1902 – Sam Leever and the NL champ Pirates beat a team of AL all-stars in an exhibition at Exposition Park by a 4-3 score, with the AL pushing across three runs in the ninth to give the Bucs a scare. Ginger Beaumont led the Pirates with three hits. Cy Young took the loss, giving up eight hits and striking out seven. There was no post-season or World Series yet; the NL and AL were still merrily raiding one another’s rosters in a bid for baseball supremacy.
Sam Leever (photo Conlon Collection/Detroit Public Library)
1904 – OF Chuck Klein was born in Indianapolis. The HoF played one year (1939) in Pittsburgh, hitting .300 with 11 homers. He was signed after being released by the Phillies and fittingly returned to Philadelphia in 1940 to end his career, giving him 15 years in the City of Brotherly Love.
1907 – The Bucs split a twin bill with the Reds to finish with 91 wins, 17 games behind the front-running Cubs. But it was a championship season for Honus Wagner. Hans led the league with a .350 BA, .408 OBP, .513 slugging %, 38 doubles, 264 total bases and 61 stolen bases. He tied teammate Ed Abbaticchio for second in RBI with 82 and came in third in runs scored with 98.
1985 – Chuck Tanner was fired by the Pirates, but wasn’t out of work long. He was hired to manage the Braves three days later. Chuck’s teams had spent five years around .500 after the ‘79 championship and suffered a black eye during the Coke Trials. Jim Leyland would later be named as his replacement.
Chuck Tanner 1985 Topps
2001 – Pirate prospect Chad Hermanson showed a brief flash when his three run homer in the eighth inning off Carlos Zambrano scored the Wilson boys, Craig and Jack, and gave Pittsburgh a season-closing 4-3 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Joe Beimel got the win with a save from Mike Fetters.