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The Battlin' Bucs: The First Century of the Pirates

The Battlin' Bucs: The First Century of the Pirates
yeah every time it would win a game or get a base hit that won a game you know that was a thrill of a lifetime and all I had a lot of wonderful true that I was never a great ballplayer but I love the game and I think my greatest throw was putting apart uniform on him boy coming up and at a young age and getting to know these fellows personally was the only I probably think the whole sixty team because they're the group of guys that didn't have the greatest town in the world didn't have the most town in baseball at the time but we ended up a winner because I think we did we did the little things well we did all the 1971 we're coming back from Baltimore after winning the World Series and they position us in these convertibles we're going to parade across the bridge coming into Pittsburgh I had never seen so many people in my entire life and as we start the parade going across the bridge just we have a lot of things that I can remember but I trained in Hot Springs Arkansas and in 1978 and nine we went to Hot Springs and now they my fondest memory involved people the players and the people in Pittsburgh my wife and I spent 22 years in Pittsburgh and the people were just great and the players that I was associated with in Pittsburgh were equally great the

battlin

bucks the

first

hundred years of the Pittsburgh

Pirates

my most vivid pirate memory has to be Bill Mazeroski's home runs sailing over this wall to beat the Yankees in the 1960 World Series hello...
the battlin bucs the first century of the pirates
I'm Reed quartic and these ivy-covered bricks are just about all that's left to Forbes Field they stand now is a symbol of tradition because over the course of a

century

the Pittsburgh

Pirates

have built one of the most colorful and compelling traditions in all of sport this is the story of their

first

100 years the history of the battle and bucks in 1887 Grover Cleveland was president of the United States Pittsburgh was a bustling city of some 200 thousand people and a local baseball team called the Alleghenies officially joined the National League the Alleghenies had formed in 1876 but their nickname didn't change until 1890 the Pittsburgh team in that league was known to sign players from another league and they were known as pirating these players so as a Pittsburgh team got known as the

Pirates

and it sort of stuck in 1891 the

Pirates

began playing in exposition Park near the site now occupied by Three Rivers Stadium but the

Pirates

had little success until a German immigrant named Barney Dreyfuss purchased the ballclub and merged it with his Louisville team somehow got interested in going to ball games he bought an interest in Louisville club and from and on that was this his whole life's work because that was what he loved and he brought in Louisville crap into Pittsburgh the 1st of January 1900 under new player manager Fred Clark the

Pirates

were National League champions in 1901 two and three and then Dreyfuss made history in nineteen three Boston won...
the battlin bucs the first century of the pirates
in the American League and pittsburgh won in the National League and my father called mr. Kilauea who was president of the Boston Club and asked if he didn't think it would be a good idea if they played a series and that was the beginning of the World Series a one page contract spelled out the guidelines for the

first

and only nine game World Series the

Pirates

went up three games to one but Boston came storming back to take the next four games and capture the championship behind a pitching staff led by the immortal sai-yuk despite the laws Fred Clark maintained a standard of excellence he managed the

Pirates

for 16 years and won more than 1400 games and was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame of course it helps to have a player like honest wagon born in Carnegie Pennsylvania Wagner is considered the greatest shortstop of all time he led the league in hitting eight times finished with a career batting average of 329 and was an original member of the Hall of Fame he was one of the greatest there's no question he is one of the greatest I fell you had one trick that nobody else is has ever done he could time a runner running to

first

base so that he beats him by that much he had a greatest timer that I ever saw my father of course pointed him out to me and I saw make a barehanded stop and throw one time and that really impressed of course he had tremendous hands he wouldn't have believed his hands with the flying dutchman leading the way the

battlin

g bucks won...
the battlin bucs the first century of the pirates
a team record 110 games in 1909 and went to the World Series for the second time their opponents where the Detroit Tigers setting up a confrontation between the two greatest players of that era Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb the 1909 world series began at brand-new Forbes Field which had opened its gates on June 30 of the bat year built in less than four months in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh Ford's field was a marvel of its time the

first

ballpark ever constructed entirely of concrete and steel the teams traded winds through the

first

six games of the series with Wagner batting 333 to Cobbs 231 game 7 was played in Detroit and the Bucks ran away with it both of Pittsburgh's home runs in the series were hit by player-manager clock but the real hero was a rookie pitcher named Babe Adams who won three games including the seventh as the

Bucs

captured their

first

World Championship even with stars such as Wilbur Cooper the team's all-time leader in wins with 202 it would be 16 years before the

Pirates

returned to the series meanwhile the United States would enter a world war in which thousands of Pittsburghers would serve while back at home both coal miners and steel workers would engage in unsuccessful strike efforts the world was changing fast and radio was at the forefront Pittsburgh's KDKA was the country's

first

station and in 1921 a Pittsburgh Philadelphia game called on KDKA by Harold Ireland was the

first

baseball broadcast one year later Phil McKechnie...
was named manager of a promising pirate team with a young third baseman named Harold Joseph Trainor more commonly known as pie the veteran leader of the team was max Carey a rugged outfielder and future hall-of-famer in 16 seasons with the

Pirates

Harry led the league in stolen bases ten times with future hall-of-famer chi-chi Tyler also emerging as a star in the early twenties the

Pirates

were once again one of baseball's best teams and in 1925 Pittsburgh won the National League pennant the twenty five World Series opened at Forbes Field against the defending world champion Washington Senators despite max Kerry's phenomenal 4:58 batting average in the series the Bucks fell behind three games to one but they battled back to win the next two and then faced Walter Johnson in the seventh game at Forbes Field got behind four to nothing before we recovered and Walter Johnson's pitching against us of course Walter Johnson was the greatest in the American League for many years the big moment in the game was when we were tied in the eighth inning and Cuyler our right fielder was at bat with the bases full two out and he kept falling off pitches I'll never forget the anguish we went through when he fouled off all those pitches eventually he hit a ball down the right-field line which was fair and it bounded over and back of the canvas and everybody scored well of course was a ground rule they eventually put two men back on base I had made it 9 to 7 Pittsburgh that's...
where it finished Tyler's clutch hit made the

Pirates

world champions for the second time my trainer also had a standout Series batting 346 but then trainers stood out for 17 years as a pirate player his career 320 average was just one reason why he made the Hall of Fame because pi was also one of the best third basement of all time the one saying it covered trainers fielding was one of the writers coined this so-and-so double done the third base line and trainer threw him out high trainer he he would have played four lessons he loved baseball so well I remember we had several double headers in a row and I I was in a dressing room and came out with pie and he says you know what we just got one game today he said I'll get fat playing one game trainer led the

Pirates

back into the World Series in 1927 but standing in the way were Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees Ruth and Lou Gehrig were their cheap assassins in a lineup called murderers row considered the best team ever room blasted the only two home runs of the 27 Series and the Yankees swept the

Pirates

in four straight games and so at the end of their

first

40 years the

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Bucks had been to four World Series and one to producing some of the finest players the game has ever known the roaring 20s were in full swing with flappers and dance Marathon's but in 1929 the stock market crash brought tough times unemployment hit Pittsburgh hard and the death of owner Barney Dreyfuss in 1932 was a big blow for the...

Pirates

son-in-law William benswanger took over as president of the team and in 1934 he appointed by Trainor as manager the Bucks were a contending team through most of the 30s thanks largely to the Wayner brothers Paul spent 15 seasons with the

Pirates

compiling a batting average of 340 and leading the league in hitting three times it was Paul who suggested the

Bucs

take a look at younger brother Lloyd a 319 hitter over 14 seasons in Pittsburgh we got a Paul

first

and he was an excellent player and then he said oh is it my brother I have a brother that was it who's a much better player than I am so my husband went out to scout the brother and decided maybe Paul was right so they signed up boy then the two were really quite a team little poison and big boys and Floyd was faster and he was faster and was a real good centerfielder one of the best and that Paul he was a good outfielder but he didn't have the speed Lloyd did if he'd had roid speed he - probably at 400 every year big poison and little poison they played side-by-side in the outfield and at the plate they terrorized national league pitchers as no other brothers ever had in fact to this day the winners remain the only brothers enshrined in baseball's Hall of Fame they were poison to the pitchers Dizzy Dean hated them he hated to see them come up l Waner P winter Vaughn and trainer those are the that was our little murderers row L waiter P waiter Vaughn and trainers right in the middle was our key...
Vaughn who is in the middle of many a pirate rally throughout the 1930s in his 10 seasons with the Bucks our key compiled a batting average of 324 and just like the other three Vaughn is in the Hall of Fame he also shined in the field as one of the finest shortstops of his time he did everything is great field great throw accurate that fast and he hadn't Lana runs what more can you say once he caught that ball he'd throw you up but he was a great ball fair very humble and and but one of the great hitters and a key member of one of the most imposing offensive lineups in the major leagues in 1936 Franklin Roosevelt was elected to his second term as president and Pittsburgh suffered the worst flood in its history cresting at more than 46 feet meanwhile pirate

first

baseman Gus sewer was compiling in consecutive games played streak of 822 a league record at the time sewer and his teammates witness history in May of 1935 when Babe Ruth came to town as a Boston brave and in one game hit the last three homers of his career the

Bucs

won the game but babes final homer was the

first

ever to clear the Forbes field roof in the late 30s ominous events abroad overshadowed baseball and with world war of Han the steel mills of Pittsburgh fired up in full force st. Louis Hall of Fame player Frankie Frisch was named manager of the

Bucs

in 1940 but had only moderate success through the war years and the end of World War two saw the beginning of a new era for the nation the city and the...

Pirates

as well in 1946 Pittsburgh was thriving but after 46 years the Dreyfus family decided to sell the

Pirates

people who came in made it very important because Frank McKinney was a very well-known person in Indianapolis of course Bing Crosby was Bing Crosby John Galbraith was John Galbraith and Tom Johnson of course local all well-known people and it was a big lift here when that came to pass because we were sort of in the doldrums in 46 the new owners signed former Detroit star Hank Greenberg in 47 to help revitalize the team and in 48 longtime pirate broadcaster rosy rose well was joined in the booth by a flamboyant 31 year old named Bob Prince who had become a star in his own right also in 48 rookie skipper bill Meyer led the Bucks 283 wins and was named manager of the year but the coming seasons were fraught with failure and frustration except for Ralph Kiner one of the greatest homerun hitters of all time he blasted 301 in seven and a half seasons as a pirate and was a gate attraction all to himself the people used to wait till kinder came to bat his last time see we didn't have good teams at that time not top teams and then after Kiner batted the last time you would see an exodus people would get up and leave they all he wanted to see was him I did have that reputation and of course there was one reason for that the

Pirates

were not a good ball club and I was hitting a lot of home runs and I was leading the league in home runs and people would come out to watch...
that and I take great pride in the fact that I put a lot of people in the ballpark and I think that's really a great measure twice he belted more than 50 homers in a season the only player in baseball history to lead his league in home runs seven consecutive years Ralph Kiner is enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1952 Branch Rickey was hired as general manager he built great teams in st. Louis in Brooklyn but the task ahead of him in Pittsburgh was enormous the challenge is when he came over to Pittsburgh work great the biggest disappointment I know that he had when he came over he thought that it would be a fairly quick turnaround of the Pittsburgh franchise but when he got over here he found the minor leagues were almost completely void of talent and it took longer Rickey helped lay the groundwork for future success but for eight straight seasons from 1950 through 1957 the

Pirates

won no more than 66 games and finished no higher than seventh place an eight-team League according to our statistics we should have finished ninth so that's how bad we were we'd find a different way to lose every night I mean it was exciting a fly ball would go up we didn't know who was gonna catch it if somebody was gonna catch it but the Pittsburgh Club in 52 even though we lost a lot of games they always thought they could win and all the fans wanted in those years like all good fans show us that you're trying and hustling and they stuck with us the

Bucs

kept

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g and...
their fans loyalty was soon to be well rewarded changes began to occur that would catapult the team back to the top and the

first

came in 1956 when Rickey retired when mr. Rickey stepped aside that we said okay who do we work with and and here's this young man who was working in New Orleans as the head of our farm club down there and we said Joe Brown is only committed but a very bright and able guy and let's give him a shot at it and so we brought Joe up and the record shows you've built one of the finest organizations and all the baseball good things began happening at the ballpark in late May of 1956 pirate

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baseman Dale long set a major league record by blasting home runs in eight consecutive games Danny Murtaugh was appointed manager late in the 57th season and almost instantaneously the Bucks became winners they gone a dreadful 36 and 67 before Murtagh took over that season but went 26 and 25 the rest of the way under Danny the scrappy former second baseman for the team lit a fire under these bucks and in 1958 they were the surprise of baseball winning 84 games to finish in second place at the end of the 58 season Joe Brown was honored as Major League Baseball's executive of the year the thing that I like best of all was it we had pretty much captured Pittsburgh the people now knew that we had a good club that we had talent and that we were competitive before the 59 season began Brown made a trade with Cincinnati that would prove to be crucial oh...
unquestionably the best trade was the one which gave us Harvey Haddix Don Hoak and Burgess paddocks gave us the starting left-hander we needed hope gave us a good hitter and a fine defensive third baseman smokey Burgess gave us a left-hand hitting catcher which we needed the Bucks fell back up did in 59 and finished four but on the night of May 26th in Milwaukee perhaps the greatest 1 game pitching performance in baseball history was achieved by pirate newcomer Harvey Haddix who did not allow a single Braves batter to get on base through 12 innings but the one thing that I didn't realize and I didn't know it until afterwards that I hadn't walked somebody somewhere along line I was out there just trying to win a ballgame I didn't care about the base hit or not just trying to win the

Pirates

had 12 hits but could not score a run so headaches carried his perfect game into the bottom of the 13th inning to the pitch there's a fly ball deep right center that's all maybe on threw it over everything it is Oh a fantastic joe adcock spoiled the unparalleled performance no other picture has ever tossed 12 perfect innings of baseball but headaches handled the disappointment with typical class and dignity he sat at his locker and here's all the press around him and Harvey looked around and he said gentlemen give me a moment or two will you and he said to the clubhouse boy bring me a beer he sat there with his back to them popped his beer and took a couple of...
swigs of it goodness knows what went through his mind but he turned around with a smile on his face and he said now gentlemen what can I do for you I'll never forget that as long as I live pirate fans were treated to still more unforgettable fishing that season as reliever Elroy face went eighteen and one out of the bullpen face made the forkball famous and for 14 years he was the

bucs

stopper well as far as I'm concerned there hasn't been anybody that that has been as effective as Roy as in a relief role bases-loaded nobody out more than once the bases were still loaded in three outs in the summer of 1960 Pittsburgh was swept away by pennant fever and a three word slogan caught the spirit of the entire city all the way all the way this team the 60 season was was the greatest thrill for me because very early on our team established a pattern we were never out of any game I think we won over 45 games after the seventh inning that year it was a team of destiny that's exactly what they did winning 95 games to capture their

first

pennant in 33 years spearheading the charge was a pitching staff that featured names like friends and Haddix and Mizell but the main man with a twenty and nine record in 1960 was burne law who won the siyoung award that year where law was our stopper I mean we could lose in fact in 1960 I think we never did lose four straight he pissed every fourth day and if we had a losing streak gone he stopped it then he wouldn't let us get into...
any ruts the tandem of Danny Murtaugh and Joe Brown had put together a proud and cohesive unit all 25

pirates

carried the load of leadership but none any more so than dick grote a native of Wilkinsburg who anchored the infield at shortstop wrote spent nine seasons in a pirate uniform and 1960 was the finest of his career he led the league in hitting with a 325 average and it's season's end was voted League MVP on September 25th in Milwaukee the

Pirates

clinched the pennant it was all over they doesn't report down there for all the fires will the

Pirates

have won over the

Pirates

have won the national ink they I wish I had words to express how I do feel I mean it's something you just can't put in the words we've been waiting so doggone long for this that I think that everyone is just tickled pink well nobody you feel as the pitching is the big thing Danny in any ball club and this one well I think we're rather blessed Oh God well Danny that's the sort of a sample of what's going to happen if you win the World Series I myself oh my I'm for one hundred percent the memorable thing to me was when we came back to Pittsburgh downtown Pittsburgh was jammed Chamber of Commerce provided the convertible cars and the people just were ecstatic was like VJ day and VE Day and New Year's Eve and everything else combined it was a moving experience it what I think was typical of the kind of support that Pittsburgh gives you when you're good the...
eyes of the nation focused on the World Series opener at Forbes Field as the Bucks were set to battle the mighty New York Yankees in Game one Roy face came on for the save after seven strong innings by Byrne law who got credit for the 64 win but the Yankees hitters exploded to crush the Bucks in the next two games winning 16 to 3 at Forbes Field and then 10 to nothing at Yankee Stadium hitting New York at two games to one lead in the series the

Pirates

were counting on Bern law to come back and stem the tide in Game four we got to stop this right now you know I mean it's we can't have you know we just can't give them the edge right now we've got to shut it off and and fortunately we were able to do that I got a double play ball at

first

end and able to get out of the end and without him scoring and then I felt like we were back in control at that point once again it was Elroy to the rescue law departed after six and a third innings with the

Pirates

ahead three to two immense the way it stayed thanks to face were registered his second save of the series with some fine defensive support from center fielder Bill Virdon with a series now tied at two games apiece face was fast becoming a national celebrity well now the Yankees have been feeling very nervous because you've been throwing at them a forkball I'd like you to illustrate what a forkball is so the country can understand when they really let I hold it between my

first

two fingers of it like that mhm...
without any seams and I saw it straight over hand like the fastball and the ball usually sink I think that's unfair to our organized Yankees I really do it's often nice to have you here read the series remained in New York for Game five the

Pirates

drove home five runs while starting pitcher harvey Haddix allowed only two over six and a third innings before giving way to face who shot down the Yankees for his third save and the Bucks headed home needing one more win but in Game six New York prompt again 12 to nothing setting up perhaps the most compelling game in Series history the Bucks took a four to nothing lead but the Yankees came back to go up by three heading into the last of the eight gino cimoli was on

first

when the big break came bill burdens bad hop grounder hit Tony Kubek in the throat and instead of a double play the

Pirates

had new life they pushed across a pair of runs and had two men on base with two out when reserve catcher Hal Smith stepped up to the plate through the Smith an outdoor insane asylum what a big balls great Bobo and I got the second base it dawned on me what had happened and then I started getting pretty thrilled it was really great coming around third and going into home dick grote in Roberto Clemente were on base and they were there waiting for me and greeted me I don't know how anything could be any more exciting to any athlete than that because that's the top so when we scored his five runs in the eighth inning I think we...
thought we hadn't won and was just went kind of crazy and feel like we just go through the motions get him on when we got this thing won but it didn't happen that way New York tied it with two of the ninth and Mazeroski led off for the

Bucs

all I can think to myself is just get a good ball hit a line drive somewhere get on base get something started so that's what's on my mind and no visions of hitting a home run natural not even trying there to home run it Ralph Terry delivered I just lost composure and and started jumping around like crazy and throwing my head around and I don't know I just went a little crazy and I never did show my emotions on the ball field before and but I had to that time who could blame him Bill Mazeroski had hit what is arguably the most dramatic home run in baseball history you just can't appreciate when you've got 40 50 thousand people watching you playing you never been in baseball before and then to win the World Series against the Yankees of all people you'd have to say that's the greatest moment you've probably ever had the

battlin

Bucks had overcome the odds to win the World Championship after a weight of 35 years and Pittsburgh went absolutely wild I John Fitzgerald Kennedy do solemnly swear that you will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States in the early 1960s more than 600,000 people lived in...
Pittsburgh and downtown was rapidly building up but the Bucks were breaking down as many of their stars became aging veterans after the 64 season Danny Murtaugh stepped down because of ill health and Joe Brown was forced to rebuild I'd say what Joe's greatest claim is that he built the team when it went down in the mid 60's he brought it back up and he's responsible for that team of the 70s but throughout the 60s pirate fans could count on a few constants like second baseman Bill Mazeroski turning the double play at second base you won't find anyone quicker or finer the ball look like it made a u-turn it didn't stop you know I just kept on going and that's you know just one of the finest players that ever played second base he was a outstanding player and I really believe he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame Roberto Clemente also starred throughout the 60s and was named league MVP in 66 Clemente was the

first

of several Latin players recruited the

Pirates

with an infusion of new talent in the late 60s the Bucks were ready to battle their way back to the top especially with Willie Stargell having already established himself as one of the game's great power hitters from 1964 through 1979 Stargell slammed at least 20 homers in all but one season and his 475 career home runs are tied for 15th place all time in 1970 Danny Murtaugh returned his manager and guided the Bucks to the top of the East but the team would raise its division flag at a brand...
new ball park called Three Rivers Stadium which became the pirate's home on July 16 orbs field had been home for 61 years but had deteriorated so bad that it was time to move on and on June 28th the Bucks said farewell to Forbes with a doubleheader sweep of Chicago Rahm ball-bouncing up the middle taken by Mazzy DEFCON second for the final put out in the history of Forbes Field so it was goodbye to the past and hello to the future and the pirate future was bright indeed playing in their new home in late September of 70 the

Bucs

swept a three-game series from the New York Mets to clinch the Eastern Division title the 1970 playoffs ended in Cincinnati where the Reds completed a three-game sweep of the

Pirates

but at season's end Murtaugh received manager of the Year honors in a classic presentation by Casey Stengel but here I want you to take that gift of lesson I might be pulling up here would you run me out of baseball and I want to tell you something you are slicker great a cure in 1971 the

Pirates

would not be denied as they sailed off with their second straight Eastern Division crown sparking the charge was Willie Stargell who posted single-season career highs in home runs with 48 and RBIs with 125 while batting 295 Stargell power was the perfect complement to a 3:41 average hosted by Clemente as the

Bucs

won 97 games as the season wore on we just we're pounding people I mean guys are fighting for the ball to see who would start that tied down give me the rat I...
want the white rat and it was a great club to play for because we did it it started looking like hate we we are good you know we've got a good ballclub here and then it just becomes fun and to pitch in front of that bulk I just happy that I signed with the

Pirates

because I wouldn't want to be in the national league with another ballclub against that kind of hitting the playoffs began in San Francisco and

first

baseman Bob Robertson lit up candlestick Robertson on a slasher down the right-field lines in unleash short get your goodbyes it bounced off his glove and when Honorable licking it is going going gone number three in this ballgame by Bob Robinson what the day he's ever really face Dave Justi was on the mound of Three Rivers as the

Pirates

blew past the Giants three games to one and headed back to the World Series after an 11-year hiatus the series opened in Baltimore and the Orioles were heavily favored to win their second straight World Championship Earl Weaver's team had it all overwhelming pitching and overpowering hitting both were on display in the

first

two games the O's took the opener five to three wrapping out ten hits to Pittsburgh smears three and Baltimore ran away with the second game 11 to 3 out hitting the

Pirates

14 to 8 they got us to nothing real quick and it was amazing too because the vendors there in Baltimore start selling the pirate pattern airy at Half Price they just knew that the virus wasn't coming back and boy I'm...
telling you they it really rolled us out after the second game well very calmly just told the media you have not seen a real Pittsburgh pirate team but I'm sure you will see them before the series is over and we'll be back the scene shifted to Pittsburgh for Game three where steve blass grounded the O's with a masterful three to one victory I didn't sleep too well the night before that to that third game but went out and just just had a whale the ball game pitched a three-hitter there's a drive right down to cash on a short hop that goes way the plan Game four in Pittsburgh made series history this is the Golden Triangle of Pittsburgh and there's a light on tonight the fourth time in the history of the city of Pittsburgh is all the office buildings have their lights on to celebrate the

first

night game in the history of the World Series here on the banks of the Monongahela the Allegheny as they join to form the Ohio River and you're moving now into one of the most beautiful new parks in baseball free river stadium but above all the 71 series was a showcase for Roberto Clemente who hit safely in every game batted 414 and was named MVP I mean even a blind person could clearly see what 10 or was shining out there and it was Roberto two doubles of triple two home runs four RBIs committee put on one of the most outstanding performances in World Series history and not just at the plate but in the field as well long chase for Clemente gallops over Gravett...
world here Redman coming to throw the

first

World Series night game was an opportunity for Clemente to display his talents to a larger audience and he went 3 for 4 while 21 year old rookie Bruce Kison allowed just one hit over six and a third innings of relief as the

Bucs

tied the series at two games apiece Nelly Briles got the nod to start Game five and came through with a sensational two hit shutout that gave the Bucks a three-game sweep of Three Rivers trial from a one-piece desk Rhodes here's the grounds Pickler well inside the bag of third makan frozen second back to Baltimore for Game six which the O's won 3-2 to in 10 innings to set the stage for a final confrontation and once again Steve Blass took the mound for the

Pirates

I went out to pitch in the bottom of the

first

inning and I was all over the place because I wasn't locked in at all it's just it was just everything was registering everything was occurring and you can't really be too effective but that's when Earl Weaver tried his psychological ploy and come out and said rule 801 801 rule 801 says he's got to take us he's got to pitch from him on the rubber and and I think I got so upset with him trying that nickel-and-dime stuff that it gave me a sense to settle down and forget about all the circumstances around and after that really did get back into it and got back in the groove and went from there and really pushed effectively after that blast went the distance allowing just...
four hits as the

Pirates

took a two to one for the fourth World Championship in their history and of course Clemente had a hand in the victory that is hit well yeah you look at komedi in the 71 World Series Clemente played baseball like that for 15 years Roberto was a baseball artist who excelled in every phase of the game a 317 lifetime hitter and a four-time batting champ Clemente was often misunderstood but not by those who knew it I just cherished those 10 years that I have antennas to rub shoulders with me he taught me so much about the game and a lot of my teaching is a result of his teaching when he became more established in his own mind as a top performer then he looked around and knew that he could help others he helped the young players in particular but more than anything else he helped the young Latins his his feelings and commitments were way beyond the paycheck a favor to the

Pirates

to the fans of Pittsburgh and to our family and to the organization Clemente played right field like an instrument winning 12 straight gold-gloves and his throwing arm was legendary over 18 seasons he played in more games batted more times and got more hits than any other pirate ever and his final base hit made history just three months after reaching 3,000 career hits Clemente's life tragically ended Leonetti a perennial star with the Pittsburgh

Pirates

died when the plane lauded work relief supplies for earthquake survivors in Managua Nicaragua plunged into the ocean seconds...
after takeoff Clemente was in charge of the earthquake relief Drive in Puerto Rico after his death on New Year's Eve 1972 Clemente received special induction into the Hall of faith Roberto was gone but the

Bucs

kept winning in all they captured five division crowns in the

first

six years of the seventies propelled by an awesome offense that came to be known throughout baseball as the Lumber Company in a very key situation slow pause to the belt the pitch and there's a ball hit you can't kiss it goodbye working champion swag certainly did a tremendous job Stargell gets good wood on this when chasing Santo back to the fence Ronnie looks a home run for Stargell you hear me say he giveth anything but with success came sadness when Danny Murtaugh died in 76 I think Murtagh probably is one of the greatest managers in baseball a lot of people don't know it but Murtaugh he could get the most out of his talent I mean that's that's what what a manager should do he was smarter like a fox he really was Danny the only thing I didn't like about Danny he had spit tobacco on my shoes that's the only thing I didn't like if you think of Danny Murtaugh and don't smile then you don't know him at all also in 76 Joe Brown retired as general manager closing out a glorious chapter in pirate history in 1977 Pittsburgh was in the midst of exciting change and so were the

Pirates

through an unusual trade with the Oakland A's the team acquired manager Chuck...
Tanner a Newcastle native with baseball savvy and boundless enthusiasm pitcher john candeleria was just one part of a solid nucleus of players that Tanner inherited another was 1978 MVP Dave Parker and in 79 the

Pirates

won 98 games to reclaim the division crown the

battlin

bucks at 79 were inspired by the gold cap Stars of Willie Stargell and the raucous rhythms of Sister Sledge yeah think about it look back you know that the star was a big help although the star never got a hit but all the players wanted them and Willie would pass them out and then also that we are family was another big thing that kind of kept the team together through adversities no adversities in the playoffs as Pittsburgh swept the Reds three straight once again it was Earl Weaver's Orioles providing opposition as the 79 series began in Baltimore for the four-game go win to win tonight is f9 Fall Classic but the

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lost Game one 5 to 4 in game 2 the score was tied in the ninth with catcher Edie odd on second base Tanner called on many sangeun to pinch-hit and sang he came through in the clutch to deliver the go-ahead run the O's were finished because Kent to Colby was just getting started in the tradition of Elroy face and Dave Justin Taccone was a

first

class bullpen stopper he collected three saves against the O's including this one which tied the series at a game apiece the scene shifted to Pittsburgh where they always won the next two games to take what appeared to be an insurmountable...
lead but the pirate family pulled together after tragedy struck the Tanner family we're damn three to one and my mother was very sick and she died and I kept managing and I told the players that we needed some extra help so she was going upstairs and give us that little extra push had to be tan him down but you would never know it and he made one statement that his mother would have wanted him to be there and won't the powers to come back and win and then that sent a chill through all of us starting pitcher Jim Rooker responded with five innings of three hit ball while the offense pounded out 13 hits and pulled away to a seven to one victory the series would indeed returned to Baltimore the O's were brought down in Game six after Dave Parker pounded one of his ten series hits its birth trying to build up a threat here in the top of the seventh inning in a scoreless ballgame and Parker hits it charters for the

first

run of the ball the Bucks got three more and John Candelaria combined with two Colby the people term or off the board our pitching really did it for us our pitching was just fantastic and then started with the big home run in the seventh game with Robinson on and and then the celebration started then we were the city of Champions McGregor changeup that you've seen so much up tonight singleton to the wall all in this phone is gone Willie ScarJo seven times he had come the bucks added two more runs in the night and with two outs to Kobe put the...
finishing touch on a classic come-from-behind World Championship Kelly hits it in the air to center field merino cornfield right-center makes the catch Pittsburgh wins it and so this team whether it's capacity throughout the entire regular season proved itself the Pittsburgh

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of 1979 were an unusual breed of individuals that would just scrap and scrape and never gave up and it proved in the finals when everybody thought that Baltimore was the better team and maybe they weren't a better team I don't know but I know we got the ring thanks mostly to the man called pops MVP of the series and playoffs and Co MVP of the regular season star Joe brought the Bucks home to our royal welcome and returned the tribute in kind we feel that you people are just as responsible for our winning as we are Pittsburgh is a big family stargell help keep the Bucks aloft for three more seasons but at the end of 1982 one of the classiest men at baseball bid farewell after 20 years he had touched the entire city and it was cleared the Pittsburgh had touched him there's no greater joy and I may sound like a broken record I come in last night early this morning then through the tunnels in this city open up with it arms and I felt at home I can't even begin to tell you what this hour has meant what we need in this game of baseball in Pittsburgh was fortunate to have the honor to have a Willie Stargell representing Pittsburgh through the years that he was with them and...
there's no finer person on the field off the field and Willie Stargell and nobody that ever played the game could hit the ball as hard or as far nobody you young stars began to emerge but turmoil both on and off the field sent the

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into a tailspin in a 1985 all of Pittsburgh was saddened by the death of Bob Prince voice of the

Bucs

for almost 30 years the gunner's unique style earned him a place in the Hall of Fame man's driving deep breath feel that it stays there get going get going and kiss it goodbye got up and the

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are the night mr. division champions and you may have some i broadcast Major League Baseball for 30 years with a lot of different people but I wouldn't trade the 12 years with Bob Prince and the Pittsburgh

Pirates

for all the rest of them put together then still more distressing news.the Galbreath decided to sell the franchise and it seemed the city would lose it but Pittsburgh United to save the

battlin

bucks we had to do something ourselves to keep the team here and that's when I decided that the city itself had to get involved with the purchase of the team by putting some sort of a formulator together being a public-private partnership time and time again that community has come forward in when the when this what our western Pennsylvania Pittsburgh generally has as needed and has done the things necessary to to make a major contributions to our to our lifestyle which ends up being a number one most livable city Pittsburgh...
has a noble tradition of public and private sectors coming together in time of need they did it again to save the

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and with good reason because for a hundred years this team has been a unifying force in a city of vast diversity and a major league city deserves a major league team 1987 marks the harness anniversary of Major League Baseball in Pittsburgh the Pittsburgh

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have provided the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas with many championship teams and many many superstars the 1987 Pittsburgh

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on the manager Jim Leyland is committed to a new beginning for the next hundred years of successful baseball for the Pittsburgh area just as our grandparents passed on the pirate tradition to our parents and they to us so too should our children and their children have that privilege so a hundred years from now somebody else will be standing here next to old Hannes telling about the stars of 1993 in 2021 and 2068 if the past hundred years are any indication there sure is a lot to look forward to in the

century

to come