1870 – RHP Tom Colcolough was born in Charleston. He pitched for the Pirates from 1893-95 with a line of 10-8, 6.55 in 38 games, 23 as a starter. Tom spent the remainder of his career in the minors, with a brief 1899 stop with the NY Giants. When Colcolough’s baseball days were done, he returned to Charleston, where he became an alderman.
1886 – Ed “Cannonball” Morris whitewashed the New York Metropolitans 9-0 at Recreation Park. It was his 12th shutout, a record for lefties. Cannonball went 41-20 that year with a 2.45 ERA over 555-⅓ IP, striking out 327 batters.
1887 – Owen “Donie” Bush was born in Indianapolis. He was a hometown hero; until 1996, the Indy ballyard was called Bush Field before a new downtown park (Victory Field) opened. He managed the Bucs briefly, from 1927-29, taking them to a World Series in 1927 against the Yankees’ “Murderers’ Row” club (and the Pirates got murdered in four straight). But he’s probably best remembered for his feud with Hall-of-Fame OF Kiki Cuyler, whom he benched and then traded to the Cubs.
Donie Bush 1927 (photo Harwell Collection/Detroit Public Library)
1905 – Per Charlton’s Baseball Chronology: Just one point apart in the batting race on the final day of the season, Cincinnati Reds CF Cy Seymour and Pittsburgh Pirates SS Honus Wagner played against each other in a doubleheader. Seymour entered the day with a league leading .365 average and Wagner was in second, batting .364. Seymour had four hits in seven attempts to end up with the NL batting championship (.377) as Wagner went two for seven to end up hitting .363. A newspaper account of the day stated “…10,000 were more interested in the batting achievements of Wagner and Seymour than the games…cheer upon cheers greeted the mighty batsmen upon each appearance at the plate…” The Reds swept the Bucs at the Palace of the Fans by 3-1 and 4-1 scores.
1917 – Danny Murtaugh was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. He was a Bucco infielder from 1948-51, with a lifetime BA of .256 and a stolen base crown in 1941. The Irishman won a couple of World Series as the skipper in 1960 and 1971, managing the club from 1957–1964, 1967, 1970–1971, 1973–1976. He guided five playoff squads and had a record of 1115-950.
Danny Murtaugh 1960 (image Nat Youngblood/Pittsburgh Press Sunday Roto)