Sunday, July 10, 2016

7/10 Events & All-Stars: HBD Gene; Jeff King Takes Over, Friend Wins ASG, 3 Hits For Roberto, Kiner HR Mark & More...

  • 1934 - 3B Pie Traynor, SS Arky Vaughan and RF Paul Waner represented the Bucs in the second All-Star game held at the Polo Grounds. Traynor went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a RBI and stolen base, while Waner and Vaughan both went 0-for-2 in the NL’s 9-7 victory.
  • 1940 - SS Gene Alley was born in Richmond, Virginia. He played his entire 11 year career (1963–73) with the Pirates. A modest hitter - his BA was .254 - he won a pair of Gold Gloves, was twice selected an All-Star, and set the MLB DP record for middle infielders with Bill Mazeroski in 1966 with 161. Shoulder and knee problems slowed and ultimately ended his career.
Gene Alley 1968 (photo Sports Service)
  • 1943 - Homestead Grays owner (and numbers king) Rufus "Sonnyman" Jackson was jailed after a confrontation with Mexican agents trying to raid his roster. Jackson eventually kept his players and won the Negro League World Championship.
  • 1945 - Fred Clarke was inducted into Hall of Fame. Selected by the Old Timers Committee, Clarke spent 15 years in Pittsburgh (1900-11, 1913-15) and hit ahead of Honus Wagner, batting .299. As a manager, he led the Bucs to the first three modern NL pennants, taking four flags in all, and finished second five times. Clarke won (1,602) and managed more games (2,829) than any other Bucco skipper, and compiled the club’s highest career highest winning percentage (.576).
  • 1951 - Exploding for a record four homers‚ the NL trounced the AL 8-3 at the All-Star Game at Briggs Stadium. Pirate OF Ralph Kiner hit a HR for the third year in a row, a MLB AS record.
Ralph Kiner 1952 Bowman
  • 1956 - P Bob Friend and 1B Dale Long were the Pirate All-Stars at Griffith Stadium for the NL’s 7-3 victory. Friend got the win thanks to triple threes - 3 IP, 3 hits, 3 K - and without much help from Long, who struck out twice in two at bats.
  • 1962 - Led by OF Roberto Clemente’s three hits, the NL beat the AL 3-1 in the first of two All-Star games, this one at held at Washington’s DC Stadium. SS Dick Groat went 1-for-3, scored and turned a DP while 2B Bill Mazeroski was 0-for-2.
  • 1984 - The NL was used to the windy confines of Candlestick Park and breezed to 3-1 win over the junior circuit in the All Star game. C Tony Pena was Pittsburgh’s only AS selection and came in to catch the ninth inning.
  • 1990 - Pitching dominated as the AL dropped the NL 2-0 in the All Star game at Wrigley Field. Outfielders Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla both went 0-for-1 and P Neal Heaton didn’t get in.
  • 1992 - The Pirates traded 3B Steve Buechele to the Cubs for LHP Danny Jackson to make room in the lineup for Jeff King. JK held the hot corner in Pittsburgh for eight years while Jackson went 4-4/3.36 for the Bucs before being lost in the expansion draft. Buechele lasted until 1995 with the Cubs, then finished the season, his last, with the Rangers.
Jeff King 1994 Studio
  • 2001 - The junior circuit took a 4-1 All Star victory from the NL at Safeco Field. OF Brian Giles, the Pirates only AS, grounded out in his one at bat.
  • 2007 - The AL eked out a 5-4 win over the NL in the All Star game played at AT&T Park. 2B Freddy Sanchez was the only Pirate on the team and didn’t get in the game.
  • 2012 - The senior circuit blasted its way to an 8-0 win over the AL All Stars at Kaufmann Stadium. OF Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-2 after taking part in the home run derby the night before and P Joel Hanrahan faced one batter, Billy Butler, striking him out after tossing a wild pitch.
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