by Zane Heiple
|Photo By Sports Illustrated|
Welcome Pirates fans to this week’s edition of Bucco Blast From The Past. Today we look back on the career of Tony Womack.
Tony was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1991 during the seventh round of the draft. He made his Major League debut with Pittsburgh on September 10, 1993. From 93-96, Womack appeared in only 37 games with the Buccos. He finally became a starter with the Pittsburgh in 1997 and would have a career year. His stats for the year included a .278 batting average, six home runs, 50 RBI, and 60 stolen bases. 1997 would also be the first of three consecutive seasons that he was the National League Stolen Base Champion and was his only year as an All-Star.
After the 1998 season Tony was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for two minor league players. He would spend five seasons with the Diamondbacks and was a key member of their 2001 World Series Championship team.
From 2003 to 2006, Womack would bounce around with six baseball teams including the D-Backs, Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, and Cincinnati Reds. His final Major League appearance came with the Cubs in June of 2006.
While never a superstar, Tony Womack will be remembered by baseball fans as a reliable defender and a speed demon on the base paths.
Be sure to check back next week for another edition of Bucco Blast From The Past.
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