Jan 2, 2020
On January 2, 1918, the Pittsburgh Pirates acquire outfielder Casey Stengel and infielder George Cutshaw from the Brooklyn Robins for 3 players - pitcher Burleigh Grimes, Al Mamaux, and infielder Chuck Ward.
Stengel will play only two seasons with the Pirates before moving on to Philadelphia, but will eventually enjoy his true success as a manager.
Grimes will win 158 games during a nine-year stint with Brooklyn and pitch in the 1920 World Series that Brooklyn lost to Cleveland, he went 1-2 over 3 starts.
His most wins in a season though will be back in Pittsburgh in 1928. When he will go 25-14 and he will finish 3rd and 4th respectively in the MVP race in 28 & 29 for the Pirates.
Grimes will win 270 games vs 212 loses over 19 seasons, playing for 6 different NL franchises and a short stint with the Yankees.
Grimes, known as Ol’ Stubblebeard, and will be inducted in Cooperstown in 1964 by the Veterans Committee.
Stengel will earn his fame managing the New York Yankees from 1949 – 1960 going to the World Series 10 times and winning 7 titles. He will win 1905 over his amazing career as a manager. Stengel - Dubbed The Old Professor, will both be enshrined in Cooperstown two years later in 1966 again by the Veteran committee.
I have something special for you an interview with Burleigh Grimes, listen to him talk about his playing days, Babe Ruth, how he hating managing and the great players he signed as a scout for the New York Yankees.