- 1947 - RHP Kent Tekulve was born in Cincinnati. The rubber armed reliever pitched 12 years for the Pirates (1974-85) with a record of 70-61-158/2.68, and appeared in 90 games twice, making 722 Pittsburgh outings for 1,017-1/3 IP. He saved three of the four wins against the Orioles in the 1979 World Series, and Teke & Mike Marshall are the only pitchers to make 90 appearances three times during their career. Tekulve is now a Root Sports analyst, special spring instructor and a heart transplant recipient.
|Teke slingin' it (photo: Pirate promo shot)|
- 1996 - “Foxy” Ned Hanlon was selected to the Hall of Fame. He played and managed for the Alleghenys, Burghers and Pirates (1889-91) but his glory years were as skipper of the Baltimore Orioles and Brooklyn Superbas. Noted as a keen tactician, he came up with innovations still in play today such as the hit-and-run, double steal and “Baltimore chop.” He was inducted on August 4th.
- 2012 - Andrew McCutchen signed a team-friendly six-year, $51.5 M contract extension with the Pirates, with a $14.75M option for 2018, carrying him through his age 31 season. And they’re already clamoring for an extension...
|Cutch (photo: ESPN/USA Today)|