(This is the second in my series of quizzes on players from a particular team. This one focuses on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Bucs joined the National League in 1887 and have won nine pennants and five World Series titles.)
By Glen Sparks
1. Which Pirate player ranks second to Cy Young on baseball’s all-time list in innings pitched and complete games?
2. Which Pirate pitcher recorded the win in Game 1 of the 1903 World Series, the first Series game ever played?
3. Which Pirate manager led the team to the only 100-win seasons in franchise history?
4. The Pirates are known more for its great hitters than its outstanding pitchers. Who is No. 1 on the team’s all-time wins list?
5. Which Pirate player batted .340 in his 15 years with the Bucs and won the N.L. MVP in 1927 when he hit .380 and drove in 131 runs?
6. Roberto Clemente is the Pirates’ all-time leader with exactly 3,000 hits. Who is No. 2 on the Bucs’ career list?
7. Which Pittsburgh Pirate led the National League in home runs seven times and as a broadcaster once said, “All the Mets’ road wins against the Dodgers this year occurred at Dodger Stadium.”
8. Which future Hall of Famer was released by the Dodgers as a youngster and quickly picked up by the Pirates?
9. Bill Mazeroski hit his historic home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. He hit the homer off the Yankees’ Ralph Terry. Which Pirate was the winning pitcher?
10. Which Pirate slugger hit home runs completely out of Dodger Stadium?
1. James “Pud” Galvin is not nearly as well-known as Cy Young, but the St. Louis native was every bit as durable. Galvin completed 646 games in his career and threw 6,003 innings. He threw 70 complete games in 1883 and 1884 and 65 in 1879. His lifetime won-loss record was 365-310.
2. Deacon Phillippe beat the great Cy Young in a 7-3 victory against the Boston Americans, the forerunner of the Boston Red Sox. Both pitchers threw complete games; Phillippe struck out 10. He went 3-2 in the Series that Boston won five games to three. Phillippe went 189-109 in his career, mostly with the Pirates.
3. Fred Clarke skipped the Pirates to a 102-36 mark in 1902 and 110-42 record in 1909. The 1902 Pirates won the National League by 27.5 games, while the 1909 team took the World Series. Clarke served as Pirates manager from 1900-15, while also playing outfield in most seasons. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1945.
4. Wilbur Cooper, a native of Bearsville, West Va., won a franchise-record 202 games for the Pirates from 1912-24. He also still owns the team records for complete games (263), innings pitched (3,203), strikeouts (1,191) and games pitched (469). Cooper was the first N.L. left-hander to win at least 200 games. He finished 216-178 in his career, which also included stints with the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers.
5. Paul “Big Poison” Waner finished in the top five in MVP voting five times. He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1952. His brother, Lloyd, or “Little Poison” hit .318 in his career, mostly with the Pirates and was selected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1967.
6. The great shortstop Honus Wagner had 2,967 as a Pirate, second to Clemente on the team’s all-time list. The Hall of Famer had 3,420 hits in his career; 453 came with the Louisville Colonels.
7. Ralph Kiner led the N.L. in homers seven times, but still only hit a relatively modest 369 home runs in a career that was cut short by a back injury. Later, as an announcer for the New York Mets, Kiner was famous for his malapropisms. He also once said “Kevin McReynolds stops at third, and he scores.”
8. Roberto Clemente. The Dodgers signed the 19-year-old Clemente on Feb. 19, 1954. Because he was a bonus player, the Dodgers were required to keep him on the major league roster or risk losing him. The Dodgers did the latter, and the Pirates burned them in the 1954 Rude 5 Draft. Pittsburgh had the first pick in the draft and chose Clemente.
9. Harvey Haddix. He went one inning and gave up one hit in relief. Haddix, who retired with a 136-113 won-loss record, is also famous for throwing 12 percent innings in a game May 26, 1959, against the Milwaukee Braves. Haddix and the Pirates lost the game in the 13th.
10. Willie Stargell cleared Dodger Stadium with a home run Aug. 5, 1969, against Alan Foster. He did it again May 8, 1973, against Andy Messersmith. Only two other players—Mark McGwire and Mike Piazza—have ever hit fair balls out of Dodger Stadium. Piazza was the only one to do it as a Dodger.