Saturday, July 13, 2013

July 13 - All-Stars, All-Century, Todd Ritchie's Brush With History

All-Stars, All-Century, Todd Ritchie's Brush With History...

  • 1930 - Brooklyn’s Jumbo Elliot tossed a four hitter against the Bucs, but Larry French did a better job of scattering the nine he surrendered to earn a 1-0 win over the Dodgers at Ebbet’s Field. Charlie Engel opened the seventh with a single, went to third on a hit-and-run and scored on Paul Waner’s bouncer to second for the game’s only run. 
  • 1943 - The AL defeated the NL in the first night All Star game, 5-3, which was broadcast to GIs via shortwave radio from Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Pirates' OF Vince DiMaggio shined for the Senior Circuit with a single, triple and home run while scoring twice and driving in a run. 
  • 1960 - Vern Law became the second Pirate to win a 1960 All-Star Game‚ working two scoreless innings in a 6-0 NL win at Yankee Stadium. He joined Bob Friend, who won the first game two days earlier at Municipal Stadium in a 5-3 Senior Circuit victory. 
  • 1999 - Honus Wagner was named a member of the All-Century team selected by fan vote and introduced at the All-Star game. Wagner came in fourth in the vote, but was included as a legend. Local players included on the ballot of the Greatest 100 Players were area Negro League standouts Saitchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell and Josh Gibson, along with Buccos Wagner, Hank Greenberg, Pie Traynor, Barry Bonds, Roberto Clemente, Ralph Kiner, Willie Stargell and Paul Waner. 
  •  2001 - Dave Littlefield began his term as GM, replacing Cam Bonifay. 
  •  2001 - Todd Ritchie lost a no hitter against the Royals when Luis Alicea bounced a one-out ninth inning single through the infield. In the bottom half of the ninth, Aramis Ramirez singled through a drawn-in infield to score Brian Giles for a 1-0 win at PNC Park. It was the Bucs second consecutive shutout win. Jimmy Anderson and Mike Williams had combined for a 2-0 gem over KC the day before, with Kevin Young’s two-run homer being the difference maker.

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