Thursday, June 20, 2013

June 20 - Birthdays and Big Days...

Cum Posey, Honus, Max, Kiki & Glenn, Richie Hebner, Pops & Scoops, Whack-A-Mack, walk-offs, small streak...
  • 1890 - Cumberland Willis “Cum” Posey was born in Homestead. He was an outfielder, manager and eventual owner of the Negro League powerhouse Homestead Grays from 1911-1946. 
  • 1901 - In a 7-0 win against the Giants at the Polo Grounds, Honus Wagner became the first player in the 20th century to steal home twice in one game. Jack Chesbro tossed the shutout. 
  • 1925 - Max Carey became the first switch hitter to hit for the cycle during the Pirates 21-5 victory over the Brooklyn Robins at Forbes Field. Carey went 4-for-6 with four RBI and two runs, but was outshadowed by a couple of his teammates. Glenn Wright almost matched him, hitting a 2b-3b-HR, driving in five runs and scoring three times. Kiki Cuyler carried the biggest stick of the day, hitting two homers, one a grand slam, and a triple with six RBI and five runs scored. 
  • 1971 - Richie Hebner homered, doubled and had four RBI while Pops Stargell went long in a 7-1 win over Montreal at TRS in the opener of a twin bill at TRS. Steve Blass went the distance for the victory. Stargell hit a grand slam and Al Oliver went 4-for-4 to lead the Pirates to a 7-3 sweep over the Expos in the second game. 
  • 1976 - Rob Mackowiak was born in Oak Lawn, Illinois. A 53rd round draft pick in 1996, he played five years (2001-05) for the Pirates, hitting .259. 2004 was his most memorable season, when he had a personal high of 17 home runs and 75 RBI. He had a career day on May 28th during a DH against the Cubs at PNC Park, hitting a walk-off grand slam in the first game and a game-tying ninth-inning home run in the second game, on the same day that his son was born.
  • 1993 - The Pirates scored twice in the ninth to edge the Mets 3-2 at TRS. After an intentional walk to Jeff King loaded the bases, John Franco walked in the tying run, losing Kevin Young on a 3-2 pitch. The next batter, Don Slaught, singled home the winner after Franco fell behind him 2-0.
  • 2008 - The Pirates outlasted Toronto 1-0 in 12 innings at PNC Park.  Tyler Yates, the last of four Buc pitchers, tossed two innings for the win. Pittsburgh claimed the W when SS John McDonald couldn't come up with Jason Michaels' weak, bases loaded grounder, scoring Doug  Mientkiewicz. The two teams combined to strand 21 runners during the game.
  • 2010 - The Pirates won their second in a row from the Indians 5-3 at PNC Park when they scored twice in the bottom of the eighth on a Pedro Alvarez sac fly and Bobby Crosby knock. Pittsburgh had lost twelve consecutive games before the modest streak, and would start a six game losing streak after this victory.

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