- 1893 - Jake Stenzel banged a HR and a triple‚ both with the bases loaded‚ to go with three other hits as Pittsburgh crushed the Washington Senators 19-0 at Expo Park.
- 1905 - In a showdown DH between the first place NY Giants and the second place Bucs at the Polo Grounds, Pittsburgh overcame a 6-0 deficit against Iron Joe McGinnity to take a 7-6 lead in the seventh, but lost on a ninth inning homer 8-7 as Christy Mathewson shut them down over the last 2-2/3 innings. The Pirates took the nitecap, 3-0, behind Deacon Phillippe's four-hitter. Honus Wagner clinched the victory with a two-run homer that hit the el tracks in the eighth inning. The Giants eventually won the pennant and swept the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series.
- 1908 - The Pirates tied the Boston Doves with a run in the ninth thanks to a George Gibson triple and won in the 10th, 3-2, when Fred Clarke was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for a walk off beaning. Sam Leever went the distance for the victory at Exposition Park.
|George Gibson 1909 Piedmont series|
- 1932 - The Pirates got plenty of pitching in sweeping a DH from the Boston Braves at Forbes Field by 1-0 and 2-1 scores. Ray Kremer won the opener with a three hitter as LF Dave Barbee doubled home Arky Vaughan in the fourth. In the nitecap, Heinie Meine tossed a six hitter and drove in a run, winning in the ninth when Vaughan singled home Adam Comorosky.
- 1932 - In the second game of a doubleheader, Satchel Paige tossed his second no-hitter of the year at Greenlee Field as the Pittsburgh Crawfords defeated the New York Black Yankees, 6-0. Three Hall of Famers took the field with Paige: Oscar Charleston at first base, Judy Johnson at third, and Josh Gibson in left field as Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, who pitched in the first game, was behind the plate for Paige's no-no.
- 1934 - Waite Hoyt tossed a one-hitter against Boston, surrendering a single to Tommy Thompson in a 5-0 win in the opener of a DH at Braves Field. Ed Brandt returned the favor in the nitecap, limiting the Bucs to three hits in a 4-0 Brave victory.
- 1935 - 1B Donn Clendenon was born in Neosho, Missouri. An all around athlete at Morehouse College, he turned down offers from the Cleveland Browns and Harlem Globetrotters to sign with the Bucs. He spent eight years (1961-68) as a Pirate with a line of .280/106/488. Clendenon hit .302 as a rookie in 1962 (he didn’t play enough in ‘61 to qualify) and was a distant runner up to Chicago’s Ken Hubbs in the RoY voting. He spent a couple of off-seasons (1962-64) as an Allegheny County detective and eventually earned a law degree from Duquesne in 1978 that carried him through his post-baseball career.
|Donn Clendenon 1967 Topps stickers series|
- 1945 - The Pirates bombed the visiting Brooklyn Dodgers in a Forbes Field doubleheader‚ slamming them 9-1 and 15-3. Frank Gustine drove home three runs in the opener while Bob Elliott hit for the cycle and Pete Coscarart scored five times in the nitecap as part of a 19 hit onslaught. Rip Sewell and Ken Gables went the distance for the wins.
- 1947 - Enrique Romo was born in Santa Rosalia, Mexico. The righty pitched for the Pirates for four season (1979-82), going 25-16-26/3.56. Romo appeared in 84 games for the World Series champs in ‘79 and was an integral part of the Buc bullpen his first two years, but went noticeably downhill in his last two, which marked the end of his MLB career.
- 1971 - The Pirates beat the Padres 4-3 at TRS by never saying die. Pittsburgh rallied to tie the game in the bottoms of the ninth‚ 13th‚ and 16th innings before winning it on a Roberto Clemente HR in the 17th. San Diego’s Danny Coombs was hit with a double whammy, credited with a blown save in the 16th and then the loss in the 17th. It was the first time in franchise history that the Bucs had overcome a pair of extra-inning deficits to rally for a win, a feat that wouldn’t be repeated again by the club until 2015 at PNC Park against the Cardinals.
- 1972 - Manny Sanguillen was featured as the cover story of The Sporting News in an article titled “Durable Mitt Star.” For seven of his first eight years with Pittsburgh, he caught at least 113 games (with 151 games behind the dish in 1974). The only year he didn’t was in 1973, when he was given an extensive try out as a right fielder after Roberto Clemente’s death.
|Manny on the cover of TSN|
- 1975 - The NL whipped the AL 6-3 in the All Star game at Milwaukee's County Stadium. Jerry Reuss pitched the first three frames, putting up zeroes on three hits with two strikeouts. Al Oliver doubled and scored in his lone at bat, and Manny Sanguillen was planted on the bench.
- 1986 - The junior circuit squeezed out a 3-2 win over the NL in the Midsummer Classic held at the Astrodome. C Tony Pena came on as a ninth inning pinch runner and was singled to third by ex-Buc Dave Parker as the tying run with an out, but the next hitter banged into a game-ending DP. P Rick Rhoden was also selected, but didn’t get to climb the bump.
- 1994 - The Pirates erased an eight run deficit and came back to beat Houston 11-8 at TRS after the Astros had scored seven times in the first inning. Carlos Garcia had a homer and plated four RBI while The Rock, John Wehner, and P Ravelo Manzanillo both delivered two-run hits. Rich Robertson, Manzanillo (win) and Mike Dyer (save) combined to toss seven innings of shutout ball in the win.
- 2000 - A 1909 Honus Wagner T-206 baseball card was auctioned for a record $1.1M on eBay. The same card was resold for $2.8M in 2007.
- 2003 - The AL scored three times in the eighth inning at US Cellular Field to claim a 7-6 All Star win over the NL. Reliever Mike Williams was the Pirates only selection for the second straight year, and he didn’t get into either game.
- 2008 - The AL continued its domination over the NL with a 4-3 All Star squeaker at Yankee Stadium that took 15 innings to complete. OF Nate McLouth was the Pirate rep, and he went 1-for-4 during the contest.
|Nate McLouth All-Star (image via MLB.com)|
- 2012 - Andrew McCutchen homered in his fourth straight game and collected three hits, but it was in vain as the Bucs fell to Milwaukee 4-1 at Miller Field.
- 2014 - The AL whipped the NL 5-3 in the ASG at Target Field in Minnesota. It was Derek Jeter’s 14th and final appearance. All the Bucco All Stars played - Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-3 as the starting center fielder, Josh Harrison was a sub in left and went 0-for-2, while LHP Tony Watson came in to face one batter, Jose Abreu, and got him to fly out to Josh. Manager Clint Hurdle was there too, as a coach for the Card’s and NL skipper Mike Matheny.