Friday, September 12, 2014

9/12: Kiner's Spree, Double-0, Bucs Hit 1.5M For First Time, Going Yard & More...

Kiner's Spree, Double-0, Bucs Hit 1.5M For First Time, Going Yard & More...
  •  1933 - Pitching is the name of the game, and the Bucs had plenty against the Brooklyn Dodgers, sweeping a twin bill by 1-0 and 2-0 tallies at Forbes Field. Heinie Meine’s five hitter topped Sloppy Thurston in the opener, with Meine scoring the game’s only run in the ninth, driven in by Pie Traynor. Lloyd Waner went 4-for-5 at the top of the order. Waite Hoyt tossed a four hitter in the nitecap to best Dutch Leonard as Traynor and Tommy Thevenow drove in seventh and eighth inning scores for the sweep. 
  • 1943 - Bob Elliott's eighth inning double was the Pirates only hit as the Reds Elmer Riddle outdueled Rip Sewell 1-0. The bats woke up in the second game at Crosley Field to split the DH with a 7-0 win, powered by Jim Russell’s three run homer and Xavier Rescigno’s four hit shutout. 
  • 1947 - Ralph Kiner hit two homers against Boston Braves’ pitcher Red Barrett in a 4-3 win at Forbes Field to set a record of eight home runs in four games. (Tony Lazzeri had hit seven round-trippers in four games in 1936.) Kiner had three of the four Bucco RBI while Rip Sewell went the distance for the win. The day before, Kiner had tied the MLB record for homers in a doubleheader with four, a record that’s since been eclipsed. 
Ralph Kiner 1953 Redman Chewing Tobacco series
  • 1948 - The Pirates whupped the Cubs 7-3 at Wrigley Field as Rip Sewell won his 11th game and the Chicago staff generously donated 14 walks to the Bucco cause. Pittsburgh was within sniffing distance of first, sitting just 2-1/2 games behind league leading Boston. But that was as close as they were to get, fading badly down the stretch to lose out to the “Spahn, Sain, and pray for rain” Braves. They finished fourth with 83 wins and 8-1/2 games out. 
  • 1960 - A crowd of 21,261 cheered the first-place Pirates over the Giants 6-1 and set a new Pittsburgh home attendance record of 1‚521‚251, edging the old mark set in 1948. The final attendance for 1960 was 1,705,828, which would be the highwater mark until the 1988 Pirates drew 1,866,713 at TRS. 
  • 1969 - Doing it with their arms and sticks, pitchers Jerry Koosman and Don Cardwell pitched 1-0 wins and drove in the winning scores to lead the Mets to a DH sweep of the Bucs. Bob Moose and Dock Ellis took the losses at Forbes Field. 
  • 1985 - The Bucs banged three homers to rout the Cubs 10-2 at TRS. RJ Reynolds and Mike Brown connected off Dennis Eckersley, but the big blow was a two out grand slam by reliever Don Robinson off Warren Brusstar in the eighth frame. He also picked up the save for Rick Rhoden, tossing two innings of one hit ball with three whiffs.
Don Robinson 1984 Topps series

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