- 1885 – The Buffalo Bisons sold P Pud Galvin to the Pittsburgh Alleghenys for $5,000. Galvin won 138 games pitching for the Alleghenys, Burghers and Pirates. From the HOF (he was inducted in 1965): “Jim ‘Pud’ Galvin was baseball's first 300-game winner. Short and stocky, The Little Steam Engine was a tireless worker with a deceptive pick-off move. Galvin pitched for 14 Major League seasons, earning 20 or more victories 10 times and twice topping the 40-win mark. When he retired in 1892, he was the all-time Major League leader in wins, innings pitched, games started, games completed and shutouts. He was nicknamed Pud because his pitching process supposedly turned opposing batters into pudding. Galvin also went by "Gentleman Jeems" for his demeanor, and "The Little Steam Engine" because of his build.
|Pud Galvin 1994 American Archives|
- 1894 - Lee Meadows was born in Oxford, NC. The righty spent the last seven seasons (1923-29) of his 15 year career with the Pirates, going 88-52/3.50 for the Pirates. He was hardly used his last two seasons, but in the first five was a workhorse, leading the NL with 20 wins in 1926 and winning 19 games twice. Meadows was part of two World Series teams, the winning 1925 club and the losing 1927 squad.
- 1935 - Dave Ricketts was born in Pottstown. At Duquesne, he was a two-way star, playing on a pair of Duke NIT basketball teams. He spent most of his MLB career as a back-up catcher for St. Louis, joining the Bucs in 1970. Ricketts retired after that season and coached in Pittsburgh from 1971-74 as part of the World Series team.
- 1949 - Pittsburgh sent OF Ralph Kiner to Ebbet’s Field for the All-Star Game, won 11-7 by the AL. Kiner went just 1-for-5, but his hit left the park for a two run homer.
- 1955 - OF Frank Thomas was the only Pirate player in the All Star Game at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. He went 0-for-1 in a 6-5 NL win.
- July 12, 1966 - The NL edged the AL 2-1 at Busch Stadium in the All-Star game. OF Roberto Clemente went 2-for-4 with a double, OF Willie Stargell 0-for-1 and P Bob Veale sat.
|Roberto Clemente 1966 Topps|
- 1982 - Tom Gorzelanny was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois. The lefty was a second round draft pick of the Pirates in 2003, and spent the first 4-1/2 years (2005-09) of his career in Pittsburgh with a 25-26/4.79 line before being traded to the Cubs.
- 1988 - The AL pitchers outdid their senior circuit counterparts in a 2-1 victory in the All Star game at Riverfront Stadium. 3B Bobby Bonilla went 0-for-4 and OF Andy Van Slyke was 0-for-2. Bob Walk pitched to one batter, Carney Lansford, with two outs in the seventh and a runner on second and got him to ground out.
- 1994 - The largest crowd in Pittsburgh baseball history, 59,568, turned out as Three Rivers Stadium played host to baseball's 65th All-Star Game. It was one of the most exciting All-Star games ever held. Tony Gwynn led off the 10th with a single and came around to score the game-winning run on a double by Moises Alou as the NL posted an 8-7 victory. 2B Carlos Garcia was the Pirates lone representative, and went 1-for-2 with a single. Bucco legend Willie Stargell tossed out the ceremonial first ball.
- 2005 - The AL whipped the NL at Comerica Park 7-5 in the All Star game. The Pirates sent Jason Bay as their rep and he was the only position player for either side not to play, though Jay did get some swings in as a participant of the home run derby.
- 2011 - The NL took a 5-1 decision from the AL All-Stars at Chase Field. OF Andrew McCutchen and pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Kevin Correia were named to the team. Cutch went 0-for-1, Hanny pitched to two batters with a strikeout and single, and Correia didn’t get in.