This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History: March 13th, Baseball Family Day

Six former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, two of them related to other Pirates players, and another had a brother in the majors. We start with the most recent one first.

Manny Banuelos, pitcher for the 2022 Pirates. He signed with the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent out of Mexico at 17 years old in 2008. He spent that first year in the Gulf Coast League, where he went 4-1, 2.57 in 42 innings, with 37 strikeouts and a 1.07 WHIP. He made three starts and nine relief appearances. Banuelos went 9-5, 2.67 in 108 innings for Charleston of the Low-A South Atlantic League in 2009. He had 104 strikeouts and a 1.07 WHIP. He made 19 starts and six relief appearances for Charleston, then finished the year with a scoreless relief outing for Tampa of the High-A Florida State League. An appendectomy during Spring Training cost him part of the 2010 season. He made two starts in the Gulf Coast League, ten starts with Tampa, and three starts for Trenton of the Double-A Eastern League. Between all three stops, he went 0-4, 2.51 in 64.2 innings, with 85 strikeouts and a 1.22 WHIP. He played in the Arizona Fall League after the season, where he respectable 3.60 ERA in 25 innings, though it came with a 1.64 WHIP. Banuelos was a top 100 prospect for multiple sources going into the 2011 season. That high ranking carried into the 2012 season as well.

Banuelos made 20 starts for Trenton in 2011, then another seven starts with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the Triple-A International League to finish the year. He combined to go 6-7, 3.75 in 129.2 innings, with 125 strikeouts and a high 1.55 WHIP. His results were similar in both spots that year. He spent the start of the 2012 season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 0-2, 4.50 in 24 innings, with 22 strikeouts and a 1.63 WHIP. He suffered an elbow injury in May, which eventually turned into Tommy John surgery in October. That delayed surgery ended up costing him the entire 2013 season. Banuelos returned in 2014 and saw a full workload, albeit with limited pitch counts due to the missed time. He made five starts for Tampa, 16 starts (and a relief appearance) for Trenton, and four more starts for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He combined to go 2-3, 4.11 in 76.2 innings, with 71 strikeouts and a 1.24 WHIP. The Yankees traded him to the Atlanta Braves on January 1, 2015. Banuelos made it to the majors by July of 2015, though an elbow injury somewhat limited his season. He made 16 starts for Gwinnett of the International League that year, going 6-2, 2.23 in 84.2 innings, with a 1.23 WHIP and 69 strikeouts. In his six starts and one relief appearance with the Braves, he went 1-4, 5.13 in 26.1 innings. The elbow injury Banuelos suffered in 2015 carried over into the start of 2016. He was limited to minor league work that year before being release late in the season by the Braves. He ended up going 0-5, 5.33 in 50.2 innings, with a 1.80 WHIP and 44 strikeouts, while rehabbing at three different levels of the minors.

Banuelos signed with the Los Angeles Angels, where he spent the entire 2017 season in Triple-A with Salt Lake City of the Pacific Coast League. In nine starts and 30 relief appearances, he went 5-6, 4.93 in 95 innings, with 85 strikeouts and a 1.64 WHIP. Banuelos signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 2018, then spent the entire year with Oklahoma City of the Pacific Coast League. He finished up with a 9-7, 3.73 record in 108.2 innings over 18 starts and 13 relief appearances. He had a 1.39 WHIP and 127 strikeouts. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox after the 2018 season, then spent most of the 2019 season in the majors, making eight starts and eight relief appearances. He spent part of the year on the disabled list and also pitched five times in the minors. Banuelos went 3-4, 6.93 in 50.2 innings with the White Sox, finishing with 44 strikeouts and a 1.84 WHIP. He pitched winter ball in Mexico that year, then signed with the Seattle Mariners in February of 2020. He didn’t pitch for Seattle during the shortened season, playing in China instead, where he went 6-3, 2.60 in 52 innings. Banuelos had a 2.94 ERA over nine starts in China during the 2021 season, plus he allowed two runs over ten innings in Mexico. He made ten starts over the 2021-22 winter in Mexico, going 4-3, 2.25 in 52 innings, with 61 strikeouts and a 1.27 WHIP. He signed with the Yankees for 2022, spending most of his time there with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he went 0-2, 2.35 in 30.2 innings. He gave up two runs over 8.1 innings in four relief appearances for the Yankees, before being sold to the Pirates in early July. Banuelos went 2-1, 4.96 in 32.2 innings over 31 relief appearances for the Pirates, finishing with a 1.32 WHIP and 34 strikeouts. He became a free agent after the 2022 season and has yet to sign for 2023. In three big league seasons, he has a 6-9, 5.64 record in 118 innings over 14 starts and 44 relief appearances.

Jason Rogers, corner infielder for the 2016 Pirates. He was a 32nd round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010 at 22 years old, selected out of Columbus State University in Georgia. Despite his advanced age, he debuted in the lowest level of the minors at the rookie level Arizona League, where he hit .281 in 42 games, with 31 runs, 11 extra-base hits, 32 RBIs and a .761 OPS. Rogers moved up to Low-A Wisconsin of the Midwest League in 2011, where he had a .275 average, with 32 runs, 23 extra-base hits, 40 RBIs and a .765 OPS in 64 games. He also put up nine games with Helena of the short-season Pioneer League, finishing with a .296/345/.444 slash line in 29 plate appearances. He put his name on the prospect map in 2011, splitting the season between Wisconsin and High-A Brevard County of the Florida State League. He combined to hit .301 in 133 games, with 72 runs, 35 doubles, 11 homers, 66 RBIs, 12 steals, 79 walks and an .854 OPS. Rogers spent the 2013 season in Double-A Huntsville of the Southern League, hitting .270 in 133 games, with 69 runs, 25 doubles, 22 homers, 87 RBIs, 59 walks and an .814 OPS. He went to the Arizona Fall League after the season and hit .312/.432/.459 in 18 games, then played winter ball in the Dominican, where he had a .617 OPS in 13 games. Rogers split the 2014 season between Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville of the Pacific Coast League, hitting .296 between both stops, with 78 runs, 29 doubles, 18 homers, 82 RBIs, 53 walks and an .854 OPS in 134 games. He got his first shot at the majors in September, where he went 1-for-9 at the plate in eight games.

Rogers spent a majority of the 2015 season in the majors, where he was used mostly off of the bench. He played 33 games for Milwaukee’s new Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs of the Pacific Coast League, where he had a .344 average and a 1.056 OPS. In 86 games (25 starts) that year for the Brewers, he had a .296 average, with 22 runs, six doubles, four homers, 16 RBIs and an .808 OPS. The Pirates acquired him over the 2015-16 off-season for outfielder Keon Broxton and minor league pitcher Trey Supak. Rogers played 38 games of winter ball in the Dominican during that off-season, putting up a .272 average and a .704 OPS. He then played sparingly for the 2016 Pirates, getting into 23 games total. He made just three starts, all at first base, and he didn’t play a single complete game. He also played four games off of the bench at third base. He batted .080 in 25 at-bats, though he was able to post a .303 OBP due to seven walks and a hit-by-pitch. He struggled in limited winter ball action over the 2016-17 off-season in the Dominican. Rogers was released during the middle of the 2017 season without playing a big league game that year. At the time of his release, he had a .263 average in 105 games for Indianapolis of the Triple-A International League, with 38 runs, 26 extra-base hits,40 RBIs and a .705 OPS. After being released, he played the rest of 2017 in Japan, hitting .283/.355/.526 in 49 games for Hanshin. He had a .346 average and a .908 OPS in nine winter games in Australia that year.

Rogers spent the 2018-19 seasons in independent ball with New Britain of the Atlantic League, while also playing winter ball in Puerto Rico after the 2019 season. He had a .297 average over 107 games in 2018, with 53 runs, 26 doubles, five homers, 65 RBIs, 64 walks and an .805 OPS. He followed that up in 2019 with a .289 average in 135 games, with 80 runs, 28 doubles, 15 homers, 91 RBIs, 85 walks and an .846 OPS. His winter time did not go well in Puerto Rico, finishing with a .200 average and a .519 OPS in 15 games. He didn’t play anywhere in 2020, but he returned in 2021 to play with Gastonia of the Atlantic League, while also putting in some time in Mexico. He had a .286 average and a .905 OPS in 95 games with Gastonia, while struggling with a .584 OPS over 12 games in Mexico. Rogers played for Lincoln of the independent American Association in 2022, batting .256/.372/.426 in 36 games. He has mostly played first base during his pro career, but he also saw 186 games at third base and 112 games in left field, with a handful of appearances in right field as well. During his three seasons in the majors, Rogers hit .258 in 117 games, with 24 runs, seven doubles, four homers and 18 RBIs in 212 plate appearances.

Gary Kolb, utility fielder for the 1968-69 Pirates. From 1960 until 1965, Kolb played 190 games in the majors, split between three different teams. He signed with the St Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent at 20 years old in 1960 (reportedly receiving a $60,000 bonus). He appeared in the majors that September, getting three at-bats over nine games played. The rest of the year was spent with Keokuk of the Class-D Midwest League and Winston-Salem of the Class-B Carolina League. In the minors during his first year, he combined to hit .271 in 84 games, with 56 runs, eight doubles, 15 triples, eight homers, 51 RBIs, 15 steals and an .805 OPS. Kolb spent the entire 1961 season in the minors playing for Lancaster of the Class-A Eastern League, where he batted .261 in 137 games, with 69 runs, 20 doubles, 12 triples, ten homers, 53 RBIs, 54 walks and a .749 OPS. He moved up to Double-A in 1962, playing for Tulsa of the Texas League. Kolb batted .296 that year, with 88 runs, 31 doubles, ten homers, 61 walks, 58 walks and an .810 OPS in 129 games. That got him another September look with the Cardinals, where he went 5-for-14 in six games, with five singles and a .757 OPS. He split the 1963 season between Tulsa and the Cardinals. Kolb made the big league Opening Day roster, but he had just four plate appearances through May 8th, while playing eight games off of the bench. He went to Tulsa at that point, where he hit .318/.417/.481 in 61 games. He then returned to St Louis for the remainder of the season, joining the team right after the All-Star break. He put up a .271 average and an .883 OPS in 119 plate appearances over 75 games for the 1963 Cardinals. Right before the 1964 season started, he was traded to the Milwaukee Braves in a deal for Bob Uecker.

Kolb was a bench player in Milwaukee, seeing a handful of starts at four different positions, while also getting into games at two other spots. He played everywhere except shortstop, pitcher and first base. He batted .188/.257/.203 in 36 games for the 1964 Braves, while spent almost half of the season with Denver of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, where he had a .734 OPS in 52 games. Kolb matched his 1964 average by batting .188 in 1965 as well, though he got to that number by hitting .259 early in the year for Milwaukee, then batting .167 in 40 games for the New York Mets, after a July trade that was even up for catcher Jesse Gonder. Both Kolb and Gonder would serve as backup catchers to Manny Sanguillen at Triple-A Columbus of the International League for the Pirates in 1967. Kolb spent all of 1966 in the minors with the Mets, hitting .219 in 100 games for Jacksonville of the Triple-A International League, with 41 runs, 16 doubles, four homers, 28 RBIs and a .615 OPS. The Mets traded him to the Pirates in December of 1966, swinging a four-player deal with two players going each way. He spent all of 1967 at Columbus, where he hit .293 in 117 games, with 44 runs, 29 extra-base hits, 46 RBIs and a .776 OPS, which got him named as the team MVP.

Kolb made the Pirates out of Spring Training in 1968, then would become the jack-of-all-trades for the club. He started just 22 games that year, but played another 52 off the bench, taking the field at six different positions. He even caught ten games that year, which was seven more than he caught in his first five seasons in the majors combined. His versatility is what kept him on the team, as he hit just .218/.285/.319, with two homers and six RBIs in 119 at-bats. Kolb was very seldom used in 1969, going long periods of time without playing. He played 29 games the entire year, getting only 39 plate appearances. He drove in three runs on the season, with two coming in his last at-bat of the year, which would turn out to be his last Major League at-bat as well. He was assigned to Columbus after the season and got an invite to Spring Training in 1970, where he was competing for the third-string catcher job. He was one of the last cuts of the spring. He played another four seasons in the minors (1970-73) for Triple-A affiliates of the Pirates before retiring. Kolb had a .267 average in 104 games for Columbus in 1970, with 50 runs, 16 extra-base hits, 42 RBIs and a .714 OPS. The Pirates switched their Triple-A affiliate to Charleston of the International League in 1971. He batted .239 in 100 games, with 39 runs, 13 doubles, eight homers, 40 RBIs and a .662 OPS. His stats really dropped off in his final two seasons, while his playing time dropped a little each year. Kolb had a .189 average and a .545 OPS over 86 games in 1972. He finished with a .184 average and a .477 OPS over 94 games in 1973. In seven big league season, he was a .209 hitter, with 63 runs, nine doubles, six homers and 29 RBIs. Despite the fact he wasn’t a pitcher, and never pitched a game in the majors, he made 41 appearances on the mound in the minors, spread out over seven different seasons. His cousin Danny Kolb pitched for the Pirates in 2007. They are one of 26 set of relatives to play for the Pirates.

Al Luplow, outfielder for the 1967 Pirates. He attended Michigan State University, where he was a varsity football player. He signed with the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent at 20 years old in 1959. Luplow batted .301 during his first season of pro ball, with 42 runs, 11 doubles, 11 homers, 53 RBIs, 52 walks and a .942 OPS in 71 games with Batavia in the Class-D New York-Penn League. He split the 1960 season between Reading of the Class-A Eastern League and Mobile of the Double-A Southern Association, combining to hit .283 in 127 games, with 67 runs, 22 doubles, six homers, 76 RBIs, 64 walks and a .792 OPS, with much better results during his 84 games at Reading. He moved up to Triple-A Salt Lake City of the Pacific Coast League in 1961, where he hit .302 in 152 games, with 90 runs, 18 doubles, 16 triples, 17 homers, 91 RBIs, 69 walks and an .849 OPS. That earned him a September look in Cleveland, where he went 1-for-18 with a single and two walks in five games, leading to a .206 OPS. His best season in the majors was his rookie year in 1962, when he hit .277 in 97 games for the Indians, with 54 runs, 15 doubles, 14 homers, 45 RBIs and an .834 OPS. He was batting .318 through early July and getting regular starts until he pulled a muscle in his leg that kept him out of action for three weeks. He had a pinch-hit RBI single in his first game back, but he hit just .222 the rest of the way, while only seeing sporadic starts in September. Luplow batted .234 in 1963, with 34 runs, six doubles, seven homers and 27 RBIs in 100 games. His OPS dropped from .834 as a rookie, down to .655 in his second season. On June 27th at Fenway Park, he made a famous catch in which he ran full speed towards the right field wall and dove headfirst over the five-foot wall to rob a three-run homer that would have tied the score.

Luplow spent most of 1964 in the minors, while batting .111/.158/.111 in 19 games with the Indians. He didn’t get a single start during his two stints with the team that year, sticking around from Opening Day until late May, followed by a return in September. The majority of the year was spent with Portland of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, where he .257 in 77 games, with 37 runs, 14 doubles, 12 homers, 42 RBIs and a .792 OPS. He was a deep bench player for the Indians during the 1965 season, getting 48 plate appearances in 53 games. He batted just .133/.188/.244, with one homer and four RBIs. For a second year in a row, he failed to get a single start all season. He was sold to the New York Mets after the 1965 season, which opened up an opportunity for playing time. Luplow played in a career high 111 games in 1966, finishing with a .251 average, 31 runs, nine doubles, seven homers, 31 RBIs, 38 walks and a .678 OPS. He was being used as a bench player when the Pirates purchased his contract from the Mets on June 21, 1967, after losing his starting job three weeks earlier. He hit .205/.260/.295, with 11 runs, three homers and nine RBIs in 41 games with the 1967 Mets. Luplow played 55 games for the 1967 Pirates, mostly off the bench. He batted .184/.232/.223 in 115 plate appearances, with 13 runs, one double, one homer and eight RBIs. He went to Spring Training with the Pirates in 1968, but he was a late cut from the team and never played pro ball again, deciding to retire instead of accepting his minor league assignment. He batted .235 in 481 big league games over seven seasons, with 147 runs, 34 doubles, 33 homers and 125 RBIs. His great-nephew Jordan Luplow played outfield for the Pirates during the 2017-18 seasons. In fact, Jordan’s MLB debut was in right field, and it came exactly 50 years to the day that Al started in right field as a replacement for an injured Roberto Clemente. They are one of 26 set of relatives to play for the Pirates.

Eddie Pellagrini, infielder for the 1953-54 Pirates. Pellagrini was 24 years old and in his fifth season of minor league ball in May of 1942 when he got drafted into the Navy during WWII. His stay in the military lasted  3 1/2 years, and it delayed his arrival in the majors until 1946. When he finally got his first big league at-bat at 28 years old, he hit a home run. He debuted in pro ball in 1938, playing for Danville of the Class-D Bi-State League, where he hit .296 in 118 games, with 101 runs, 24 doubles, five triples, 21 homers, 72 RBIs and an .855 OPS. That was followed by spending most of 1939 with Canton of the Class-C Middle Atlantic League. He hit .303 over 99 games, with 29 extra-base hits for Canton, while also putting up a .229 average and four extra-base hits in 14 games for Rocky Mount of the Class-B Piedmont League. Pellagrini moved up to Scranton of the Class-A Eastern League in 1940, where he put up a .259 average in 125 games, with 26 extra-base hits. He batted .273 for San Diego of the Pacific Coast League in 1941, with 39 doubles, ten triples and eight homers in 173 games. He then went to Spring Training with the Boston Red Sox in 1942, but failed to make the big leagur roster. He was playing for Louisville of the Double-A American Association early in that 1942 season. Pellagrini likely would have made his Major League debut 1942 had he not been drafted, though he was hitting just .209/.290/.265 in 19 games before the military came calling.

Pellagrini was a deep bench player when he returned to action for the 1946 Red Sox, playing just 22 games total all season. He was actually the starting third baseman early in the year, but a combo of poor hitting and a hamstring injury, kept him on the bench for all but seven games after May 7th. He hit .211/.253/.366, with seven runs, three doubles, two homers and four RBIs that season. He saw more time in 1947, getting regular starts at shortstop and third base through late May, until he dropped down to a .207 average through 31 games. His time was limited after that point, and he finished with a .203/.281/.299 slash line in 74 games, with 29 runs, eight doubles, four homers and 19 RBIs. Boston traded him to the St Louis Browns on November 17, 1947, as one of six players and a huge sum of cash they gave up for star shortstop Vern Stephens. As an interesting side note, there were rumors in May of 1946 that he was one of two players being traded for Stephens, with some papers reporting it as a done deal 18 months before it actually happened. Pellagrini had the unenviable task of replacing the power-hitting Stephens at shortstop in St Louis. He batted .238 in 108 games for the 1948 Browns, with 31 runs, eight doubles, two homers, 27 RBIs and a .627 OPS. He had his best defensive season that year according to modern metrics, posting 0.4 dWAR.

Pellagrini saw less playing time in 1949, and his defense suffered, as he accumulated -0.9 WAR that season. He batted .238 in 79 games, with 26 runs, 11 extra-base hits, 15 RBIs and a .590 OPS. He spent the 1950 season in the minors with Baltimore of the Triple-A International League, where he hit .282 in 130 games, with 69 runs, 21 doubles, 19 homers, 64 RBIs, 78 walks and a .909 OPS. Pellagrini moved on to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1951, then to the Cincinnati Reds in 1952. In his only season in Philadelphia, he batted .234 in 86 games, with 31 runs and 30 RBIs, while posting the odd stat line of more triples (five) and homers (five) than doubles (four). His .707 OPS that year was a career best. He hit .170/.232/.220 in 46 games for the 1952 Reds, with 15 runs, two doubles, one homer and three RBIs. The Pirates picked him up off of waivers early in the 1953 seasons, before he could play a game that year for the Reds.  Pellagrini was a lifetime .222 hitter before coming to Pittsburgh, where he would put up a career high .253 average in 1953. His .671 OPS was the second best of his career. He started 34 games that season, mostly at second base, and he played another 44 off the bench. He finished with 16 runs, nine extra-base hits and 19 RBIs. He had a similar role in 1954, except most of his playing time came at third base. Pellagrini hit .216 that year, finishing with 12 runs, six extra-base hits (all doubles) and 16 RBIs in 142 plate appearances over 73 games. The Pirates released him immediately after the season ended, and the 36-year-old called it quits. He took up a coaching job three years later at Boston College, where he stayed for 32 seasons. In 563 games over eight big league seasons, he had a .226 average, with 167 runs, 42 doubles, 13 triples, 20 homers and 133 RBIs.

Chappie McFarland, pitcher for the 1906 Pirates. McFarland debuted in pro ball at 23 years old in 1898, pitching five seasons in the minors before making his Major League debut in mid-September of 1902 with the St Louis Cardinals. That 1898 season saw him playing for Dubuque of the Class-B Western Association, where he went 6-5 in 106 innings over 11 starts and two relief appearances, with a 1.20 WHIP, 34 walks and 29 strikeouts. McFarland spent most of 1899 with Albany of the Class-C New York State League, going 10-8 in 154 innings, with a 1.17 WHIP. There could be an error in those online stats, as he is only credited with 17 games, all complete game starts. No ERA is available, but we know he allowed 4.50 runs per nine innings. He also saw time that year with Syracuse of the Class-A Eastern League (highest level of the minors at the time), where he struggled with a 1-7 record and 9.76 runs allowed per nine innings. He was with Des Moines of the Class-B Western League in 1900, though no stats are available. He spent the 1901-02 seasons pitching for Cedar Rapids of the Three-I League, before getting his shot at the majors. That league was Class-D in 1901 and Class-B in 1902. McFarland pitched 48 games over his two seasons with the team, though almost no other stats are available. Newspaper records show him with a .143 average and a .925 fielding percentage in 19 games during the 1901 season, followed by a .170 average, .916 fielding percentage and a 70:145 BB/SO ratio in his 32 appearances on the mound in 1902. He’s credited with a .586 winning percentage, which works out to a 17-12 record, though it’s not listed.

McFarland began his big league career at age 27 in mid-September of 1902 with the St Louis Cardinals, where he would end up with a 33-57 record over three full and two partial seasons. His ERA during that time was just 3.33, which was mid-level acceptable during the early part of the deadball era, yet he finished in the top ten among National League pitchers in losses during all three of his full seasons.  He made one start and one relief appearance in 1902, posting a 5.73 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 11 innings, which was enough to earn him a spot in the St Louis rotation in 1903. The Cardinals were awful at this time, and it showed in his record. They finished in last place with a 43-94 record that year. McFarland went 9-19, 3.07 in 229 innings, posting a 1.31 WHIP and 76 strikeouts, while completing 25 of his 26 starts. The team made an incredible improvement in just one season, going 75-79 in 1904. McFarland posted a 14-18, 3.21 record and a 1.20 WHIP in 269.1 innings, with career highs of 31 starts, 28 complete games and 111 strikeouts. The Cardinals were bad again in 1905 (58-96), and he saw his ERA go up to 3.81 in 250.1 innings, which resulted in an 8-18 record. His 1.38 WHIP was the highest of his big league career over a full season. He finished 22 of 28 starts that year, managing to pick up three shutouts, which proved to be half of his career total. The Pirates acquired him on June 3, 1906, in exchange for young rookie starter Ed Karger, who posted a 1.93 ERA in his first 28 innings of work in the majors. The Pirates wanted a veteran starter, and McFarland had a 1.93 ERA in 37.1 innings at the time. They were excited about the pickup, but things did not work out in Pittsburgh.

McFarland ended up making just five starts for the Pirates. He picked up just one win, which was a 3-0 shutout in his first start, coming ten days after trade. He allowed four runs in each of his next three starts, then he lost at home to a below .500 Philadelphia Phillies team in his final start. The Pirates put him on waivers in late July, where he was picked up by the Brooklyn Superbas. He lost his only start with his new team, giving up eight runs on ten hits and five walks. That would be his last game in the majors. Karger, who the Pirates gave up in the deal, went on to post a 2.72 ERA in 191.2 innings over the rest of the 1906 season, then had a 2.04 ERA 314 innings in 1907. McFarland had a 22-4 record in the minors in 1907, while also serving as the team’s manager, though he was pitching in Class-C ball at the time with Oklahoma of the Western Association. He was also a player-manager in 1908 for Houston of the Class-C Texas League, where he had a 7-3 record in ten appearances. By the end of the 1909 season, he was out of baseball for good. He split that year between Houston and Oklahoma City, though the latter was in the Texas League that year. He had a 6-6 record and threw 115 innings that year. McFarland’s real name was Charles. His older brother Monte pitched two years in the majors with the 1895-96 Chicago Colts (Cubs).