Friday, May 16, 2014

5/16: Vic Willis, Charlie Grimm, Rick Reuschel, Rick Rhoden, Maz in a Pinch, Randy Kramer Gem, Leyland Comes Home, More...

Vic Willis, Charlie Grimm, Rick Reuschel, Rick Rhoden, Maz in a Pinch, Randy Kramer Gem, Leyland Comes Home, More...
  • 1904 - The Pirates rallied from a 5-0 deficit against the great Christy Mathewson by scoring a run in the fifth and five more in the sixth for a 6-5 win. The big blow was Claude Ritchey’s three-run, bases loaded double. Starter Sam Leever hung in for the win at Exposition Park. 
  • 1906 - Vic Willis started a three game shutout streak with an 11-0 win over the NY Giants at Exposition Park. Willis led the staff with 23 wins and tossed six shutouts. 
  • 1923 - Charlie Grimm extended his hitting streak to 25 games, the NL record for starting off a season, against the NY Giants’ Jack Scott in a 6-2 loss at the Polo Grounds. Grimm hit .416 during the span, which ended the next day against the Boston Braves’ Dick Rudolph. 
  • 1937 - The Pirates drew MLB’s largest crowd of the day, 39,571, to Forbes Field on a Sunday afternoon to watch Joe Bowman pick up a 2-1 win over the Cards. 

 Joe Bowman Play Ball series 1940

  • 1949 - RHP Rick Reuschel was born in Quincy, Illinois. Reuschel pitched for the Pirates from 1985-87, going 31-30/3.04 and representing the club in the 1987 All-Star game. 
  • 1953 - Rick Rhoden was born in Boynton Beach, Florida. The righty spent eight seasons (1979-86) with the Pirates, going 97-93/3.51 during that span. He was an All-Star in 1986 (15-12, 2.84) and won three Silver Slugger awards (1984–1986). A talented golfer, Rhoden also became a hit on the Celebrity Players Tour, becoming its all-time leading money winner. 
  • 1957 - The Pirates beat the Braves 2-1 at County Stadium behind Bob Friend and a Roberto Clemente homer. The Braves got the tying run aboard via an error in the ninth, but future Bucco skipper Chuck Tanner missed a bunt sign and bounced into a 4-6-3 DP. The next pair of Bravos singled, but Del Crandall flew out to close out the contest. 
  • 1959 - RHP Bob Patterson was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He pitched from 1986-92 for the Bucs in many roles, putting up a record of 25-21-17/3.97 in Pittsburgh. The righty appeared in five NLCS games, with a save and 1.93 ERA. 
  • 1970 - Bill Mazeroski's ninth inning single led to a 4-3 Pirate win over the Expos at Forbes Field. It was Maz's first ever pinch hit knock in a big league career that began in 1956. Bob Robertson had a big day at the dish, falling a single short of hitting for the cycle. 
  • 1989 - Randy Kramer threw one of the best games in Bucco history when he shut out the Reds 5-0 at Riverfront Stadium. The rookie righty didn’t give up a hit until Ron Oester doubled with two outs in the eighth. 
  • 1995 - Denny Neagle, Jim Gott and Dan Maceli combine to shut out LA at Dodger Stadium 2-0 at Dodger Stadium. Dave Clark drove in both runs with a homer and single. The game was one of four scoreless contests in the NL, the first time there had been that many goose eggs posted in a single day in the past five years. 
  • 1997 - Jim Leyland returned to TRS for the first time wearing a uniform other than that of the Pirates. Leyland, who spent 11 seasons as skipper in Pittsburgh before leaving in 1996, and his Marlins beat the Pirates 3-1 on the way to a three game sweep, the Fish’s first ever at Pittsburgh. The Bucs weren’t the only team he beat up that year; Florida won the World Series, a feat Leyland couldn’t accomplish in the Steel City.

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