Originally written July 21, 2012 on Pirates Prospects:
We have two former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date and one trade from nine years ago to discuss. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland covers another game from the improbable 1997 season. The Trade On this date in 2003, the Pirates traded closer Mike Williams to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher Frank Brooks. Williams was in his second tour with the Pirates as their closer. He had originally been with the Pirates from 1998 until the 2001 trading deadline, when they sent him to the Astros for pitcher Tony McKnight. He resigned with the Pirates after the season and had an All-Star season in 2002, saving 46 games, a still-standing team record. In 2003, Mike also made the All-Star team, although he was chosen solely because every team needed a representative. He had a 1-3 6.27 record in 40 games, with 25 saves at the time of the trade. Brooks was a 24 year old lefty reliever, who was taken in the 13th round of the 1999 amateur draft by the Phillies. At t...
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