Tuesday, August 2, 2016

8/2 Expo Park-Forbes Field Era: Lights Out, 14 Inning Streak, Hot Hans, Laugher, Squeaker...

  • 1894 - The Pirates set a club record by scoring in 14 straight innings during a 7-4 loss to the St. Louis Browns when they plated a run in the first. They started the streak on July 31st, beating Cincinnati 11-10 while scoring in the last five frames, and then tallied in all eight frames on August 1st against the Reds, winning by a 15-5 count. The games were played at Expo Park. One additional footnote to the game: the infield fly rule was new, and what the Pittsburg Press called “a puzzling play” occurred when pitcher Red Ehret missed an infield pop (not intentionally) that had been called an infield fly by the ump. The runner on first took off (the original rule stated he had to remain on first), the pitcher threw the ball into center field and all sorts of hilarity broke out until the Pirates had, per the Press, “a sudden awakening” and tagged first for the force out.
Red Ehret 1888 Goodwin Old Judge
  • 1905 - Temper, temper, Hans: In the course of a 3-1 loss to the New York Giants, Honus Wagner was called out on a bang-bang play at first. Hot at the decision, he fired a baseball past umpire George Bausewine’s noggin during warmups the next inning. The Flying Dutchman was ejected, then later suspended for three games and fined $40.
  • 1919 - Wilbur Cooper allowed two runs on five hits in eight innings in a 4-2 win against the Boston Braves at Forbes Field. Dana Fillingem had the Bucs shutout going into the eighth. But a couple of knocks and a couple of walks put Pittsburgh on the board, and Vic Saier’s triple unjammed the sacks to give the Pirates a 4-2 lead.
  • 1928 - The Pirates scored 12 runs in the first three innings and ran away with an 18-4 laugher over the Phillies at the Baker Bowl. Glenn Wright (five RBI) and George Grantham (who scored four times) cranked out early three-run homers to pace the attack. Three more runs were driven in by both Pie Traynor and Fred Bickell. Burleigh Grimes coasted to the win.
Glenn Wright (photo via SABR)
  • 1930 - Per BR Bullpen: playing under Kansas City's portable light system, the Pittsburgh Grays' 44-year-old hurler, Smokey Joe Williams (27 strikeouts), spun a one-hitter to defeat the Monarchs' Chet Brewer (19 strikeouts, including 10 in a row starting in the 7th) 1-0 in a fiercely contested 12-inning matchup. Oscar Charleston scored the game’s the only run.
  • 1960 - The Pirates defeated the Dodgers 3-0 at Forbes Field behind Vern Law’s five-hitter. There was plenty of leather; Roberto Clemente threw behind Norm Larker at first to catch him rounding the base too far after a single, and then Duke Snider robbed Clemente with a one-handed grab in center. A close game was broken up in the seventh when Bill Mazeroski rolled a single up the middle to score Joe Christopher. But the game breaker came when Dodger hurler Stan Williams mishandled a bunt, leading eventually to a two-out, two-run double by Dick Groat.

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