Posts by John Dreker

Card of the Day: 1989 Topps Orestes Destrade

Card of the Day
Today’s Card of the Day comes from a player who had an odd career path, coming to the Pittsburgh Pirates as a prospect, going to Japan to establish himself, then coming back to the U.S. for one big season. Orestes Destrade had a 15-year career in pro ball and hit…

Card of the Day: 1928 Exhibit Glenn Wright

Card of the Day
On this date in 1925, Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Glenn Wright turned an unassisted double play on a ball hit by Hall of Fame first baseman Jim Bottomley of the St Louis Cardinals in the top of the ninth inning of a 10-9 games. The Pirates still ended up losing, but…

Card of the Day: 1951 Topps Red Back Cliff Chambers

Card of the Day
On this date in 1951, Cliff Chambers of the Pittsburgh Pirates tossed the second nine-inning no-hitter in franchise history. That makes today the perfect day to feature him for the first time in our Card of the Day series. Since it’s his first time, I’m also covering a set here…

Card of the Day: 1971 Topps Jose Pagan

Card of the Day
Today’s Card of the Day features a member of the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates, the club that brought home the fourth World Series title in franchise history. Infielder Jose Pagan was born on this date in 1935 in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. He played 15 years in the majors, including eight seasons…

Card of the Day: 1922 Lou Gertenrich Babe Adams

Card of the Day
In 1922, there was a baseball set released with an advertising on the back for a candy company run by former big league player Lou Gertenrich. One of the players featured in that set was Charles “Babe” Adams, one of the greatest pitchers in Pittsburgh Pirates history. They had two…