Posted: December 30, 2017 Filed under: 20th Century, This day in baseball | Tags: Babe Dahlgren, Babe Phelps, Baseball, history, Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, sports
The Phillies traded first baseman Babe Dahlgren to the Pirates on December 30, 1943 in exchange for catcher Babe Phelps and cash. Ellsworth Tenney “Babe” Dahlgren would be best remembered in baseball history as the man who replaced Lou Gehrig in the lineup on May 2, 1939, at the end of Gehrig’s fourteen-year, 2,130 consecutive game streak.
Posted: December 5, 2017 Filed under: 20th Century, This day in baseball | Tags: Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Cincinnati Reds, history, Kansas City Royals, Major League Baseball, New York Mets, Pete Rose, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, sports
Having been also pursued by the Mets, Braves, Pirates, and Royals, Pete Rose signed with the Phillies on December 5, 1978 for four years and $3.2 million. Rose’s new deal comes after having spent sixteen years with the Cincinnati Reds
Posted: November 22, 2017 Filed under: 20th Century, This day in baseball | Tags: Baseball, Brooklyn Dodgers, history, Major League Baseball, Montreal Royals, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Pittsburgh Pirates, Roberto Clemente
On November 22, 1954, the Pittsburgh Pirates purchased the contract of Roberto Clemente from the Montreal Royals, the Dodgers’ AAA farm club. The right fielder would play eighteen seasons for the Pirates and became the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame after his death in 1972.
Roberto Clemente (espn.com)
Posted: June 19, 2017 Filed under: 20th Century, Pop culture | Tags: Baseball, Bill Mazeroski, history, Major League Baseball, New York Yankees, Paul Blackburn, Pittsburgh Pirates, poetry, World Series
Paul Blackburn (Wikipedia)
This piece by Paul Blackburn provides an abridged look at Game 7 of the 1960 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Living in New York, he describes the experience of Yankees fans, and there is something almost mystical about the City That Never Sleeps quieting down for a baseball game. I imagine that silence must have continued for a few days after that blast by Bill Mazeroski, the only winner-take-all walk-off home run in World Series history.
sweet October afternoon
Men walk the sun-shot avenues,
Second, Third, eyes
ears communing with transistors in shirt pockets
Bars are full, quiet,
discussion during commercials
Pirates lead New York 4-1, top of the 6th, 2
Yankees on base, 1 man out
What a nice day for all this !
Handsome women, even
dreamy jailbait, walk
nearly neglected :
men’s eyes are blank
their thoughts are all in Pittsburgh
Last half of the 9th, the score tied 9-all,
Mazeroski leads off for the Pirates
The 2nd pitch he simply, sweetly
belts it clean over the left-field wall
Blocks of afternoon
acres of afternoon
Pennsylvania Turnpikes of afternoon . One
diamond stretches out in the sun
the 3rd base line
and what men come down
The final score, 10-9
Yanquis, come home
Posted: May 7, 2017 Filed under: 20th Century, This day in baseball | Tags: Baseball, Glenn Wright, history, Jim Bottomley, Jim Cooney, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rogers Hornsby, St. Louis Cardinals
On May 7, 1925, Pirates shortstop Glenn Wright recorded an unassisted triple play against the Cardinals when he caught a line drive off the bat of Jim Bottomley, then proceeded to step on second to catch Jim Cooney not tagging up and then tagged Rogers Hornsby coming down the baseline from first base. Wright also went 1-for-4 with two RBIs in the game, but his efforts would prove to not be enough, as the Pirates lost, 10-9.
Glenn Wright (Library of Congress)
Posted: April 23, 2017 Filed under: 20th Century, This day in baseball | Tags: Baseball, Forbes Field, history, Jay Cook, Major League Baseball, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates
The New York Mets won their first franchise game on April 23, 1962, their tenth game of the season. Jay Hook pitched a five-hit complete game as the Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-1, at Forbes Field. What’s more, they also broke the Pirates’ ten-game win streak with the victory.
New York Daily News Archives
Posted: August 22, 2016 Filed under: 20th Century, This day in baseball | Tags: Baseball, Brooklyn Dodgers, Carson Bigbee, history, Major League Baseball, Pittsburgh Pirates
On August 22, 1917, Pirates’ outfielder Carson Bigbee set a major league record with eleven at-bats in a single game as the Pirates and Dodgers squared off for twenty-two innings. It is a record that has since been tied by thirteen others, but never broken.
Carson Bigbee as a member of the Tacoma Tigers, 1916 (The Sporting News)