Pittsburgh Pirates: All Time ”Flash in the Pan” Team

4 of 11

First Base: Dino Restilli, 1949

Dino Restilli came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. As a 24-year-old, Restilli made his big league debut with the Bucs on June 14th, 1949. In his first ten big league games, Dino set the baseball world ablaze, smashing seven homers. It looked like Pittsburgh had another Ralph Kiner in the making, but those pesky big league pitchers learned how to pitch to Restilli: throw breaking balls. How hard did Dino fall? In his first ten games, he had seven home runs. He would only hit six more before he played his last game on June 12th, 1951, less than two years after his big league debut. Tragic.