Palmball master Dave Giusti ranks among the best relievers in Pirate history. He
began as a starter, leading Houston with 15 wins in 1966 and 186 strikeouts in 1968.
After one disappointing season with the Cardinals (1969), he was obtained by Pittsburgh
GM Joe L. Brown in a four-player deal. Moved to the bullpen, Giusti led the NL with
nine relief wins in 1970, and was named NL Fireman of the Year in 1971 when his 30
saves led the league. He became the first NL pitcher to appear in every game of a
four-game LCS (1971), and notched a record three saves. One of the first consistent
relief aces, he had four more double-figure save years for Pittsburgh, and in 1974
set the since-broken NL lifetime record for saves with 110. He finished out his career
with the A's and Cubs in 1977, and retired with 145 saves.
»August 1, 1971: After homering yesterday off Dave Giusti, rookie Dave Kingman, in his 2nd ML game, clouts two homers for the Giants to help sweep a pair from the first-place Pirates, 11–7 and 8–3. Willie McCovey adds a 3-run homer and Willie Mays a bases-loaded double. Willie Stargell has a pair of homers for the Pirates to go over the 100 RBI mark.