Thursday, May 22, 2014

5/22: Burn, Baby, Burn, Possum & the Boys, Glenn Wright, Josh Gibson, Ducky for Jose, Pops, Frankie...

Burn, Baby, Burn, Possum & the Boys, Glenn Wright, Josh Gibson, Ducky for Jose, Pops, Frankie...

  • 1900 - Exposition Park was plagued by a series of fires set in the stands. The Pittsburg Press wrote that “It is believed the fires were started by persons who formerly held passes but whom the new management refuses to recognize,” referring to stockholders who were cut out by new owner Barney Dreyfuss. 
  • 1921 - In their first meeting of the season, the first place Pirates defeated the second place NY Giants 8-6 at the Polo Grounds. After trailing for most of the game, the Pirates scored twice in the eighth and six times in the ninth. Possum Whitted went 3-for-3 with a homer, George Cutshaw went 4-for-5 with two doubles, Cotton Tierney added three knocks and Max Carey belted a four bagger. Wilbur Cooper went the distance for the win. It was a 2-0 game in favor of Gotham going into the eighth; the G-Men had no quit in them either and scored once in the eighth and three times in the ninth to keep it interesting. NY would laugh last; the Giants took the 1921 NL title by four games from the Bucs. 
  • 1925 - The Bucs scored five times in the first inning, keyed by Glenn Wright’s three run homer, and then didn’t score again until the 10th, but it was enough to edge the NY Giants 6-5 at the Polo Grounds. Pie Traynor shot a liner off Wayland Dean’s shin that ricocheted into short RF for a double and scored on a two-out knock by George Grantham for the game winner. Vic Aldridge got the win; Dean was a hard luck loser, working 9-2/3 innings of one-run relief only to get tagged with the loss (and a bruise). 

 Glenn Wright PSA Authentic 1925 series

  • 1946 - Josh Gibson hit a homer an estimated 490’ over the left center wall at Forbes Field to lead the Homestead Grays to victory over the New York Black Yankees. 
  • 1965 - The Pirates sent IF Dick Schofield to the Giants for IF Jose Pagan. Pagan spent seven years with Pittsburgh, hitting .263 and driving in the winning run in the seventh game of the 1971 World Series. Ducky played until 1971, but only batted above .221 twice during that span. 
  • 1968 - With the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field‚ the Pirates came from four runs down to defeat the Cubs 13-6. Willie Stargell hit three home runs and just missed a fourth, drilling a double that bounced off the left field railing and back onto the playing field. Pops also smacked a single for 15 total bases and seven RBI on the day. 
  •  2013 - Francisco Liriano outdueled the Cubs Jeff Samardzija 1-0 at PNC Park; the only run scored in the first, when with two outs Andrew McCutchen doubled and Garrett Jones singled him home. Liriano gave up two hits, a walk and K’ed nine in seven innings. It was only the second time in Pirate history that a pitcher began his Pittsburgh career by allowing a run or less in his first three outings, the other being Dave LaPoint in 1988.


WilliamJPellas said...

Schofield's son Dick Jr. was quite a glove-first SS for the California Angels for a few years. He wasn't quite as helpless with the bat as the old man was, but he was still pretty bad. Could really pick it, though.

Ron Ieraci said...

Ducky has a soft spot in my grizzled baseball heart, Will, for the way he picked his game up in 1960 after Dick Groat went down.