Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July 17 - Pud, Honus, Roberto, the Cobra: Great Players, Great Games...

300 game winners, Honus, Babe Adams, Jerry Lynch, Roberto, Dock, the Cobra and some great games...

  • 1890 - For the first time, two 300-game winners were opponents as Pittsburgh's Jim 'Pud' Galvin faced Tim Keefe of the Giants in a Players League (which was eventually considered a major league) match-up. New York easily beat the Burghers, 8-2. O’Keefe did his part, tossing a four hitter (The Pittsburg Press said “the wonder is that the Pittsburgs were allowed to score at all.”) while Pud was rattled for a dozen knocks. 
  • 1908 - Honus Wagner Day was celebrated at Exposition Park, and players from both teams lined up before the game to honor The Flying Dutchman. (Wagner's tribute was bumped back a day so it wouldn’t conflict with a benefit picnic for orphans, at Honus’ request.) Wagner was presented with a $700 gold watch. The Boston Doves won the game 4-0 behind ex-Pirate Tommy McCarthy’s five hitter. It could have been worse - the Doves tacked on six more runs in the eighth, but the game was called because of darkness before the Pirates could bat. 
  • 1914 - In one of the great pitching duels of early baseball, Babe Adams lost to the Giants Rube Marquard 3-1 in 21 innings at the Polo Grounds. Babe surrendered 12 hits without a walk; it’s the longest outing without a free pass in MLB history. NY’s Larry Doyle's home run was the spoiler. 
  • 1930 - OF/PH Jerry Lynch was born in Bay City, Michigan. Lynch started (1954-56) and ended (1963-66) his career in Pittsburgh, spending the seven middle years with the Reds. He hit .263/45/188 as a reserve outfielder and primo pinch hitter. Lynch had 116 pinch hits during his career with 18 HR, and even today he rates high on the hit lists for PH. 
  • 1939 - Newly acquired Bucco outfielder Chuck Klein made his first appearance in Philadelphia since leaving the Phils‚ where he spent 10 years, and jacked a pair of homers to lift the Bucs to a 7-4 win at Shibe Park. 
  • 1966 - The Pirates swept a twinbill from San Francisco at Forbes Field 7-4 and 7-1 to vault over the Giants into first place behind the pitching of Steve Blass and Tommie Sisk. Matty Alou and Donn Clendenon collected four hits during the DH, with Clendenon homering. It was a dog-eat-dog race that year. The Bucs would finish third with a 92-70 slate, three games behind the Dodgers. 
  • 1970 - Roberto Clemente led the Bucs to a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Forbes Field with three hits, finishing a double shy of the cycle. He tripled and scored the tying run in the sixth, homered for the eventual game winner in the eighth, and threw out Tommy Helms at the plate in the ninth to preserve the victory. 
  • 1971 - Dock Ellis won his 13th straight decision by a by a 9-2 count over the Padres at TRS with Bob Robertson’s three run homer giving him all the runs he needed. Dock’s next outing would be a no decision before the Dodgers ended his streak. 
  • 1979 - The NL won its eighth straight All-Star Game, 7-6, at the Kingdome in Seattle. Dave Parker, who threw out a runner at home and another at third, was named the game's MVP. The Cobra went 1-for-3 with an RBI and was intentionally walked once. 
  • 1998 - The Bucs traded RHP Esteban Loaiza to the Texas Rangers for RHP Todd Van Poppel and 2B Warren Morris. Loaiza pitched for another 10 seasons (albeit with seven teams), topped by a 21-9/2.90 campaign with the White Sox in 2003 when he was an All-Star and Cy Young runner up. 
  • 1999 - In a wild 13-10 win over the Cleveland Indians at TRS, Kevin Young homered twice to drive in five runs and Al Martin also went yard two times to plate three more. The teams combined to bang out 32 hits and used a total of 13 pitchers during the game. 
  • 2003 - The Brewers and Bucs exchanged grand slams in a 7-5 Milwaukee win at PNC Park. Ex-Bucco John Vander Wal clocked a first inning salami off Kris Benson; Craig Wilson pounded a pinch hit grannie in the fifth off Wayne Franklin. 
  • 2004 - Pittsburgh scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to rally past the Florida Marlins 4-2 at PNC Park. Tike Redman and Jack Wilson had RBI knocks in the frame, while Tony Alvarez added a sac fly. Salomon Torres got the win and Jose Mesa the save. 
  • 2009 - It took the Bucs 14 innings, but they ended a streak of seven losses in eight games going into the All-Star break with a 2-1 win over the Giants when Garrett Jones homered off Bob Lowry at PNC Park. The pitching duel, begun by Paul Maholm and Tim Lincecum, featured 13 pitchers between the two clubs, with Evan Meek getting the win.

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