On April 13, 1916 – – Babe Adams, the Pirates bellwether, pitches a one-hit 4 – 0 shutout against the Cardinals, the only safety coming when a ball squirts out of second baseman Joe Schultz’s glove. Adams will win only one more game this season, and the Pirates will release him in August. They will then re-sign him during the 1918 season
Ex-Giant backup 1B/OF Jim Marshall comes off the bench to deliver a particularly gratifying game-ending blow giving the Pirates an extra-inning, walk-off win over San Francisco. 2 for 14 in his previous pinch-hitting assignments for the Bucs, Marshall is sent up to face reliever Bobby Bolin in the bottom of the 11th with the bases filled, one out and the score tied, 6 – 6. Les Biederman of the Pittsburgh Press reports: “Marshall fouled the first pitch, swung and missed the second, but sent the third toss to deep left. Matty Alou, playing close to make a throw home in case of a short fly, took a few steps backward and then glumly watched the ball fall safely as the fans whooped it up.” Willie Mays’s tape-measure triple in the top of that frame is considerably longer than Marshall’s game-ending blow. Les Biederman again: “The wind changed suddenly in the 11th inning but at the right time for the Pirates. Mays hit a tremendous shot against the right-center wall for a 440-foot triple in the top of the 11th with two out but was stranded. At the time, the wind was blowing to left field. When Mays went to centerfield, he looked up and the wind had shifted to right field. If that happened when he was at bat, Mays’ drive would have cleared the wall.” Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente, collects a double and single and scores two, bringing his hitting streak to 18. Not content with that, he inaugurates another streak, gunning down Willie McCovey at home plate for the second consecutive game.
July 21, 1963
1978 – Local Houstonians replace striking umpires during a 7-5 victory over Pittsburgh. Murray Strey, a superintendent for Entex, rings up Dave Parker on strikes with the bases loaded in the ninth to kill the last Pirate chance. Parker later admits the last pitch could have been a strike. The union umps are back the next day.
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