Sunday, October 19, 2014

This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - October 19-25

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history -

October 19
1965 Harry Walker

1964      Harry Walker is named as the skipper of the Pirates replacing Danny Murtaugh, who will return to the field as an interim manager when his successor is fired during the 1967 season. During his two-plus years in the Pittsburgh dugout, 'the Hat' compiles a respectable 224-184 (.549) record, but is let go after his team plays .500 ball after competing for the National League flag the previous two seasons.

October 23

1960 Danny Murtaugh
1958      The Associated Press names Danny Murtaugh as its major league manager of year. In his first full year in the Pirates' dugout, the team improves by 22 games, 14 games over .500, finishing in second place, eight games behind Milwaukee.

2000      Although lacking big league managerial experience, Pirates' hitting coach Lloyd McClendon is named as the team's manager replacing recently-fired Gene Lamont.

October 25

1955      Branch Rickey steps down as the Pirates' general manager and will be replaced by Joe L. Brown. During the Rickey's five-year tenure, Pittsburgh will endure three 100-loss seasons.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - October 12-18

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history -

October 12

1911      Honus Wagner closes out the season with a .334 average, good enough to earn the "Flying Dutchman" his National League record eighth, and final, batting title.

October 13

1903      In Game 8 of the series, the Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox) defeat the Pirates, 3-0 to take baseball's first ever world championship, 5 games to 3. In the 95-minute contest, Bill Dinneen gets the win over Pittsburgh's Deacon Phillippe in front of a Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds crowd of 7,455 fans.

1961 Topps
1960      In Game Seven of the World Series at Forbes Field, Bill Mazeroski leads off the bottom of the ninth with the most dramatic home run in Series history, a blast over the left field wall, breaking a 9-9 tie with the Yankees and bringing Pittsburgh its third World Championship.

1971      In the first World Series night game ever played, the Pirates defeat the Orioles at Three Rivers Stadium, 4-3. Roberto Clemente's three hits contribute to the Bucs overcoming the Birds' three-run first inning.  Milt May drives in the winning run with a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning.

October 14

1909      Pirates beat Tigers, 5-4, forces first full 7 game World Series.

1952      The Reds obtain outfielder Gus Bell from the Pirates in exchange for Cal Abrams, Gail Henley and Joe Rossi. The newest Cincinnati flychaser, considered one of general manager Gabe Paul's best acquisitions for the team, will become a fan favorite and will hit .288 during his nine-year tenure in the Queen City.

1992      In Game 7 of the NLCS, Francisco Cabrera's ninth inning, two-out pinch hit single tallies two runs giving the Braves a stunning comeback victory, 3-2 over the Pirates. The backup catcher had only three hits during the regular season.

October 15

1892     On the last day the season, Cincinnati pitcher Charles 'Bumpus' Jones, in his first major league start, no-hits Pittsburgh. This will turn out to be the latest date in the season that a no hitter is ever thrown in the major league.

1925      The Pirates become the first team to win a World Series after being down three games to one when the Bucs beat Washington and Walter Johnson in Game 7, 9-7. Kiki Cuyler's bases-loaded double with two outs in the eighth inning proves to be the difference.

October 16
1910 E91C American Caramel Hans Wagner

1909      In a World Series showdown between two of baseball's premier players - Honus Wagner vs. Ty Cobb - the Pirates down the hometown Detroit Tigers, 8-0, in Game Seven to become World Champions for the first time. The real star of the Series, though, is rookie pitcher Babe Adams, who notches three victories (also games 1 and 5), including the decisive seventh game shutout.

1949      Brooklyn does not renew Branch Rickey's contract as president of the Dodgers. Rickey will join the Pirates as the team's executive vice president and general manager, with his son, Branch Jr., assuming the post of Pittsburgh's vice president and farm system director.

October 17

1971      Behind Steve Blass’s complete-game four-hitter, the Pirates beat Mike Cuellar and the heavily favored Orioles to capture their fourth world championship in franchise history. Immediately after the Game 7 victory, rookie hurler Bruce Kison and his champagne-soaked best man Bob Moose are whisked away from Memorial Stadium by helicopter to a waiting Lear Jet to attend the 21-year old’s 6:30 pm wedding in Pittsburgh, in which the groom will arrive 33 minutes late.

1971      Steve Blass hurls a four-hitter and Roberto Clemente homers off Baltimore's Mike Cuellar as the Pirates win Game Seven of the World Series, 2-1, at Baltimore, earning Pittsburgh its fourth World Championship.  Clemente has hit safely in all seven games of the series, a feat he also accomplished in 1960 against the Yankees, to extend his consecutive Fall Classic hitting streak to 14 contests.

1979 Willie Stargell
1979      At Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, Jimmy Carter throws the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Pirates' 4-1 defeat of the Orioles in Game 7 of the Fall Classic. It is the only time the Commander-in-Chief will perform the pre-game ritual during his presidency.

1979      In Game 7, Willie Stargell goes 3-for 4, including his third home run in the Series, propelling the Pirates to a 4-1 victory over the Orioles. The Bucs overcame a three games-to-one deficit to win their fifth World Championship in franchise history.  Stargell is named Series MVP after the Pirates erase a three-games-to-one deficit and ground the Orioles.

1991      The Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-0 to win the NL pennant in 7 games.


Sunday, October 05, 2014

This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - October 5-11

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history -

October 5

1887 Old Judge Pud Galvin
1888      At Swampoodle Grounds in Washington, D.C., James Francis Galvin of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys becomes baseball's first pitcher to record his 300th victory when he defeats the hometown Senators, 5-1. The 31-year old 'Pud', a workhorse who will win 20 games 10 of the 14 seasons he plays in the big leagues, will end his career with 361 victories.

1960      At Forbes Field, Roger Maris becomes the seventh major leaguer to homer in first World Series at-bat. The right fielder's first-inning round-tripper off Vernon Law gets the Yankees off to a good start, but the Pirates will win Game 1 of the Fall Classic, 6-4.

October 6

1903      A crowd of 18,801 fills Exposition Park as the Pirates defeat the Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox), 4-2, in the first World Series game played in Pittsburgh. Boston, however, later emerges as the Series winner, overcoming a three-games-to-one deficit to win the best-of-nine competition, five games to three.

October 8

1973 Danny Murtaugh Sports Illustrated
1917      Danny Murtaugh, Pittsburgh Pirates player and manager is born.

1927      The 1927 Yankees and their famous "Murderer's Row" lineup featuring Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, considered one of the best teams in baseball history, live up to their reputation as they beat the Pirates, 4-3, to sweep the World Series in four games.

1927      In the bottom of the ninth inning of a tied Game 4 of the World Series between the Pirates and Yankees, Johnny Miljus loads the bases with no out, but gets Lou Gehrig to strike out swinging and strikes out Bob Meusel looking. Facing Tony Lazzeri with two outs and an 0-1 count, the Pittsburgh hurler throws a wild pitch and Earle Combs races home with the winning run to give the Bronx Bombers the sweep and their second world championship.

1940      With the Reds' 2-1 victory over the Tigers in Game 7 of the Fall Classic, Bill McKechnie becomes the first manager to win a World Series with two different teams. The 'Deacon' also piloted the Pirates to a World Championship beating Washington in seven games in the 1925 Fall Classic.

October 9
1976 Bob Moose

1909      Ty Cobb's steal of home is the highlight of the Tigers' 7-2 victory over the Pirates, that knots the World Series at one game apiece. The 'Georgia Peach' swipes home plate 54 times during his career, a major league record.

1958      In Game 7, the Yankees beat the defending World champion Braves in Milwaukee's County Stadium, 6-2, for their eighteenth title, the club's seventh in the past decade. The Bronx Bombers become only the second team, the first being the 1925 Pirates, to come back from a 3–1 deficit to win a best-of-seven Fall Classic.

1976      While on his way home from his party, Pirates reliever Bob Moose is killed on his birthday in an automobile accident in Martin's Ferry, Ohio. The 29-year old’s death occurs two days shy of the four-year mark of the date he threw the infamous wild pitch giving Cincinnati a walk-off victory in the fifth and deciding game of the NLCS.

October 11

T206 Honus Wagner
1909      At Bennett Park, Honus Wagner becomes the first player to steal three bases in a World Series contest. The Pirates third baseman's thievery enables Pittsburgh to beat Detroit, 8-6, in Game 3 of the Fall Classic.

1972      In the fifth and deciding game of the NLCS at Riverfront Stadium, George Foster scores the winning run from third base in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch thrown by Bob Moose giving the Reds a dramatic 4-3 walk-off victory over the Pirates. Earlier in the inning, Johnny Bench hit a home run off Dave Giusti to tie the score.

1992      After participating in a game against the Dolphins in Miami, NFL Falcons' cornerback Deion Sanders flies to Pittsburgh hoping to become the first athlete to play in two professional leagues in the same day. The traveling outfielder, however, will not be in the lineup for the Braves' 7-1 loss in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium that evening.

2005      The Pirates hire former Dodger skipper Jim Tracy as the team’s manager to replace recently-fired Lloyd McClendon. It is the first time in nearly two decades Pittsburgh has looked outside the organization to select its field boss.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

2014 Navy Football

2014 Navy Football

08/30/14     vs. Ohio State                           Baltimore, MD (M&T Bank Stadium)  L, 34-17

09/06/14     at Temple                                  Philadelphia, PA              W, 31-24

09/13/14     at Texas State                           San Marcos, TX                W, 35-21

09/20/14     vs. Rutgers                                 Annapolis, MD                 L, 31-24

09/27/14     vs. Western Kentucky            Annapolis, MD                 L, 36-27

10/04/14     at Air Force                                Colorado Springs, CO     L, 30-21

10/11/14     vs. VMI                                       Annapolis, MD                 W, 51-14

10/25/14     vs. San Jose State                    Annapolis, MD                 1:00 PM

11/01/14     vs. Notre Dame                        Landover, MD (FedExField)  8:00 PM

11/15/14     vs. Georgia Southern              Annapolis, MD                 3:30 PM

11/28/14     at South Alabama                   Mobile, AL                         TBA

12/13/14     vs. Army                                     Baltimore, MD (M&T Bank Stadium)  3:00 PM

The Brotherhood Video Series

Navy Loses Second Straight at Home

Navy came into this afternoon's game against Western Kentucky looking to avenge last season's 19-7 loss in Bowling Green.  They also wanted to start a new home winning streak that was snapped last week against Rutgers.

To do that, the Mids knew they would have to slow down the Hilltoppers' potent offense. Western Kentucky came into the game averaging 486.3 passing yards per game - good for second in the nation. They were also third in the country in total offense averaging 608.7 yards per game.

To some degree the Mids were able to contain the nation's second best passing offense, holding quarterback Brandon Doughty to 387 yards passing, nearly 100 yards below his season average, and one touchdown.

Navy countered the WKU offense with their daunting running game and racked up 412 yards on the ground, the second time this season the Mids topped 400 yards on the ground. 

The game was a back-and-forth battle for all of three quarters when the Hilltoppers took over. 

On their first drive of the fourth quarter, the Hilltoppers scrapped their way into the end zone with a 1-yard quarterback keep by Brandon Doughty. The drive covered 91-yards on 15 plays and took 6:11 off the game clock. The score gave WKU a 29-21 lead. 

Navy's resolve shone brightly on their next drive when the Mids drove 79 yards on just six plays to find pay dirt. Keenan Reynolds was the workhorse on the drive calling his own number four times and picking up 70 yards on the ground. 

The two-point conversion attempt failed and Navy trailed by two with just 4:31 remaining in the game. 

Navy's defense stood tall and forced Western Kentucky to punt on their next drive. Navy's offense was unable to move the ball and the drive failed when Reynolds was picked off by Wonderful Terry who returned the INT 43 yards for a Hilltopper TD. The pick six set the final score in favor of WKU, 36-27.

Game notes - 

Ryan Williams-Jenkins suffered an apparent neck injury on a kickoff return when he took a brutal hit. It was confirmed later that he suffered a broken cheek bone and not a neck injury.

33,537 were in attendance for this afternoon's game.

Nick Sloan missed a 28-yard field goal with 6:23 in 3rd quarter off left upright. The miss makes the fourth game this season that Sloan has missed a field goal.

Noah Copeland (5-104) and Keenan Reynolds (24-121) finished the game with 100-plus yards each marking the first time since last year’s Indiana game that Navy has had two players rush for 100 yards.

With its fumble at 9:58 in the second quarter, Navy has now lost six fumbles this season which equals last year’s total.  

With a pair of turnovers today (fumble, interception), the Mids have eight total turnovers this season resulting in 34 points scored by the opposition.

Brendon Clements finished the game with a career-high 12 tackles, including 11 solo stops. He also broke up a would-be touchdown pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter.

The Mids have been outscored in the fourth quarter, 49-23 this season.

Keenan Reynolds fourth quarter interception that was returned for a TD was the first interception returned for a touchdown by a Navy opponent since October 3, 2009.

Western Kentucky finished the game with 551 yards total offense, the most by a Navy opponent since San Jose State turned in 600 yards against the Mids last November in a triple overtime win by Navy.

Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty completed 38 of his 54 passes for 387 yards ... it’s the most pass attempts and completions by a Navy opponent since San Jose State’s David Fales completed 42 of his 56 attempts a year ago. The 387 yards passing by the Hilltoppers are the most since San Jose State threw for 440 a year ago.