Monday, July 28, 2014

1976 Kellogg's

1976 Kellogg's Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates put together a solid 92-70 season, but finish nine games behind their Keystone State rival Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East.

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1976 Kellogg's - PIRATES
15 Dave Parker
22 Willie Stargell
42 Manny Sanguillen
43 Jerry Reuss

Sunday, July 27, 2014

1961 Post Cereal

1961 Post Cereal Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates follow up their surprise World Championship with a disappointing 75-79 record that lands them in sixth Place.

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1961 Post Cereal - Pirates
125 Bob Friend
126 Vern Law
127 Dick Stuart
128 Bill Mazeroski
129 Dick Groat
130 Don Hoak
131 Bob Skinner
132 Roberto Clemente
133 Roy Face
134 Harvey Haddix
135 Bill Virdon
136 Gino Cimoli
137 Rocky Nelson
138 Smoky Burgess
139 Hal Smith
140 Wilmer Mizell

This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - July 27-August 2

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history -

Tony Womack
July 27

1998      Tony Womack of the Pirates establishes a new major league mark by not grounding out into a double play in 888 consecutive at-bats breaking the record previously established by Dodger outfielder Pete Reiser in 1946.

2011      At approximately 2:30 a.m. ET, the Pirates filed a formal complaint with the Commissioner's Office expressing their extreme disappointment by the way its 19-inning game against the Braves ended earlier this morning. The statement shares the organization's dismay of umpire Jerry Meals not seeing the tag made by Michael McKenry three feet in front of home plate that resulted in Atlanta's 4-3 victory at Turner Field.

July 28

1890     Beating Pittsburgh, 4-2, Giants hurler Mickey Welch joins Pud Galvin and Tim Keefe in becoming baseball's third hurler to record his 300th victory. The 31-year old Brooklyn native will win only seven more games before ending his 13-year career next season.

2001     With two outs in the ninth inning at PNC Park, Brian Giles erases a three-run deficit with a walk-off grand slam defeating an astounded Astros squad, 9-8. The Pittsburgh's left-fielder's 'sayonara slam' is hit off Houston's all-star closer, Billy Wagner.

July 29

1915      Pirates' third baseman Honus Wagner reaches Robins' (Dodgers) hurler Jeff Pfeffer for a grand slam in the eighth inning helping Pittsburgh beat Brooklyn at Forbes Field, 8-2. The inside-the-park round tripper makes the 41-year old infielder the oldest player ever to hit a home run with the bases full, a record which will last until 1985.

2009      The Pirates spend a busy day on the trading block sending 2006 batting champ Freddy Sanchez to the Giants for 20-year-old former first-round draft pick Tim Alderson, a right-hander with excellent control. The Bucs also deal shortstop Jack Wilson and pitcher Ian Snell to the Mariners for shortstop Ronny Cedeno and four minor leaguers, including triple-A catcher-first baseman Jeff Clement.

July 30

2004      In separate deals with the Pirates and Devil Rays, the Mets gamble with their future giving up top prospects to acquire major league pitchers who can immediately step into the rotation. Free agent eligible Kris Benson and infielder Jeff Keppinger are obtained from the Pirates for infielder Ty Wigginton, pitcher Matt Peterson and infielder Jose Bautista.

2011      The Orioles trade Derrek Lee to the Pirates in exchange for minor-leaguer Aaron Baker, who will be assigned to Class A Frederick. The Bucs hope their new good-fielding first baseman can provide some pop to the lineup as the team tries to stay in contention in the competitive NL Central Division race.

July 31

1971     In a game that sees at least one team score in every inning until the ninth, the Giants beat Pittsburgh at Candlestick Park, 15-11. San Francisco's rookie first baseman Dave Kingman's seventh-inning grand slam proves to be the difference.

2008      In a three-team swap, the much anticipated departure of Manny Ramirez from Beantown is finally accomplished with the unhappy outfielder being traded to the Dodgers. Former Pirates player Jason Bay will now roam left field for the Red Sox, with Pittsburgh receiving outfielder Brandon Moss and pitcher Craig Hansen from Boston as well as getting third baseman Andy LaRoche and right-hander Bryan Morris from Los Angeles to complete the last-minute trading deadline deal.

August 1

1906      After pitching 10.2 innings of no-hit ball, Harry McIntire yields a single to Pirates second baseman Claude Ritchey. The Dodgers and McIntire lose the game in the 13th on an unearned run, 1-0.

1918      Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Braves, 2-0, in 21 innings.

1970      At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Pittsburgh left fielder Willie Stargell accumulates 14 total bases with three doubles and two home runs. The outfielder's five extra-base hits power the Pirates past the Braves, 20-10.

Friday, July 25, 2014

1955 Bowman

1955 Bowman Pittsburgh Pirates

On April 17th Roberto Clemente, a 20-year-old rookie from Puerto Rico makes his Major League debut in right field at Forbes Field. The Pirates would go on to finish in last place again, but ends a three-year string of 100-loss seasons with a 60-94 record.

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27 Preston Ward
28 Dick Cole
57 Bob Friend
58 Frank Thomas
82 Lee Walls
83 Max Surkont
84 George Freese
113 Bob Hall
114 Vic Janowicz
115 Roger Bowman
163 Sid Gordon
164 Toby Atwell
199 Vernon Law
200 Dick Littlefield
288 Dick Smith

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - July 19-July 26

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history -

July 19

1956      With the Reds' 4-3 loss to the Pirates at Crosley Field, Brooks Lawrence's 13-game winning streak comes to an end. Roberto Clemente’s three-run homer in the ninth inning proves to be the decisive hit.

1972      At Three Rivers Stadium, Luke Walker singles off Cecil Upshaw to break an 0-for-39 drought at the plate. The Pirates' southpaw pitches three innings of one-hit shutout baseball to pick up a save in the 8-3 victory over the Braves.

July 20

2009      With an 8-5 victory over Milwaukee at PNC Park, the Pirates snap their 17-game losing streak against the Brewers, the longest skid against a single opponent in 39 years. During the 1969-70 seasons, the Royals dropped 23 decisions to the Orioles to establish the major league mark.

July 21

1963      Pirates outfielder Jerry Lynch pinch hits a three-run home run off Chicago's Lindy McDaniel in the ninth-inning to tie the Forbes Field contest at five, a game the Bucs will evenually win in 14 innings, 6-5. The heroic homer is the left-handed hitter's 14th career round-tripper off the bench, tying a major league mark established by former Cincinnati teammate, George Crowe.

1982      Willie Stargell hits his club record 475th home run, an eighth-inning, game-winning, pinch-hit solo shot at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium.

2007      Paul Waner’s uniform jersey #11 is officially retired by the Pirates.

July 23

1930      Pirates third baseman Pie Traynor hits game-winning homers in both ends of a doubleheader. The future Hall Famer's ninth inning home run wins the opener and he ends the nightcap when he connects in the 13th.

1975      At Three Rivers Stadium, Frank Taveras is picked off first base in an unusual play. After getting a big lead, to get a good jump on a sac bunt, the Pirates shortstop is picked off when the catcher throws the ball to first base with the Phillies right fielder Jay Johnstone covering the base to complete the 2-9 play.

July 24

1909      Brooklyn Dodger, Nap Rucker strikes out 16 Pittsburgh Pirates.

1951     At cavernous Forbes Field, Giants' outfielder Willie Mays, unable to reach across his body to make a catch with his glove of Rocky Nelson's sinking 457-foot blast to deep center, sticks out his bare right hand and grabs the ball on a full gallop to make the incredible final out of the inning. Venerable Branch Rickey, Pittsburgh's general manager, sends a note to the New York dugout during the game to tell the 20-year rookie, "That was the finest catch I have ever seen, and the finest I ever expect to see".

2011      Former Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners and Phillies general manager Pat Gillick, lifetime .300 hitter Roberto Alomar, and Burt Blyleven, ninth on the all-time list with 60 shutouts, are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Gillick won two World Series rings (1992-93) in Toronto with Alomar as his second baseman, and Blyleven helped the Twins win the 1987 Fall Classic as well as playing for the Pirates team that won it all in 1979.

July 25

1924     Pirates left-hander Emil Yde's double ties the score in the ninth inning. Five innings later, the Pittsburgh reliever's triple in the 14th beats the Cubs at Forbes Field, 8-7.

1956      At Forbes Field, Roberto Clemente's inside-the-park walk-off grand slam off Jim Bronson gives the Pirates a dramatic come-from-behind 9-8 victory over the Cubs. Chicago, scoring seven runs in the eighth and another in the ninth, had rallied from a four-run deficit to take the lead late into the game.

2011      With their 4-0 victory of Houston combined with the 6-5 St. Louis loss to Cincinnati and Milwaukee's 4-0 loss to Colorado, the Pirates find themselves in sole possession of first place. This is the latest point in the season the Bucs have been on top of the standings since mid-july of the 1997 season.

July 26

1984      In a 5-4 win over the Pirates, Expo Pete Rose singles for the 3,052nd time tying him Ty Cobb on the all-time career single list.

2011      The 19-inning, 6-hour and 39-minute game between the Pirates and Braves at Turner Field ends in a 4-3 Atlanta victory when Jerry Meals makes one of the worst calls in baseball history. The home plate umpire rules that Michael McKenry had missed Julio Lugo, although it was evident to everyone in ballpark that the base runner was tagged out three feet in front of the dish.

2012      Starling Marte becomes the 28th player in history to homer on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues when he goes yard to deep left-center field at Minute Maid Park off Houston's Dallas Keuchel. The 23 year-old left fielder is the first Pirates player to hit a home run in his first big league at-bat since Don Leppert accomplished the feat in 1961.