Monday, May 12, 2014

5/12: McCarthy, Kiki, Wright, Suhr, Comorosky, No-Hit, Evan Meek, Strand-A-Rama...

McCarthy, Kiki, Wright, Suhr, Comorosky, No-Hit, Evan Meek, Strand-A-Rama...
  • 1889 - Light hitting (.229 career) and slick fielding reserve infielder Alex McCarthy was born. The Notre Dame product played from 1910-1917, with a brief stop in Chicago when the Pirates sold him in September 1915 and then brought him back the following July. He was originally a shortstop, but a guy named Honus Wagner proved tough to beat out at the position. 

Alex McCarthy - Broadleaf Cigarette card

  • 1925 - Kiki Cuyler went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, four RBI and five runs scored in a 13-9 win over the Phillies at the Baker Bowl. Glenn Wright added three more knocks and drove in three runs. It was enough to give Pittsburgh a split of a twin bill as they lost the opener 8-5.
  • 1930 - Gus Suhr had a homer, double and three RBI while Adam Comorosky went 3-for-3 with a pair of two baggers as the Pirates broke out of a 7-out-of-8 game losing streak with a 6-2 win over the Brooklyn Robins at Forbes Field. Ery Brame tossed a complete game six-hitter.
  • 1955 - Rookie RHP Sam "Toothpick" Jones of the Cubs no-hit the Pirates 4-0‚ fanning Dick Groat, Roberto Clemente and Frank Thomas in the ninth after walking the bases loaded. It was the first no-hitter in Wrigley Field since 1917‚ and the first MLB no-hitter tossed by an African-American pitcher. Sadly for Jones, only 2,918 fans showed up.
  • 1983 - RHP Evan Meek was born in Bellevue, Washington. The Rule 5 pick up spent five years (2008-12) as a Pirate and at one point looked like the closer of the future after an All-Star season in 2010, tossing to a 2.14 ERA in 70 appearances. But various arm injuries took their toll on his promising career. 
  • 1994 - The Pirates lost to the Phillies 6-4 and stranded 17 runners‚ one shy of the NL record for a nine inning game, at Veteran’s Stadium. The Bucs wasted 14 hits, nine walks and a Philly error, going 1-for-15 with RISP against four Philadelphia pitchers.

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