Friday, August 15, 2014

8/15: Doggie, Max, 22-Game Streak for Lloyd, B2B For Kiner, Ollie and More...

Doggie, Max, 22-Game Streak for Lloyd, B2B For Kiner, Ollie and More...
  • 1864 - George “Doggie” Miller was born in Brooklyn. Doggie was mostly a catcher, but also played the OF and every IF position, primarily third. In 10 seasons with the Alleghenys and Pirates (1884-1893), he hit .254 and was the epitome of a contact hitter: Doggie struck out 99 times in a Pittsburgh uniform (not counting 1884-86, which have no K stats), and never had a season where he whiffed more than he walked. Doggie was pretty athletic for a catcher; beside playing all those other positions, he swiped 209 bases. Miller is one of just three catchers to last a decade in Pittsburgh, along with George Gibson and Manny Sanguillen.
Doggie Miller, 1887 Old Judge Cigarette series
  • 1910 - The Pirates bought the rights to Max Carey from South Bend of the Central League. The Hall-of-Famer played in Pittsburgh for 17 seasons, compiling a .287 BA and .363 OBP with 2416 hits, 918 walks (he had over 1,000 in his career), 1414 runs scored and 688 stolen bases. He led the NL in stolen bases 10 times and still holds the Bucco record for swipes. 
  •  1934 - The Bucs and the NY Giants split a twin bill at Forbes Field. The Giants took the opener 5-4, holding on after a four run first for the win. Lloyd Waner singled to bring his hitting streak to 22 games. Pittsburgh won a see-saw battle in the second game. NY tied it 3-3 in the eighth; the Bucs answered in their half and won 4-3 behind Schoolboy Hoyt and Arky Vaughan’s homer. The Giants did end Little Poison’s hitting streak in the contest, but he collected knocks in the next nine games to claim a 31-of-32 games hit roll. 
  • 1945 - C Duffy Dyer was born in Dayton, Ohio. Dyer backed up Manny Sanguillen from 1975-78, hitting .227 as a Bucco. He caught John Candelaria's no-hitter on August 9, 1976 and led NL catchers in fielding percentage in 1977. 
  • 1947 - Ralph Kiner hit consecutive home runs off Red Munger in his last two at bats during a 7-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Forbes Field. Kiner then homered in his first two at bats in his next game against the Cards Ken Burkhart, tying the record for consecutive home runs. 

Ralph Kiner 2004 Topps All-Timer Fan Favorites series
  • 1950 - The Pirates surrendered six runs in the ninth, then scored a half dozen of their own to beat the Reds 10-9 at Forbes Field. The Bucs put up the six spot with six singles, a walk and an error, with Clyde McCullough getting the walk off knock, scoring Wally Westlake from second. The highlight was a fifth inning homer by Ralph Kiner to left center off Ewell Blackwell that was estimated to travel 480’. 
  • 1951 - Ralph Kiner banged a homer and triple, scored twice and drove in four runs as the Bucs beat the Chicago Cubs 7-0 at Forbes Field behind Bob Friend’s two-hitter (to go with eight walks) and first career shutout. George Metkovich added three hits. 
  • 1964 - Pirate pitchers Tommy Sisk, Frank Bork and Alvin McBean spoiled “Ernie Banks Day” at Wrigley Field, holding Bingo hitless in a 5-4 Bucco win. Donn Clendennon had a pair of RBI (his two-out single in the ninth was the eventual game winner) while Bob Bailey and Roberto Clemente homered. McBean got the win over Lindy McDaniel. 
  • 1969 - The Pirates traded RHP pitcher Jim Bunning to the Dodgers for two minor league players and cash. Bunning was a disappointing 14-23/3.84 in two seasons with Pittsburgh and won just 18 more games before retiring after 1971, though he would earn a spot in Cooperstown for his work with the Tigers and Phils. IF Chuck Goggin and 1B/OF Ron Mitchell were the return. Goggin played in 72 games over three years, getting eight at-bats in Pittsburgh while Mitchell never made it to the show, spending 11 years in the minors. 
Jim Bunning 1969 Topps series
  • 1973 - Tony Perez singled home Joe Morgan in the ninth inning to give the Reds a 1-0 win over the Bucs at TRS as Jack Billingham won his duel with Dock Ellis; both pitchers surrendered just six hits each over the game; it was Billingham’s seventh shutout of the year. 
  • 1981 - LHP Oliver Perez was born in Culiacan, Mexico. Part of the Jason Bay deal, he pitched from 2003-06 for the Bucs, with a breakout 2004 campaign, when he went 12-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 239 K in 196 IP, the third most whiffs in franchise history for a single season. Control and velocity problems ruined his effectiveness, and he reinvented himself later in his career as a LOOGY.

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