Sunday, June 16, 2013

June 16 In Bucco History

 Pete Cascarart, no-hit, Big Poison, Dick Groat, DPs, the big choke, Pedro & Casey...

  • 1913 - IF Pete Coscarart was born in Escondido, California. He spent the last five years of his career in Pittsburgh (1942-46) after an All-Star stint at Brooklyn. Coscarart backed efforts in 1946 to form a players union and voted to strike for its acceptance, and as a result, he found himself out of the major leagues. He sued MLB baseball in 2001 for royalties associated with the use of his name and image, lost the case and had his $10,000/year pension taken away from him by Bud Selig because of the suit. 
  • 1916 - Boston RHP Tom Hughes tossed a no-hitter against the Bucs, winning 2-0 at Braves Field. The Pittsburgh Press cited Hughes’ fastball and change of pace, while noting “he has ever been a Buccaneer hoodoo.” Hard luck Pirate starter Erving Kantlehner worked his third straight game without the Pirates scoring a run in his support. 
  • 1927 - Lee Meadows defeated Boston 6-0 behind the smokin’ bat of Paul Waner. Big Poison ran his hitting streak to 19 games‚ his multi-hit and RBI streak to 12 games and his extra-base hit streak to 11 games, going 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI. Meadows did his part, too, spinning a six-hitter against the overmatched Braves at Forbes Field. 
  • 1952 - Dick Groat was signed out of Duke University as a “Bonus Baby,” for $25,000 plus $5,000 annually for the next five years, according to interviews. At the time of his signing, the media speculated that it was more like $75,000, and the Pirates never officially announced a figure. 
  • 1994 - The Pirates beat the Cardinals 7-5 in 10 innings. They made it hard on themselves by banging into a NL record-tying seven double plays at Busch Stadium, but put up a three spot in the tenth for the win. The Pirates scored their last run on a DP; Carlos Garcia’s sac fly brought home Orlando Merced while Gary Varsho, who had started on first base, was thrown out trying to get to third after the play at the plate. 
  • 1998 - The Bucs blew a 7-1 ninth inning lead against the Phillies to lose 8-7 at Veteran’s Stadium after Philadelphia roughed up relievers Ricardo Rincon and Rich Loiselle. The pair walked three and gave up a triple and a two out walk-off grand slam to Mike Lieberthal. SS Lou Collier also threw away a grounder that allowed two runs to score and made the final tallies all unearned.
  • 2012 - Pedro Alvarez homered twice and Casey McGehee once, as did Alex Presley, to lead the Pirates to a 9-2 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. McGehee had four RBI and El Toro added three.


Anonymous said...

great win today after yesterday's missed opportunity.
Somewhat low probability that el Torro and the king would homer on the same date two years in a row. checked on McGhehee cause that would have been really weird if all three did. Could not however find the box score for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles!

Cole is what was advertised - has lots of maturity.
That is now 2 times he has won following a team loss. In the 80's Roger Clemens could always be counted on as a stopper for the bosom. This is fun!

I know its hindsight 20/20 but I would have liked to see Martin go for home last night. Puig would have needed to make a Clemente type play. As it turns out the play would not have been close at all. We should have forced them to make the play - again hindsight - today was a taking care of business win!

Looking forward to seeing a couple games live this week.


Ron Ieraci said...

Cincy - I saw that play on TV; Martin was still three steps from third when Puig made the throw and not quite at the bag when it went past the cutoff guy. An accurate throw beats him badly; in fact, we joked that the bad throw might have still got him. Too bad it wasn't Cutch, Marte, Presley or one of those guys aboard. The key wasn't the throw, though; it was how quickly Puig got to the the ball; he actually slid into the corner to snag it so it wouldn't rattle around and popped right up firing, and that's surely what Leyva was reading. Risky play by the rookie, but it paid off with a win. So it was, imho, a combo of a nice play on D and the wrong runner. And hey - give us a wave if Root Sports gets u on camera at GABP!