Gary Kolb

Bats: L Throws: R
Height: 72 Weight: 194
Born: Wednesday, March 13, 1940 in Rock Falls, IL USA
Died: in ,
Debut: 9/7/1960
Last Game: 9/1/1969
Full Name: Gary Alan Kolb

Gary Kolb, utility fielder for the 1968-69 Pirates. From 1960 until 1965, Kolb played 190 games in the majors, split between three different teams. He spent all of 1966 in the minors with the Mets before they traded him to the Pirates in December in a four-player deal with two players going each way. Gary spent all of 1967 at Triple-A Columbus, where he hit .293 in 117 games. In 1968 he made the team out of Spring Training and he would become the jack-of-all-trades for the Pirates. He started just 22 games in 1968, but played another 52 off the bench and took the field at six different positions. Kolb even caught ten games that year, seven more than he caught his first five seasons in the majors combined. His versatility is what kept him on the team as he hit just .218 with six RBIs in 119 at-bats. In 1969 he was very seldom used, going long period of time without playing. He played 29 games the entire year, getting only 39 plate appearances. He drove in three runs on the season, two in his last at-bat, which would turn out to be his last Major League at-bat as well. He played another four seasons in the minors for the Pirates before retiring. Despite the fact he wasn’t a pitcher, and never pitched a game in the majors, he made 41 appearances in the minors, spread out over seven different seasons.