Sunday, July 13, 2014

This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - July 12-July 18

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history -

July 12

1994      The largest crowd in Pittsburgh baseball history, 59,568, turns out as Three Rivers Stadium plays host to baseball's 65th All-Star Game. In a Midsummer Classic that is truly a classic Tony Gwynn leads off the 10th with a single and comes around to score the game-winning run in dramatic fashion on a double by Moises Alou as the National League posts an 8-7 victory.  Fred McGriff is named MVP, earning the honor with his dramatic two-run home run off Lee Smith that tied the game in the bottom of the ninth.

1997      In front of a sellout crowd at Three Rivers Stadium on Jackie Robinson Night, two Pirates' pitchers throw the first extra-inning combined no-hitter in major league history. Ricardo Rincon takes over in the tenth inning to preserve starter Francisco Cordova's effort and gets the win when Mark Smith pinch hits a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the inning.

July 13

1943      Thanks to a three-run home run by Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr, the American League defeats the National League in the first night All Star game, 5-3. In a game broadcast to GIs via shortwave radio, Pirates' outfielder Vince DiMaggio shines for the Senior Circuit hitting a single, triple and home run.

1983      With the Pirates down to their final out, back-to-back home runs by Johnny Ray and Mike Easler in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Bucs to a 7-6 win over the Giants at Candlestick Park.

July 14

1962      In the seventh inning of the nightcap of a twin bill split with the Pirates at Forbes Field, Cardinal left fielder Stan Musial establishes a new National League record with his 10,428th time at bat. 'Stan the Man' who will finish his 22-year career with 10,972 plate appearances, surpasses Honus Wagner's mark set in 1917. (Two more at-bats will be credited to the The Flying Dutchman upon further research)

1967      Cardinals' pitcher Bob Gibson's right fibula is fractured by a Roberto Clemente line drive during a 6-3 loss to the Pirates. The injury will sideline the Redbird right-hander until Labor Day, but he will recover well enough to allow only three earned runs in three complete World Series game victories over the Red Sox.

1974      Attempting to avert a doubleheader loss, a five-game series sweep at Three Rivers Stadium, and a descent into the National League East cellar—the Pirates engaged the Reds in an intense bench-clearing brawl in the second game of a Sunday twinbill. The fight and resulting 2-1 victory over their sparring partners suggested a turning point for the Bucco campaign.

2000      The American Tobacco Company's near-mint condition 1909 Honus Wagner card goes for $1.1 million in an eBay online auction. The high bidder will pay $1.265 million including a 15 percent buyer's premium for the 91-year old card of the Hall of Fame Pirate shortstop.

July 15

1971      Three times within two outs of losing to the Padres, the first-place Pirates tied the game in the ninth, thirteenth and sixteenth innings, before Roberto Clemente’s seventeenth-inning home run gave the Bucs a 4-3 victory at Three Rivers Stadium.

1975      The only time this has ever occurred, two players share the All star game MVP: Bill Madlock (Pittsburgh Pirates) and John Matlock (NY Mets).

July 16

1920      After pitching 16 scoreless frames, Earl Hamilton and the Pirates lose to the Giants in the 17th at Forbes Field, 7-0. New York starter Rube Benton tosses 17 shutout innings to get the victory.

1970      On precisely the same spot as Exposition Park, the home of the Pirates from 1891-1909, Three Rivers Stadium makes its debut. Cincinnati’s first baseman Tony Perez hits the park's first home run as the Pirates lose to the Reds, 3-2.  In this first game at Three Rivers Stadium, the Pirates took the field in revolutionary double knit uniforms.

2006      Chipper Jones ties a major league record by collecting an extra-base hit in his 14th straight game. The Braves third baseman's fourth-innng home run equals the mark established in 1927 by Pirates outfielder Paul Waner.
July 17

1890     For the first time in baseball history, two 300-game winners are opponents as Tim Keefe of the Giants faces Pittsburgh's Jim 'Pud' Galvin in a Players League match-up. New York beats the Burghers, 8-2, in the first of four historic confrontations between the two future member of the Hall of Fame.

1914      Against the Giants, control artist Babe Adams of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches an entire 21-inning game without issuing a single walk. The contest, which is the longest game in big league history without a base-on-balls, is decided by Larry Doyle's home run in the top of the frame giving Rube Marquard, who also goes the distance, the 3-1 victory.

1979      Dave Parker was named the All-Star game MVP.

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