Found December 24, 2011 on Pirates Prospects:
Born on this date in 1949 was shortstop Frank Taveras, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1971 to 1979. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates in 1968 and he spent four full seasons in the minors before he got a chance in the big leagues. He played just one game his rookie season, pinch running for Willie Stargell during a 15 inning game against the Mets on September 25,1971. He played just four September games with the Pirates in 1972 then spent the entire 1973 season at AAA. Despite not getting a late season call-up the prior season, Taveras made the 1974 Pirates opening day roster and started 107 games at shortstop that year. After hitting .246 his rookie season, Taveras slumped down to .212 in 1975 but he still started 122 games. Taveras stole 206 bases with the Pirates Frank received added playing time in 1976, getting nearly 150 more plate appearances despite playing just 10 more games than in 1975. He also displayed plus speed for the first time in his ...
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