Sunday, November 02, 2014

This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - November 2-8

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history -

November 2

1966      Orlando Merced, Pirates outfielder from Puerto Rico is born.

November 3
1960 Vern Law

1960      Pittsburgh Pirates' Vern Law wins the Cy Young Award.

1971      In front of a crowd gathered on the U.S. Capitol steps, Pennsylvania lawmakers Hugh Scott and Richard South Schweiker collect their World Series wager made with their fellow senators from Maryland, Charles Mathias Junior and J. Glenn Beall, Jr. As winners of a bet made on the 1971 Fall Classics between the Orioles and Pirates, the two Keystone State senators victorously ride elephants as the losers lead and feed the pachyderms peanuts while carrying shovels to clean the street, if necessary.

November 5
1978 Chuck Tanner

1976      The A's release Chuck Tanner from his contract allowing him to manage the Pirates in exchange for catcher Manny Sanguillen and $100,000 from Pittsburgh. During his nine-year tenure with the Bucs, the likable skipper will compile a 711-685 (.509) record and will win a World Championship in 1979.

2007      The Pirates name former third base coach John Russell as their 38th manager in franchise history. The Bucs' new skipper, the 2006 International League Manager of the Year, managed the Red Barons, the triple-A Phillies affiliate located in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, for the past two seasons.
T206 Honus Wagner

2010      One of the approximately 60 rare T206 Honus Wagner baseball cards, auctioned off by the Baltimore-based School Sisters of Notre Dame, is acquired by a sporting card store owner Doug Walton, who pays $262,000 for the treasured piece of memorabilia. The School Sisters of Notre Dame plan to use the windfall from the sale of the valuable card of the Pirates' third baseman to benefit ministries for the poor in 35 countries.

November 6

1950      Branch Rickey signs a five-year deal with the Pirates to be the club's executive vice president and general manager. Rickey's magic doesn't seem to work in Pittsburgh as the Bucs will compile a 269-501 record (.349) during his tenure.

November 8

2004      Jason Bay (.282, 26, 82) becomes the first Pirates player, as well as the first Canadian, to win the National League Rookie of the Year.

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