Sunday, September 14, 2014

1936 R313 National Chicle Fine Pen Premiums

1936 R313 National Chicle Fine Pen Premiums Pittsburgh Pirates

Issued in 1936 by the National Chicle Co., this set consists of 120 cards, measuring 3-1/4" x 5-3/8". The black-and-white cards are blank-backed and unnumbered. Although issued by National Chicle, the name of the company does not appear on the cards.  The set includes individual player portraits with facsimile autographs, multi-player cards, and action photos. The cards, known in the hobby as "Fine Pen" because of the thin style of writing used for the facsimile autographs, were originally available as an in-store premium.

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1936 R313 National Chicle Fine Pen Premiums - Pirates
Ralph Birkhofer
Cy Blanton
Waite Hoyt
Woody Jensen 
Cookie Lavagetto
Red Lucas
Tommie Padden
Bill Swift
Pie Traynor
Honus Wagner
Pep Young
Paul Waner, Lloyd Waner, and Big Jim Weaver

1936 R314 Goudey Wide Pen Premium

1936 R314 Goudey Wide Pen Premium Pittsburgh Pirates

The premium cards originally listed in the American Card Catalog as R314 are known to generations of collectors as "Wide Pens" because of the distinctive, thick style of cursive printing used for the facsimile autographs.  Current thinking is that the issue is actually comprised of several distinct types issued over the course of at least two years and sharing a basic 3-1/4" x 5-1/2" black-and-white unnumbered format. Type 1 cards have bordered photos with "LITHO IN U.S.A." in the bottom border. Type 2 cards have borders, but no "LITHO IN U.S.A." line. Some Type 2 photos also share their photos with Type 1, but have a different projection (size). Type 3 cards are borderless and some also share their photos with Type 1, but have a different projection (size).

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1936 R314 Goudey Wide Pen Premiums - PIRATES
Cy Blanton - Portrait
Bill Brubaker - Portrait
Waite Hoyt - Pitching
Woody Jensen - Batting
Harry Lavagetto - Portrait
Tommy Padden - Portrait
Gus Suhr - Fielding
Bill Swift - Portrait
Arky Vaughn - Portrait
Lloyd Waner - Portrait

Paul Waner - Portrait

This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - September 14-20

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history -

September 14

2011      With their 3-2 loss to St. Louis, the Pirates extend their record streak of consecutive losing seasons to 19 straight years, the longest in American professional sports history. The Bucs, who led the NL Central by a half-game on July 20, have lost 38 of 54 contests since then, leaving the team with a 67-82 won-loss record.

36 Goudey Paul Waner
36 Goudey Lloyd Waner

September 15

1938      For the fifth time in a major league game, brothers homer in the same contest when Pirates teammates Lloyd and Paul Waner both go deep in the fifth inning of the Bucs' 7-2 victory over New York at the Polo Grounds. Although 'Big and Little Poison' have completed the deed twice before, they are the first siblings in history to hit the home runs in consecutive at-bats, a feat which will not be duplicated again until the Upton Brothers go back-to-back for the Braves in 2013.

1952      The Pirates become the first team to wear helmets in which the temples are protected. The headgear is worn both at the plate and in the field.

1978 Phil Garner
1978      Phil Garner’s first-inning grand slam - his second slam in as many games - led the Pirates to their seventeenth consecutive home victory, a 6-1 win over the Expos.

1998      Ending a six-game drought without a homer, Mark McGwire, pinch-hitting in the ninth inning, hits his 63rd homer. The solo shot off Jason Christiansen in the Cardinals' 8-6 loss to the Pirates allows 'Big Mac' to regain the home-run lead over Sammy Sosa.

September 16

1938      Johnny Rizzo becomes the first Pirates player in franchise history to hit 20 home runs in a season. The 25-year old rookie outfielder from Texas, who becomes hurt next season never playing regularly for the Bucs again, finishes the campaign batting .301 with 23 round-trippers and 111 RBIs.
1976 Rennie Stennett

1975      Rennie Stennett ties a major league mark established in 1892 with his 7-for-7 performance in a nine-inning game. The Pirates' second baseman gets two hits in one inning twice, the first and fifth frames, in the Bucs' 22-0 rout of the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the most one-sided shutout since 1900.

September 17

1912      Casey Stengel of the Dodgers makes an impressive major league debut against the Pirates. The likable Brooklyn outfielder from Kansas City collects four hits, drives in two runs and swipes a pair of stolen bases.

September 18

1987     In a slugfest which the Mets will lose 10-9 to Pittsburgh, Darryl Strawberry gets the team off to a good start when he slams a three-run home run off Brian Fischer in the top of the first inning at Three Rivers Stadium. The New York right fielder's round-tripper, his 37th of the season, establishes a new franchise record for homers previously set by Dave Kingman in 1975.

1992      Barry Bonds connects his 30th home run of the season off Terry Mulholland. The home run gives the Pirates outfielder his second 30/30 season, a feat only equaled by Bobby Bonds (his father), Willie Mays (his godfather), Howard Johnson, and Ron Gant.

1949 Bowman Ralph Kiner

September 19

1949      In a 6-4 loss to the Giants at Forbes Field‚ Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner hits his 50th home run off Kirby Higbe. Having hit 54 homers in his sophomore season of 1947, the 26-year old all-star outfielder becomes the first National League player to accomplish the feat in two different seasons. Higbe started the season with the Pirates, but was traded to the Giants on June 6.

1987      Ralph Kiner’s uniform jersey #4 is officially retired by the Pirates.

September 20

1907      At Exposition Park in Pittsburgh, Nick Maddox no-hits the Dodgers, 2-1. At the age of 20
1911 T205 Nick Maddox
years and ten months, the Pirates hurler becomes the youngest pitcher and the second rookie to throw a no-hitter.  Maddox also becomes the first Pirates pitcher to throw a no-hitter.

1955     Willie Mays becomes the seventh player to hit fifty home runs in a season when he connects off Pittsburgh's Vern Law for the second time in the Giants' 14-8 victory at the Polo Grounds. The round-tripper is the 24-year old center fielder's seventh in six consecutive games.
1969      Giving the Pirates their third win in two days against the eventual world champs, Bob Moose no-hits the first-place Mets at Shea Stadium, 4-0. The 21-year old Pirates right-hander will compile a 14-3 record with a 2.91 ERA for the third-place Bucs this season.

1973      At Shea Stadium, Dave Augustine of the Pirates appears to hit a potential game-ending home run in the 13th inning but the ball hits the top of the fence and Met outfielder Cleon Jones catches it and throws out Richie Zisk at home plate. The Mets will go on to win the game, and the minor league veteran outfielder will never homer in the majors.

1973     Prior to the 4-3 Mets victory over Pittsburgh, Willie Mays announces his retirement at a press conference held at the ballpark's Diamond Club. Five days later, the club will honor the aging superstar with a night at Shea Stadium.

1992      Phillies' second baseman Mickey Morandini catches Jeff King's line drive, steps on second doubling up Andy Van Slyke and tags Barry Bonds to complete an unassisted triple play in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - September 7-13

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history -

September 7

1962      With four steals in a 10-1 loss to the Pirates, Dodger Maury Wills breaks the modern National League record for stolen bases in a season with his 82nd swipe. Cincinnati's Bob Bescher established the mark in 1911 playing left field with Cincinnati.

2008      The Pirates lose their 82nd game, an 11-6 defeat to the Giants at AT&T Park, ensuring the club will endure their 16th consecutive losing season. The streak equals the mark established by the 1933-1948 Philadelphia Phillies for the longest skid in the history of professional sports.

2009      Thanks to their loss to Chicago, the Pirates become the first franchise in baseball history to post a losing record for 17 consecutive seasons. The dubious streak, which dates back to 1993, surpasses the skid the Phillies endured from 1933 to 1948.

September 8

1905      Pittsburgh Pirates strand a NL record 18 men on base and lose to Reds, 8-3

1940      Johnny Mize hits homers #'s 38, 39 and 40 in the first game of a doubleheader becoming the first player to hit three homers in one game four times in his career. Despite the 'Big Cat's' heroics, the Cardinals drop a pair to the Pirates, 16-14 and 9-4.

1972      Pirates manager Bill Virdon posts his 100th different line-up in the 131st game of the season. The starting nine for the eventual NL Eastern Division winners beats the Expos in the second game of a doubleheader at Jarry Park in 12 inninngs, to complete the sweep of the twin bill, 4-2.

2008      On the first pitch he sees as a major leaguer, Mark Saccomanno hits a home run that contributes to the Astos’ 3-2 victory over the Pirates at Minute Maid Park. The Houston pinch-hitter becomes the fourth player in franchise history to homer in his initial big league at-bat.

September 9

1899     Waite Hoyt, Hall of Fame pitcher for the Pirates from 1933 until 1937, was born. 

September 10

1959 Dick Stuart Rookie Card
1958      Rookie Dick Stuart’s two-run, tenth-inning, walkoff home run gave the Pirates a milestone-laden 6-4 victory over the Giants at Forbes Field. Stuart’s blast allowed the Bucs to reach two noteworthy milestones. In raising their record to 78-64, the Pirates clinched their first winning season since 1948. The win also gave Bob Friend his twentieth victory of the season. Friend’s 20-13 mark made him the first Bucco pitcher to win twenty games in a season since Murry Dickson went 20-16 in 1951.

September 11

1959      The Dodgers end Elroy Face's consecutive win streak at 22 with a 5-4 victory over the Pirates. The reliever, who will end the season with an 18-1 record, is beaten by Chuck Churn, the winner of only three major league career victories.

September 12

1947      Pirates' outfielder Ralph Kiner hits a record eight home runs in four games. Tony Lazzeri
1948 Bowman Ralph Kiner
had hit seven round-trippers in four games in 1936.

1969      The Mets sweep the Pirates in a twin bill when Jerry Koosman and Don Cardwell both go the distance in 1-0 victories. Both starters drive in the only run scored in each game.

1974      Mike Schmidt hits an eighth inning three-run bomb, his 36th home run and final one this season, off Jerry Reuss in Philadelpia's 6-4 comeback victory over the Pirates at Veterans Stadium. The 24-year old third baseman becomes the first Phillies player to lead the league in home runs since Chuck Klein hit 28 round-tripper in 1933.

1984      Striking out Marvell Wynne in the sixth inning, Dwight Gooden breaks the season strikeout record for a rookie. By whiffing 16 Pirates, Doc's total of 251 is six more than Herb Score's 1955 mark.

September 13

1950      Giants' pitcher Sal Maglie's consecutive scoreless inning streak ends at 45 when Pirates' outfielder Gus Bell hits a 257-foot pop fly which just clears the wall at the Polo Grounds.

1968      Denny Neagle, pitcher for the Pirates from 1992-96. was born.

2013      The Pirates hit back-to-back-to-back home runs to erase a 3-0 deficit against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta.  After Andrew McCutchen and Justin Morneau made two quick outs to start off the bottom of the fourth, Pedro Alvarez hit an inside-the-park home run to right-center.  Russell Martin then hit a solo shot out to left, and Garrett Jones followed with a homer to center, tying the game at 3-3.

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