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Preacher didn't have to pitch to win

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's a feat that puts the ultra-rare, unassisted triple-play to shame, and Preacher Roe can lay claim to it.

In May of 1946, while pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Preacher earned a win without ever throwing a pitch in the game. And of all things, the game was against the Brooklyn Dodgers, the team Roe was destined to join a couple of years later and achieve superstar status with.

It was in game two of a doubleheader sweep between the Bucs and the Dodgers. Pittsburgh had won game one, 5-4 in 11 innings.

In the nightcap, Preacher came on in the top of the sixth inning to relieve Nick Strincevich with two outs and the game tied at 3-all.

The game had a 6 p.m. curfew that was nearing, so Dodger pinch runner Bob Ramazzotti decided to press the issue and steal home with Preacher on the mound. However, the plan didn't work as Preacher threw the ball to catcher Bill Salkeld and Salkeld tagged out Ramazzotti to end the inning, for a 1-2 putout.

In the bottom of the sixth, Frankie Gustine drove in the winning run for Pittsburgh with a double, giving the Bucs a 4-3 victory and Preacher the win without actually pitching. And that's a feat that you don't see every day.

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