Tuesday, May 12, 2015

5/12: Happy B-Day Evan & Alex; Hans, Kiki, Glenn, Gus & Adam; Lowlights...

  • 1889 - Light hitting (.229 career) and slick fielding reserve infielder Alex McCarthy was born in Chicago. The Notre Dame product played for the Bucs from 1910-1917, with a brief stop in Chicago when the Pirates sold him in September of 1915 and then brought him back the following July. He was originally a shortstop, but couldn’t beat out a guy named Honus Wagner. 
  • 1908 - The Bucs defeated the NY Giants 5-3 at Expo Field as Sam Leever outlasted Iron Man McGinnity. The G-Men overcame a 2-0 deficit in the eighth to take the lead; Pittsburgh answered with a three-spot of its own. Hans Wagner was the hero. He tripled home the tying and winning run, and then swiped home on the back end of a double steal. The Dutchman had three of the Pirates five hits to go with a walk. 
Sam Leever - 1911 Hassan Cigarettes series
  • 1925 - Kiki Cuyler went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, four RBI and five runs scored in a 13-9 win over the Phillies at the Baker Bowl. Glenn Wright added three more knocks and drove in three runs. It was enough to give Pittsburgh a split of a twin bill as they lost the opener 8-5. 1930 - Gus Suhr had a homer, double and three RBI while Adam Comorosky went 3-for-3 with a pair of two baggers as the Pirates broke out of a 7-out-of-8 game losing streak with a 6-2 win over the Brooklyn Robins at Forbes Field. Ery Brame tossed a complete game six-hitter. 
  • 1955 - Rookie RHP Sam "Toothpick" Jones of the Cubs no-hit the Pirates 4-0‚ fanning Dick Groat, Roberto Clemente and Frank Thomas in the ninth after walking the bases loaded. It was the first no-hitter in Wrigley Field since 1917‚ and the first MLB no-hitter tossed by an African-American pitcher. Sadly for Jones and posterity, only 2,918 fans showed up. 
  • 1983 - RHP Evan Meek was born in Bellevue, Washington. The Rule 5 pick up spent five years (2008-12) as a Pirate and at one point looked like the closer of the future after an All-Star season in 2010, tossing to a 2.14 ERA in 70 appearances. But various arm injuries took their toll on his promising career. He only made one more MLB stop after his Bucco days, in 2014 with Baltimore. He’s now closing at AAA Syracuse in the Washington organization. 
Evan Meek (photo - Getty Images)
  • 1994 - The Pirates lost to the Phillies 6-4 and stranded 17 runners‚ one shy of the NL record for a nine inning game, at Veteran’s Stadium. The Bucs wasted 14 hits, nine walks and a Philly error, going 1-for-15 with RISP against four Philadelphia pitchers.

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