- 1871 - RHP Sam Leever, who spent his entire 13 year career in Pittsburgh (1898-1910) died in his hometown of Goshen, Ohio. Leever went 194-100/2.43 and won 20+ games four times.
- 1915 - Player-manager Fred Clarke filed a patent application for flip down sunglasses that he designed to be used in the outfield. In addition to the shades, which the future Hall of Famer believes are "good for motorist, too", he also created and was issued patents for a sliding pad and a mechanical tarpaulin
- 1937 - The first place Pirates dropped a 5-4 decision to the Phils at Forbes Field as Dolf Camilli stole home in the ninth inning when reliever Mace Brown worked from a full windup instead of the stretch.
- 1956 - Dale Long's ninth inning home run against the Cubs’ Jim Davis was the first of eight consecutive games in which he homered. The Bucs won the game 7-4 at Forbes Field.
- 1971 - Roberto Clemente drilled Riverfront Stadium's first-ever inside-the-park home run off Gary Nolan. Clemente added a triple and two singles with three RBI and three runs to lead Pittsburgh to a 6-1 decision over the Reds. Bob Moose got the W.
- 1981 - Jim Bibby tossed a near perfecto, giving up a leadoff single to the Braves Terry Harper and then retiring the next 27 batters in a 5-0 victory at TRS.
- 2000 - Jason Kendall hit for the cycle, the first ever at TRS, and added five RBI as the Bucs beat the Cards 13-1. The last Buc to hit for a cycle was Wally Westlake in 1949.
- 2009 - Washington rallied from a 5-0 deficit to tie the Bucs in the ninth but lost 8-5 when future National Adam LaRoche doubled home a pair in the tenth off Joe Beimel, who became a Pirate reliever in 2011. Brandon Moss had three RBI and Andy LaRoche added two more in the W at Nationals Park. Tom Gorzelanny, who also made a later stop in DC, earned the victory.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Bucco History 5/19
Sam Leever, inventive minds, stealin' home, Long's streak, inside-the-park, 27 in a row, the cycle and an audition...