Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bucco History 5/21

Tools of ignorance, small ball, Frankie Gustine has a big day and Gomez's perfecto...

  • 1907 - In a move applauded over the decades by catchers everywhere, NL president Harry Pulliam deep sixed the protest of Pittsburgh manager Fred Clarke over NY Giant’s C Roger Bresnahan's donning of shin guards. He was the first, and at the time only, receiver to add them to the tools of ignorance. A safety first guy, Bresnahan also developed a prototype batter’s helmet.
  • 1913 - The Pirates beat Brooklyn 5-2 at Ebbett’s Field‚ and per Greg Beston of Retrosheet, set a small-ball MLB record with four sac bunts in an inning. Babe Adams got the win.
  • 1948 - Frankie Gustine went 5-for-5 to lead Pittsburgh to an 8-4 win over the Dodgers. He scored four runs and drove in a pair at Ebbets Field.
  • 2009 - Jeanmar Gomez, then an Indian farmhand, tossed a 3-0 perfect game for the AA Eastern League Akron Aeros against the Trenton Thunder at Waterfront Park.

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