Monday, May 19, 2014

5/19: Sam Leever, Bad Day, Ed Whitson, Long's Streak Starts, Roberto, Bibby Gem, Bobby Bo and More...

Sam Leever, Bad Day, Ed Whitson, Long's Streak Starts, Roberto, Bibby Gem, Bobby Bo and More...
  • 1871 - RHP Sam Leever, who spent his entire 13 year career in Pittsburgh (1898-1910) died in his hometown of Goshen, Ohio. Leever went 194-100/2.43 and won 20+ games four times. 
  • 1890 - As John Dreker noted in “This Date In Pirates History,” this day was a tough one for Pittsburgh baseball fans. Not only did the Alleghenys lose by an 18-2 score, but the Pittsburgh Burghers of the Player’s League lost big, too, 16-3. It launched the Alleghenys on an 11-game losing streak; the Burghers lost seven in row. 
  • 1915 - Player-manager Fred Clarke filed a patent application for flip down sunglasses that he designed to be used in the outfield. In addition to the shades, which the future Hall of Famer believes are "good for motorist, too", he also created and was issued patents for a sliding pad and a mechanical method of positioning the tarpaulin 
  • 1937 - The first place Pirates dropped a 5-4 decision to the Phils at Forbes Field when Dolf Camilli stole home in the ninth inning after noticing reliever Mace Brown was working from a full windup instead of the stretch. 
  • 1955 - RHP Ed Whitson was born in Johnson City, Tennessee. He never worked a full season during his 1977-79 stay in Pittsburgh, compiling an 8-9-5/3.73 slash. But he lasted 13 years in the show as a durable starter, even making an All-Star appearance as a SF Giant. 
  • 1956 - Dale Long's ninth inning home run against the Cubs’ Jim Davis was the first of eight consecutive games in which he homered. The Bucs won the game 7-4 at Forbes Field. 
 Topps series 1955

  • 1971 - Roberto Clemente drilled Riverfront Stadium's first-ever inside-the-park home run off Gary Nolan. Clemente added a triple and two singles with three RBI and three runs to lead Pittsburgh to a 6-1 decision over the Reds. Bob Moose got the W. 
  • 1981 - Jim Bibby tossed a near perfecto, giving up a bloop leadoff single to the Braves Terry Harper and then retiring the next 27 batters in a 5-0 victory over Atlanta at TRS. 
  • 1990 - Bobby Bonilla cracked his first grand slam and Bob Walk cruised on the hill as Pittsburgh defeated the Braves 9-3 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.  (Ooops - a little late on this one; it was actually May 18th, 1990.)
  • 2000 - Jason Kendall hit for the cycle, the first ever at TRS, and added five RBI as the Bucs beat the Cards 13-1. The last Buc to hit for a cycle was Gary Redus in 1989. Kris Benson tossed a three hitter and struck out 11 Redbirds. 
  • 2009 - Washington rallied from a 5-0 deficit to tie the Bucs in the ninth but lost 8-5 when future National Adam LaRoche doubled home a pair in the tenth off Joe Beimel, who became a Pirate reliever in 2011. Brandon Moss had three RBI and Andy LaRoche added two more in the win at Nationals Park. Tom Gorzelanny, who also made a later stop in DC, earned the victory.

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