Friday, August 21, 2015

8/21: Joey Bats Trade; Jerry Lynch Sets Mark; Rennie Breaks Leg; HBD Chief; Dock Sounds Off; JT's Contract

  • 1883 - John Owen “Chief” Wilson was born at his family's ranch in Bertram, Texas. Chief, by the way, wasn’t a Native American; his moniker was given by manager Fred Clarke, who thought the clean cut Wilson looked like a "Chief of the Texas Rangers." He set the organized baseball record of 36 triples in 1912. Chief was a Pirate for six years (1908-13), driving in a league-leading 107 runs in 1911 and hitting .274 as a Bucco. He was the starting RF for the 1909 World Championship club.
  • 1902 - Sam Leever outdueled Christy Mathewson 2-0 in the opener of a doubleheader at Exposition Park; Leever surrendered three hits and Matty six. The NY Giant bats woke up in the second game as NY earned a split with an 8-1 victory. 
  • 1908 - The Pittsburg Press wrote that “Nick Maddox was pretty nearly the whole show at Exposition Park...” and it was right. Maddox tossed a seven hit complete game, had three hits and drove in both Bucco runs in a 2-1 win over the Brooklyn Superbas. 
Nick Maddox 1911 Piedmont Cigarette series
  • 1916 - RHP Murry Dickson was born in Tracy, Missouri. He tossed five years (1949-53) for some sad Pirate teams, leading the league in losses in 1952-53. But he also won 34 games in 1951-52 for Buc squads that tasted victory just 106 times, so he was responsible for nearly ⅓ of the Pirate wins during that span. He was an All Star in 1953, with a Pittsburgh final line of 66-85/3.83. 
  • 1953 - After 13 straight wins‚ the first place Dodgers finally lost‚ going down to Murry Dickson and the last-place Pirates 7-1 at Forbes Field. Frank Thomas had a homer and four RBI in the victory. 
  • 1963 - Jerry Lynch set a MLB record for pinch-hit home runs when he hit his 15th to best George Crowe’s mark, a ninth-inning blast off Lindy McDaniel. He drilled a 3-1 fastball that gave the Pirates a 7-6 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Lynch retired in 1966 with 18 pinch-hit homers, the record until Cliff Johnson broke it in 1984. Matt Stairs now holds the MLB record. 
Jerry Lynch 1955 Topps series
  • 1971 - Dock Ellis was featured on the cover of The Sporting News for the story “Sound Off.” That’s the year Ellis told the media that NL All-Star Team manager Sparky Anderson would "never start two brothers against each other" asVida Blue was starting for the AL. Anderson surprised Dock (or played into his hand) by naming him the starter. Ellis ended up the losing pitcher in the game, giving up a titanic shot to Reggie Jackson. 
  • 1977 - Rennie Stennett broke his right leg sliding into second against the Giants at TRS. Stennett never recovered fully, and his best BA after the accident was just .244. To rub some salt into the wound, the Bucs lost the game 5-4. And Stennett, who was leading the league in batting, fell 12 at-bats short of qualifying for the title, though his .336 BA would have been nosed out by the eventual winner, teammate Dave Parker, who hit .338. 
  • 1987 - Vet Rick Reuschel was sent to the Giants for two pitchers, Jeff Robinson and Scott Medvin. Reuschel had two strong years on the Bay, winning 36 games and earning an All-Star berth. Robinson lasted three years in Pittsburgh as a fairly solid reliever/spot starter while Medvin put in one season for the Bucs. 
Jeff Robinson 1989 Donruss Score series
  •  2008 - Jose Bautista was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for a PTBNL, who ended up being C Robinzon Diaz. Bautista bloomed as a slugger in Toronto and while no one saw it coming at the time, it ended up among the worst deals in Bucco history.
  • 2011 - The Pirates announced a six year extension of Jose Tabata’s contract. It guaranteed him $15M and included three club option years. JT’s advisers quit, believing the terms were too team friendly; they were wrong. JT logged lots of minor league innings from 2012-15 before being traded to the LA Dodgers at the 2015 deadline.


WilliamJPellas said...

How interesting that all three of the top home run-hitting pinch hitters were all Pirates for parts of their careers. If I recall correctly, didn't Cliff Johnson come to Pittsburgh in the Cryleven-to-Cleveland deal? Lynch of course spent considerable time in the Steel City, and Stairs was part of the 1997 Freak Show team, wasn't he?

Ron Ieraci said...

Yah, it is interesting, Will. I think Johnson stayed in the AL after his Astro start (I think maybe Bob Owchinko was the big return?), but wPittsburgh also had Manny Mota and Smoky Burgess at various times, both premier bats off the bench (tho not with Lynch's power).

Ron Ieraci said...

Part 2 (sorry; hit enter instead of space, dang!) Stairs came later, I believe - Matt played at PNC Park; the Freak Show was 1997 at TRS.