Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bucco History 6/9 - A Little Bit of Everything

A little bit of everything...

  • 1905 - It was a wild first inning. The Giants scored five runs in the top of the first off Sam Leever and the Pirates come back with six runs off Iron Man Joe McGinnity in the bottom of the frame. It was all Pittsburgh after that, with the Bucs winning over New York 12-6 at Exposition Park. 
  • 1906 - The Phillies had a 1-0, eighth inning lead over the Pirates at the Baker Bowl. As a storm approached, the Pirates rallied in the ninth to forge ahead, and the Phils decided to give away outs‚ bean batters, toss wild pitches (after the Pirates caught on and tried to strike out on purpose) and argue almost every call in the hope of umpire Bill Klem calling the game because of the threatening weather. He did, all right: after seven runs crossed the plate‚ Klem declared a forfeit because of Philadelphia’s antics. The Philly ploy almost worked - it rained two minutes after the game was called, according to the Pittsburgh Press
  • 1914 - Honus Wagner became the first 20th Century ballplayer to collect 3,000 hits when he doubled off Philadelphia's Erskine Mayer in a 3-1 loss at Shibe Park. Cap Anson, whose career ended in 1897, was the the first to reach the magic mark. 
  • 1931 - Bill Virdon was born in Hazel Park, Michigan. The Quail came over from the Cards in 1956 and patrolled center field for 11 years (1956-66) in Pittsburgh, including the 1960 World Series season. He later coached and managed the Bucs. 
  • 1946 - The Bucs really got under the skin of Giants manager Mel Ott. He was ejected from both games of a doubleheader at Forbes Field for arguing calls with the umpires (two different umps tossed him), a MLB first. Ott should have scolded his hitters, who were shut down by 2-1 and 5-1 scores by Bucco hurlers Fritz Ostermueller and Johnny Lanning. 
  • 1951 - Dave Parker was born in Calhoun City, Mississippi. The Cobra manned right field for 11 years (1973-83) for the Bucs with a line of .305/166/758, four All-Star appearances and three Golden Glove awards. 
  • 1953 - The refusal of the NL owners to allow the Pirates to take down Forbes Field’s short left field porch known as Kiner's Korner after the trade of Ralph Kiner played into the Pirates’ hands in their 7-4 win over the Cards. Eddie Pellagrini belted a three run pinch HR over the friendly fence in the eighth‚ after Dick Hall earlier lofted a solo shot in the fourth into the same spot. 
  • 1966 - For the second time in a week, Roberto Clemente homered over the center field wall at Forbes Field, the first right handed batter to ever pull off that feat more than once. That blast came during a 4-2 loss to the Cards; the first was part of a 9-5 win over Houston. 
  • 1974 - Richie Zisk hit for the cycle against the Giants during a 14-1 romp at Candlestick Park with five RBI and four runs scored. Willie Stargell may have outdone him with two homers, a double and six runs driven home. 
  • 1989 - Pittsburgh scored in the bottom of the ninth to tie the Mets after they had gone ahead in the top half, and then again in the tenth to take a 4-3 win at TRS. Gary Redus’ two-out single-and-error bouncer to short scored Rafael Belliard to knot the game. Another Met miscue led to the winner. Andy Van Slyke’s single to right was misplayed into a three-bagger, and after a pair of intentional walks, Benny Distefano’s ground ball was the walk off at-bat to earn Bill Landrum the W. 
  • 1999 - The Pirates beat up on the Tigers‚ 15-3‚ as Brant Brown smacked out five hits‚ including a double and homer, scored four runs and drove home five. Ed Sprague and Jose Guillen each added a bomb and three RBI at Tiger Stadium. 
  • 2009 - C Tony Sanchez was the Pirates first selection (#4 - $2.5M signing bonus) in the draft. RHP Vic Black was the second round pick, and IF Brock Holt was chosen in the ninth round.

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