Monday, September 01, 2014

1927 W560

1927 W560 Pittsburgh Pirates

Unlike many of its contemporaries, the 1927 W560 Baseball set, as designated by the American Card Catalog, is not a strip card set, though many exist on uncut sheets of 16 cards each. The set consists of 64 cards measuring 1-3/4” by 2-3/4” and appear in the form of a deck of cards presenting 49 baseball players images amidst a centered suit like hearts, clubs, diamonds or spades. Each card displays the face value, i.e. Ace, King, Queen, Ten, etc., and are printed in the color of the specific suit, black or red. The 64-card blank-backed set is unnumbered, other than the playing card numbers, and includes aviators and other athletes, but focuses specifically on baseball. 

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Team Set Checklist

1927 W560 - PIRATES
Club-9 Remy Kremer  
Diamond-3 Paul Waner  
Diamond-Queen Lloyd Waner  
Spade-Ace Glen Wright  




Sunday, August 31, 2014

1914 Cracker Jack

1914 Cracker Jack Pittsburgh Pirates

The 1914 Cracker Jack Baseball set consists of 144 subjects, each card with its player shot and brilliant red backdrop measuring 2-1/4" by 3", all printed on thin paper (and designated E145-1 in The American Card Catalog). Individual examples were inserted in boxes of the molasses-covered popcorn snack. Cardbacks devoted half the area to a short player biography and the rest to text promoting the set and the product. American, National and Federal League heroes were in abundance, with this set. The thin-paper pieces survived in only very small quantities, owing to their inherent fragility, and as the 1914 issue was only found packaged with the delicious sticky candy treat, examples are far more difficult to secure than those from the following year. To no one’s surprise, the delicate 1914 trading cards and their close proximity with syrupy Cracker Jack exacted a condition toll - stains and darkening associated with the sugars as well as dents, dings and creases incurred while the piece bounced around unprotected within the container. Such facts of life force enthusiasts to forego exacting condition standards to collect them.


















Team Set Checklist

1914 Cracker Jack - PIRATES
54 Marty O'Toole
63 Babe Adams
68 Honus Wagner
70 Fred Clarke
73 Max Carey





This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - August 31-September 6

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history -

1968 Roy Face
August 31

1968      Elroy Face ties Senators' legend Walter Johnson's major league mark for appearances with one team when he enters a game for the 802nd time for the Pirates, replacing Steve Blass, who remains in the contest in left field. After the reliever retires one batter to equal the record, Blass returns to the mound, and an announcement will be made before the final out is recorded in Pittsburgh's 8-0 victory over Atlanta that the Bucs' right-handed veteran has been sold to the Tigers.

2008      In his his complete game effort against the Pirates, C.C. Sabathia gives up only a questionable infield hit to Andy LaRoche in the fifth inning of the Brewers' 7-0 victory at PNC Park. The club plans to forward a DVD of the play to Major League Baseball hoping somehow official scorer Bob Webb, the only person allowed to reverse his own call according to the rule book, can be convinced to change the scoring of the grounder to the mound to an error. The call was not overturned. 

2011      In a stretch-run trade with Pittsburgh, the Braves acquired Matt Diaz for a player to be named and cash considerations. The 33-year old outfielder, who played with Atlanta for five years, left the organization after the 2010 season when he inked a two-year, $4.25 million free-agent deal with the Pirates.

September 1

1890      On Labor Day at Brooklyn's Washington Park, the Bridegrooms, later to be known as the Dodgers, win all three games against Pittsburgh in the first tripleheader ever played. The home team sweeps the visiting Alleghenys, who will be renamed the Pirates next season, 10-9, 3-2, and 8-4.

1971      The Pirates field what is believed to be baseball's first all-minority lineup in a 10-7 win over
1971 Doc Ellis
the Phillies at Three Rivers.  The lineup includes infielders Al Oliver (1b), Rennie Stennett (2b), Jackie Hernandez (ss) Dave Cash (3b) and outfielders Willie Stargell (lf), Gene Clines (cf), Roberto Clemente (rf) with Dock Ellis (p) and Manny Sanguillen (c) making up the battery. 

1975      When he whiffs Pirate Manny Sanguillen in the seventh inning of the Mets' 3-0 victory, Tom Seaver becomes the first pitcher to strike out at least 200 batters in eight consecutive seasons. The victory is also 'Tom Terrific's' 20th of the season making it the fourth time in his career he has reached that plateau.

September 2

1972      With his 2,971st hit in a Pirates uniform, Roberto Clemente breaks Honus Wagner's record for the most hits in the history of the franchise. The historic blow is a three-run homer off Giant hurler Sam McDowell in the bottom of the fourth inning in an eventual 6-3 victory for the Bucs at Three Rivers Stadium.

2006      The Pirates extend their franchise record consecutive losing season streak to 14 as the club drops their 82nd game of the season to Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals, 3-1. The 1933-1948 Phillies own the big league record finishing with a losing record for 16 straight seasons. The losing streak would continue till 2013 when the Bucs finished 94-68.

September 3

1894      Taking over for the fired manager Ned Hanlon, Connie Mack leads the Pirates to a 22-1 rout of his former team, the Washington Senators.

1931 Paul Waner
2006      In the opener of a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia's Ryan Howard belts three home runs bringing the first baseman's total to 52. The sophomore slugger, the 24th major leaguer to reach the milestone, becomes the first Phillies player to hit 50 home runs and passes Ralph Kiner, who hit 51 for the Pirates in 1947, for the most homers hit by a second-year player in big league history.

September 4

1927      Pirate teammates Lloyd and Paul Waner become the first pair of brothers to both homer in the same game when they go deep in the team's 8-4 victory over Cincinnati at Redland Field. The siblings, who will also accomplish the feat in 1929 and 1938, each hit a bounce round-tripper.

1978      In his first major league at-bat, Dorian Boyland strikes out sitting on the bench. The Pirate rookie is removed with a 1-2 count when the Mets make a pitching change and pinch hitter Rennie Stennett takes the third strike.

Bill Mazeroski
September 5

1960      At the age of 41, Diomedes Olivo makes his major league debut, pitching in relief for the Pirates. The oldest rookie in National League history hurls two scoreless innings against Milwaukee at Forbes Field.

2009      In the seventh inning of the Pirates' 2-1 loss to St. Louis at PNC Park, Ross Ohlendorf strikes out the side on nine pitches becoming only the 41st pitcher in major league history to accomplish the feat. The 27-year old right-hander's victims during his immaculate inning include Redbirds Kevin Greene, Julio Logo, and Jason LaRue, all who are retired at first base after swinging at pitches in the dirt.

2010      Bill Mazeroski looks on as four of his Pirates teammates unveil a 14-foot, 2,000-pound statue commemorating his walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. The work includes an actual section of the left-center field wall which the second baseman homered over at the 406 mark off Yankee hurler Ralph Terry in the Pirates’ 10-9 victory.

September 6
1982 Willie Stargell

1968     Jerry Koosman sets a new franchise mark for victories getting his 17th win of the season when the Mets beat Pittsburgh, 4-1. The rookie southpaw breaks the team record established last year by Tom Seaver.

1982      Willie Stargell’s uniform jersey #8 is officially retired by the Pirates.


2005      At an afternoon press conference at PNC Park, Pirates General Manager Dave Littlefield announces manager Lloyd McClendon has been dismissed. The former skipper, who compiled a 336-446 record during his 3+ year tenure in the Bucs dugout, will be replaced by bench coach Pete Mackanin on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.




Saturday, August 30, 2014

Navy - Ohio State Wrap Up

Game notes -

Today's win over Navy gives Ohio State a 5-0 record all-time against the Mids.

Ohio State's win today gives them 25 consecutive regular-season wins, best in the nation.

Ohio State's 80-yard TD pass in the third quarter was the longest TD pass against the Mids since November 6, 2004 when Tulane completed an 87-yard aerial.

Navy finished the game with 370 yards rushing, the seventh straight game that Navy has gained over 300 yards - a school record.

Today's loss ended Navy's five-game winning streak which was tied for sixth longest in the nation.

Chris Johnson led the team with a career-best 11 tackles.

Parrish Gaines picked off his sixth career pass in the second quarter.

Ryan Williams-Jenkins finished the game with 118 yards on just 7 carries, including a 67-yard rush in the third quarter.

Nick Sloan missed a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter ending an eight consecutive made field goal streak.  His PAT's this afternoon moved him into second on Navy's all-time leader board for extra points.

Keenan Reynolds' rushing TD in the third quarter gives Reynolds a rushing TD in nine straight games.

Final, Ohio State 34 - Navy 17

Ohio State broke open a close game by outscoring the Mids 14-3 in the fourth quarter.

Navy scored first early in the quarter when Nick Sloan kicked a 32-yard field goal to cut Ohio State's lead to three, but the Buckeye's size and athleticism were wearing down the undersized Midshipmen.

Ohio State wasted no time in answering Navy's scoring drive.  The Buckeyes drove 80 yards in ten plays and capped off the drive with a 10-yard run by Ezekiel Elliott.  Elliott's TD gave OSU a seemingly insurmountable lead, 27-17.

Navy was held to three-and-out on their next drive and the Ohio State went right back to work.

The Buckeyes, under the direction of Freshman J.T. Barrett, drove 70 yards to paydirt and ended the Midshipmen's hope of an upset on the opening weekend of the NCAA football season, 34-17.