Spurred on by the loudly cheering Babushka Brigade, Pittsburgh recovered from a slump to beat San Francisco at Three Rivers baseball stadium on Tuesday (19 August).
GV Player from second to third base
SV Sign reading "That's Babushka Power" PAN TO crowd
GV Pitcher to bat, ball to outfield runner home as crowd looks on
GV Striker hits ball, another man home safe
MV Jerry Royce out
TRANSCRIPT: COHEN: "The (INDISTINCT) had lost six straight and followed their last fourteen before returning to friendly Three Rivers Stadium and Pittsburgh's Babushka power. Begun by Pirate broadcaster Bob Prince, the Babushka Brigade with thousands of waving scarves may be the psychological boost the Pirates need to get out of the slump."
"It worked last night. All Oliver became productive again, moving out of manager Danny Murtar's doghouse with this second inning run-scoring double. He also had two other hits including a solo homer in the seventh. The Pirates made it two-nothing in the second when Oliver scored on a single be Dave Parker. Ritchie Zist later added a home run and Pittsburgh finally had a win."
"Jerry Royce meanwhile was cruising on a three-hitter. He fanned six and walked only two to up his record to thirteen and nine. But was his fifth shutout of the season. Because the Phillies lost to Atlanta, the Pirates are now back in first place. If anyone was happier with the victory than Royce and his teammates it had to be the Babushka Brigade. This is Dave Cohen reporting."
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REPORTER: DAVE COHEN
This film is serviced with English commentary by TVN reporter Dave Chohen. A transcript appears overleaf.
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Background: Spurred on by the loudly cheering Babushka Brigade, Pittsburgh recovered from a slump to beat San Francisco at Three Rivers baseball stadium on Tuesday (19 August).
The Brigade, with their thousands of waving scarves, were founded by Pirate broadcaster, Bob prince, and were just the psychological boost Pittsburgh needed.
Pittsburgh's Al Oliver found form again, and regained favour with manager Danny Murtar with a second innings run scoring double.
He also had two other hits, including a single home run in the seventh.
As Philadelphia lost to Atlanta on the same day, the Pirates are now back in first place on the National League ladder.
An part from the team, happiest of all with the win were the fans...the Babushka Brigade.