Friday, January 9, 2015

1/9: Forbes Field Gets Four Stars, Casey Comes to Town (Again), Jeromy Burnitz's Farewell Tour...

Forbes Field Gets Four Stars, Casey Comes to Town Again, Jeromy Burnitz's Farewell Tour...
  • 1910 - Dreyfuss’ Folly, Forbes Field, drew some raves from the local press after a busy debut season. The Pittsburg Press noted that “...from its opening to the end of football season, Forbes Field drew nearly one million fans...nothing even approaching this record was ever made at any other athletic venue.” Half the crowd was attracted by baseball; the remainder filled the seats for football, track meets, hippodrome events, police drills, and even a Communion service as the Oakland ballyard quickly become Pittsburgh’s big-event host. 
Forbes Field from the Library of Congress collection
  •  1918 - The Pirates traded P Burleigh Grimes to the Brooklyn Robins along with P Al Mamaux and SS Chuck Ward for 2B George Cutshall and OF Casey Stengel, who was making his second stop at Pittsburgh. Hall of Famer Grimes went on to win 158 games in nine seasons with Brooklyn. The Bucs top prize was Cutshaw, who manned second for Pittsburgh for four years, hitting .275 and providing solid up-the-middle defense. 
Casey Stengel - NEA portrait
  • 2006: 37 year old OF Jeromy Burnitz was signed to a $6M contract by the Bucs. He hit .230 for Pittsburgh during his last year in the majors; the Pirates opted not to renew his contract and the following spring, Burnitz announced his retirement after 14 seasons during which he logged 315 HR and 981 RBI while playing for seven teams. 
Jeromy Burnitz - photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images (Sporting News Archives)

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