I figured this was a fairly big milestone, not only in this blog, but in my life as well.
I know there are a decent amount of people that read this blog. I have fun writing it and I hope all of you reading it are having fun too. I’ve gotten comments from fans across the country, my neighbors, family, friends, random acquaintainces who say they enjoy it. It makes me feel good, real good. Even though the Pirates really aren’t on the must see list for anyone these days I take great pride in sharing my thoughts and feelings about my favorite team to the world.
In honor of the accomplishment here are a list of some notable milestones in Pirates history.
Most Triples in a season:36
This feat was completed in 1912 by a guy by the name of Chief Wilson. Very sweet name and possibly what I will name my first born son. I’m sure my future wife will have something to argue about that. But anyway I know absolutely nothing about Wilson from my time studying Pirates lore. The 36 Triples are still a Pirates and major league record.
Most Homeruns in a season:54; Most Walks in a Season:137
Ralph Kiner is a name not always held that highly in Pittsburgh sports history. The guy was a big bopper back in the 40′s and 50′s. He was a feared hitter at the plate and was always a power threat. I always thought Willie Stargell would be the single season homerun record holder but Kiner owns that accomplishment when he belted 54 in 1949. For being such a strong hitter he was often avoided and pitched around. A unique statue of Kiner stands inside PNC Park near the left field bleachers. It is unique in that there is no bust of body of the Kiner scupure. It is a rendition of his hands gripping the bat.
Games Played: 2433
This record is held by two players, two players that signify what it means to be a Pittsburgh Pirate. Ralph Kiner and Roberto Clemente. The “Flying Dutchman” is said to be the greatest shortstop to ever play the position. He was a staple as an elite player back in the very early 1900′s. He and Ty Cobb were always in a battle for batting supremacy with Wagner getting the upperhand. Roberto Clemente needs to introduction. He was the first Latin born player to really make an impact in baseball. He was an awesome outfielder with lightning quick speed and a rocket for an arm. At the plate he could hit for power and get on base. He was a rare breed and really the first of many 5 tool players to come.
Hit By Pitch: 172
One of my first memories of Pirates baseball was going to games at Three Rivers Stadium. It was a large sphereical trash dump located just steps from PNC Park. However, I loved going to games there. I always remember looking up at the jumbotron high above the seating bowl and seeing a billboard advertisement for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Within the ad was a large picture of Jason Kendall. From then on I knew he was high profile and the face of 1990′s Pittsburgh baseball. He was always scrappy and played all out every game. In the backyard I tried to replicate his batting stance leaning over the plate and sticking elbows out. He always wore a pad on his arm for great reason-he would always get plunked.
Career Home Runs: 475; Career RBI:1540; Extra Base Hits in a Season; 90
The Pirates “Sultan of Swat” went by the nickname- Pops. Willie Stargell was the Captain of the teams in teh 1970′s. He was a fearless leader and captain of charisma. He was a presecence on the field and off and always felt the love Pittsburghers showed him. At the plate he always knew how to come through in the clutch and give the Bucs the W. It would have been great seeing him play on those legendary Pirate’s clubs of the 70′s. Plus I would have loved to see this. A must have collectible for all Pittsburgh fans. It seems that history does repeat itself. 1979-Steelers and Pirates=World Champs. 2009-Steelers and Penguins=World Champs/
In regards to my previous post about becoming a Mariners supporter, progress is being made.
At Gabriel Brothers, the off-price warehouse store for misfit clothing and other appearal I bought a Mariners jacket.
It was a great purchase for only 15 dollars. It is Stitches brand and looks like great quality. It fits perfectly too and I like the way I look in it. Believe me if they had a Pirates I would have bought it but there was just a Mariners, Cardinals and Tigers in this style. I figured fate must have landed down upon me. The day I bought the jacket the M’s beat the Yankees too. So to all Seattle fans out there, you’re welcome!