Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/18/11
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On this date in 1973 the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies completed a two player trade with the Pirates sending second baseman Dave Cash to Philadelphia in exchange for pitcher Ken Brett.

Cash led NL 2B in fielding with a .992 mark in 1972

Cash was drafted by the Pirates in the 5th round of the 1966 amateur draft as an 18 year old. In his first full season of minor league ball in 1967 he hit .335 in 114 games with Gastonia. Just two seasons later he would make his debut in the majors playing 18 games as a September call-up. After a brief stay in the minors in 1970 Cash was in the majors to stay and he would hit .314 that year. The next year he played in 123 games, his high while in Pittsburgh. In the postseason against the Giants he would go 8-19 (.421) to help the Pirates advance to the World Series. In his five seasons in Pittsburgh he hit .285 in 420 games.

Brett at the time of the trade was coming off a 13-9 3.44 season with 211 innings pitched as a 24 year old. He had already pitched four full seasons and three partial seasons in the majors at that point with a career record of 30-36 4.16 in 136 games, 71 as a starter. The trade worked out well initially for both teams, Brett basically duplicated his 1973 season, making 27 starts and going 13-9 3.30 in 191 innings. Cash hit .300 with 20 steals, 206 hits and he lead the NL in at-bats, something he would do for all three seasons in Philadelphia. He was durable for the Phillies, missing just two games in his time there. Brett would play one more season for the Pirates and he missed time during the year with an elbow problem but pitched well when he was able to go. He finished the season with a 9-5 3.36 record.

Cash was granted free agency following the 1976 season and he went on to play three years in Montreal before finishing his career in 1980 with the Padres. Brett was traded following the 1975 season along with Dock Ellis and Willie Randolph to the Yankees for Doc Medich. Brett finished his career in 1981 playing with the Royals alongside his brother, Hall of Famer George Brett.

Lefty pitcher Garrett Olson, who pitched for the Pirates in 2011, turns 28 today. The Pirates selected him off waivers from the Mariners in March of this year and Olson pitched four games in relief before being sent to the minors where he pitched for Indianapolis the rest of the way. In parts of five seasons with the Orioles, Mariners and Pirates he has a 14-22 6.14 record in 103 games, 44 as a starter. Olson during January 2009 was traded to the Cubs from the Orioles. Ten days later, he and current Pirates shortstop Ronny Cedeno were dealt together to the Mariners.

Finally, born on this date in 1859 was Cliff Carroll, an outfielder very briefly for the Pirates with a great story. He was a mediocre player when the Pirates signed him in 1888, not a star by any stretch but not bad. He played just five games that season for the Pirates and for good reason, he went 0-20 with no walks, eight strikeouts and three errors. After that he quit baseball to go back to farming, missing the entire 1889 season as well. He decided to return to the game in 1890 and he would not only hit a career high .285 average but he would score 134 runs and lead the NL in at-bats with 592. He didn’t have any other seasons quite like that but it’s tough not to be impressed by an average player taking two years off from the game only to return to the majors and play at such a high quality of play like he did.


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