Tuesday, May 16, 2017

5/16: Grimm's 25-Gamer; Leyland's Return; HBD Reuschel, Rhoden & Patterson and Game Stories...

  • 1904 - The Pirates rallied from a 5-0 deficit against Christy Mathewson by scoring a run in the fifth and five more in the sixth for a 6-5 win. The big blow was Claude Ritchey’s three-run, bases loaded double. Starter Sam Leever hung on for the win at Exposition Park.
  • 1906 - Vic Willis started a three game shutout streak with an 11-0 win over the NY Giants at Exposition Park. Willis led the staff with 23 wins, tossed six shutouts and posted a 1.73 ERA for the Pirates, winners of 93 games and third-place finishers in the NL.
Charlie Grimm 1917 (photo Hardemann Collection/Detroit Public Library)
  • 1923 - Charlie Grimm extended his hitting streak to 25 games, the NL record for starting off a season, against the NY Giants’ Jack Scott in a 6-2 loss at the Polo Grounds. Grimm hit .416 during the span, which ended the next day against the Boston Braves’ Dick Rudolph.
  • 1937 - The Pirates drew MLB’s largest crowd of the day, 39,571, to Forbes Field on a Sunday afternoon to watch Joe Bowman pick up a 2-1 win over the Cards. Gus Suhr and Arky Vaughan drove home Paul Waner and Johnny Dickshot while Bowman ran his record to 5-0.
  • 1949 - RHP Rick Reuschel was born in Quincy, Illinois. Reuschel pitched for the Pirates from 1985-87, going 31-30/3.04 and representing the club in the 1987 All-Star game. He was a reclamation project who won the 1985 NL Comeback Player of the Year award, going 14-8 for the last place Bucs after being left off the Cubs post-season roster the season before.
Rick Reuschel 1986 Donruss
  • 1953 - Rick Rhoden was born in Boynton Beach, Florida. The righty spent eight seasons (1979-86) with the Pirates, going 97-93/3.51 during that span. He was an All-Star in 1986 (15-12, 2.84) and won three Silver Slugger awards (1984–1986). A talented golfer, Rhoden also starred on the Celebrity Players Tour, becoming its all-time leading money winner.
  • 1957 - The Pirates beat the Braves 2-1 at County Stadium behind Bob Friend’s pitching and a Roberto Clemente homer. The Braves got the tying run aboard via an error in the ninth, but future Bucco skipper and then Brave Chuck Tanner missed a bunt sign and bounced into a 4-6-3 DP. The next pair of Bravos singled, but Del Crandall flew out to close out the contest.
  • 1959 - RHP Bob Patterson was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He pitched from 1986-92 for the Bucs in many roles, putting up a record of 25-21-17/3.97 in Pittsburgh. The righty appeared in five NLCS games, with a save and 1.93 ERA. He tossed for 13 MLB seasons, and started up a cottage industry while hanging out in the bullpen; Patterson became the “Glove Doctor.” Players from his team and around the league would ask Patterson to repair their mangled mitts, and Bob would spend his time in the bullpen patching leather.
Bob Patterson 1988 Topps
  • 1970 - Bill Mazeroski's ninth inning single led to a 4-3 Pirate win over the Expos at Forbes Field. It was Maz's first ever pinch-hit knock in a big league career that began in 1956. Bob Robertson had a big day at the dish, falling a single short of hitting for the cycle. Luke Walker, the Pirates third pitcher, earned the win.
  • 1989 - Randy Kramer shut out the Reds 5-0 at Riverfront Stadium. The rookie righty tossed one of the gems of Bucco history; the only hit he surrendered was to Ron Oester, who doubled with two outs in the eighth. Rey Quinones led the attack, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
  • 1995 - Denny Neagle, Jim Gott and Dan Maceli combine to shut out LA 2-0 at Dodger Stadium. Dave Clark drove in both runs with a homer and single. The game was one of four scoreless contests in the NL, the first time there had been that many goose eggs posted in a single day in the past five years.
Jim Leyland 1992 Topps
  • 1997 - Jim Leyland returned to TRS for the first time wearing a uniform other than that of the Pirates. Leyland, who spent 11 seasons as skipper in Pittsburgh before leaving in 1996, and his Marlins beat the Pirates 3-1 on the way to a three game sweep, the Fish’s first ever at Pittsburgh. The Bucs weren’t the only team he beat on that year; Florida won the World Series, a feat Leyland couldn’t pull off in the Steel City.


michael kaczmarek said...

That would be the "Lefty" Bob Patterson!!! LHP!!! LOL!!! I clearly remember Jim Leyland bringing him in on many occasions with the count 2-0 on hitters. He would just come out after whoever got behind 2-0 on the current batter and went to Bob P. Right in the middle of the AB. And usually Patterson would get out of it, he was the go to guy for Leyland many times. Oh my that was way too long ago.......LOL!!!!

Ron Ieraci said...

Yah, he was Jared Hughes/Juan Nicasio from back in the day, Mike - he wasn't a pigeon hole guy, that's for sure. He had 21 starts, 17 saves, and was called on to cover everything in between the first and last inning.