Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/21/14
There were eight former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date but by far the most important one was first baseman Gus Suhr, who was born on this date in 1906. Suhr is considered by some as the best first baseman in team history and he manned the position in Pittsburgh for ten seasons from 1930 to 1939. Suhr was signed by the Pirates after hitting .381 with 51 homers, 62 doubles and 299 hits for San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League in 1929. Those totals are obviously extremely impressive but a little bit misleading. The PCL was a high offense league and they played approximately 200 games per year with Suhr playing in 202 during that season. Suhr played a then NL record 822 consecutive games from 1931-37 The 1930 season was one of the highest offense seasons in major league history so Suhr broke in at the right time. He hit .286 during his rookie campaign with 80 walks, 93 runs scored and 107 RBI’s. A leg injury cost him part of the 1931 seasons and his numbers really suf...
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