Sunday, July 16, 2017

7/16 Expo Park-Forbes Field Era: HBD Howdy, Pops Splashdown, Beard Bomb, Rally Time, Earl Puts Up 16 Zeroes - & Loses, Chief's Triple

  • 1894 - SS James Howard “Howdy” Caton was born in nearby Zanesville, Ohio. He spent his four year MLB career (1917-20) with Pittsburgh, hitting .226 as a reserve infielder. Howdy never did hit a homer, but he did leg out 16 triples. After his Bucco tenure, he played for local teams in the Midwest League including the Zanesville Greys for several years and was a city worker for Zanesville. Besides Howdy, he also answered to the nickname Buster. 
Chief Wilson 1909 T-206 Old Mills
  • 1910 - Chief Wilson had three hits, including two triples, and the Bucs scored three times in the eighth off Christy Mathewson to sweep a four game set from the NY Giants at Forbes Field by a 6-3 score. With two outs in the eighth frame, Fred Clarke and Honus Wagner banged back-to-back doubles for the lead. The insurance came on a John Flynn RBI knock followed by Bill McKechnie’s drive that glanced off a glove to score Flynn. Deacon Phillippe got the win. 
  • 1920 - Lefty Earl Hamilton pitched 16 shutout innings before running out of gas and losing 7-0 to the New York Giants, getting just one out in the 17th frame. The Giants Rube Benton went the distance for the win at Forbes Field, tossing a seven hitter. 
  • 1950 - The Bucs scored three times in the eighth and once in the ninth to edge the Boston Braves 6-5 at Forbes Field. Ted Beard (whose ball hit the RF roof and bounced over it, making him the first batter since Babe Ruth in 1935, and just the second in Forbes Field's 41-year history to clear the stadium's 89-foot-high roof) and Gus Bell went long (after Ralph Kiner was intentionally walked to get to him) with two down in the eighth to tie it. Earl Turner cracked another two out dinger in the final frame to win it for Hank Borowy. Pittsburgh dropped the opener of the twin bill 9-5. MLB set a record of 37 HR hit this day; the Bucs contributed five to the cause - Bell (2), Beard, Turner and Danny O’Connell’s blast in the first game. 
Ted Beard 1951 Bowman
  • 1960 - The Bucs jumped ahead of the Reds 2-0 in the first inning, but found themselves down 5-2 going into the seventh at Forbes Field. Maz’s homer made it 5-3 and Don Hoak’s two-out, bases loaded single an inning later tied it. The Pirates came all the way back when Dick Stuart drilled a pinch hit, walk off homer to left with an out in the ninth for a 6-5 victory. Stu hit for Earl Francis, who worked two scoreless frames for the win. 
  • 1969 - Willie Stargell splashed a pitch 495’ over the RF fence into the municipal swimming pool behind Jarry Park Stadium in the eighth inning as the Bucs beat the Expos 8-7. The Pirates scored three times in the eighth and three more times in the ninth to claim the win. Roberto Clemente had a two run, two out single in the final frame, followed by the eventual game winning knock, a Richie Hebner single that scored Stargell. Chuck Hartenstein got the save, even though he gave up a ninth inning homer, to close the win for Joe Gibbon.

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