July 1, 1979: Travel Day as Pirates Head to St. Louis for Four

The Pittsburgh Pirates have an off-day as they move on to St. Louis for four games against the Cardinals.  The Pirates will send out starters Don Robinson, John Candelaria, Bert Blyleven and Jim Rooker.  They will face Silvio Martinez, Bob Forsch, Pete Vuckovich and John Fulgham.

The Pirates will start the series in fourth place.  They’re half a game behind the Cards, one behind the Chicago Cubs and six and a half behind the Montreal Expos.

Having followed the Pirates fanatically since 1965, Wilbur Miller is one of the fast-dwindling number of fans who’ve actually seen good Pirate teams. He’s even seen Hall-of-Fame Pirates who didn’t get traded mid-career, if you can imagine such a thing. His first in-person game was a 5-4, 11-inning win at Forbes Field over Milwaukee (no, not that one). He’s been writing about the Pirates at various locations online for over 20 years. It has its frustrations, but it’s certainly more cathartic than writing legal stuff. Wilbur is retired and now lives in Bradenton with his wife and three temperamental cats.

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