Wednesday, June 14, 2017

6/14 Expo Park-Forbes Field Era: Wally-Cycle; Matty-Lefty Duel; Dealin'; Big Stu, Pie, Al Swatfests; HBD Randy

  • 1892 - Pud Galvin was traded to the St Louis Browns for Cub Stricker. Before Stricker played a game for the Pirates, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Adonis Terry. Galvin was near the end of his Hall of Fame career, and his MLB days were done after the season. Terry did a nice job in his stay with Pittsburgh, with a line of 30-16-1/3.42 during his three-year stint.
Honus Wagner 1905 E95 Philadelphia Caramel
  • 1907 - Christy Mathewson was plunked by Pirate pitcher Lefty Leifield in the ninth‚ but carried on until the twelfth when the Pirates finally persevered 2-1 at Exposition Park. The Pirates loaded the bases with no outs, then hit into a home-to-first DP. But pinch hitter Otis Clymer came through, singling home the winning run. Honus Wagner made a play that “the crowd went simply wild with delight” over per the Pittsburgh Press. The Giants had runners on first and third in the eleventh and two down when the Dutchman raced from the SS hole to make a play on a ball hit up the middle. He tumbled after he made the grab, but still managed to flip the ball to second for the force out while flat on his back, saving a run and probably the game for the Pirates. He was, according to the article, rewarded with a five minute ovation.
  • 1930 - Pie Traynor drove in seven runs and C Al Bool five more to lead the Bucs to a 19-12 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a Baker Bowl twin bill. Every Pirate position player scored at least twice during the contest. The Pirates dropped the nitecap 5-4.
  • 1940 - C Al Lopez was traded by the Boston Bees to the Pirates for C Ray Berres and $40,000. Berres caught for six more years with a lifetime .216 BA. Lopez caught seven seasons for Pittsburgh and hit .256 during that time. He later made the Hall of Fame, thanks to his post-playing days career as a manager.
Wally Westlake 1949 Bowman
  • 1949 - Wally Westlake hit for the cycle as Pittsburgh beat the Boston Braves 4-3 at Forbes Field. Westlake ended the game with a two-run walkoff double in the ninth inning while Tiny Bonham got the win in relief of Bob Chesnes. Wally drove in three runs, scored twice and threw a Brave out at third. Buc fans went a long time waiting for another Pirate to hit for the cycle at home again, until Jason Kendall repeated the feat on May 19th, 2000.
  • 1961 - Dick Stuart had himself a day at Forbes Field, almost singlehandedly beating the Reds. Big Stu went 3-for-5 with a homer, triple and four runs driven home. THis solo long ball put the Pirates ahead 2-0 in the first frame; his RBI single tied it 3-3 in the seventh and the three-bagger off Jim Brosnan was the walk-off winner in the ninth, chasing home Dick Groat and Roberto Clemente. ElRoy Face had a rare breakdown in relief of Bob Friend and let Cincinnati take a 4-3 lead in the eighth; Bobby Shantz tossed a clean ninth to get the win.
  • 1966 - LHP Randy Tomlin was born in Bainbridge, Maryland. An 18th round draft pick in 1988, he played for the Bucs from 1990-94. He won 22 games from ‘91-92, but an elbow injury that required surgery in 1993 short circuited his career. He made three appearances in the ‘91-92 NLCS, and put up a career line of 30-31/3.43.

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