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    Aug 27, 1954 - The Reds pull off a triple play in the 6th to stop a Pirate threat‚ and Ted Kluszewski hits a HR in the 9th for the game winner‚ as the Reds win‚ 3-2. Kluszewski's homer comes off Max Surkont‚ the 6th time this year that Klu has left the park against him: this ties the ML record set by George Kelly‚ off Vic Aldridge‚ in 1923 and tied by Ted Williams‚ off Johnny Rigney‚ in 1941. No one else this century will match the mark. Big Klu starts a streak of 17 straight games in which he scores a run.

    Oct 3, 1929 - At St. Louis‚ the Browns General Crowder tops the Indians‚ 3-2‚ in 10 innings. Accounting for the Indians scoring is Earl Averill's 2-run HR‚ his 18th of the year and his 5th off the general. Only George Kelly's 6 off Vic Aldridge in 1923 (and later on‚ Williams in 1941‚ off Rigney‚ and Kluszewski in 1954‚ off Surkont) will top Earl's 5‚ according to homer historian Dave Vincent.

    Feb 11, 1928 - The Giants and Pirates swap pitchers: Burleigh Grimes for Vic Aldridge. Grimes‚ 19-8 with the Giants‚ will lead the NL in wins in 1928 with 25 after his return to Pittsburgh. Aldridge holds out till May 3‚ and then will win just 4 games for New York.

    Oct 6, 1927 - Two 3-run outbursts by the Yankees off Vic Aldridge (15-10) and a steady 7-hitter by surprise New York starter George Pipgras (10-3) give the Yankees a 6-2 win. Mark Koenig has 3 hits.

    Jul 27, 1927 - Behind Vic Aldridge's 5-hitter‚ the Pirates tip the Dodgers‚ 2-1‚ and take over undisputed possession of 1st place. Again the Bucs win it in the 8th‚ beating Dazzy Vance.

    Jun 3, 1927 - Paul Waner of Pittsburgh homers off Claude Willoughby of the Phils in a 11-1 rout at Forbes Field. Wright and Grantham also homer as Vic Aldridge allows the visitors just one hit till the 9th inning. For Waner‚ his homer is the start of a NL record 14 straight games in which he'll have at least one long hit (12 doubles‚ 5 triples‚ 3 HR).

    Jul 3, 1926 - At Pittsburgh‚ Vic Aldridge coasts to a 12-3 win over the Cardinals. Pie Traynor has a homer and double in one inning for the Bucs.

    Oct 15, 1925 - A steady downpour yesterday and today has left the field a muddy mess as the 7th game is played in the rainiest conditions ever. It's a short day for Vic Aldridge: 3 walks and 2 hits‚ and he's out of there with one out in the first. Walter Johnson takes a 4-0 lead to the mound. The Bucs clobber him for 15 hits‚ good for 24 total bases. Max Carey's 4-for-5 gives him a Series-high .458. The Senators make the most of 7 hits‚ scoring 7 runs‚ including Roger Peckinpaugh's HR‚ the 12th of the Series‚ a WS record. Johnson would have fared better but for 2 more errors by SS Peckinpaugh‚ the MVP's 7th and 8th‚ still the WS record for any position. The Senators made only one other error. Ray Kremer picks up his 2nd win with a 4-inning relief effort‚ as the Senators lose 9-7. The Series breaks all financial records‚ grossing almost $1.2 million. Winning shares are $5‚332.72; losers' $3‚734.60.

    Oct 8, 1925 - Kiki Cuyler's 2-run HR in the 8th breaks a 1-1 tie and gives the Pirates' Vic Aldridge (15-7) a 3-2 win over Stan Coveleski (20-5).

    Sep 26, 1925 - With the pennant clinched‚ the Pirates get shut out for the 2nd time in 3 days‚ losing twice to the visiting Giants. Fred Fitzsimmons stops the Bucs 3-0 in the nitecap‚ beating Johnny Morrison. Zeke Barnes outpitches Vic Aldridge‚ 4-3‚ in the opener. To the dismay of the 25‚000 on hand‚ the Bucs leading batter Kiki Cuyler is hitless.

    Aug 27, 1925 - The Braves get shut out for the 2nd game in a row‚ Pittsburgh's Vic Aldridge winning 1-0.

    May 12, 1925 - A record to date 20 HRs are hit in the ML this day. Phils pitcher Jimmy Ring collects one of them‚ a grand slam off Pittsburgh's Vic Aldridge in an 8-5 win before the Pirates win‚ 13-8. Kiki Cuyler scores 5 runs for the Bucs in game 2.

    Oct 27, 1924 - The Cubs trade P Vic Aldridge‚ 1B George Grantham‚ and 1B Al Niehaus to Pittsburgh for 1B Charlie Grimm‚ SS Rabbit Maranville‚ and P Wilbur Cooper. Grantham will hit .300 for 6 seasons with the Bucs‚ while Grimm will play 11 seasons with Chicago‚ eventually becoming player-manager. In 1925‚ Maranville will be named a player-manager as well. Cooper‚ who has averaged 20 wins a year over the past 6 seasona‚ will drop to 12-14 with the Cubs. This past season he picked off 7 runners at 3B.

    Aug 28, 1924 - Behind Vic Aldridge and Elmer Jacobs‚ the Cubs sweep a pair from the Cardinals‚ winning 5-2 and 8-3. Cards teenager Ed Clough makes his ML debut in relief in game 2. The 18-year-old was on the team last year but didn't appear in a game. He'll go 0-1 next year.

    Apr 15, 1924 - The Cards beat the Cubs‚ 6-5 as Jeff Pfeffer is the winner over Vic Aldridge. Despite the victory‚ St. Louis will waive the veteran to Pittsburgh next month. The Cards' Rogers Hornsby is the only batter who ever goes 2-for-5 on Opening Day and improves on his BA for the rest of the year. His .424 will be the highest ML BA in the 20th century. The Cardinals open the season with the players wearing small numbers on their sleeves‚ an experiment that will continue in 1925‚ then be dropped.

    Sep 17, 1923 - The Giants' George Kelly sets a ML record by homering in the 3rd‚ 4th‚ and 5th against the Cubs Vic Aldridge as New York rolls to a 13-6 win. Kelly adds a single and double to run his total bases to 15 for the game. Kelly has now hit a record 6 homers off cousin Aldridge this year‚ a mark off one pitcher that will be tied by Ted Williams (in 1941‚ off Johnny Rigney) and Ted Kluszewski (in 1954‚ off Max Surkont). Kelly is the first player to homer in 3 successive innings.

    May 30, 1922 - Between games of the Memorial Day A.M.-P.M. doubleheader‚ the Cubs swap OF Max Flack to the Cards for OF Cliff Heathcote. Flack‚ who lives just 3 blocks from Cubs Park‚ went home for lunch between games‚ and arrived back in the Cubs clubhouse to find that he'd been traded. The players‚ who both played in the morning game‚ trade uniforms and play for their new teams in the afternoon. Heathcote is 0-for-3 as a Card‚ 2-for-4 as a Cub. Flack is hitless in the first game‚ 1-for-4 in the 2nd‚ as the Cubs win both‚ 4-1 and 3-1. George Stueland wins the opener and Vic Aldridge is the winner in the afternoon. In the nitecap‚ Cubs SS Charlie Hollocher strikes out for the first time this year‚ on a Bill Doak spitter. A .304 career hitter‚ he will whiff 5 times in 1922. In 3 years he will fan 33 times in 372 games.

    May 6, 1922 - Cubs' pitcher Vic Aldridge collects 5 hits and picks up the victory as visiting Chicago tops the Pirates 11-7.

    Jan 18, 1922 - The Cubs buy OF Jigger Statz and P Vic Aldridge from Los Angeles for eight players and cash.

    Sep 11, 1917 - At Wrigley Field‚ Military Day is celebrated by a double victory for Chicago over the Reds‚ with Jimbo Vaughn credited with both wins. Vaughn starts the opener and retires after an inning with his team ahead by three runs. The Cubs win‚ 6-5‚ with Vic Aldridge allowing 2 runs in 5 innings‚ with Carter finishing. Aldridge will eventually get credit for the win and not Vaughn. Vaughn then goes 9 innings in the nitecap‚ striking out 9 to win‚ 5-1.

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