Monday, June 10, 2013

Buc History 6/10

Jocko Fields, Vic Harris, run-and-gun, long balls, frustration, Satch, Warren Morris...

  • 1890 - OF Jocko Fields of the Pittsburgh Burghers hit the first home run at Exposition Park in a 10-4 win over the aptly named Chicago Pirates. The Burghers were part of the Players League, and was manned primarily by guys who had previously played for the Alleghenys such as Fields. 
  • 1905 - Vic Harris was born in Pensacola, Florida. His family moved to Pittsburgh in 1914, and Vic spent 23 years playing the outfield for the Homestead Grays, hitting .299. He was later the player-manager of the Grays, and his club won nine consecutive Negro National League pennants from 1937-1945 (he was off during the war years of 1943-44). 
  • 1911 - The Bucs ran the Dodgers crazy at Forbes Field. Bobby Byrne stole 2B‚ 3B‚ and home in the same inning, taking third base while the Dodgers argued the original call at second. The Pirates pulled off a pair of double steals and an uncredited triple steal that was instead ruled an error on the throw. When the dust settled, Pittsburgh had a 9-0 win over Brooklyn. 
  • 1935 - Paul Waner‚ Arky Vaughan‚ and Pep Young hit successive HRs in the eighth inning off Benny Frey during the Pirates 14-1 win against the Reds at Forbes Field. Gus Suhr also went yard for the Pirates. 
  • 1954 - It was a frustrating day for the Pirates as they were shut out 6-0 at Crosley Field by the Reds’ Fred Baczewski. The Bucs had 11 hits on the day, with the 3-4-5 hitters each banging out two knocks, but they couldn’t push a run in at Cincinnati. 
  • 1971 - The Baseball Hall of Fame's new Special Committee on the Negro Leagues formally selected Satchel Paige for induction on August 9th. Paige made stops with the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords. 
  • 2000 - The Royals edged the Pirates 2-1 in 12 innings. But don’t blame 2B Warren Morris; he went 5-for-6. The Bucs banged out 13 hits, but they were all singles, and they didn’t score until two out in the ninth to prolong the misery at Kauffman Stadium.

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