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Frank Killen: 30 Game Winner

Frank Killen: 30 Game Winner

Frank Killen

When the Pirates traded catcher Duke Farrell and $1500 to the Washington Nationals on March 21, 1893, they were taking a real chance. Farrell was a good hitting catcher who had a down year in 1892 with the Pirates, his only season with the team. They moved him strictly to 3B and he hit just .215 after leading the American Association in both home runs and RBIs the previous season. The chance they were taking was that not only were they trading a guy after a down year but they were adding a young pitcher who had control troubles the previous season.

Frank Killen was just 22 at the time of the trade and had just finished his first full season in which he walked 182 batters, hit another 20 and threw 18 wild pitches. He also was a big lefty who went 29-26 for a team that went 29-67 in every other game that season so the potential upside was definitely there. The team had Mark Baldwin the prior season as their ace. He had won 26 games with a 3.47 ERA, but he also led the ...

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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