On This Day in Pittsburgh History: May 7, 1925
Glenn Wright completes only the fifth unassisted triple play in MLB history when he throws out future hall of famers Jim Bottomley and Rogers Hornsby of St. Louis in the 9th inning at Forbes Field. [Wikipedia]
“HAS ALL THE TOOLS + LIKES TO PLAY. A REAL GOOD LOOKING PROSPECT!”
Roberto Clemente’s high school scouting report.
The scout was the Dodgers’ Al Campanis…for whom it did not end well.
“So I took some LSD at the airport, because I knew where it would hit me—I’d be in my own, my little area, and I’d know where to go. So that’s how I got to my friend’s girlfriend’s house.
She said, “What’s wrong with you?” I said, “I’m high as a Georgia pine.”
The next day—what I thought was the next day—she told me, “You better get up, you gotta go pitch!” I said, “Pitch? What are you talking about, I pitch tomorrow, hell, what’re you talkin’ about.” Because I had got up in the middle of the morning and took some more acid.
She grabbed the paper, brought me the sports page and showed me—boom! I said, “Oh, wow! What happened to yesterday?” She said, “I don’t know, but you better get to that airport.”
While the Baltimore Orioles are getting all sorts of love for their impressive extra-innings winning streak (14 wins in games that extended past 9 innings), culminating in last night’s 19-inning victory over the Mariners, the Pirates would like to avoid playing unscheduled double-headers.
July 26 - Pirates are 53-48. Lose in 19 innings to the Braves. Go 19-42 (.311 winning percentage) for the remainder of the season
August 19 - Pirates are 67-54. Win in 19 innings over the Cards. Go 7-19 (.269) through September 18.
Coincidence? Totally. But we love a good coincidence.
Sources: retrosheet.org and baseball-reference.com
(Image courtesy of The “Mc” Effect, a Pirates blog)
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: July 25, 1956
The Penguins have given up more goals (20) in three playoff games against the Flyers than the Pirates have scored runs (19) in their first ten regular season games.
The answer to the question is “not good.”
h/t to my friend Adam Knor
The only hit was off the bat of the Pirates’ starting pitcher James McDonald.
According to the unwritten rules of baseball Cain may now have McDonald killed. I could be wrong.
(On a serious note: How often has that happened? A one-hitter with the only hit by a pitcher. Someone find that out.)
UPDATE: He’s the first Giant since Hooks Wiltse in 1908 to be separated from a perfect game by just one hit to the opposing pitcher. The last major leaguer with such a game was the Padres’ Jimmy Jones, who gave up just a triple to Houston’s Bob Knepper on Sept. 21, 1986. Courtesy of Trent McCrotter, SABR
(h/t to Hunting Cows)
On March 20, the Altoona Curve, AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, unveiled the first-ever team hat that has a built in rally cap lining. Those two giant eyes belong to the team’s mascot - Al Tuna. Minor league baseball: where they know how to have fun.
The caps are $32 and are available here.
(via theclinkroom.com and h/t to my friend Adam Knor)