- 1903 - For the second time in his career‚ Fred Clarke hit for the cycle and added a walk‚ sacrifice and stolen base‚ but the effort comes up short as the Reds beat the Pirates 10-8 at the Palace of the Fans. The Pirates lost Honus Wagner after a collision at 2B with Reds IF Jack Morrissey. Wagner threatened to punch Morrissey‚ ump Bug Holliday restrained him and the pair then grappled; Wagner was suspended for three games.
- 1916 - Max Carey homered off Cubs rookie Jimmy Lavender in the fourth to give the Pirates a 1-0 win. The Cubs lost ten 1-0 decisions that year‚ tying the MLB record. Erv Kantlehner tossed a three hitter to top Lavender’s five hit effort at Weeghman Park.
- 1922 - Buc rookie RF Walter Mueller hit a HR on the first pitch of his career off none other than the Cubs’ Grover Alexander, the first to ever accomplish the feat. The Bucs won 11-5 at Wrigley Field with Mueller collecting four RBI. In four big league seasons, Mueller hit one more HR.
- 1925 - SS Glenn Wright snagged the Cards’ Jim Bottomley's ninth-inning line drive, doubled up Jimmy Cooney at second and tagged Rogers Hornsby coming from first to complete the Pirates’ only unassisted triple play in franchise history. It didn’t help; the Bucs lost to St. Louis 10-9 at Forbes Field after taking a 9-3 lead into the eighth inning.
- 1941 - Lloyd “Little Poison” Waner was traded to the Boston Braves for pitcher Nick Strincevich, where he rejoined his brother Paul who had been released in the off-season. Afterward, he bumped around the NL playing for four teams over four years, re-signing with Pittsburgh as an insurance policy in 1944. He retired after 1945, with a .319 BA as a Bucco on his way to the Hall of Fame.
- 1944 - The Bucs beat the Cubs at Wrigley 3-2‚ Chicago's 12th loss in a row‚ to spoil Charlie Grimm's return as Cubs manager. The Pirates scored twice in the ninth to tie it off Hank Wyse and won it in the 11th frame for Xavier Rescigno, who relieved Preacher Roe.
- 1958 - Bob Skinner‚ Ted Kluszewski (who hit another in the seventh) and Frank Thomas hit HRs in the fifth inning against the Giants at Seals Stadium‚ but it wasn’t enough as SF won 8-6.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Pirate History 5/7
A cycle plus, pitching duel, first pitch homer, triple play, the Waners reunite, Cubs lose again and three long balls in an inning...