Sunday, September 06, 2020

Pittsburgh Pirates Ball Card of the Week - September 6, 2020



Pittsburgh Pirates Card of the Week





Bill Mazeroski - 1960 MacGregor


The 1960 MacGregor set contains 25 cards of an advisory staff of 25 major league players and managers.  The lone Pittsburgh Pirate on the staff was Bill Mazeroski.  MacGregor couldn't have chosen a better player to represent their company in 1960.  

On Thursday, October 13, Mazeroski led off the bottom of the ninth inning of game seven of the 1960 World Series.  The score was tied 9-9 after the Yankees scored 2 runs in the top half of the inning to tie the Buccos at Forbes Field.  With a 1-0 count, Maz hit a Ralph Terry pitch into deep left field for the first and only walk off home run in game 7 of the World Series.



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Monday, August 31, 2020

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day - August 31, 2020



Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day





Harvey Haddix - 1961 Nu-Card Scoops


Harvey Haddix played for the Pittsburgh Pirates for just five seasons (1959-1963) but he may have one of the best individual performances in team history.  On May 26, 1959, Haddix threw 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves.  Neither team scored until the bottom of the 13th inning when Joe Adcock hit what appeared to be a three-run home run.  In the excitement, Adcock passed Hank Aaron between second and third base and his hit was ruled a double and the Braves won 1-0. 




The game's box score can be found at Retrosheet.


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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day - August 30, 2020



Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day





Willie Stargell - 1963 Topps


Willie Stargell made his debut with the Pirates in 1962 and wrapped up his Hall of Fame career in 1982.  Pops finished his tenure with 475 home runs.  He was a 7-time All Star and an MVP in 1979 when the Bucs won their last World Series.


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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day - August 29, 2020



Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day





Nick Maddox 1911 T205


Nick Maddox was called up to the big leagues and made his first appearance with the Pirates on September 13, 1907.  That day he threw a two-hit, 14 strikeout shut out of the St. Louis Cardinals.  Three days later he beat the Cardinals again, 4-2.  One week after making his major league debut, Maddox threw the first no-hitter for a Pirates pitcher, a 2-1 gem against the Brooklyn Superbas.  You can see the Retrosheet Box Score Here.




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Friday, August 28, 2020

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day - August 28, 2020



Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day





Francisco Liriano 2016 Topps Now


In 2016, Topps created a set of baseball cards based on major highlights during the 2016 season.  The day after the highlights took place, the cards were available for purchase on the Topps website.  Card #1 in the 2016 Topps Now set was Pirates' pitcher Francisco Liriano.  Following an opening day 10-strikeout and one RBI performance, Topps offered the Francisco Liriano card to collectors.  The print run turned out to be 256 and the value of the Liriano card quickly jumped to triple digits.


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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day - August 27, 2020



Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day





Curt Roberts 1954 Topps


Curt Roberts was the first African American to suit up for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Roberts played in 134 games in 1954.  He played in only 37 games in 1955 and 1956 combined.  Although Roberts' career was short-lived, he paved the way for other black players in Pittsburgh, most notably Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.  Roberts was killed at age 40 when an automobile struck him while he was changing a tire on his car in Oakland, CA.


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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day - August 26, 2020



Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day





Dave Parker 1974 Topps


Dave Parker made his major league debut for the Buccos in 1973.  The Cobra played for the Pirates through the 1983 season.  During his career, Parker won the MVP award (1978), won two batting titles (1977 and 1978), won three Gold Glove Awards (1977 through 1979), and was named an All-Star seven times. 


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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day - August 25, 2020



Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day





Barney Dreyfuss 1910 Tip Top Bread

 
Barney Dreyfuss became part owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1900 and maintained that position until he died in 1932.  Dreyfuss led the Pirates to three World Series and won two of them - 1909 and 1925.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.  The 1910 Tip Top Bread 25-card set was dedicated to the Pittsburgh Pirates 1909 World Series team.



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Monday, August 24, 2020

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day - August 24, 2020



Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day





Barry Bonds 1986 Fleer Update


Barry Bonds made his major league debut with the Pirates in 1986.  He was added to the Fleer Update set that year.  The Bonds rookie card is the most valuable card in this 132 card update.  



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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day - August 23, 2020

 


Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day





Roberto Clemente 1955 Topps


Roberto Clemente made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 17, 1955.  He picked up his first big league hit, a single, during his first at bat facing Brooklyn Dodger pitcher, Johnny Podres.  Seventeen years later, Clemente would get the final hit of his career, hit number 3,000 at the age of 38.  Eighty-nine days later, Clemente was killed in a plane crash delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.  On March 20, 1973, the Baseball Writers Association held a special election and Clemente was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Clemente's 1955 Topps card is his rookie card and is one of the most sought after card of any Pittsburgh Pirate. 



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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day - August 22, 2020

 


Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Card of the Day





Honus Wagner 1909-11 T206 Tobacco Card


In what is arguably the most famous baseball card of all time, the T206 of Pittsburgh Pirate Hall of Famer Honus Wagner is our first official "Card of the Day".  The T206 cards were distributed between 1909-1911 and were found in tobacco products.  The backs of these cards contained adds of 16 different brands of cigarettes.  Cards in this set measure 1-7/16" x 2-5/8".  



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Friday, August 21, 2020

PIAA Gives Fall Sports the Green Light

 PIAA Gives Fall Sports the Green Light

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has given schools the green light to proceed with fall sports against the recommendation of Governor Tom Wolf.  The PIAA Board of Directors voted 25-5 on Friday afternoon to proceed with fall sports as scheduled.

The governor’s office released a statement Friday that said, “While the administration expressed broad concern with the PIAA’s plans, including its request for liability protections, we’ve made it clear to them since July that this decision should be made by the PIAA in concert with local school districts. The governor has a deep appreciation for the importance of athletics and the role sports play in the lives of student-athletes. The governor’s recommendation is grounded in public health evidence and a common-sense reaction to league after league canceling or postponing their fall seasons, outbreaks across the country, growing evidence of higher transmission in children, protecting higher-risk adults and the fundamentally important need to get kids back into learning in classrooms.”