Thursday, April 20, 2017

4/20 TRS-PNC Park Era: HBD Chris, Teke & Tim Go, Long Day's Night, Nines Wild, Hans House, Zippos

  • 1980 - CF Chris Duffy was born in Brattleboro, Vermont. Duffy hit .269 in his three Buc years (2005-07) but butted heads with manager Jim Tracy who wanted him to change his batting style. Duffy stormed home after a closed-door session with the skipper, and his career pretty much sank after that affair. He played one more season for Pittsburgh and in 2008 was injured and released. He would play just 13 more MLB games.
  • 1985 - Kent Tekulve’s Pirate career ended after a dozen seasons when he was traded to the Phils for Al Holland. He became a set up man there and remained rubber-armed, appearing in 291 games in four years with a 24-26-25/3.01 line in Philly.
Teke 1984 Topps
  • 1986 - The Pirates and Cubs played 13 innings, only to have their game at Wrigley Field suspended due to darkness after four hours and 48 minutes and the score tied 8-8. The Cubs scored three times in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings. The contest was completed on August 11th with the Bucs winning 10-8 in 17 innings. The total game time from start-to-finish was six hours and nine minutes. Johnny Ray & Joe Orsulak combined for seven hits and five runs while Sid Bream and Steve Kemp homered. Barry Jones picked up the win, going four scoreless innings while whiffing eight. Oddly, though Jones wasn’t called up until July, he set the MLB record for whiffs in a debut as a reliever (tied in 2016 by the Astros Joe Musgrove). It was in actuality his 10th appearance, but the game date reverted back to when the first pitch was tossed, making it his first outing in the record books.
  • 1992 - The Pirates broke open a tight game with a nine-run outburst in the ninth to defeat the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium by an 11-1 score. The inning was highlighted by a Kirk Gibson grand slam and a three-run shot by Barry Bonds. Randy Tomlin carried the game into the seventh inning and earned the win.
Tim Wakefield 1994 Pinnacle
  • 1995 - Pittsburgh released knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. He was picked up a week later by Boston, where he spent 17 seasons and won 186 games. He mastered his pitch in the Red Sox system under the wings of Phil and Joe Niekro.
  • 1998 - Pennsylvania placed a state memorial plaque, sponsored by the local historical society, at 605 Beechwood Avenue in Carnegie, near the site of Honus Wagner's birthplace to honor the Pirates Hall of Fame shortstop.
  • 2009 - Ross Ohlendorf tossed the Bucs’ fourth shutout of the season (in 13 games), giving up two hits in seven innings in an 8-0 win over Florida and ending the Marlins’ seven-game winning streak. The Bucs had recorded just two shutouts in all of 2008. Nate McLouth gave Ohlie all the support he needed by driving in four runs, three touching home after a sixth inning homer.

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