Tonight we asked…
#FTFTrivia Which 4 Pirates closers recorded more than 100 saves in their career with the Bucs?—
Forbes to Federal (@ForbesToFederal) December 27, 2012
…and the answers to tonight’s #FTFTrivia are…
Roy Face – 188 saves
Kent Tekulve – 158 saves
Mike Williams – 140 saves
Dave Giusti – 133 saves
Elroy Face racked up all of those saves while pitching a ton of innings. He wasn’t a conventional one-inning pitcher like we see today, so he pitched multiple innings in most of his appearances. He even won 18 games out of the pen in 1958 – still a record to this day. Face also saved three of the four Pirate wins in the 1960 World Series, but we all know why he didn’t get the save in that fourth one.
Kent Tekulve was the closer for the Bucs from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, and put up similar numbers to Face. He matched Face’s three saves in a World Series, and got the save in the series-clinching Game 7. Teke threw 1434.2 innings in his career. They all came out of the bullpen, so he owns the record for most innings pitched without ever making a start.
What’s most impressive about Mike Williams’ save number is that he racked them all up while playing on some really bad 90+ loss teams. He even saved 46 of the Pirates’ 72 wins in 2002.
Dave Giusti was converted to a reliever when he came to Pittsburgh, and was a key part of the team’s success in the early 1970s. Using the palmball, Giusti led the NL with 30 saves in 1971 and saved Game 4 in the World Series. From 1970-73, Giusti saved at least 20 games in each season, which helped bring his total up above 100.
Joel Hanrahan easily would have reached the century mark some time in 2013, but was traded this week and ended his Bucco career with 82 saves. Stan Belinda, Matt Capps, and Jose Mesa are the only other pitchers with more than 60 saves as a Pirate, with 61, 67, and 70 respectively.
Congrats to tonight’s winners: @_DrewBrown, @Zach_Morrison1, @ZacharyMWeiss, @fdawg30, and @johnlucas18.
Thanks to all who participated, and tune in next time for another edition of #FTFTrivia.
Go Bucs, 94 days until Opening Day