Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 6/29/14

On this date in 1947 former Pirates pitcher Bob Moose was born. He was drafted by the Pirates in the 18th round of the 1965 amateur draft at age 17 and it took him just two years to make the majors. He flew through the minor league system posting a 29-10 record on his way to the majors, making his pro debut 20 days before his 20th birthday on September 19, 1967. In his second career start ten days later he threw a complete game victory over the Astros allowing just one run.

Moose, shown here in 1969, no-hit the Mets that season

In 1968 Moose started the year in the bullpen but moved to the starting role in early June and finished the season with an 8-12 record despite an ERA of just 2.74 over 170.2 innings pitched. At age 21 he led the NL in winning percentage with his 14-3 record, with 19 of his 44 appearances as a starter. His ERA was actually 17 points higher in 1969 over the previous season when he had a losing record. On September 20th of that 1969 season Moose pitched a no-hitter over the Mets at Shea Stadium, the team that went on to win the World Series that year.

For the next four seasons Bob was mostly used in a starter role and he won at least 11 games each year. In 1974 he missed most of the season due to a blood clot in his right shoulder. In 1975 he suffered a bad thumb injury which required him to spend part of the year in the minors on rehab. The following year he was used almost exclusively in relief, making just two starts and 51 relief appearances. He recorded ten saves that season, one more than his previous nine years combined. Sadly, today is also the 35th anniversary of his death. He died shortly after the 1976 season ended, in a car accident, on his 29th birthday.

Moose finished his career with a 76-71 3.50 record, starting 160 games and relieving in another 129. He spent all ten of his seasons in the majors as a member of the Pirates.

On this date in 1960 the Pirates beat the New York Yankees in game four of the World Series by a 3-2 score in front of 67,812 fans in Yankee Stadium. Vernon Law started for the Pirates and pitched 6.1 innings allowing two runs and getting the win. Elroy Face pitched the final 2.2 IP for the save. He retired all eight batters he faced including the final two hitters of the 7th with two inherited runners on base when he came into the game. Law drove in the Pirates first run of the game with a 5th inning double and he scored the eventual winning run one batter later on a two run single by Bill Virdon.

In 1972 on this date the Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds in the NLCS by a 3-2 score to give them a 2-1 lead in the five game series. Bruce Kison picked up the win in relief of starter Nelson Briles and Manny Sanguillen picked up two RBI’s including a solo home run in the 5th inning. Roberto Clemente went 1-3 with a walk. He would play just two more games in his career after this game.


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