Submariner Emil Yde was a sensational Pirate rookie in 1924, going 16-3 to lead the NL with a .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.