Bob Veale

Robert Andrew Veale (born October 28, 1935) is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1962–1972) and the Boston Red Sox (1972–1974). He attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

In a 13-year career, Veale's record was 120-95, with a 3.07 ERA in 397 games (255 starts), with 78 complete games and 20 shutouts. As a reliever, he earned 21 saves.

Veale was a top strikeout pitcher for the Pirates for about seven years. He led the National League in the category once, with 250 in 1964; he had been tied with Bob Gibson with 245 entering the final day of the season. His career high came in 1965, his 276 (to date, a modern-day franchise single-season record) finishing a distant second to Sandy Koufax's then-Major League record 382. He also was in the top three in the National League two other times. Over his career, Veale struck out 1703 batters in 1926 innings pitched. He was considered one of the hardest throwers in the game at the time. His lifetime ratio of 7.96 strikeouts per nine innings is still a Pirates career record and ranks 24th on the MLB All-Time List.

With the strikeouts came walks as well, as he led the NL in walks four times, tying a modern record. In 1968, Veale had a 2.05 ERA, but a losing record of 13-14. That was the lowest ERA since 1914 by a pitcher with more than 20 starts and a losing record.

Veale was a member of the Pirates in 1971, when they defeated Baltimore in seven games to win the World Series. That year, in 37 relief appearances, Veale was 6-0 with a 6.99 ERA, 40 strikeouts and two saves.

In 2006, Veale was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Bob Veale
Bob Veale - Pittsburgh Pirates - 1966
Veale in 1966
Born: October 28, 1935 (age 83)
Birmingham, Alabama
Batted: Both Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 16, 1962, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 8, 1974, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record120–95
Earned run average3.07
Career highlights and awards

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1964 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1964 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 83rd in franchise history. The team finished tied for sixth in the National League with a record of 80–82, 13 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.

1965 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1965 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 36th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played on July 13, 1965, at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota. The game resulted in a 6–5 victory for the NL.

1965 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1965 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 84th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; their 79th in the National League. The Pirates finished third in the league standings with a record of 90–72.

1966 Philadelphia Phillies season

In 1966, the Philadelphia Phillies had a winning record of 87-75. During the winning season the Phillies also beat two of their biggest rivals, the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets. They had the third highest winning percentage in the National League that year. The Phillies are owned by R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr. and since 1938 the Phillies have played home games in Connie Mack Stadium. While in the off season the Phillies purchased and traded several players. Among the purchased was Mike Marshall from the Detroit Tigers. Throughout its history, players could be added to the team via the farm system. The primary farm team was the Triple A San Diego Padres and the Double A Macon Peaches. However, no players were added this season from the farm system.

1966 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1966 Pittsburgh Pirates season involved the team's third-place finish in the National League at 92–70, three games behind the NL Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

1967 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1967 Philadelphia Phillies season consisted of the Phillies' 82–80 finish, good for fifth place in the National League, 19½ games behind the NL and World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Phillies would not finish above .500 again until 1975.

1967 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1967 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 86th season in franchise history. The sixth-place Pirates finished at 81–81, 20½ games behind the National League and World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.

1968 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1968 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in Major League Baseball. The Phillies finished eighth in the National League with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses, 21 games behind the NL pennant-winning Cardinals.

1968 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1968 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 87th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 82nd in the National League. The Pirates finished sixth in the league standings with a record of 80–82.

1969 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1969 Pittsburgh Pirates season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Pirates finishing in third place in the newly established National League East, twelve games behind the eventual World Series champion New York Mets. The Pirates were managed by Larry Shepard, and played their home games at Forbes Field, which was in its final full season of operation, before moving into their new facility in the middle of the following season.

1972 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 91st season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 86th in the National League. The defending World Series champion Pirates finished first in the National League East with a record of 96–59. The team was defeated three games to two by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1972 National League Championship Series. Despite losing the series, the Pirates put up a good fight, unlike the last time the two teams met in the playoffs. In game 5, the Pirates led 3-2 in the 9th inning, and were 3 outs away from pulling off a major upset over the Reds. All looked good until the Pirates collapsed in the 9th inning and allowed 2 runs to score, with the walk off run coming on a wild pitch.

Charlie Sands (baseball)

Charles Duane "Charlie" Sands (December 17, 1947 – August 22, 2016) was an American professional baseball player, a pinch hitter, designated hitter and catcher for the New York Yankees (1967), Pittsburgh Pirates (1971–72), California Angels (1973–74) and Oakland Athletics (1975) of Major League Baseball. Sands stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall, weighed 200 pounds (91 kg), batted left-handed and threw right-handed.

Sands played on the Pirates' 1971 National League and World Series champions, and batted one time in the Fall Classic, pinch hitting for Bob Veale in the sixth inning of Game 2 and striking out against eventual Hall of Famer Jim Palmer.Over six seasons he played in 93 Games and had 145 At Bats, 15 Runs, 31 Hits, 6 Doubles, 1 Triple, 6 Home Runs, 23 RBI, 36 Walks, .214 Batting Average, .372 On-base percentage, .393 Slugging Percentage, 57 Total Bases, 1 Sacrifice Fly and 4 Intentional Walks. He died on August 22, 2016.

Columbus Jets

The Columbus Jets were a Minor League baseball team that played in Columbus, Ohio, from 1955 to 1970. The team moved from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada where they were known as the Ottawa Athletics. The Jets were a member of the Triple-A International League.

They were the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Athletics (1955–56) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1957–70). The Jets played their home games at Jets Stadium.

In 1971 the franchise moved to Charleston, West Virginia, and became the Charleston Charlies, leaving Columbus without organized baseball for the first time since 1894. In 1977 the Columbus Clippers returned baseball to Ohio's capital.

Corky Withrow

Raymond Wallace "Corky" Withrow (born November 28, 1937) is a retired American professional baseball player. He played six games in Major League Baseball in 1963 for the St. Louis Cardinals, four as a pinch hitter and two as an outfielder. He threw and batted right-handed, and was listed during his playing career at 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and 197 pounds (89 kg).

Withrow grew up in Central City, Kentucky and graduated from Central City High School there in 1956, at which time he signed with the Milwaukee Braves. While playing minor league baseball, he attended Georgetown College of Kentucky, where he played basketball, then transferred to Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1958.In the minors, Withrow was a power-hitting outfielder, hitting 34 home runs in the Class D New York–Penn League (1958), 34 homers in the Double-A Texas League (1962), and 29 more in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (1963). Acquired by the Cardinals from the Denver Bears in September 1963, Withrow made his debut as a pinch hitter for St. Louis pitcher Ron Taylor in the sixth inning on September 6 and was called out on strikes by left-hander Bob Veale of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He started his only MLB game the following day against another southpaw, Joe Gibbon, and recorded his only major league run batted in on a fielder's choice. Altogether, he went hitless in six games played and nine at bats during his brief major league career.

Withrow played in 1,128 minor league games from 1956 through 1966, and batted .260 lifetime.

Héctor Valle

Héctor Jose Valle is a former Major League Baseball catcher. He was born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico on October 27, 1940 and was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1960.

Valle played in nine games for the Dodgers during the 1965 season, appearing six times as a catcher. He batted .308 (4-for-13) and had an on-base percentage of .400. He also handled 21 chances flawlessly for a fielding percentage of 1.000.

Valle was later acquired by the New York Mets and the Detroit Tigers, but never again appeared in a major league game.

Valle's hits were against Denny Lemaster, Bob Veale, and Bob Sadowski.

List of Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day starting pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the National League Central division. Originally known as the Alleghenys, they played in the American Association from 1882 through 1886, and have played in the National League since 1887. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. The Pirates have used 71 Opening Day starting pitchers since they began to play as a Major League team in 1882. The Pirates have a record of 69 wins and 60 losses in their Opening Day games.The Pirates have played in several different home ball parks. Between 1882 and 1909 they played in two parks called Exposition Park and in Recreation Park. They played in Forbes Field from 1909 to 1970 and Three Rivers Stadium from 1970 to 2000 and they have played in their current stadium, PNC Park, since 2001. They had a record of no wins and one loss in the first Exposition Park, four wins and no losses in Recreation Park and no wins and two losses in the second Exposition Park. They had a record of four wins and two losses at Forbes Field and a record of five wins and eight losses at Three Rivers Stadium. Through 2010, they have a record of two wins and one loss at PNC Park. That gives the Pirates an overall Opening Day record of 15 wins and 14 losses at home. They have a record of 54 wins and 46 losses in Opening Day games on the road.Bob Friend has made the most Opening Day starts for the Pirates, with seven. Babe Adams and Frank Killen each made five Opening Day starts for the Pirates, and Deacon Phillippe, Howie Camnitz, Cy Blanton and Bob Veale each made four Opening Day starts. Ed Morris, Pud Galvin, Wilbur Cooper, Ray Kremer, Rip Sewell, Steve Blass, Dock Ellis, Rick Rhoden, Doug Drabek and Francisco Liriano all made three Opening Day starts for the Pirates. Several Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day starting pitchers have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, including Galvin, Burleigh Grimes, Waite Hoyt, Jim Bunning, and Bert Blyleven. Bunning was elected as both a United States congressman and senator from Kentucky after retiring from baseball.The Pirates have won nine National League titles, in 1901, 1902, 1903, 1909, 1925, 1927, 1960, 1971 and 1979. They went on to win the World Series in 1909, 1925, 1960, 1971 and 1979 (the modern World Series begin in 1903). Sam Leever was the Pirates Opening Day starting pitcher in 1901, Phillippe was the Opening Day starting pitcher in both 1902 and 1903, Camnitz was the Opening Day starting pitcher in 1909, Emil Yde in 1925, Kremer in 1927, Friend in 1960, Ellis in 1971 and Blyleven in 1979.

List of Pittsburgh Pirates team records

The Pittsburgh Pirates are a professional baseball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They compete in the Central Division of Major League Baseball's (MLB) National League (NL). Founded in 1882 as Allegheny, the club played in the American Association before moving to the National League in 1887. The list below documents players and teams that hold particular club records.

In 134 seasons from 1882 through 2015, the team has won over 10,000 games and five World Series championships. The team has appeared in 18 postseasons and has won nine league pennants. Roberto Clemente owns the most career batting records with five. Ralph Kiner, Arky Vaughan and Paul Waner each own three single-season batting records. Bob Friend owns the most career pitching records and Ed Morris the most single-season pitching records, both with six.

In their history, the Pittsburgh Pirates have set three Major League Baseball records. In 1912, Chief Wilson hit an MLB-record 36 triples and, on May 30, 1925, the team collectively hit a major league-record eight triples in a single game. In addition, six no-hitters have been thrown in the history of the franchise, with the most recent on July 12, 1997. The Pirates also hold the MLB—and North American professional sports—record for most consecutive losing seasons with 20. The stretch began with the 1993 season and concluded with the 2012 season, at which point the Pirates recorded a winning record and a playoff berth in the 2013 season.


Veale may refer to:

Bob Veale (born 1935), American baseball player

Charles Veale (1838–1872), American Civil War Medal of Honor recipient

Douglas Veale (1891–1973), Registrar of the University of Oxford 1930–1958

John Veale (1922–2006), English classical composer

Marty Veale (born 1977), New Zealand-born rugby union player and coach

Neville Veale, Australian racing cyclist active in the 1960s

Ron Veale (born 1945), Canadian jurist and former politician

Theodore William Henry Veale (1892–1980), English recipient of the Victoria Cross

William Charles Douglas Veale (1895–1971), Town Clerk (CEO) of the City of Adelaide (1947–1965)


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