Saturday, August 12, 2017

8/12 Through the 70s: Streakin', Rallies, Super-Jose, Ott Plays Rough, Runs Galore, HBD Bud

  • 1867 - OF Dan “Bud” Lally was born in Jersey City. He played two seasons in the majors and had a long minor league career from at least 1887 to 1905 where he put up a .308 lifetime BA. He made two stops in the show, hitting .224 as a Pirate in 1891 and then landing a one-year starting gig at St. Louis where he batted .279. After his playing days, Bud became a minor league ump, at least briefly. 
Al Mamaux M-101 Felix Mendelsohn
  • 1915 - Al Mamaux tossed a three hitter in a 4-0 win over the NY Giants at Forbes Field, his eighth shutout of the year. Doug Baird led the offense, going 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Ralph Davis of the Pittsburg Press noted that Giant skipper John McGraw wasn’t in the coaching boxes, and asked a NY writer about his absence. He was told that “Mac is disgusted with the bunch he is piloting this year...who are tied to long term contracts and not hustling.” 
  • 1918 - Pittsburgh bats boomed in a 12-1 win over the Chicago Cubs at Weeghman Field. The middle of the order (Billy Southworth, George Cutshaw and Fritz Mollwitz) went 9-for-13 with a walk, eights runs scored and four driven home. Southworth had four hits while Cutshaw and Walter Schmidt had three raps. Carmen Hill went the distance, firing a seven-hitter. 
  • 1922 - The Pirates won their 13th game in a row by a 6-0 count over the Cincinnati Reds as Babe Adams tossed a whitewash at Forbes Field. The streak would end the next day when the Redlegs squeaked out a 5-4 win in 10 innings. 
Max Butcher 1939 (photo via Out of the Ballpark)
  • 1940 - The Bucs won their 11th-of-12 games by a 4-2 count over the Cincinnati Reds at Forbes Field. The Pirates used a balanced 10-hit attack to support Max Butcher, who scattered nine hits while going the distance for the win in front of a Monday night crowd of 42,254, setting a new attendance record. 
  • 1958 - The red hot Pirates beat the Braves 10-0 behind the two-hit pitching of George Witt to move into second place‚ five games behind Milwaukee. 36‚867 Pirate fans jammed Forbes Field to see them win their 17th game of the last 22. Frank Thomas had a homer, double and three RBI while Bill Mazeroski and Bill Virdon banged out three hits each. 
  • 1959 - It was 2-2 going into the seventh at Connie Mack Stadium, but Roberto Clemente would change that in a heartbeat. The Phils’ Robin Roberts gave up back-to-back singles and a walk, but had gotten a K and foul pop and needed one more out to dodge a seventh inning bullet. He couldn’t duck Clemente, who rifled a shot into left center for a bases-emptying triple and then came in on Rocky Nelson’s knock through the left side. Harvey Haddix went the distance, giving up seven hits for the 6-2 win. 
Jerry Lynch 1966 Topps
  • 1966 - Pittsburgh beat the Reds 14-11 in 13 innings at Crosley Field, scoring in the ninth, tenth, eleventh and thirteenth frames before finally wresting the win from Cincinnati. Art Shamsky was a particular pain for the Bucs as he hit three homers, one tying it in the ninth and another to knot the score in the 11th. There were 11 HR hit by the two teams, tying a MLB record. Going yard for the Bucs were Bob Bailey (2)‚ Willie Stargell, Roberto Clemente‚ Jesse Gonder‚ and Jerry Lynch, his 18th pinch-hit bomb‚ a MLB record. Tommie Sisk pitched one-hit ball over the last two innings to earn the victory. 
  • 1969 - Jose Pagan's two-run homer against the SF Giant’s Gaylord Perry at Candlestick Park was his second consecutive pinch-hit home run and tied the then-major league record (broken by Lee Lacy in 1979). It didn’t help as the Bucs fell 6-2. 
  • 1977 - Mets’ 2B Felix Millan suffered a broken collarbone compliments of Pirate catcher Ed Ott during a 6-5 Pirate victory at TRS‚ ending Millan's 12-year MLB career. Ott took out Milan on a hard slide into second, Milan responded with a shot to Ott’s face, and the Pirate catcher body slammed him. As for the game, the back end of a twin bill, the Bucs won in the 12th when Duffy Dyer chased home Rennie Stennett with two outs after a single and steal. Phil Garner had three hits and a homer in the win, which went to Larry Demery, who tossed two-hit ball over four innings. The opener was hard fought, too, with Jim Rooker hurling the Bucs to a 3-2 win while driving in two runs in the second with a two-out, bases loaded single after the Mets walked Dyer to get to him.

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