Saturday, June 10, 2017

6/10 TRS-PNC Park Era: HoF Satch, HBD Pokey, RIP Gunner, Starg Walk-Off, Ground Chuck, Ducks on the Pond

  • 1971 - The Baseball Hall of Fame's new Special Committee on the Negro Leagues formally selected Satchel Paige for induction on August 9th. Paige made stops with the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords during his storied career that carried him through the Negro Leagues, Central America, the Caribbean and finally the MLB.
Pokey Reese 2002 Upper Deck 40 Man
  • 1973 - IF Calvin "Pokey" Reese was born in in Columbia, SC. A first round pick of the Reds in 1991 out of high school, he played second for the Bucs in 2003-04, hitting .254 but losing most of the second season to injury. His nickname didn't have anything to do with his pace (he stole 144 bases in his career), but there are two tales: Reese was born with a hernia (it wasn’t repaired until he was six) that caused his navel to poke out, so his grandma called young Calvin "Pokey." The second story has it that Reese got his moniker because he was a chubby baby and his grandmother called him Porky, which came out “Pokey” with her southern drawl. Either way, grams hung Pokey on him.
  • 1977 - It took 11 innings, but the Bucs defeated the San Diego Padres 10-7 at TRS. Willie Stargell hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to score Dave Parker and Al Oliver for the walk-off win. That was Pop’s only hit of the night. Bill Robinson had three knocks and three RBI while Rich “Goose” Gossage got the win for the Pirates. He came on during the eighth inning and pitching four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out four batters.
  • 1985 - The Gunner, Bob Prince, died of pneumonia and cancer at the age of 68. The long time Pirate broadcaster last called a game May 20, when a rain delay sent him to the hospital and he never recovered, lapsing into a coma. He served a 28-year stint as the voice of the Pirates on KDKA known for his “Gunnerisms” and hometown boosterism. Prince was posthumously awarded the Ford C. Frick Award by the Baseball Hall of Fame as a broadcaster in 1986.
Bob Prince 1952 Topps
  • 2000 - The Royals edged the Pirates 2-1 in 12 innings. But don’t blame 2B Warren Morris; he went 5-for-6. The Bucs banged out 13 hits, but they were all singles and they stranded 13 runners. Pittsburgh didn’t score until there were two out in the ninth to prolong the drama at Kauffman Stadium. That run was plated after a two-out single by Kevin Young, who stole second and touched home on Adrian Brown’s knock.
  • 2015 - The Bucs shut out the Brewers at PNC Park by a 2-0 score. The runs came home thanks to a Starling Marte knock and Pedro Alvarez blast that traveled 438’ and cleared the RF stands. But the story of the night was Charlie Morton, who went 7-⅓ IP, giving up three hits, three walks and K’ing six. Charlie set a couple of personal bests during the night. He won five in a row for the first time in his career, and started a season off 4-0 for the first time, too.

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