Originally written January 10, 2012 on Pirates Prospects:
A light day for Pittsburgh Pirates history, no notable transactions and just two former players born on this date. George Strickland, born in 1926, was an infielder for the Pirates from 1950 until 1952. He was signed as a 17 year old in 1943 by the Brooklyn Dodgers and played just three minor league games before joining the service during WWII. When he returned he was a member of the Boston Red Sox organization and he reported to the minors to play for a team from New Orleans, his hometown. He spent four seasons in the minors for the Red Sox before the Pirates took him in the 1949 rule 5 amateur draft. Strickland played just 23 games that entire 1950 season, six as a starter, going 3-27 at the plate. Despite that lack of playing time his rookie year, he was the Pirates starting shortstop during the 1951 season. He played 138 games, hitting .216 with 65 walks, 47 RBI’s and 59 runs scored. The Pirates starting shortstop from the 1950 season, Danny O’Connell, was serving the first of t...
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