This Day in Baseball History
Today could be the day the Pittsburgh Pirates record their 82nd loss and clinch their historic 17th consecutive losing season, the longest in professional sports. Lets look at the date MLB history.
1905: Frank Smith no-hits the Tigers,15-0 in the biggest no-hit rout in major league history. The White Sox right hander will toss another no-hitter in 1908, beating the A’s, 1-0.
1912; Jeff Tesreau becomes the third rookie in major league history to throw a no-hitter. The 24-year old right-hander holds the Phillies hitless in the Giants 3-0 victory in the first game of twin bill at the Baker Bowl.
1968: Jerry Koosman sets a new franchise mark for victories getting his 17th win of the season when the Mets beat Pittsburgh, 4-1. The rookie southpaw breaks the team record established last year by Tom Seaver.
1995: Cal Ripken breaks Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game record playing in his 2,131st straight game. When the game becomes official in the middle of the fifth inning, the new ‘Iron Man’ takes a victory lap around Camden Yards during the 22-minute standing ovation from the sell-out crowd, including President Bill Clinton.
2001: Barry Bonds becomes the fifth major leaguer to hit 60 home runs in a season. The 37 year-old Giant left fielder, who is the oldest to join this elite group, reaches the historic plateau the quickest needing only 141 games to reach the milestone.
Just 8 years ago today Barry added an impressive stat to his resume and possibly today he will add another, a curse on the Pirates resulting in the longest consecutive losing season in pro sports. Some national outlets are carrying the story but none are mentioning the curse of Bonds. If 17 consecutive losing seasons does not convince you look at the teams run to clinch this dubious distinction. The Pirates have lost 9 straight games. The 9th lost came despite a stellar performance from “Super Genius” Ross Ohlendorf who struck out a career-high 11 in 8 innings. including a 7th inning where Ohlendorf struck out the Cardinals 3 batters in the minimum 9 pitches. Ross is only the 43rd pitcher in MLB history to do so. So the curse is strong. Enjoy history today.