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This week in Pittsburgh Sports History

A look back at events that you’ve either forgotten about or never heard of in the first place

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Aug. 31, 1929

Pitcher and off-season speakeasy owner Heine Meine throws a three-hitter while Pie Traynor gets five of the Pirates’ 21 hits to beat the Chicago Cubs 15-0.

Aug. 31, 1952

Former Pirates shortstop Arky Vaughan, two years into retirement, drowns when the fishing boat he and a friend are operating overturns on Lost Lake in Eagleville, Calif. 

Sept. 1, 1890

The Pittsburgh Innocents and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms play major-league baseball’s first tripleheader — one of only three in MLB history. The Pirates, as the Innocents would later become known, played in the final one, against Cincinnati, on Oct. 2, 1920.

Sept. 1, 1965

The Pirates sweep a doubleheader against the Dodgers, beating both Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.

Sept. 1, 1971

The Pirates become the first major-league team ever to start a lineup comprised only of minority players: Rennie Stennett (2B), George Clines (CF), Roberto Clemente (RF), Willie Stargell (LF), Manny Sanguillen (C), Dave Cash (3B), Al Oliver (1B), Jackie Hernandez (SS) and Dock Ellis (P).

Sept. 4, 1998

In the year of the epic Mark McGuire/Sammy Sosa home-run derby, Sosa hits his 57th home run, moving past Ellwood City’s own Hack Wilson on the all-time home-run list.

Sept. 5, 1969

Pirates pitcher Steve Blass not only pitches Pittsburgh past Chicago in a 9-2 win, he hits his first and only home run, plus three other base hits for good measure.

Sept. 5, 2014

Steelers linebacker James Harrison retires from the NFL with an announcement at the Steelers’ South Side practice facility. If you want to see how that retirement went, turn to page 20 of this issue.


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