Thursday, July 14, 2016

7/14 B-Days & All-Stars: HBD Tanny, Joe, Bob & Earl, Cutch HR, Murry's Save & More...

  • 1874 - LHP Jesse “Tanny” Tannehill was born in Dayton, Kentucky. He played six seasons (1897-1902) for Pittsburgh, with a line of 116-58/2.75. Tanny won 20 games or more four times for the Pirates and led the NL in ERA in 1901 (2.18). He was also pretty handy when not hurling, batting .277 and making 71 OF appearances for the Bucs.
  • 1889 - RHP Joe Conzelman was born in Bristol, Connecticut long before ESPN was a twinkle in an eye. He spent his three year career (1913-15) with Bucs, going 6-8 with a 2.92 ERA. He was a Columbia and Brown graduate, and left baseball to pursue his calling as an engineer.
Joe Conzelman (photo via Find A Grave)
  • 1929 - RHP Bob Purkey was born in Pittsburgh, and was signed by the Bucs right after he graduated from South Hills HS. The knucklerballer spent his first four and his final seasons with the Pirates (1954-57, 1966), going 16-30/4.13. His heyday was with the Cincinnati Reds, where he won 100+ games, appearing in a World Series and three All-Star contests. After retirement, he lived in Bethel Park and ran an insurance agency.
  • 1935 - Earl Francis was born in Slab Fork, West Virginia. The hard throwing righty tossed five seasons (1960-64) for the Bucs, going 16-23/3.77 with his time split between starting and as a long man from bullpen.
  • 1953 - P Murry Dickson was the Bucco rep at the All Star Game, a 5-1 NL victory at Crosley Field. He tossed the final two innings, giving up a run on three hits and earning a save for Warren Spahn.
Murry Dickson 1953 Red Man
  • 1970 - Roberto Clemente was booed by the All-Star crowd at Riverfront Stadium after earlier saying he would only play if the game was held in Pittsburgh instead of Cincinnati. He changed his tune (GM Joe Brown provided a bit of arm twisting), and though resting a chronically sore neck, the Great One was used late in the game. Clemente, the only Buc rep on the roster, hit a sac fly to tie the contest and held Willie Horton to a 375’ single off the wall in right as the NL won 5-4.
  • 1987 - The NL used plenty of pitching to take a 2-0 win over the AL in the Midsummer Classic held at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. P Rick Reuschel represented the Bucs and tossed 1-⅓ frames of scoreless ball, giving up a hit and striking out one.
  • 1992 - Lotta lumber being swung at the Midsummer Classic as the AL took a 13-6 victory from the senior circuit at Jack Murphy Stadium. Outfielders Barry Bonds and Andy Van Slyke started; Bonds went 1-for-3 with a double and a run while AVS went 0-for-2 and hit into a DP.
Barry Bonds 1992 Topps True Team
  • 2009 - The AL continued to snowball over the NL in All Star competition, taking a 4-3 victory at Busch Stadium. P Zach Duke and 2B Freddy Sanchez made the team, but didn’t get into the game.
  • 2015 - Andrew McCutchen started and batted leadoff for the NL in the ASG played at Great American Ballpark. Cutch contributed a home run going 1-for-3, but the AL won their third straight game 6-3. Gerrit Cole tossed a scoreless frame while Mark Melancon struck out a pair in his inning of work but was touched up for a two out, two strike homer by the Twins’ Brian Dozier. AJ Burnett, in his first All Star game after 17 years in the show, didn’t get into the fray.

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