Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix pitched a 12 inning Perfect Game against the Milwuakee Braves on May 26, 1959. The only problem was that Lew Burdette was equally as dominating, shutting down the Pirates for 12 innings as well. In the bottom of the 13th, with Haddix still on the mound and the Perfect Game still in tact, a Don Hoak fielding error ended perfection, and two batters later Joe Adcock ended the game with a walk off Home Run that was later changed to a double. Haddix ended up losing one of the greatest games ever pitched in major league history. To add insult to injury, Haddix has his Perfect Game taken off the books in 1991 when Major League Baseball changed the rules defining a no hitter to be a complete game of nine innings or more in which in which the game ended without allowing a hit. The band The Baseball Project, who you can follow on Twitter @BaseballProject immortalized the game with their song “Harvey Haddix”. Give it a listen.
Joe Bauserman was the Pittsburgh Pirates 4th round pick in the 2004. His best season came in 2005 when he went 6-2 with a 2.84ERA for the Williamsport Crosscutters. He decided to call it quits in 2006 after a 6-8 season with the Low-A Hickory Crawdads. Even though Bauserman’s baseball career was short lived, he did manage to appear on some mainstream baseball cards. These days you can find Bauserman on your television every Sunday as the fifth year starting quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes. In the story link below, Bauserman, now 25, talks about his unlikely journey from being a baseball bust to leading one of college football’s most storied programs. It’s a very good read.
Bauserman has a new sport — MorningJournal.com
This is really cool. A young nine year old with high functioning autism nails the Star Spangled Banner before a West Virginia Power game. The young man’s mother and the crowd at Appalachian Power Park home of Pittsburgh Pirates Low-A affiliate all show their appreciation at the end of his rendition.
From the time his career began as a prospect with the Baltimore Orioles to his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers in 1996 and continuing through the remainder of his six year major league career that included stops with the Cincinnati Reds and the Colorado Rockies, Kimera Bartee was always a student of the game. That attention to detail has served him well as the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates Short-A affiliate the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League. In the story Batree talks about being the rare manager who prefers to coach at first base rather than third, teaching the finer points of baserunning to his players, and having had the opportunity to learn from some of baseball’s best base runners during his playing days.
Life on the run — CentreDaily.com
Superstitions and rituals are commonplace in the world of baseball. Some are mild, some are extreme such as the pre-at-bat ritual of Brad Eldred. The former Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies first base/outfielder is now with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies after signing with the San Francisco Giants in the offseason. In the video, Eldred goes through a long ritual prior to a recent at-bat. It seems to be working as he hit his 20th Home Run for Fresno on Wednesday.
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is likely days away from beginning a minor league rehab assignment according to MASNSports.com. The 23 year old Strasburg is coming off Tommy John surgery. He is likely to begin his rehab with the Low-A Hagerstown Suns before progressing to High-A Potomac and moving up from there. The former first overall pick back in 2009 created a frenzy, selling out stadiums across the northeast, as he moved through the minors in 2010, going 7-2 with a 1.30ERA in 11 combined starts for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators and Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. Strasburg made his major league debut on June 9th against the Pittsburgh Pirates and struck out 14 batters. He went 5-3 with a 2.91ERA in 12 big league starts before he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow on August 21st, 2010 against the Philadelphia Phillies and had Tommy John surgery on September 3rd. If Strasburg’s rehab assignment runs smoothly it is likely he will be back in the Nationals rotation sometime in early September, a little over a year after the injury occurred.
Stephen Strasburg should start rehab assignment soon — MASNSports.com
The Baltimore Orioles have traded first baseman Derek Lee to the Pittsburgh Pirates in return for prospect Aaron Baker. Baker is currently batting .282 with 21 Doubles, 15 Home Runs, and 73 RBI for the High-A Bradenton Marauders. The 23 year old first baseman batted .253 with 34 Doubles, 18 Home Runs, and 79 RBI’s for the Low-A West Virginia Power. Baker was an 11th round pick of the Pirates in the 2009 draft out of Oklahoma.
Interesting read as Stephen Shank of the Canton Daily Ledger writes a story on former Minor League Baseball athletic trainer Jason Palmer. In the story Palmer talks about the seven years he spent on the road as a trainer with the in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, the toll that long bus rides and plane flights took on him and his family, and the joy of being called up to the big leagues.
Having one of your dreams come true Canton Daily Ledger
New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter and Washington Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez are among 11 men announced as part of the 2011 Florida State League Hall of Fame class. Joining Jeter & Rodriguez will be Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jose Rijo, and journeyman pitcher Gene Nelson among others including former World Series Champion reliever Darold Knowles. The induction is set to take place on November 2nd, 2011 in Daytona Beach Florida.
In depth story celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1961 South Atlantic League All Star Game that would produce an eventual 17 major league players including Hall of Famer Willie Stargell. The game was held in Asheville, North Carolina and featured the 1st place Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate the Asheville Tourists against the Sally League All Stars consisting of the best players off the remaining teams in the league. Players and fans who were at the game talk about the baseball greatness that was on the field and the huge crowd that watched them on that day in July 50 years ago. Great read for the minor league baseball history buff.
A classic all-star lineup played in Asheville 50 years ago — TownAndMountain.com