Submariner Emil Yde was a sensational Pirate rookie in 1924, going 16-3 to lead the
NL with an .842 winning percentage. His 17-9 record helped Pittsburgh win the 1925
pennant. He was defeated by Washington's Walter Johnson
in Game Four of the World
Series, removed after allowing back-to-back homers in the third inning - an event
that seemed to signal his decline. He won only eight games the following season and
was back in the minors by 1927. Yde was a good switch-hitter (.233); used 34 times
as a pinch hitter, he even pinch hit in the 1927 WS.