203 homers, 725 RBIs and 171 stolen bases. He was the 2013 NL MVP, a four-time Silver Slugger winner and a five-time All-Star. He ranks fourth in team history in homers, ninth in doubles, tenth in total bases, seventh in walks and seventh in extra-base hits.
The Pirates drafted McCutchen in the first round in 2005, selecting him 11th overall out of Fort Meade HS. He shot through the lower levels of their system, reaching Double-A by the end of his first full season in pro ball. He began his journey in the Gulf Coast League for 45 games, then jumped to Williamsport of the short-season New York-Penn League to finish the last two weeks of the season. He combined to hit .310 with 48 runs scored, 18 extra-base hits, 35 RBIs, 17 steals and an .852 OPS in 58 games. The 2006 season saw him play 114 games for Low-A Hickory of the South Atlantic League, followed by skipping to Double-A Altoona of the Eastern League for the final 20 games. McCutchen did well at both levels, but he actually put up better stats in Altoona. Combined between the two stops, he hit .294 with 89 runs, 24 doubles, 17 homers, 74 RBIs, 23 steals and an .809 OPS. After the push to Double-A, the Pirates moved him slowly from there, letting him play a total of 201 games at Triple-A Indianapolis of the International League, which was split over three seasons.
McCutchen didn’t put up big stats in Altoona in 2007, hitting .258 with 70 runs, 20 doubles, ten homers, 48 RBIs, 17 steals and a .710 OPS in 118 games. However, just like the previous two years, he did better after being promoted late in the season. He hit .313/.347/.418 in 17 games at Indianapolis. He went to the Arizona Fall League after the season and hit .286/.381/.378 with 14 walks and seven steals in 29 games. McCutchen spent the entire 2008 season with Indianapolis, hitting .283 with 75 runs, 38 extra-base hits, 50 RBIs, 34 steals (with 19 caught stealing), 68 walks and a .770 OPS in 135 games. Despite the solid starts, he was back in Triple-A to begin the 2009 season, staying long enough to hit .304/.361/.493 with 22 extra-base hits and ten steals in 49 games. McCutchen debuted in the majors on June 4, 2009, after the Pirates Nate McLouth to open up center field. McCutchen batted .286 with 74 runs, 26 doubles, nine triples, 12 homers, 54 RBIs, 22 stolen bases and an .836 OPS in 108 games as a rookie. He finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting. In 2010, he repeated that .286 average, this time with 94 runs scored, 35 doubles, 16 homers, 56 RBIs, 70 walks, 33 stolen bases and an .814 OPS in 154 games.
McCutchen had his first of five straight All-Star seasons in 2011, hitting just .259, though it came with 87 runs, 34 doubles, 23 homers, 89 RBIs, 89 walks, 23 steals and an .820 OPS. He put together a big year in 2012, which led to a third place finish in the MVP voting. McCutchen hit for a career best .953 OPS, while leading the league with 194 hits. He set career highs with a .327 average, 107 runs, 31 homers and 96 RBIs, while also adding 29 doubles and six triples. He won his first of four straight Silver Slugger awards that season and also took home the Gold Glove award, despite a -0.2 dWAR. His best defensive results came during the 2011 and 2013 seasons. He got his MVP award in 2013 when he led the Pirates to their first postseason/winning season since 1992. He hit .317 with 97 runs, 38 doubles, 21 homers, 84 RBIs, 27 steals, 78 walks and a .911 OPS. He was an All-Star and won a Silver Slugger that season. Despite the 2013 season being his MVP year, McCutchen was better in 2012 and 2014, when he finished third each year in the MVP voting. He led the National League with a .952 OPS in 2014, and his .410 OBP was also tops in the league. He hit .314 with 89 runs scored, 38 doubles, 25 homers, 83 RBIs, 18 steals and 84 walks.
In 2015, McCutchen “only” finished fifth in the MVP voting. He set a career best with 98 walks and tied his previous RBI high of 96, set three years earlier. He batted .292 with 91 runs scored, 36 doubles, 23 homers and an .889 OPS. He was an All-Star and a Silver Slugger winner. The 2016 season wasn’t up to his normal standards. He made the All-Star game, but saw his string of Silver Slugger wins snapped. He put up solid offensive numbers, hitting .256 with 81 runs, 26 doubles, 24 homers, 79 RBIs and 69 walks. He had six steals, while being caught seven times. His .776 OPS was his lowest during his time in Pittsburgh. After a down year in 2016, McCutchen bounced back with a .279 average, 94 runs, 30 doubles, 28 homers, 88 RBIs and an .849 OPS in 2017. With one year left on his contract extension, McCutchen was traded after the 2017 season to the San Francisco Giants for Bryan Reynolds and Kyle Crick.
McCutchen split the 2018 season between the Giants (130 games) and New York Yankees (25 games), combining to hit .255 with 83 runs, 30 doubles, 23 homers, 65 RBIs, 14 steals, 95 walks and a .792 OPS. He signed a free agent deal in December of 2018 with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he spent the next three seasons. Injuries limited McCutchen to 59 games in 2019, and then the shortened season in 2020 led to him playing 57 games that year. He hit .256 with 45 runs, 12 doubles, ten homers, 29 RBIs, 43 walks and an .834 OPS in 2019. He then had a .253 average in 2020, with 32 runs, nine doubles, ten homers and 34 RBIs. His walk rate was twice as high in 2019, leading to a 77 point difference in his OPS between those two seasons. In 2021, he hit .222 with 78 runs, 24 doubles, 27 homers, 80 RBIs, 81 walks and a .778 OPS in 144 games. He signed a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers for 2022. Through late September, he had a .238 average in 139 games, with 66 runs, 25 doubles, 17 homers, 69 RBIs, 50 walks and a .700 OPS. Career in 1,890 games, McCutchen is a .277 hitter, with 1,118 runs, 392 doubles, 49 triples, 287 homers, 1,002 RBIs, 976 walks and 205 steals. He has a career 46.9 WAR, with 40.4 coming with the Pirates.
Shelby Miller, pitcher for the 2021 Pirates. He was a first round draft pick (19th overall) out of high school by the St Louis Cardinals in 2009. He debuted in pro ball with Quad Cities of the Low-A Midwest League, a very advanced placement for a high school pitcher. He got into just two games, where he allowed three runs in three innings. He remained with Quad Cities for 2010. In 24 starts that season, he had a 7-5, 3.62 record in 104.1 innings, with 140 strikeouts. In 2011, Miller played Palm Beach of the High-A Florida State League (nine starts) and Springfield of the Double-A Texas League (16 starts). He combined to go 11-6, 2.77 in 139.2 innings, with 170 strikeouts. A majority of the 2012 season was spent with Memphis of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, where he made 27 starts, going 11-10, 4.74, with 160 strikeouts in 136.2 innings. He debuted with the Cardinals in September, making one start and five relief appearances. He went 1-0, 1.32 in 13.2 innings. Miller was a top 100 prospect in baseball for four years straight leading up to his big league debut. He spent the entire 2013 season in the majors, going 15-9, 3.06 in 31 starts, with 169 strikeouts in 173.1 innings. That was good enough for third in the Rookie of the Year voting. In 2014, he had a 10-9, 3.74 record in 32 games (31 starts), with 127 strikeouts in 183 innings. Miller was traded to the Atlanta Braves in November of 2014, in a deal that brought Jason Heyward to St Louis.
Miller pitched great during the 2015 season, but his performance got lost by pitching for a 95-loss team. His 6-17 record hid a 3.02 ERA in 205.1 innings, with a career high 171 strikeouts. He was an All-Star for the only time that season. He had a lot of bad luck that season, as teammate Julio Teheran finished 11-8, with a 4.04 ERA. Both pitchers made 33 starts that year. That was the peak for Miller, who never approached those early numbers. In 2016, he made 20 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks, after being acquired in a five-player deal that included Dansby Swanson in December of 2015. Miller struggled that first season in Arizona, going 3-12, 6.15 in 101 innings. He made just four starts in 2017, going 2-2, 4.09 in 22 innings before an elbow injury ended his season early. He had Tommy John surgery and got a late start to the 2018 season, which ended up seeing him make four rehab starts and five rough appearances (four starts) for the Diamondbacks. He went 0-4, 10.69 in 16 innings. Miller spent part of 2019 in the minors for the Milwaukee Brewers and the rest of the year in the majors with the Texas Rangers, struggling in both spots. He made eight starts over two levels for the Brewers, then made eight starts and 11 relief appearances in the majors with the Rangers, going 1-3, 8.59 in 44 innings. Miller decided not to play during the shortened 2020 season, using the opt out clause that was allowed under the rules for that year.
In 2021, Miller saw big league and minor league time with both the Chicago Cubs and Pirates. His time in Chicago amounted to seven runs over two innings in three appearances. For Triple-A Indianapolis with the Pirates, he had 3.86 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 14 innings. The Pirates called him up in September, where he made ten relief appearances, finishing with a 5.06 ERA in 10.2 innings. He became a free agent after the season and signed with the New York Yankees. They kept him in Triple-A with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the International League, where he went 2-2, 1.71, with 25 strikeouts in 21 innings over 16 games. Miller was released on May 31st and signed a week later with the San Francisco Giants. With Triple-A Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League, he had a 3.62 ERA, eight saves and 44 strikeouts in 32.1 innings. The Giants called him up in late September, and he debuted with seven strikeouts over 2.2 innings. Through late 2022, he has a career 38-57, 4.18 record in 773.2 innings, with 132 starts and 32 relief appearances. He has five career complete games and they are all shutouts.
Gene Tenace, C/1B for the 1983 Pirates. He played 15 seasons in the majors. Tenace was a 1975 All-Star and the 1972 World Series MVP. He never hit for average during his career, but he made up for it with some power and huge walk totals. He had six seasons with over 100 walks, twice leading the league. The Kansas City Athletics selected him in the 20th round of the 1965 draft out of high school. The was the first year of the amateur draft. Kansas City would move to Oakland after the 1967 season. Tenace started out in A-Ball right out of high school, playing for Shelby of the Western Carolinas League, where he hit just .183/.294/.290 in 32 games. He spent the entire 1966 season with Leesburg of the Florida State League, hitting .211 with 28 runs, one homer, 24 RBIs and a .602 OPS in 91 games. Most of 1967 was spent back in Leesburg, where he batted .260 with 47 runs, 20 extra-base hits, 44 RBIs and a .697 OPS in 106 games. He also played three games with Peninsula of the Class-A Carolina League. Tenace spent his fourth straight season in A-Ball in 1968, playing the entire year with Peninsula, where he hit .283 with 78 runs, 20 doubles, 21 homers, 71 RBIs, 17 steals, 66 walks and an .869 OPS in 132 games. He had eight more extra-base hits in 1968 than he had in his first three seasons combined. He moved up to Double-A with Birmingham of the Southern League in 1969 and batted .319 with 56 runs, 20 doubles, 20 homers, 74 RBIs, 56 walks and a 1.076 OPS in 89 games before joining the A’s. His first big league trial didn’t go well, with a .158 average, one homer, two RBIs and a .437 OPS in 16 games.
Tenace spent more than half of the 1970 season in Triple-A, batting .282 with 54 runs, 24 doubles 16 homers and 63 RBIs in 93 games with Iowa of the American Association. That would be his last minor league experience. He hit .305 with 19 runs, six doubles, seven homers, 20 RBIs and 23 walks in 38 games with the A’s, leading to a .992 OPS. In 1971, he hit .274 with 26 runs, seven doubles, seven homers, 25 RBIs, 29 walks and an .811 OPS in 65 games. His average dropped to .225 in 82 games in 1972, finishing with 22 runs, five homers, 32 RBIs and a .646 OPS, so he wasn’t the person you would expect to be a postseason hero. That was especially true after he went 1-for-17 in the ALCS that year. During the 1972 World Series, Tenace hit four homers and drove in nine runs against the Cincinnati Reds, who defeated the Pirates in the NLCS that year. That postseason performance carried over into the 1973 regular season when he started a string of four straight 20+ homer seasons. However, that postseason success in 1972 didn’t carry over into other playoff action during his career. Tenace hit just .127 with no homers in his last 29 playoff games.
In 1973, Tenace hit .259 with 83 runs, 18 doubles, 24 homers, 84 RBIs, 101 walks and an .830 OPS in 160 games. During the 1973-74 seasons, he actually saw more time at first base than catcher, though he still caught 112 games combined during those two seasons. Tenace saw his average drop to .211 in 1974, but he led the league with 110 walks, and he hit 26 homers, while driving in 73 runs in 158 games. He had 71 runs, 17 doubles and a .778 OPS that year, helping the A’s to their third straight World Series title. He made his only All-Star appearance in 1975 when he hit .255 with 83 runs, 17 doubles, 29 homers, 87 RBIs, 106 walks and an .859 OPS in 158 games. He finished 18th in the MVP voting in both 1975 and 1976, the only times that he received MVP support during his career. Tenace played 128 games in 1976, hitting .249 with 64 runs, 19 doubles, 22 homers, 66 RBIs, 81 walks and an .831 OPS. He became a free agent after the 1976 season and signed with the San Diego Padres. In 1977, he hit .233 with 66 runs, 24 doubles, 15 homers, 61 RBIs and an .824 OPS in 177 games. He set career highs with 125 walks and 13 hit-by-pitches, both of which led the league, helping him to a .415 OBP
In 1978, Tenace hit .224 with 60 runs scored, 18 doubles, 16 homers, 61 RBIs, 101 walks and an .801 OPS in 142 games. He followed that up with a .263 average in 151 games in 1979, with 61 runs, 16 doubles, 20 homers, 67 RBIs, 105 walks and an .848 OPS. He played 133 games in 1980, hitting .222 with 46 runs, 11 doubles, 17 homers, 50 RBIs, 92 walks and an .823 OPS. He was traded to the St Louis Cardinals after the season and he hit .233/.416/.403 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 58 games during the strike-shortened 1981 season. He was a backup catcher on the 1982 World Series champs, hitting .258/.436/.500 with 18 runs, nine doubles, seven homers and 18 RBIs in 66 games. The Pirates signed him as a free agent shortly after the 1982 season ended and they released him right before Opening Day in 1984, which ended his pro career. In the last season of his 15-year career in 1983, Tenace hit .177/.346/.258 in 53 games for the Pirates. He caught just 17 innings that season. In 1,555 big league games, he hit .241 with 653 runs scored, 201 homers, 674 RBIs and 984 walks. He never led the league in OBP, but his .388 career mark is one of the highest all-time for catchers and he finished third in the league each year during the 1977-79 stretch. Tenace coached after his playing days and also managed the 1991 Toronto Blue Jays for 33 games.
Myrl Brown, pitcher for the 1922 Pirates. He debuted in pro ball at 24 years old, but went right to the highest level of the minors at the time. Playing his first of four straight season for Reading of the Double-A International League in 1919, he went 18-21 that year with 128 strikeouts (ERA/IP are unavailable). In 1920, he had a 13-22, 4.84 record in 223 innings, with 109 strikeouts. Brown improved to 17-14, 4.26 in 258 innings in 1921 with Reading. He joined the Pirates after going 15-11, 3.51 in 195 innings for Reading in 1922. Before Reading sold Brown to Pittsburgh on August 17th, it was said that they also received offers from the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers), New York (doesn’t specify Giants or Yankees) and the St Louis Cardinals, but the Pirates cash offer was the best. It was later announced that they paid $20,000 to acquire him, which at the time was a record for a player purchase from the International League. The scouting report on Brown said that he got the best of hitters by having an assortment of pitches, changing speeds and his delivery, occasionally throwing sidearm. He made it to the majors at age 27 and only lasted that one partial season, debuting two days after he was acquired, and throwing his final game 32 days later. Brown posted a 3-1, 5.97 record in 34.2 innings with the Pirates, making five starts and two relief appearances.
The Pirates released Brown in August of 1923 without pitching a game that year. He suffered a Spring Training arm injury in late March, reportedly hearing a snap while throwing a curveball. It was said that the Pirates asked waivers on him prior to Spring Training and all of the big league clubs passed on him, so they were already looking to part ways with him before the season started. It was noted that his salary for the Pirates was $600 a month in 1922 and it was expected that he would get a cut in that amount in 1923. He was originally shipped to Dallas of the Class-A Texas League on option on May 14, 1923, but they returned him to the Pirates three weeks later after he re-injured his arm. The Pirates played the New York Yankees in an exhibition game at Forbes Field on July 5th and Brown was used as a pinch-runner after Pie Traynor got beaned in the head. Brown was sent home by the Pirates on July 17th, and five days later he pitched a semi-pro game in Wheeling, WV. Two days later he was released on option to Atlanta of the Class-A Southern Association, but he was eventually released unconditionally in August.
Brown pitched in the minors until 1928, saving his best performances for late in his career. He had a 15-18, 4.45 record in 251 innings for Newark of the International League in 1924. In 1925, he pitched for Newark and for Springfield of the Class-A Eastern League. He pitched nine games for Newark (only available stats), while his Springfield stats show a 3-3, 3.72 record in 58 innings. Brown went 20-9, 3.00 in 240 innings during the 1926 season for Springfield, then backed up that performance with a 22-9, 2.45 record in 264 innings in 1927. He remained in Springfield for his final season of pro ball in 1928, going 6-7, 4.46 in 109 innings. His minor league records show a total of 129 wins in nine seasons. Brown got a late start in pro ball because he played college ball at Lebanon Valley College, then joined in the war effort for a time in 1918.
Homer Hillebrand, pitcher/catcher for the 1905-06 and 1908 Pirates. He was a two-way player, who not only pitched 18 games for the Pirates (11 as a starter), but he also played first base, corner outfield and even caught three games. The three games caught are an interesting footnote in baseball history, because Homer (his actual first name) threw lefty. He is one of four lefty catchers in Pittsburgh Pirates history.
Homer and his brother Art were well-known athletes at Princeton University for baseball and football. The Pirates tried and failed to sign Art Hillebrand, who is in the College Football Hall of Fame. The Pirates also tried to sign Homer as a catcher in 1903, but that also failed. He had previous minor league experience, playing 64 games (only stat available) in 1902 for Flandreau of the Class-D Iowa-South Dakota League. That was followed by playing on the west coast for Los Angeles of the Class-A Pacific National League (highest level of the minors at the time) and Oakland of the Pacific Coast League in 1903. He batted .322 with 13 doubles and a triple in 56 games for Los Angeles, while going 4-for-13 (.308 average) in three games for Oakland. He actually picked the west coast over playing for either the Pirates or Washington Senators in 1903. Neither Hillebrand brother played during the 1904 season, despite both agreeing to play that year for the Washington Senators. At the time, they said that they only agreed to play for Washington if they decided to play, and their father was very much against them playing professional baseball. The Pirates tried again for Homer and they were able to finally sign him as a pitcher/utility player in March of 1905 at 25 years old.
Hillebrand played 39 games for the 1905 Pirates. He went 5-2, 2.82 in 60.2 innings over six starts and four relief appearances. He batted .236, with nine runs, three doubles, two triples, seven RBIs and a .582 OPS in 39 games, seeing time at six different positions, with more time at first base than anywhere else. He was used strictly as a pitcher in 1906, going 3-2, 2.21 in 53 innings over five starts and two relief appearances. He had quite the pair of starts in August/September, throwing a complete game shutout against the Boston Beaneaters on August 16th, followed by one run over nine innings on September 4th. He combined for 17 strikeouts in those games. He had a .558 OPS in 22 plate appearances that season. Despite the solid all-around stats, he pitched with an injured arm most of his career. He rested it for the entire 1907 season, and then decided to retire after pitching just one inning in 1908. He went 8-4, 2.51 in 114.2 innings over 11 starts and seven relief appearances. He batted .237/.281/.298 in 143 plate appearances over his 47 career games. The Pirates released him to Minneapolis of the American Association on June 22, 1907 to play outfield/first base, but it appears that he never reported to the team. He played some independent ball while working as a rancher after retiring, and even recommended a player named George Eastman, who signed with the Pirates in 1913, but never appeared in the majors.
Ad Gumbert, pitcher for the 1893-94 Pirates. He was a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, with a strong family history with the Pirates. He began his baseball career as an amateur player in Pittsburgh, but he was in the majors by 20 years old with almost no minor league experience. Gumbert played very briefly for Zanesville of the Tri-State League in 1888, before beginning his Major League career in September of 1888 with the Chicago White Stockings. He spent four seasons in Chicago over a five-year period, which was interrupted by him jumping to the Player’s League in 1890 like most established players of the era did at that time. He went 3-3, 3.14 in 48.2 innings over six starts in 1888. In 1889, he had a 16-13, 3.62 record in 246.1 innings, with 25 complete games in 28 starts, and two shutouts. Gumbert played for the Boston Reds in the Player’s League in 1890, where he had a 23-12, 3.93 record in 286.1 innings. He had 34 starts, six relief appearances, 28 complete games and one shutout. He allowed the most home runs that season, which of course gives him the league record for homers allowed. He came back to the White Stockings in 1891 and went 17-11, 3.58 in 256.1 innings, completing 24 of 31 starts. He had a 22-19, 3.41 record in 45 starts in 1892, with career highs 382.2 innings and 39 complete games. His 118 strikeouts that year set a career high as well.
On June 27, 1893, the Pirates traded a young minor league pitcher named Bert Abbey to the White Stockings (by then called the Colts) in exchange for Gumbert, who had not played yet that season due to a salary dispute. He was pitching in local amateur games just prior to his acquisition, so he was able to step into action right away. He immediately joined the Pirates and made twenty starts over the rest of the season, going 11-7, though his ERA was 5.15 over 162.2 innings. Gumbert struggled even more the next season, but it was partially due to the new longer pitching distance and restrictions of pitcher movement, which gave the batters a bigger advantage, raising offensive numbers across the league. He went 15-14, 6.04 in 271 innings, throwing 26 complete games in 32 starts, as well as pitching six times in relief. Before the 1895 season, the Pirates traded him to the Brooklyn Grooms for catcher Tom Kinslow. Gumbert played two more years in the majors before retiring, but they parted ways with him at the right time, even though Kinslow ended up being a meager return. Gumbert went 11-16, 5.08 in 234 innings in 1895. In 33 games, he had 26 starts and 20 complete games. The 1896 season was split between Brooklyn and the Philadelphia Phillies. He went 5-7, 4.32 in 108.1 innings, with an odd split in his ERA/record. He went 0-4, 3.77 with Brooklyn and 5-3, 4.54 with Philadelphia.
Gumbert finished with a 123-102, 4.27 record in 1,996.1 innings. He made 236 starts and 28 relief appearances, putting together 192 complete games and seven shutouts. He wasn’t much of a strikeout pitcher during his time, walking 635 batters over his career, compared to 548 strikeouts. He was a strong hitter, who occasionally played outfield. He finished his career with a .275 average and 15 homers, leading to a .734 OPS. His brother Billy Gumbert pitched for the Pirates/Alleghenys in 1890 and 1892, while their great-nephew Harry Gumbert pitched for the 1949-50 Pirates, giving the family the odd trio of three pitchers who each spent two seasons with the Pirates. They are one of 26 groups of relatives to play for the Pirates.
Dave Anderson, lefty pitcher for the 1890 Pittsburgh Alleghenys. Someone had to pitch for the worst team in franchise history and Anderson was called on to make 13 starts at the end of the season for the 23-113 ball club that year. Anderson completed all 13 starts he made, finishing with a 2-11, 4.67 record. His first game with the team was a 1-0 loss to Hall of Famer Mickey Welch on August 29th. Anderson also took the loss later in the year to another Hall of Famer pitching for New York, Jesse Burkett. Known as one of the best hitters of his time, Burkett had a 3-10 record as a pitcher that season before the Giants decided he was better suited for the outfield, where he hit .338 career and won three batting titles. On September 1st, three days after Anderson’s Pittsburgh debut, the team played a tripleheader in Brooklyn. There have only been three tripleheaders in big league history. Anderson pitched game two and did so well in a 3-2 loss, that he pitched game three as well. He lost that contest 8-4. His 13th start for Pittsburgh came 35 days after his debut, and he lost 9-1 to Brooklyn. On September 11th, he took part in a complete game 4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds that took 75 minutes to play. There’s a second interesting footnote between Anderson and Mickey Welch. On September 19th, there was no umpire for the game, so both Anderson and Welch umpired the contest.
Prior to joining Pittsburgh during the 1890 season, Anderson had played two years with the Philadelphia Phillies (nicknamed the Quakers in 1889). He made a total of eight appearances for them, four as a starter, including a win in which he allowed ten runs against the Alleghenys on May 28, 1890. Anderson went 0-1, 7.43 in 23 innings over two starts and three relief appearances in 1889. He 1-1, 7.45 record in 19.1 innings with the 1890 Phillies. The middle part of the 1890 season was spent with Wilmington of the Atlantic Association, where he went 14-13, while throwing 27 complete games in 27 starts. He did not pitch in the majors again after the 1890 season, though he played at least one more year in the minors, going 10-14, 1.74 in 222.2 innings for Lebanon of the Class-A Eastern Association. Anderson pitched twice during a postseason barnstorming tour for the Alleghenys in 1890, and he was reserved for the 1891 season as late as February of that year, but he never played for the team. He has no known baseball stats after turning 22 years old, or prior to his big league debut. He passed away at age 28 in Chester, PA in March of 1897. His obituary said that he played for Wilmington in 1896, and he did great work for Carbondale of the Pennsylvania State League. It’s interesting to note that there’s a pitcher named Peter Anderson who played for those same teams during that time. While little is known about Peter Anderson, a different obituary for Dave Anderson said that he was playing the last 2-3 seasons as the captain/first baseman for the Media, Pa. club near his hometown of Chester, Pa., where he was also serving as an alderman. So it appears that the first obituary was wrong.
On this date in 1960, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Yankees in game five of the World Series by a score of 5-2 in front of 62,753 fans at Yankee Stadium. With the win the Pirates took a 3 games to 2 lead in the series. Harvey Haddix, who won 11 games for the Pirates in 1960, started the game and went 6.1 IP allowing just two runs on five hits with six strikeouts against the powerhouse Yankees lineup. Elroy Face followed him with 2.2 scoreless innings to finish the game. He allowed just one baserunner, an 8th inning walk to Mickey Mantle. The Pirates scored four of their runs early, knocking two Yankees pitchers out before the third inning was over.
In the second inning, a one-out ground ball by Don Hoak to shortstop, with Smoky Burgess on second base and Gino Cimoli on third, turned into a run when Yankees third baseman Gil McDougald couldn’t handle the throw from shortstop Tony Kubek. That put runners on second and third again, and both of them would score on a Bill Mazeroski double to make it a 3-0 game. It also chased Yankees starter Art Ditmar. One inning later, Roberto Clemente singled to drive in Dick Groat, who doubled ahead of Clemente. Don Hoak drove in the Pirates fifth run in the ninth inning with a single that scored pinch-runner Joe Christopher. The series would return to Pittsburgh for game six two days later.