Sunday, June 08, 2014

This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - June 8-14

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history - 

June 8
1980 Topps Jim Rooker

1989      After the Pirates take a 10-0 lead in Philadelphia by sending 16 batters to the plate in the first inning, Pirates' broadcaster Jim Rooker announces if the Bucs lose the game he'll walk back to Pittsburgh. True to his word, the radio by-by-play man organizes a charity walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh after the season as a result of the Phillies comeback win over the Pirates, 15-11.

2010      The much anticipated major league debut of Stephen Strasburg lives up to its hype when the 21-year old whiffs 14 Pirate batters in seven innings in the Nationals' 5-2 victory in Washington, D.C. Baffling Pittsburgh with a mix of 100-mph fastballs and devastating curves, the right-handed rookie’s strikeout total is second only to Houston’s J.R. Richard, who fanned 15 Giants in 1971.

June 9
1935 Goudey Waner Brothers

1929      Brothers and teammates Lloyd and Paul Waner each hit a home run in the same game in the Pirates' 9-6 loss to the Brooklyn Robins at Ebbets Field. The homers mark the second of three times Big Poison and Little Poison will accomplish the feat.

1949      In eighteen innings, the Phillies beat the Pirates at Shibe Park, 4-3. The intrastate rivals both have sixteen hits in sixty-eight at bats and commit three errors along with twenty-one assists.

1951      Dave Parker, who won the NL MVP in 1978, was born.

1989      Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry hits his 200th career home run in a ten-inning, 4-3, loss to the Pirates. The six-foot, six-inch slugger will finish his 18-year major league career with 335 round-trippers.

June 10

1954      Reds' southpaw Fred Baczewski goes the distance blanking Pittsburgh at Crosley Field, 6-0. 'Lefty', a former college basketball player at the University of Tennessee, gives up 11 hits and walks a batter, but the Pirates strand 12 players on the bases.

June 11
1972 Topps Bruce Kison

1972     LA outfielders Manny Mota and Willie Davis both hit inside-the-park homers down the foul lines at Dodger Stadium off Bucs' starter Bruce Kison. Roberto Clemente's seventh inning home run over the fence proves to be the difference in Pittsburgh's 7-5 victory, their 21st win the last 26 games.

2013      In a much-anticipated major league debut, Gerrit Cole throws six scoreless six innings in the Pirates' 8-2 victory over San Francisco at PNC Park. A larger-than-average Tuesday night crowd of 30,614, which includes over 10,000 walk-ups, are on hand to watch the overall 2011 First-Year Player Draft No. 1 selection earn his first big league career victory.

June 12

1957      Playing in his 823rd consecutive-game, Stan Musial breaks the National League record for endurance. The previous mark was set by Pirates first baseman Gus Suhr in 1937.

1970      Dock Ellis throws a 2-0 no-hitter against the Padres in San Diego during the first game of a twin bill at Jack Murphy Stadium. The former Pirates' right-hander, who became an advocate of anti-drug programs, claims he was under the influence of LSD while tossing the most memorable game in his career.

June 13

1973      Dock Ellis walks a batter without ever throwing a pitch to him. After going 2-0 on the Atlanta left fielder Sonny Jackson, the Pirates right-hander is replaced by Ramon Hernandez, who throws two more balls to Dick Dietz, a pinch-hitter for Jackson, to complete the base-on-balls which is attributed to the Bucs' starting pitcher.

No comments: