Pittsburgh Pirates Draft History: 1989

BOLD = Pirates didn’t sign player.

The Pirates received the 59th pick in the second round as a supplemental pick for losing free agent Dave LaPoint.

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    On this date in 1987…

    Mike Schmidt’s 500th career home run, a three-run shot off Don Robinson with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, lifted the Phillies to an 8-6 victory over the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium.  Schmidt, who finished his career two years later with 538 home runs, became only the fourteenth player in major league history to reach the 500 mark.

    Schmidt’s home run spoiled what had been only a slightly-less dramatic Bucco comeback on a Saturday afternoon.  Trailing 5-0 after Von Hayes’ three-run third-inning homer off Bob Walk, the Pirates rallied to a 6-5 lead when Johnny Ray hit a three-run home run off Phillies closer Steve Bedrosian, who would go on to win the NL Cy Young Award that season.

    Kent Tekulve pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to pick up the victory.  Of his 41 career victories at Three Rivers, it was one of only two that he earned in a visiting uniform.

    Here’s the box score and play-by-play:


    Here’s the Pittsburgh Press’s game story: