Sunday, August 03, 2014

This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - August 3-9

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history -

August 3

1957      Bobby Bragan hears on the radio he has been fired as the Pirates' manager and replaced by Philadelphia third base coach Danny Murtaugh. Pittsburgh general manager Joe L. Brown leaked news of the hiring before informing his disposed skipper.

1961      In the largest shutout score in a National League night game, the Pirates beat the Cardinals at Sportman's Park, 19-0. Harvey Haddix throws a four-hit complete game for the Bucs in a game that takes only two hours and thirty-six minutes to play.

1962 Danny Murtaugh
August 4

1955      At Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks hits three home runs as the Cubs out slug the Pirates, 11-10. The Windy City's first baseman goes deep off three different Buc hurlers.

1957      Former Pirates' second baseman Danny Murtaugh makes his managerial debut after being hired by General Manager Joe L. Brown to replace Bobby Bragan at the helm.

August 5

1921      Pittsburgh's radio station KDKA, the world's first commercial radio station to schedule broadcasts on a regular basis, provides its listeners with the first-ever broadcast of a major league game. Harold Arlin, detailing the action in the Pirates 8-5 victory over the Phillies at Forbes Field, becomes baseball's first play-by-play announcer. 

1969      With a titanic blast that clears the right-field pavilion, Willie Stargell becomes the first player to hit a home run completely out of Dodger Stadium. The 506-foot round-tripper helps the Pirates defeat LA, 11-3.

August 6

1973      Roberto Clemente becomes the first Latin-born player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The late Pirates outfielder, who died tragically on New Year's Eve in plane crash that was carrying relief supplies to the victims of the earthquake in Nicaragua, was elected posthumously when the mandatory five-year waiting period was waived.

1988      Jim Gott balks three times in the eighth inning, two of which allow a runner to score from third base. The Pirates relief pitcher's poor form on the mound proves to be the difference in the Mets' 5-3 victory over the Bucs at Three Rivers Stadium.

1998      Kevin McClatchy's vision of a baseball-only stadium in Pittsburgh starts to become more of a reality when PNC Bank strikes a deal with the Pirates calling the Bucs' new home PNC Park. The new ballpark, which will be highly praised, will host its first game in 2001.

1960 Bill Mazeroski
August 7

1987      Bill Mazeroski's uniform jersey #9 is officially retired from active service by the Pirates. The 1960 World Series hero joins Billy Meyer (1), Willie Stargell (8), Pie Traynor (20), Roberto Clemente (21), Honus Wagner (33), and Danny Murtaugh (40) to be honored by Pittsburgh in this manner.

August 8

1922      The Pirates establish a major record by collecting 46 hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Phillies at Shibe Park. In their 7-3 win in the opener, Pittsburgh bangs out 19 hits, and the team adds another 29 safeties in their 19-8 rout in the nightcap.

1946      Dreyfuss family, owners of Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells club to Frank McKinney & John Galbreath for $25 million

August 9

1976      The 500th game in Three Rivers Stadium history turns out to be one of the most memorable as John Candelaria becomes the first Pirate since 1907 to throw a no-hitter in Pittsburgh. Nick Maddox threw the first and only Buc home no-hitter until the 'Candyman' beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-0 at Three Rivers Stadium. (There was never a no-hitter pitched in the 61-year history of spacious Forbes Field.)

2002      Barry Bonds joins Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron as the only players ever to hit 600 career home runs. The 38-year-old Giant left fielder hit the milestone homer in the sixth inning by lining a 2-1 pitch thrown by Pirates starter Kip Wells over the center field wall at Pacific Bell Park.

1986 Traded Barry Bonds rookie card

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