Bruce Dal Canton

Desperate for pitching, the Pirates in 1965 signed several mature semi-professionals who’d been bypassed by scouts when younger. One was Woody Fryman, 25; another was Dal Canton, 24. Both had settled down to teaching high school and coaching. Both had been passed over earlier because of control problems. Both jumped to the ML in their second year and became effective spot starters/long relievers. Dal Canton had a career-best 9-4 mark in 1970, helping Pittsburgh to a division title. He later returned to teaching as a pitching coach.