Monday, September 5, 2016

9/5 TRS-PNC Era: Hans' T206, Sophie's Stadium, Maz's Statue, Ohlie's Immaculate Inning & More...

  • 1975 - Montreal used a record 15 pinch hitters in their doubleheader split with the Pirates. The Expos claimed the opener 4-3 in 10 innings, and Pittsburgh won the nitecap 5-2 behind Jim Rooker. Les Expos used six pinch-hitters in the first game and nine in the second match. The Bucs burned four bats during the twin bill, all in the first contest.
  • 1990 - The Pirates beat the Mets 1-0 and 3-1 at TRS to open a four game lead over New York in the NL East. Zane Smith pitched a one-hitter in the twilight DH’er opener for the Bucs and Neal Heaton won the nitecap. Barry Bonds drove in the first game’s only run in the ninth, singling home Gary Redus. Jeff King homered twice in the nightcap to account for all three Bucco runs. Pittsburgh swept all five of its doubleheaders that season.
Zane Smith 1991 Leaf
  • 1991 - Mayor Sophie Masloff said while presenting her Six-Year Development Plan address that the City would like to build a 44,000 seat baseball stadium “ we will finish the job of securing the Pirates’ future in this City.” She planned to locate it on the North Shore, to be ready by the turn of the century, and wanted to call it Clemente Field. She may not have got all the details right, but became the prime mover, often against stiff opposition, for the eventual building of PNC Park, pushed through by her successor, Mayor Tom Murphy.
  • 1992 - The Pirates won for the ninth time in ten games behind Bob Walk’s six hitter to defeat the LA Dodgers 6-1 at TRS. Barry Bonds did the heavy lifting with a three run homer in the third to give Walk all the runs he’d need.
  • 2007 - A 1909 T206 American Tobacco baseball card of Honus Wagner was sold for a record $2.8M. The card is such a rarity because Wagner refused to license his image to the tobacco company, and only between 50-200 of the cards were ever printed.
  • 2009 - In seventh inning of the Pirates' 2-1 loss to St. Louis at PNC Park, Ross Ohlendorf tossed the Bucs’ second-ever “immaculate inning,” striking out the side on nine pitches. He fanned Kevin Greene, Julio Logo and Jason LaRue, all who were thrown out at first after swinging at pitches in the dirt.
  • 2010 - Bill Mazeroski’s statue was dedicated at PNC Park outside the RF gate, located on Mazeroski Way (where else?) and unveiled on his 74th birthday. Pittsburgh sculptor Susan Wagner created the likeness. Susan also molded the Clemente and Stargell monuments for PNC Park.

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