State By State Bucco History Part X

by battlingbucs | Mar 04, 2016 - 3:45 PM
This is the continuation of my ATP (All Time Pirates) series but I have opted to change the name to make it a little more obvious what is covered in the topic. As a quick recap this is a running series of mine that digs into the Pirates past and takes a look at it from various different angles. This particular exercise is looking at it from the player's place of birth. Each US state, the District of Columbia and each foreign country will be investigated in the attempt to build a team. For more specifics check out the introductory post here.

In part X I will continue looking at the Pirates pitchers by place of birth and this focus on class C locations. Class C locations consist of places that have 20 to 30 players eligible for the pitching staff meaning each team will have several pitchers who failed to make the 13 man staff.

Indiana
Rotation and Relief Ace
#1: Bob Friend
#2: Babe Adams
#3: Nick Strincevich
#4: Vic Aldridge
RA: Dan Plesac

Reserves
SP: Mike Dunne
SP: Kirtley Baker
SP: Roscoe Miller
SP: Walt Terrell
SP: Bill Nelson
SP/RP: Bill Brandt
SP/RP: Harley Young
RP: Barry Jones

Notes: Friend and Adams have a legitimate claim to being the best two pitchers in franchise history so it goes without saying that this dynamic duo is quite a formidable one. Friend and Adams could really be ordered either way but Friend gets the nod here as he pitched in a more modern area of 1951-1966 compared to Adams tenure from 1907-1926. Strincevich and Aldridge in the 3 and 4 spots are no slouches either as both racked up over 600 innings and an ERA better than league average during their tenures with the Pirates in the 1940s and 1920s respectively. The relief ace position is a bit of a weak link for team Indiana and Plesac was just a rather ordinary middle reliever for the Pirates during the 1995 and 1996 seasons.

In the reserves Mike Dunne is a very fine extra starter while Barry Jones and Bill Brandt put up a strong fight against Plesac for the relief ace... [Read More]
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VOTE for Pittsburgh Pirates Honorary Bat Girl

by Kipper | Mar 01, 2016 - 12:12 PM
If you have a chance, I'm asking everyone to go vote for Kim Booher at the Link provided below, to be an Honorary Bat Girl for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Kim is a breast cancer survivor thanks to early detection. She has been a huge advocate for many cancer support fundraisers such as Relay For Life, Stand Up Against Cancer at many Pittsburgh Pirates games, various American Cancer Society events and much more..

To top it off she is a huge Pittsburgh Pirates fan who attends many games yearly, has attended PirateFest for the last 3 years and has a full wardrobe of Pittsburgh Pirates swag (did I mention a dedicated Pittsburgh Pirates Christmas Tree?)

Please take the time and click on the link below and find Kim Booher and please vote for her!

Thanks!


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State By State Bucco History Part IX

by battlingbucs | Feb 24, 2016 - 2:50 PM
This is the continuation of my ATP (All Time Pirates) series but I have opted to change the name to make it a little more obvious what is covered in the topic. As a quick recap this is a running series of mine that digs into the Pirates past and takes a look at it from various different angles. This particular exercise is looking at it from the player's place of birth. Each US state, the District of Columbia and each foreign country will be investigated in the attempt to build a team. For more specifics check out the introductory post here.

In part IX I will continue looking at the Pirates pitchers by place of birth and this focus on class D locations. Class Dare the first that will have actual cuts. Locations must have between 14 and 20 players to qualify. There are a total of 9 locations that qualified leaving just 11 for the final three classifications.

Alabama

Rotation and Relief Ace
#1: Bob Veale
#2: Rip Sewell
#3: Whitey Glazner
#4: Jim Nelson
RA: Brian Meadows

Reserves
SP/RP: Bennie Daniels
SP/RP: Herb Kelly
SP/RP: Kyle McPherson
RP: George Grant
RP: Jay Tibbs
RP: Clay Carroll
RP: Elmer Tutwiler
RP: Dixie McArthur

Notes: Veale pitched for the Pirates from 1962-1972 and is one of the best pitchers in Pirates history so he starts out the Alabama staff on a strong note. The number 2 on the staff is another strong pitcher and actually threw more innings with the Pirates than Veale. Sewell pitched for the Pirates from 1938-1949 and had a few great seasons mixed in with a bunch of average ones. The rotation loses some steam after that as Glazner was a starter for only parts of 3 years and Nelson was a swingman for two but both had good results in their limited action. Meadows isnít typically someone youíd call a relief ace but he was roughly a league average reliever for the Pirates in the early 2000s so considering the state of those teams that says something.

The reserves donít feature much in... [Read More]
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#Pirates Go Retro 1979 For Their Sunday uniforms

by Kipper | Feb 18, 2016 - 1:58 PM


Love it! Love the yellow jersey but also that they went with the Pill Caps and Black Pants too! Technicolor Pirates at it's best!
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State By State Bucco History Part VIII

by battlingbucs | Feb 05, 2016 - 10:39 AM
This is the continuation of my ATP (All Time Pirates) series but I have opted to change the name to make it a little more obvious what is covered in the topic. As a quick recap this is a running series of mine that digs into the Pirates past and takes a look at it from various different angles. This particular exercise is looking at it from the player's place of birth. Each US state, the District of Columbia and each foreign country will be investigated in the attempt to build a team. For more specifics check out the introductory post here.

In part VIII I will continue looking at the Pirates pitchers by place of birth and this focus on class E locations. Class E location are places that have enough players to fill out the starting 5 but not enough players where anyone has to be cut from the presented group of 13. There are 20 locations here in all making this a very lengthy post.

Arkansas
Rotation and Relief Ace
#1: AJ Burnett
#2: Preacher Roe
#3: Hank Robinson
#4: Tony McKnight
RA: Jimmy Zinn

Reserves
SP: Bert Maxwell
RP: Jack McMahan

Notes: Burnett and Roe form an impressive one-two punch atop the Arkansas rotation. Iím sure everyone is familiar with Burnett so Iíll spend some time on Roe instead. Roe pitched for the Pirates primarily in the World War II days when of course the game was a bit different thanks to so many players fighting in the war. He spent four years with the club with the first two being excellent seasons and the last two not being so good. After leaving the Pirates he went on to have a nice career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinsons pitched for the Pirates early in the 20th century for two years and provides a good middle of the rotation arm whoís rate numbers compare favorably to the top two in the rotation. Taking up the 4th spot is Tony McKinght who pitched briefly for the Pirates in 2001. He was roughed up but is the best choice in a bad lot. Zinn pitched for the Pirates in the 1920s so his role as a... [Read More]
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