Sunday, July 13, 2014

This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - July 6-July 11

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history -

July 6

2002      Daryle Ward becomes the first player in the brief history of Pittsburgh's PNC Park to hit the Allegheny River on the fly. His fifth inning towering grand slam, which is estimated to travel 479 feet, helps the Astros to rout the Pirates, 10-2.

July 8

1941      At Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Pittsburgh's Arky Vaughan becomes the first player to hit two home runs in an All-Star Game, cracking a pair of two-run homers in the National League's 7-5 loss.

1950      In the bottom of the ninth inning at Forbes Field, Jack Phillips, pinch-hitting for Murry Dickson, erases a three-run deficit with a walk-off grand slam off Harry Brecheen. The 28 year-old utility infielder, who will go deep only nine times in 892 major league at-bats, gives the Pirates a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Cardinals.

1991      Pittsburgh Pirate President, Carl Barger becomes the first president of the Florida Marlins.

July 10

1929      The Pirates rout the Phillies 15-9 at the Baker Bowl in a game which features one homer hit in each inning. Pittsburgh goes deep five times with Philadelphia adding four more.

July 11

2006      Prior to the start of the fifth inning of the All-Star game played in Pittsburgh's PNC Park, Vera Clemente is escorted onto the field by 1960 World Series hero Bill Mazeroski to accept the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award on behalf of her late husband. With the scoreboard showing replays of Roberto, tears flowing from AL skipper Ozzie Guillen, and the heartfelt ovation from the crowd, the ceremony honoring the Pirates' Hall of Famer becomes a truly memorable moment in the history of the Midsummer Classic.

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