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BEAT ‘EM BUCS – 1960! – THE 1960 WORLD SERIES – Game Seven MAZ’S 9TH INNING HR WINS SERIES 10-9 PIRATES ARE WORLD SERIES CHAMPS! 1ST WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 1925! – Thursday, October 13, 1960 at Forbes Field

BEAT
‘EM BUCS – 1960!

A
look at the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates season from stem to stern!

By
DA Frizzi

 

THE
1960 WORLD SERIES

Game
Seven

MAZ’S
9TH INNING HR WINS SERIES 10-9

PIRATES
ARE WORLD SERIES CHAMPS!

1ST
WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 1925!

 

Game
played on Thursday, October 13, 1960 at Forbes Field

 

PITTSBURGH
– Bill Mazeroski hit a 1-0 pitch off the Yankees’ Ralph Terry over the left
field wall to win the 1960 World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

The
home run was a climatic finish to a wild game, in a wild Series in a wild
season for the Buccos.

 

The
home run gives the Pirates their first World Championship since the won game
seven at Forbes against the Washington Senators on October 15, 1925.

 

The
Pirates were not supposed to win the World Series against the seasoned Yankees,
who had appeared in every World Series since 1950, with the exception of 1954
and 1959. They have won every World Series they played in except for 1955.

 

And
now, 1960.

 

The
Pirates, behind Vernon Law and ElRoy Face, won Game One by a score of 6-4. But
when they were trounced two games in a row, 16-3 and 10-0, the experts said
that the World Series would not go past game five and that the Series would not
return to Pittsburgh.

 

However,
these are the “Never Say Die Pirates”, who won the Pennant with several come
from behind victories. The Bucs won 33 games in which they were either tied or
were trailing from the seventh inning on.

 

The
Pirates took two out of three games in New York and the series did go back to
Pittsburgh. Just as he did in Game Three, Whitey Ford shut out the Pirates in
Game Six. And that brings us to the seventh and final game of the 1960 World
Series.

 

Pittsburgh
scored two runs in the first and second innings to lead the Yankees by a 4-0
score. Rocky Nelson drove in Bob Skinner with a home run to make it 2-0 Bucs in
the first off of starter Bob Turley. Skinner, who was out with a jammed thumb
from Game One, went to Danny Murtaugh and requested to play.

 

In
the Pirates’ second inning, Turley gave up a leadoff single to Smokey Burgess. Casey
Stengel promptly yanked Turley for Bob Stafford, who promptly walked Don Hoak.
Both were advanced by Bill Mazeroski’s bunt single back to Stafford.

 

Pirates
starter Vernon Law hit into a double play. Stafford threw home to nail Burgess
at the plate. Johnny Blanchard threw to first base to nab Law. However, Bill
Virdon slapped a single into right field, scoring both Hoak and Maz to make the
score 4-0 Pirates. Virdon took second when Roger Maris bobbled the ball
slightly.

 

Law,
who won Game One and Game Four, retired the Yankees 1-2-3 in both the first and
second innings. Law got a bit of help from Don Hoak, who has played an
excellent defensive series. Yogi Berra hit a one hop grounder to Hoak in the
second inning. Hoak made a diving stop, got back on his feet and gunned his
throw to Nelson to get Berra.

 

The
Bucs held on to their 4-0 lead until the fifth inning when the Bill Skowron
broke up Law’s shutout with a leadoff home run, a long opposite field drive
into the right field stands to make the score, 4-1 Pirates. Then, New York
racked up a four run top of the sixth to take one run lead over the Pirates.

 

Bobby
Richardson, the undisputed hitting star of the series, singled past the diving
Dick Groat to lead off the sixth. Law then walked Tony Kubek on a low 3-1 pitch.
The base on balls prompted Danny Murtaugh to visit Law on the mound. Apparently,
Law’s sprained ankle was really bothering him, prompting Murtaugh to bring in
ElRoy Face. The Pirates’ bullpen ace appeared in all three Pirate victories in the
Series.

 

After
Roger Maris popped out to Hoak in foul territory, Mickey Mantle hit a single
past Groat at short, who dove to his left and barely missed the ball. The
single scored Richardson, making the score 4-2 Pittsburgh.

 

With
Kubek and Mantle on base, Yogi Berra fouled off Face’s first pitch. Face’s next
pitch, a fastball, wasn’t where Face wanted it to go. Berra homered into the
right field upper deck to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead over the Bucs. Face did
not flinch. He just got another ball and got Skowron to pop out to Hoak and
then got Blanchard to ground out to Nelson at first.

 

The
Yankees added two more runs in the eighth to take a 7-4 lead over Pittsburgh.
After getting Maris and Mantle for the first two outs, Berra walked. Skowron
slapped a single past Hoak at third. Johnny Blanchard dumped a single in front
of Roberto Clemente in right to score Berra. Clete Boyer followed with a single
that rattled around the left field line, scoring Skowron.

 

The
Pirates began the bottom of the eighth when pinch hitter Gino Cimoli led off
the inning by hitting a single off of Bobby Shantz, the Yankee closer. Up came
Bill Virdon who hit a ground ball right to Tony Kubek at short for a certain
double play.

 

The
ball bounced off a divot in the infield and hit Kubek in the throat. The Yankee
shortstop went down like a shot. Although he was able to leave the field on his
own, Kubek was rushed to a hospital. Joe DeMaestri came in to play short.

 

Back
on the mound, Shantz gave up an RBI single to Dick Groat, scoring Cimoli and
moving Virdon to second. Then, came a curious move by Stengel.

 

Stengel
went to the mound and relieved the left hander Shantz, his best bullpen pitcher
as well as his best defensive pitcher, for right hander Jim Coates. Coates
would face the left handed batting Bob Skinner.

 

Skinner
predictably bunted to third base, advancing Virdon and Groat. Rocky Nelson
flied out to center for the second out of the inning.

 

Roberto
Clemente lashed at the ball and hit it down the first base line. Skowron
charged the ball. So did Coates. No one covered first base. Clemente was safe
at first. Virdon scored to make it 7-5, New York.

 

Catcher
Hal Smith had replaced Smokey Burgess in the top of the eighth. Murtaugh had
sent Joe Christopher to pinch hit in the seventh. With the count at 2-2, Smith
drove Coates’ fastball over the left field wall to give the Pirates a 9-7 lead and
send the Pirate fans into a frenzy.

 

Ralph
Terry came on to replace Coates. He got Don Hoak to fly out to left to end the
inning. But the Bucs led Game Seven by two runs going into the top of the
ninth.

 

Danny
Murtaugh went with his second ace, 18 game winner Bob Friend, to finish off the
Yanks.

Friend
struggled in both of his starts. He lasted four innings in Game Two and lasted
only two innings in Game Six. Bobby Richardson led off with a single that
dropped in between Groat and Virdon. The former Pirate Dale Long slapped a
single to right field. That would be it for Friend as Murtaugh went to his
lefty, Harvey Haddix.

 

Haddix
got Roger Maris to pop up to Hal Smith in foul territory. But Mantle singled
home Richardson to make the score 9-8 Pirates. Dale Long ended up on third
base.

 

Stengel
sent in infielder Gil McDougald to pinch run for Long. With Mantle on first
base, Haddix went to work on Yogi Berra, who bounced the ball down the first
base line.

 

Rocky
Nelson snared the ball on the hop and tagged first to retire Berra. Seeing that
nobody was covering second, he went face to face with Mantle, who was trying to
get back to first.

 

Nelson
went to tag Mantle, who slid underneath him and made it safely back to first. On
the play, McDougald scored. Had Nelson tagged Mantle out the game and the
Series would’ve ended on a fantastic double play.

 

But
the score was tied at 9-9. Haddix got Skowron to ground to Groat, who threw to
Maz at second to get Mantle for the third out.

 

Ralph
Terry apparently was struggling keeping the ball down when he warmed up in the
bullpen. His first pitch to leadoff batter Bill Mazeroski was outside and high.
The second pitch followed almost the same trajectory as Hal Smith’s eighth
inning wallop, just one inning ago.

 

It
was the first time that a home run had won the World Series. The second
baseman, known for his glovework, was mobbed at home plate by his jubilant
teammates and surrounded by thousands of jubilant fans.  The Pittsburgh Pirates, who had not one a
World Series since 1925, and had been baseball’s worst franchise for most of
the 1950’s, were finally on top of the world.

 

It
was the 34th victory this season for the Pirates after being tied or
trailing from the seventh inning on.

 

When
asked how he felt when he hit the Series winning homer, Maz said, “I was too
happy to think. I guess I didn’t think anything. I just wish my dad could have
been here to see it.”

 

Fourteen
year old Andy Jerpe was escorted into the Pirates’ locker room with the home
run ball.

Maz
showed it to the press and gave it back to the teen. “You keep it, son,”
replied Maz, “The memory is good enough for me.”

 

Danny
Murtaugh replied, “It was the only time in the Series we scored a lot of runs.
And we needed every one of them, didn’t we?”

 

Vernon
Law said that he felt that he could’ve stayed in the game with a four run lead,
although his ankle was giving him “a bit of trouble.” “Danny (Murtaugh) asked
me if my ankle was bothering me and I shook my head no. However, Don Hoak said
he felt the ankle was hindering me and that’s when Roy Face came in.”

 

Don
Hoak commented on Berra’s and Mantle’s comments that win or lose, the Yankees
were still the better club.

 

“If
Berra and Mantle think so, they’re welcome to their opinions. We’ve got the
winner’s check and they got the losers’ options.”

 

Mantle
was reportedly in tears in the New York locker room. Stengel felt that the
Series would’ve went the Yanks’ way except for the bottom of the eighth, with Kubek’s
injury and the failure to cover first base on Clemente’s hit down the first
base line, which led to Hal Smith’s home run. He was also disturbed over his
pitchers pitching the Pirates too high.

 

Dick
Groat, the captain of the Pirates’ crew said, “I’ve never seen a team like the
Pirates! I also have never seen so many players rise to the occasion as often
as these brand new world champions of baseball!”

 

When
asked by a New York writer how he felt, Gino Cimoli replied, “They set the
records but we won!”

 

However,
Don Hoak said it best.

 

“I
tell you, this is a ball club that makes a guy burst with pride just to be part
of it!”

 

THE
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE’S COVERAGE OF THE GAME!

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10286/1094691-63.stm

 

THE GAME’S BOX SCORE CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PIT/PIT196010130.shtml

 

THE GAMES’ PLAY BY PLAY CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1960/B10130PIT1960.htm

 

THE 1960 PIRATES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PIT/1960-roster.shtml

 

THE 1960 YANKEES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/1960.shtml

 

MUCH
OF THE PLAY-BY-PLAY INFORMATION CAME FROM

“The
1960 World Series – Game Seveb” CD from The Miley Collection

(NBC
Radio audio with Chuck Thompson and Jack Quinlan

NBC TV Audio with Bob Prince and Mel Allen)

 

MANY
OF THE QUOTES USED CAME FROM

“1960
Pittsburgh
Pirates – Day by Day: A Special Season, An Extraordinary World Series” by
Fred Cushing. Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. Pittsburgh, PA

http://www.dorrancebookstore.com/19pipidaybyd.html

 

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For Mr. Joe L. Brown, General Manager, 1960 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates

BEAT ‘EM BUCS – 1960! – THE 1960 WORLD SERIES Game Six FORD SHUTS OUT BUCS AGAIN NY-12, PGH-0 – Wednesday, October 12, 1960

BEAT
‘EM BUCS – 1960!

A
look at the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates season from stem to stern!

By
DA Frizzi

 

THE
1960 WORLD SERIES

Game
Six

FORD
SHUTS OUT BUCS AGAIN NY-12, PGH-0

Richardson
2-5, Drives In 3 More RBI’s

Friend
5 ER, 2 HBP in 2 Innings

It’s
Now Down To Game Seven!

 

Game
played on Wednesday, October 12, 1960 at Forbes Field

 

PITTSBURGH – The fans filed
into Forbes Field wondering if this was going to be the day. Will their
Pirates, who were swept into thirty-three years of baseball oblivion by Babe
Ruth and his crew, be able to win the World Series over Mickey Mantle and his
crew?

 

After
all, the Pirates beat the Yankees two of three at the glorious Yankee Stadium!
No way should their Buccos lose at home, even to the Yankees. After all, the
Pirates had a 52 win and 25 loss record at home during the regular season. Oh
yes, there was also a tie. But you don’t end with a tie in the World Series!

 

And
Bob Friend, the eighteen game winner was on the mound. Sure, he only lasted
four innings in Game Two, but that was because Danny Murtaugh had pinch hit for
him. Besides, Friend struck out six Yankees in four innings. Surely he would go
further than four innings!

 

Whitey
Ford? He’s not going to throw another shutout against the Bucs, is he? Not the
way the Buccos hit, and hit, and hit!

 

And
that little gnat, Bobby Richardson! He isn’t going to get any more RBI’s He
only had one homer and he only had 26 RBI’s THE WHOLE SEASON!!!

 

There’s
no way that the Pirates could lose!

 

But
they did.

 

And
Bob Friend was yanked in the third. And Whitey Ford shut out the Pirates again.
And little Bobby Richardson drove in three more RBIs to give him a new World
Series record of twelve. Not even Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig or Joe DiMaggio accomplished
that!

 

And
since the Yankees beat the Pirates by another lopsided score, this time 12-0,
the 1960 World Series will go to the seventh and final game of the season!

 

That’s
OK, so did the World Series of 1909 and 1925! And the Pirates won them both!

 

But
the Pirates weren’t playing the Yankees, who swept them in 1927.

 

Ford,
who was a last minute choice by Stengel,  went the distance again, getting his second
win of the Series and making one wonder what would’ve happened if Casey Stengel
started Ford against Vernon Law in Game One. He got help with three double
plays, including one in the Pirates first. Bill Virdon welcomed Whitey into the
game with a quick single. Dick Groat, almost as quickly, hit into a double
play. Roberto Clemente took a Ford pitch deep and into the upper deck in the
right field stands….for a foul ball and then promptly singled. But Dick
Stuart ended the inning by striking out.

 

In
the Yankee second, Friend got leadoff hitter Mickey Mantle to hit a grounder
back to him for out number one. Then, he walked Yogi Berra, who moved to third
on Bill Skowron’s single to right. Then, he hit Elston Howard in the right/throwing
hand with a pitch. Eli Grba came in to pinch run for Howard. After Bobby Richardson
flied to center, Ford singled up the middle, scoring Berra with the Yankees’
first run.

 

Johnny
Blanchard would replace Howard behind the plate. He punished the Pirates by
going 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

 

The
Yankees racked up five more runs in the third inning. Friend led off the inning
by hitting Tony Kubek with a pitch.  Roger Maris moved Kubek to third base with a
double off the right field screen. Mickey Mantle drove them both in with a
single past the diving Bill Mazeroski to make it 3-0 New York. After Yogi Berra singled Mantle to
third, Danny Murtaugh came to the mound to replace Friend with Tom Cheney.

 

Friend,
now 0-2 in the Series, lasted just two innings. He gave up five earned runs on
five base hits.

 

Cheney
got Skowron to hit a sacrifice fly to Clemente in right that would score Mantle
to make it 4-0. Blanchard singled to center, moving Berra to second. Then came
Bobby Richardson, who got two more RBIs by driving the ball into left field for
a triple. The ball sailed over the head of Gino Cimoli and bounced off the
lower right hand corner of the scoreboard. Richardson broke the World Series record of
eleven RBIs. He would add one more before the game was over.

 

New York would score two runs
in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings off of the Pirate bullpen, which once
again failed to show up. Only Vinegar Bend Mizell, available in the pen as he
was shot down in the first inning of Game Three, got out unscathed, pitching
two innings of one hit baseball.

 

Fred
green came on in the sixth and was greeted by a Clete Boyer triple. Boyer
scored when Kubek signaled to right. After Roger Maris followed Kubek with a
single of his own, Green was sent to the showers in favor of Clem Labine. The
World Series veteran didn’t fare much better. After striking out Mantle for the
first out, he gave up an RBI single to Yogi Berra. But Labine did get Bill
Skowron to hit into an inning ending double play. However, the Yankee lead was
now 8-0.

 

Richardson tripled in Blanchard
for his 12th Series RBI. Blanchard led off the seventh inning with a
double to right field. Richardson
scored when Ford hit into a fielder’s choice. Two more Yankee runs made the
score 10-0 New York.

 

The
final two Yankee runs were added in the eighth inning Maris opened with a
single. Mantle forced Maris at second. Then, Clem Labine uncorked a wild pitch
that moved Berra to second. Berra then drove in Mantle with a single to center
and took second on Bill Virdon’s error. Skowron’s groundout moved Berra to
third. Berra would then score on Blanchard’s RBI double.

 

The
Pirates only had one rally. That was in the fifth inning when Hal Smith singled
to center. Don Hoak walked to put runners on first and second. However, Maz
slapped a grounder to the third baseman Clete Boyer who turned it into a 5-4-3
double play. Whitey Ford then got pinch hitter Rocky Nelson, batting for
Mizell, to strike out to end the inning.

 

Smith
also made a great attempt on a foul ball hit by Roger Maris in the fourth
inning. Smith dove into the box seats but came up empty handed. Maris would
strike out.

 

So,
now it comes down to this, the seventh and final game of the 1960 World Series.
The Pirates’ hopes will rest once again on staff ace Vernon Law and his sore
ankle. Despite the ankle, Law is 2-0 in the series, having won both Games One
and Four. ElRoy Face, who has saved all of the Pirates three victories will be
available when needed out of the bull pen.

 

Casey
Stengel is all but certain to go with Game Two winner Bullet Bob Turley, who
went 8 1/3 strong innings.

 

The
Pirates faithful will return tomorrow. They’ll file through the gates on
Sennott and Bouquet Streets. Maybe an extra dime in the cigar boxes of The
Little Sisters of the Poor will help sway the Bucs’ 1960 season to incredible
heights!

 

One
Pirate fan that has not and will not attend the Series will be their Vice
President, Bing Crosby. The international entertainer expressed his concern
over jinxing the Pirates to the point that he will listen to the games in Europe!

 

THE GAME’S BOX SCORE CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PIT/PIT196010120.shtml

 

THE GAMES’ PLAY BY PLAY CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1960/B10120PIT1960.htm

 

THE 1960 PIRATES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PIT/1960-roster.shtml

 

THE 1960 YANKEES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/1960.shtml

 

MUCH
OF THE PLAY-BY-PLAY INFORMATION CAME FROM

“The
1960 World Series – Game Six” CD from The Miley Collection

(NBC
Radio audio with Chuck Thompson and Jack Quinlan)

 

MANY
OF THE QUOTES USED CAME FROM

“1960
Pittsburgh
Pirates – Day by Day: A Special Season, An Extraordinary World Series” by
Fred Cushing. Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. Pittsburgh, PA

http://www.dorrancebookstore.com/19pipidaybyd.html

 

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For Mr. Joe L. Brown, General Manager, 1960 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates

BEAT ‘EM BUCS – 1960! – THE 1960 WORLD SERIES Game Five – Monday, October 10, 1960

BEAT
‘EM BUCS – 1960!

A
look at the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates season from stem to stern!

By
DA Frizzi

 

THE
1960 WORLD SERIES

Game
Five

 

3
RUN 2nd BEATS BEAT YANKS 5-2

Haddix
Pitches Strong

Face
Gets 3nd Save

Pirates
Chase Ditmar Early Again

Pirates
Lead Series 3-2 – Will Go Back To Pgh!

 

Game
played on Monday, October 10, 1960 at Yankee Stadium

 

PITTSBURGH
– It wasn’t that long ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates were being written off
for dead.

 

You
would tend to think so after the Pirates were annihilated in Game Two, a 16-3
Yankee victory at Forbes Field. Then,came Whitey Ford and his 10-0 four hit
shutout in Game Three in Yankee Stadium. Nobody expected to leave New York.

 

But
then, nobody expected that the Pirates would leave New York winning 2 of 3 at
Yankee Stadium and leading the Series 3-2.

 

Except,
maybe the Pirates.

 

Understandably
down after the two walloping defeats, the “never say die” Pirates were buoyant
after Vernon Law won Game Four by a slim 3-2 margin.

 

While
Casey Stengel went with Game One starter Art Ditmar, his staff ace who went
just one third of an inning in the Pirates’ 6-4 Game One victory, Danny
Murtaugh decided to go with his lefthander, Harvey Haddix. With Haddix, you
never know what you’re going to get, as demonstrated by his 11-10 record and
3.97 ERA.

 

Haddix
pitched an impressive six and a third innings, giving up just two runs on five
hits and struck out six. He walked two, both intentional walks to Mickey
Mantle. He got relief help from ElRoy Face, who pitched two and two-thirds
innings of no hit ball to get his third series save. Face has finished all
three Pirates victories.

 

Pirate
offense made quick work of Ditmar again. This time, Ditmar lasted just one
inning and a third. The Yankee ace went to an early shower, having given up
three runs, one earned on three hits.

 

After
a scoreless first inning, Dick Stuart led off with a sharply hit single between
third and short. Gino Cimoli grounded into a force out at second. Smokey
Burgess doubled over the head of a leaping Bill Skowron at first.and bounced
down the right field line. The double moved Cimoli to third.

 

Don
Hoak hit Ditmar’s first pitch. It was a slow roller down to Tony Kubek at
short. Kubek, trying to nail Burgess at third, threw to Gil McDougald, who
couldn’t handle the throw. Cimoli scored on the play to make it 1-0 Bucs.

 

 Bill Mazeroski doubled over McDougald’s head
to score Burgess and Hoak with two unearned runs. That would be it for Ditmar
as Stengel called on the former Pirate lefty, Luis Arroyo. Arroyo would retire
both Haddix and Bill Virdon to end the inning with the Pirates leading 3-0.

 

The
Pirates and the Yankees would trade solo runs in the next three frames. Elston
Howard led off the bottom of the second with a well hit double that caromed off
the right field wall. Bobby Richardson moved Howard to third and Kubek hit a
grounder that bounced off the first base bag. Dick Stuart grabbed the ball and
tagged the base before Kubek reached it. Howard scored from third for the first
Yankee run.

 

Dick
Groat led off the third with a double over third base. The double was the
second in the Series for Groat. Roberto Clemente quickly singled to left field to
score Groat and make the score 4-1 Bucs.

 

Roger
Maris got a run back by smacking a homer in the upper deck in right field.

 

ElRoy
Face came on in the seventh inning. With one out, Haddix gave up back to back
singles to Kubek and pinch hitter Hector Lopez. Face closed out the inning by getting
McDougald to force Lopez at second and by getting Maris to swing and miss at
strike three to get out of the inning.

 

The
Pirates got an insurance run in the top of the ninth due to an error and a wild
pitch. Yogi Berra, who pinch hit in the eighth, stayed in the game to catch. Burgess
lined Ryne Duren’s pitch into left field. Bob Cerv booted the ball and threw
high to second base.

 

Joe
Christopher pinch ran for Burgess and took third when Duren’s pitch got away
from Berra and was ruled a wild pitch. Don Hoak then dropped a 2-1 pitch into
center to score Christopher to give the Pirates their final score of 5-2. ElRoy
Face ended the game by retiring Richardson, Kubek and pinch hitter Johnny
Blanchard in order.

 

How
is Face’s arm holding up? “No, my arm is not tired. Another question that has
been put to me frequently, although it has nothing to do with the World Series,
is whether I have better stuff last year when I finished with an 18-1 record
that I had this year, when I finished 10-8. I honestly think I pitched better
ball this year than I did last year, but the other ball clubs seemed to get
more scratch hits off me. Everything went right for me in 1959.”

 

Danny
Murtaugh has named Bob Friend as his Game Six starter. Casey Stengel will go
with either Whitey Ford or Bob Turley. Friend was the Game Two losing pitcher,
lasting four innings. Turley won Game Two pitching 8 1/3 innings, although he
gave up 13 Pirate hits.. Whitey Ford shut the Bucs out on four hits in Game
Three.

 

Don
Hoak commented on the two Yankee hurlers. He expected Ford to start Game Six. According
to Hoak, “Though Turley beat us, we hit the ball hard off him. We didn’t hit
the ball hard off Ford….”

 

October
11th is a travel date, back to Pittsburgh for Game Six and Game
Seven if necessary.

 

THE GAME’S BOX SCORE CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYA/NYA196010100.shtml

 

THE GAMES’ PLAY BY PLAY CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1960/B10100NYA1960.htm

 

THE 1960 PIRATES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PIT/1960-roster.shtml

 

THE 1960 YANKEES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/1960.shtml

 

MUCH
OF THE PLAY-BY-PLAY INFORMATION CAME FROM

“The
1960 World Series – Game Four” CD from The Miley Collection.

 

MANY
OF THE QUOTES USED CAME FROM

“1960
Pittsburgh
Pirates – Day by Day: A Special Season, An Extraordinary World Series” by
Fred Cushing. Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. Pittsburgh, PA

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BEAT ‘EM BUCS – 1960! – THE 1960 WORLD SERIES Game Four – 3 RUN 5TH BEATS NY 3-2 – Sunday, October 09, 1960

BEAT
‘EM BUCS – 1960!

A
look at the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates season from stem to stern!

By
DA Frizzi

 

THE
1960 WORLD SERIES

Game
Four

 

3
RUN 5TH BEATS NY 3-2.

Law
Shuts Down Yanks, Now 2-0

Face
Gets 2nd Save

Virdon
2 RBI’s, Law 1 RBI

Hoak
Flashes Glove, Kills Rallies

Series
Tied 2-2 – Will Go Back To Pgh!

 

Game
played on Sunday, October 09, 1960 at Yankee Stadium

 

After Whitey Ford’s 10-4 shutout of the Pirates in Game Three, Don
Hoak had this to say:

 

“I’m telling you, we’ve got to get ahead of those batters tomorrow
and make them hit curves. Well, Vern Law is pitching. The Deacon has great
control. If he doesn’t get ahead of those Yankees, then I’ll admit we’re in
deep trouble.”

 

Law
dodged a bullet in the first, with the help of his third baseman, Hoak. Law
pitched a strong 6 1/3 innings and drove in one of the three Pirate runs. The
Pirates won Game Four by a 3-2 score. The series is now tied at two games
apiece.

 

Yankee
fans were certain that the series would be wrapped up at Yankee Stadium. With
the win, the Bucs and Yankees will play Gane Six, which will be played in
Pittsburgh.

 

It
did not look that way at first.

 

Ralph
Terry struck out Bill Virdon, leading off the first, on three straight pitches.
Dick Groat popped up to second baseman Bobby Richardson. Roberto Clemente swung
at a slow curve to end the inning with Terry’s second strikeout.

 

In
the bottom of the first, it looked like the same old story. Bob Cerv took Laws
first pitch and dumped it into center for a single. Tony Kubek lined an 0-1
pitch and slid just under the tag at second for a double. After Roger Maris
flied out to right field, Mickey Mantle and his explosive bat were intentionally
walked to load the bases.

 

Yogi
Berra came ot the plate. He hit a grounder down the third base line. Hoak, who
was playing back, ran in, grabbed the ball, tagged third, then gunned the ball
over to first and barely got Berra to end the inning with no score and two
runners on base.

 

The
Yanks would score off of Law in the fourth when Bill Skowron took a pitch
outside and shot it over the 344 foot sign in right field.

 

Ralph
Terry had a no-hitter going into the fourth but Gino Cimoli quickly ended that
with a lead off single. Smokey Burgess reached on a fielder’s choice when he
hit a dribbler down to first baseman Skowron. Skowron threw to second to get
the lead runner, Cimoli. But Cimoli slid into second just before Kubek’s tag. Hoak
attempted a bunt but made the out at second. Bill Mazeroski followed Hoak by
popping to first.

 

Vernon
Law helped himself by driving in the first Pirate run with a double off the
wall in left field. It scored Cimoli with the tying run. Bill Virdon lined an
0-2 pitch in front of the charging Mickey Mantle. It scored both Burgess and
Law and gave the Bucs a 3-1 lead.

 

Law
settled the Yankees down in the fifth. After Bobby Richardson led off with a
single, Law struck out Terry, who missed a bunt, and got both Cerv and Kubek to
swing and miss for strike three.

 

New
York pulled within a run in their half of the seventh. Skowron led off with a
ground rule double down the right field line. McDougald singled Skowron to
third. Skowron scored when Bobby Richardson forced McDougald to second
unassisted. After pinch hitter Johnny Blanchard singled to right field,
Murtaugh, sensing that Law’s ankle might be bothering him, went to the bullpen
for ElRoy Face.

 

Bob
Cerv greeted Face with a long shot toward center. Virdon and Clemente were both
tracking it down when Virdon leaped and grabbed the ball by the 407 foot marker
and came down just to the left of the right field auxiliary scoreboard.

 

Face
also retired the Yankees in order in the ninth innings with another defensive
gem from Hoak. Hoak made a backhanded stab at Skowron’s hit doen the line,
righted himself and threw out Skowron at first. Hoak was a victim of a fine
defensive play in the top of the ninth Mickey Mantle, the Series’ hitting star,
robbed Hoak with a spectacular one-handed catch.

 

Face
now has his second Series save and the Pirates and Vernon Law now have their
second Series win.

 

Left
hander Harvey Haddix, who was 11-10 with a 3.97 ERA during the regular season,
will start Game Five for the Pirates. Casey Stengel has yet to announce a
starter, the choice between Game One starter Art Ditmar and Bill Stafford.

 

Hoak
had been suffering with a painful prostrate inflammation. How painful was it to
make the two stellar defensive plays? 
“Personally, I’m in great shape. My inflamed prostrate is all cleared up
and I feel fine. I’ll feel still better when they hand me that winning check.”

 

Law
said his right ankle was hurting worse. The ankle, injured on the team bus
during celebrating the pennant win, is causing Law to alter his delivery. “…It
was beginning to pain me something awful late in the game, and that’s the
reason Danny Murtaugh took me out in the seventh inning and brought ElRoy Face
to protect the 3-2 lead. And Roy did just that, And I did more running on the
bases than usual, which didn’t make it any easier on my ankle.   I was
really pitching on one leg My arm felt like I could go on 18 innings, but the
leg was beginning to pain me something awful late in the game, and I’m glad Face
was ready to do the job.”

 

Bob
Skinner’s injured left thumb was so painful, he could not even take batting
practice. Injured while sliding into third base during Game One, Skinner had
hoped to be back in the lineup by Game Five. Gino Cimoli will continue to play
left field.

 

 

THE GAME’S BOX SCORE CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYA/NYA196010090.shtml

 

THE GAMES’ PLAY BY PLAY CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1960/B10090NYA1960.htm

 

THE 1960 PIRATES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PIT/1960-roster.shtml

 

THE 1960 YANKEES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/1960.shtml

 

MUCH
OF THE PLAY-BY-PLAY INFORMATION CAME FROM

“The
1960 World Series – Game Four” CD from The Miley Collection.

 

MANY
OF THE QUOTES USED CAME FROM

“1960
Pittsburgh
Pirates – Day by Day: A Special Season, An Extraordinary World Series” by
Fred Cushing. Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. Pittsburgh, PA

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BEAT ‘EM BUCS – 1960! – THE 1960 WORLD SERIES Game Three – FORD FOUR HITS PIRATES, 10-0 – Saturday, October 08, 1960

BEAT
‘EM BUCS – 1960!

A
look at the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates season from stem to stern!

By
DA Frizzi

 

THE
1960 WORLD SERIES

Game
Three

 

FORD
FOUR HITS PIRATES, 10-0

Richardson
Hits Grand Slam Homer

Mantle
Hits Another Home Run

Yanks
Lead Series 2-1

 

Game
played on Saturday, October 08, 1960 at Yankee Stadium

 

NEW
YORK – The Pittsburgh Pirates did not seemed, worried or concerned with game
two’s 16-3 pasting at the hands of the New York Yankees. Their rallying cry was
they were still tied at a game each and that it’s better to lose in a blowout
than in a close game.

 

Hopefully The Pirates still felt that way after Whitey Ford shut
them out on four hits. His Yankees batted around in the first inning for six
runs. Then, they batted around again in the fourth inning for four more runs.
That was all New York needed to shut out the Bucs 10-0.

 

The loss gives the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the World Series.

 

Vinegar Bend Mizell, who filled a major hole in the Pirates’
starting rotation when acquired from St. Louis on May 28th, was 13-5
with the Bucs. But Mizell could only go one third of an inning., giving up four
earned runs on three hits.

 

After Ford retired the Pirates 1-2-3 to start the game, Mizell came
to the mound and gave up a leadoff single that Bob Cerv hit up the middle. Roger
Maris, batting second, shot a liner that Bob Clemente snared one handed in
front of the right field auxiliary scoreboard. Mickey Mantle, who had two home
runs in game two while batting right handed, was limited to a single up the
middle. Bill Skowron followed with another single up the middle to score Cerv
with the first run.

 

Mizell then walked Gil McDougald on four straight bad pitches to
laod the bases. That would be all for Mizell as Danny Murtaugh called on Clem
Labine, the World Series veteran, to get him out of the inning.

 

But Labine has struggled in the series. He went just two-thirds of
an inning, surrendering five runs on three hits. He had an 0-2 count on Elston
Howard before the Yankee catcher hit a slow hopper down the third base line. Don
Hoak, who was playing back, had to charge the ball, grabbed it with one hand
but wisely held onto the ball.  

 

That brought up Bobby Richardson with the bases loaded. The little
second baseman had a .262 batting average and drove in just 26 RBI’s during the
regular season, seems to have found a live bat. After fouling off a 3-2 pitch,
Richardson hit a high fastball down the left field line, just fair, just over
the wall for a grand slam. The power hitting Yankees, behind Mickey Mantle’s 40
home runs and Roger Maris’ 39 home runs, set a new American League record with
193 home runs. Richardson hit just one of them, way back on April 30th.

 

Tony Kubek, batting eighth, sent a liner past Labine’s ear. Bill
Mazeroski fielded and threw but Kubek was just safe. However, Whitey Ford
forced Kubek at second for the welcome second out.

 

The Yankees batted around as Bob Cerv came to the plate and got his
second hit of the inning by lining one between Hoak and Groat. That would be it
for Labine as Danny Murtaugh went to the mound again for the third time and
sent for his lefthander, Fred Green. Green would get the long awaited third out
by getting Maris to pop out to catcher Hal Smith in foul territory. The Yankees
ended up with a 6-0 lead.

 

Ford would retire the Pirates in order in both the second and
third innings, retiring the first nine batters. He gave up his first hit in the
fourth, a lead off double to Bill Virdon that bounced off the right field
scoreboard. However, he would be stranded at second.

 

Green would have no such luck against the Yankees. Ford led off
the inning with a line drive single in between Virdon and Clemente in right
center field. But Green would get two quick outs by getting both Cerv and Maris
to ground out.

 

Then came Mickey Mantle to the plate. Yankee fans were still
buzzing about his monstrous home runs in game two when Mantle brought the
Yankee Stadium crowd to their feet. Mantle’s shot went over the 402 foot sign
in left field and disappeared into the Pirates’ bullpen. The two run homer,
scoring Ford from third, was his third straight hit and his third home run of
the series. The home run was his fourteenth in World Series play, just one shy
of Babe Ruth’s record. It was also his second home run off of Fred Green.

 

Back to back singles by Skowron and McDougald brought Murtaugh out
ot the mound again for another pitching change, this time for right hander Red
Witt. Elston Howard greeted Witt with a sharply hit ball off of Hoak’s chest.
Up came the abnormally hot bat of Bobby Richardson. His two run single scored
both Skowron and McDougald. It also gave Richardson six RBI’s in one World
Series game, a new record.

 

Witt then threw a wild pitch to Tony Kubek that went behind
Kubek’s back. Being behind 2-0, Kubek was intentionally walked to load the
bases. But Ford grounded to Maz to end the four run inning.

 

Ford would give up only three more hits, all singles, to Bill
Mazeroski leading off the sixth, Dick Stuart in the seventh and Bob Clemente’s
two out single in the ninth. Ford also gave up just one walk, that to Gino
Cimoli in the seventh.

 

The Pirates’ bullpen has struggled. As a result, the team ERA is
8.31, compared to New York’s team ERA of 2.77. Vernon Law, the winner of game
one will be expected to stop the Yankees’ offensive onslaught. He’s expected to
face Ralph Terry, who was 9-3 with a 3.27 ERA during the regular season.

 

Murtaugh said that Law would definitely start game four and that
Harvey Haddix would definitely start game five. “If the series goes seven
games”, said Murtaugh, “I’ll have Law ready for the final day.” The controversy
surrounding Casey Stengel’s not starting Ford in game one, seems to die down as
many now feel that the Yankees will take the series in five games. Oddsmakers
now have the Yankees at 5-1 and some have taken the series off the board.

 

But don’t tell that to the never-say-die Pirates.

 

Don Hoak was concerned that the Pirate pitchers were constantly
behind in the count to Yankee batters, forcing them to throw fastballs down the
middle, which the Yankees murdered.

 

“I’m telling you, we’ve got to get ahead of those batters tomorrow
and make them hit curves. Well, Vern Law is pitching. The Deacon has great
control. If he doesn’t get ahead of those Yankees, then I’ll admit we’re in
deep trouble.”

 

“Meanwhile, don’t dump us in the grave yet. We’re going to bring
this series back to Pittsburgh.  If you
quit on the Pirates now, there’s a very good chance you’ll have to eat your
words in a few days.”

 

Danny Murtaugh, who observed his forty-third birthday, commented
“This was a terrible birthday present, and the way we lost didn’t make me feel
any younger, either.”

 

Murtaugh did say that he would be celebrating his birthday that
night. “The Irish always celebrate birthdays happily. You never know whether
it’s your last birthday.”

 

When asked what his plans were, he replied, “To see my 44th
birthday.”

 

Game four, on Sunday, October 9th, will begin an hour
later at 1:35 PM, eastern standard time.

 

The paid attendance of game three was 70, 001. The one was a big
one and was once number one. Former President Herbert Hoover arrived in Yankee
Stadium in the fourth inning to a standing ovation.

 

THE GAME’S BOX SCORE CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYA/NYA196010080.shtml

 

THE GAMES’ PLAY BY PLAY CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1960/B10080NYA1960.htm

 

THE 1960 PIRATES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PIT/1960-roster.shtml

 

THE 1960 YANKEES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/1960.shtml

 

MUCH
OF THE PLAY-BY-PLAY INFORMATION CAME FROM

“The
1960 World Series – Game Three” CD from The Miley Collection.

 

MANY
OF THE QUOTES USED CAME FROM

“1960
Pittsburgh
Pirates – Day by Day: A Special Season, An Extraordinary World Series” by
Fred Cushing. Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. Pittsburgh, PA

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BEAT ‘EM BUCS – 1960! – THE 1960 WORLD SERIES – YANKS SPANK BUCCOS 16-3 – Series Tied At One Game Each – Thursday, October 06, 1960

BEAT
‘EM BUCS – 1960!

A
look at the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates season from stem to stern!

By
DA Frizzi

 

THE
1960 WORLD SERIES

 

YANKS
SPANK BUCCOS 16-3

Mantle
Lines Two HR’s – One Over 450 Feet!

Pirates
Squander Several Scoring Opportunities

Series
Tied At One Game Each

 

Game
played on Thursday, October 06, 1960 at Forbes Field

 

PITTSBURGH
– While the fans were filing into Forbes Field for game number two of the World
Series, they looked to the skies. They saw dark gloomy clouds and felt a
drizzle of rain. It was a cool 56 degrees and it looked like the game may be
delayed.

 

When
the fans filed out, they probably wished that the rainclouds had won. The saw
dark gloomy clouds again. This time, it was the result of a 16-3 thrashing by
the New York Yankees.

 

Was
it as bad as the score indicated? Maybe not so much if the Pirates had not
squandered several scoring opportunities. The Pirates stranded thirteen
runners. Four times did they leave two runners on base. The Pirates stranded
two in the second when there was no score. They stranded two in the third when
the Yankees led 3-1. In the seventh inning, the Bucs stranded two runners. But
that was after a seven run nightmare in the top of the inning when New York scored
five unearned runs and led 12- 1.

 

The
bottom line was that Bob Turley shut the door. And Pirate relievers could get
nobody out.

 

Bob
Friend was pitching well enough, giving up two earned runs and six strikeouts
in four innings. Danny Murtaugh even had him bat with runners on second and
third, despite hitting .068. Friend would pop out to Bill Skowron at first,
keeping the game scoreless.

 

The
Yankees opened the scoring in the third when Friend walked Bobby Richardson on
a 3-1 pitch to lead off the inning. Bob Turley advanced Richardson to second on
a sacrifice bunt. Tony Kubek drove in Richardson with a single up the middle. Then,
Gil McDougald lined a double that bounced over the third base bag and down the left
field line, scoring Kubek to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Smokey Burgess and
Danny Murtaugh disputed the call with left field umpire Dusty Boggess but to no
avail.

 

The
Yankees added another run in the fourth. With two out, Bobby Richardson led off
with a single up the middle. With Turley at the plate, Friend’s 1-1 pitch went
low and past Smokey Burgess. The Pirates’ catcher was able to make a quick
recovery but was charged with a passed ball. Turley then singled in Richardson
with the unearned run to make it 3-0, Yanks.

 

The
Pirates had a chance to come back in the fourth inning. Gino Cimoli led off
with a line drive single to right. Smokey Burgess followed with a line single
past Skowron at first. Don Hoak then drove a 1-0 pitch down the right field
line and dove headfirst into second base, just under the throw by Roger Maris,
to allow Cimoli to score and Burgess to reach third base. While Stengel went
out to the mound to check on Turley, and with Luis Arroyo warming up, up to the
plate stepped Bill Mazeroski. Maz lined a shot right at McDougald at third. The
Yankee first baseman dropped to both knees to make the play. At that point, Danny
Murtaugh did pinch hit for Friend, sending up Gene Baker, who had nine hits in
37 at bats. However, Baker popped to second and Bill Virdon grounded out to
second to end the inning. And strand two more Pirates on base.

 

After
the game, Murtaugh said of Maz’s shot to McDougald, “If Maz had gotten the hit,
Friend would’ve stayed in there. They wouldn’t have gotten sixteen hits off of
Rob.”

Stengel
admitted to reporters, “If that ball would’ve gone through, there’s a chance I
would’ve taken Turley out of there.

 

After
dodging the bullet, the Yankees started to pull away in the top of the fifth
inning. Fred Green came on and walked McDougald on four straight pitches. Maris
took first on a force out of McDougald at second. Then, Mickey Mantle hit a
line drive home run into the right field stands, scoring Maris and making the
score 5-1 in favor of New York.

 

After
stranding two more runners in the bottom of the fifth, the wheels came off the
Pirates’ wagon. Elston Howard led off the sixth inning with a triple of the
light tower in left center field. Bill Virdon actually made it back to the wall
and bounced off of the left hand side of the fence surrounding the tower. Richardson
doubled in Howard and drove Green to the showers.

 

Clem
Labine, a veteran of World Series play, replaced Green. However a passed ball
by Burgess, is second of the game, allowed Richardson to advance to third.
Turley would hit a grounder back to Labine for the first out.

 

Kubek
hit a slow roller to Groat. But Groat took his eye off the ball for just second
to check on Richardson. As a result, Groat, who was playing shallow, picked up
the ball but promptly dropped it for an error.

 

McDougald
drove in Richardson with a single to left Labine walked Maris to load the
bases, But he got the second out by getting Mickey Mantle to look at strike three.

 

Then
came the always dangerous Yogi Berra.  The
Yankee left fielder lined a shot just out of reach of the diving Groat. The
single scored both Kubek and McDougald with unearned runs. Skowron singled in
Maris with another unearned run and Murtaugh went to Red Witt out of the pen.
The Yankees would bat around, score seven runs, five of which were unearned, Both
Bobby Richardson and Elston Howard had two hits in the inning. But the damage
would be done. The Yankees led the Pirates 12-1.

 

Don Hoak
got the crowd back into the game with a leadoff double down the left field
line. Pinch hitter Dick Schofield’s single with one out would move Hoak to
third. Both would be stranded.

 

Then
came the launch by Mickey Mantle in the seventh inning. The switch hitting
center fielder, who led the American League in home runs with forty, was facing
the rookie left hander Joe Gibbon. Batting from the right side of the plate, and
with two runners on base, Mantle hit a tremendous homer over the 436 foot
marker in center field. It went a good fifty feet over the head of Bill Virdon,
who ran after it, stopped to watch it and walked back toward the infield.

 

The
home run was Mantle’s thirteenth in World Series play. It was also the first
time in the 51 year history of Forbes Field that a right handed batter hit a
ball over the 436 foot marker. Of his two home runs, Mantle said, “I wish I
could’ve saved them for a time when they meant something. Homers don’t mean
much in a 16-3 game.”

 

The
Pirates went down in order in the bottom of the seventh although Roberto
Clemente gave the fans a thrill by swinging and spinning at a pitch that was well
over his head. The Pirates would also strand two more runners on base in the
eighth inning.

 

The
Pirates did manage two more runs in the bottom of the ninth, despite yet
another Yankee run off of Tom Cheney in the top frame. Mantle would score on
Cheney’s wild pitch. Joe Christopher was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.
He would score on Gino Cimoli’s single. Rocky Nelson would score an unearned
run on a long single off the right field screen by Smokey Burgess. Burgess was
caught in a rundown between second and first but Richardson threw the ball
away. Only then, did Casey come out to relieve Turley. He brought in Bobby
Shantz, who had eleven saves as New York’s closer, got Don Hoak to ground into
a 1-4-3 double play to mercifully end the ballgame.

 

While
the Yankees had 19 hits, the Pirates had 13. The 32 total base hits is a new
World Series record, breaking the one set in the 1946 classic between the Red
Sox and the Cardinals.

 

The
Pirates were philosophical about the loss. Hoak, playing with a painful
prostrate infection, reminded fans that “I’d rather lose that way than any
other way.” But also cautioned the faithful,”Don’t get the idea we’re folding.”

 

Dick
Groat, who had a rough game, added, “It’s true the Yankees walloped us 16-3
(but) if you are going to lose, there’s no better way of losing. This is much
better than getting nipped  2-1 or 3-2.
We’re sorry we had to lose this kind of game before the Pittsburgh fans, but
getting beat badly didn’t shake up our ballclub.”

 

Danny
Murtaugh summed it up best. “Nobody got hurt, did they? No? Then we’re OK.”

 

Friday
is a travel date. Game three will be played on Saturday, October 08 in New
York. Whitey Ford, 12-9 with a 3.08 ERA will face another left hander, Vinegar
Bend Mizell. Since his acquisition by the Pirates from St. Louis, Mizell was
13-5 with a 3.12 ERA.

 

Danny Murtaugh adjusted his line up to compensate for the loss of
Bob Skinner who jammed his thumb while sliding into third base in game one.
Bob Clemente will to the third spot and left handed batter Gino Cimoli will bat
fifth. Skinner is hoping to be back in the lineup for game three.

 

THE GAME’S BOX SCORE CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PIT/PIT196010060.shtml

 

THE GAMES’ PLAY BY PLAY CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1960/B10060PIT1960.htm

 

THE 1960 PIRATES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PIT/1960-roster.shtml

 

THE 1960 YANKEES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/1960.shtml

 

MUCH
OF THE PLAY-BY-PLAY INFORMATION CAME FROM

“The
1960 World Series – Game Two” CD from The Miley Collection.

 

MANY
OF THE QUOTES USED CAME FROM

“1960
Pittsburgh
Pirates – Day by Day: A Special Season, An Extraordinary World Series” by
Fred Cushing. Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. Pittsburgh, PA

http://www.dorrancebookstore.com/19pipidaybyd.html

 

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BEAT ‘EM BUCS – THE 1960 WORLD SERIES! – PIRATES PUSH PAST YANKS IN GAME ONE, 6-4 – Wednesday, October 05, 1960

BEAT
‘EM BUCS – 1960!

A
look at the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates season from stem to stern!

By
DA Frizzi

 

THE
1960 WORLD SERIES

 

PIRATES
PUSH PAST YANKS IN GAME ONE, 6-4

Bucs
Explode With 3 Runs In 1st

Law
Goes Seven Strong Innings

Maz
Hits 2R HR Over Scoreboard

 

Game
played on Wednesday, October 05, 1960 at Forbes Field

 

For
the first time in thirty-three years, the World Series was played in
Pittsburgh.

For
the first time in thirty-five years, the Pirates won a World Series game.

 

The
Buccos came out like gangbusters. They overcame a solo home run by Roger Maris
in the first inning to score three runs in their frame. The Pirates quickly
showed the Yankees why they won the National League Pennant. The A.L. champs
were witness to an inning that involved the Pirates’ staples: Speed, clutch
hitting and above all, desire.

 

Their
demonstration scored three runs in the bottom of the first. Bill Mazeroski hit
a two run homer over the left field scoreboard in the fourth. Maz also scored
on Bill Virdon’s double to add a run to make the final, 6-4 Pittsburgh. Virdon
also made a fantastic running catch in right centerfield to rob Yogi Berra of a
hit.

 

Art
Ditmar, Casey Stengel’s controversial choice to start game one, didn’t even
make it out of the first inning. Whitey Ford, who has started the first game in
past Yankee World Series appearances, will start game three in New York. Ditmar’s
game one assignment was a last minute hunch by the “Ol’ Perfessor”.

 

Even
the pre-game activities gave the impression that this might not be your average
World Series. As the University of Pittsburgh marching band was making its way
onto the field, and as Billy Eckstine was preparing to join them in performing the
National Anthem, everybody looked up at the sky to see somebody parachuting
over the ballpark.

 

The
skydiver, a 29 year old fireman from McKeesport, sailed over the ballpark’s
third base stands and landed on the former Board of Education warehouse on
Sennott Street. He was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge and was released
on a one hundred dollars bond. The fireman, named Jack Heatherington, told
police that he performed the stunt on a bet.

 

After
Gov. David L. Lawrence, formerly hissonor of Pittsburgh, threw out the
ceremonial first pitch, the fun began. Vernon Law’s first pitch to leadoff
batter Tony Kubek was taken for a strike. Kubel then sharply hit Law’s 1-2
pitch down the third base line. The ball hit the bag and popped into the air.
Third baseman Don Hoak grabbed the ball but dropped it. Kubek was safe on first
with a base hit.

 

Law
got Hector Lopez to ground into a 4-3 double play. Then, he faced Roger Maris, and
as he did 39 times during the regular season, Maris took Law’s pitch into the
first row of the upper deck in right field to put the Yanks on the board 1-0.

 

In
the bottom of the first, the Pirates came out charging. Art Ditmar walked Bill
Virdon on a 3-1 pitch to lead off the inning.  With Dick Groat at bat, Virdon stole second. Since
neither Kubek nor second baseman Bobby Richardson covered second, catcher Yogi
Berra’s throw went into center field, allowing Virdon to take third. Groat tied
the game by doubling Virdon home. Then, Bob Skinner singled in Groat to make it
2-1 Pirates. Skinner then promptly stole second. Berra’s throw was high but
this time, was saved by Kubek from going into centerfield.

 

This
prompted Stengel to go to the mound to check on Ditmar. The Yankee hurler
managed to get Dick Stuart to line out to right for the first out. Then,
Roberto Clemente smacked a 2-2 pitch to center, scoring Skinner. That would be
it for Ditmar as Casey brought in Jim Coates.

 

Ditmar
lasted just 1/3 of an inning. He gave up three runs on three hits and walked
one batter.

 

In
the Yankees’ top of the second, Casey made another interesting maneuver. Yogi
Berra and Moose Skowron led off with back to back singles, bringing up third
baseman Clete Boyer, a right handed hitter. But Casey decided to pinch hit left
handed hitting Dale Long, the former Pirate for Boyer, who never got to bat in
the game. Boyer, on the season, hit 14 home runs and had 62 RBI’s but had a
.242 average compared to Long’s .366 average in 23 games. The move backfired as
Long flied out to right field. Bobby Richardson lined into a double play to end
the inning with Pittsburgh still leading 3-1.

 

When
discussing the differences between the managers before the game, Groat replied,
“From what I’ve heard of Stengel, he may pinch hit as early as the second
inning….Murtaugh goes with his regulars as far as possible. He might pinch hit
for them late in a game, but very, very seldom.”

 

“Danny
figures if a man is good enough to play regularly, he’s good enough to hit. And
don’t think this doesn’t build up the confidence of a player.”

 

New
York would tack on another run in the top of the fourth. Roger Maris led off
with a single and went to second when Law walked Mickey Mantle. Yogi Berra
lashed a fly ball into right center field where Bill Virdon made one of his
patented fantastic running catches. Because of the crowd, neither he nor
Clemente could hear the other calling them off. Virdon leaped to snare the
ball. In the process, they nearly collided. Virdon’s foot landed on the back of
Clemente’s shoe and cut into it.

 

“I
think Roberto would’ve caught it, too, “said Virdon. “I’ve made a lot better
catches but this one was the most pleasing.”   When
asked if that was Virdon’s best catch of the year, Danny Murtaugh replied, “Heck
no! He’s made a lot of catches that were better than that one!”

 

The
Bucs added two more runs in the fourth when Bill Mazeroski hit a towing shot
over the scoreboard for a two run homer, scoring Don Hoak and making the score
5-2 Pirates.

 

However,
the Pirates may have suffered their first injury. Bob Skinner jammed his thumb
while sliding awkwardly into third base. Skinner stayed in the game until the
seventh, when he was hit in the arm by a Ryne Duren pitch. Gino Cimoli replaced
Skinner and went out to left field in the eighth. ElRoy Face would also enter
the game to relieve Law after the Deacon gave up hits to Hector Lopez and Roger
Maris to lead off the inning. Face struck out both Mantle and Skowron and got Berra
to fly out to right.

 

But
the Baron of the the Bullpen ran into a jam in the top of the ninth. Pinch
hitter Elston Howard hit a two run one out home run just over the right field
screen. The home run put the Yanks behind by just two runs. Then, Tony Kubek
singled. That brought Don Hoak to the mound. He told Face to “get that double
play and let’s get the blazes out of here!” Face complied, getting Lopez to hit
a grounder to Maz for a 4-6-3 double play.

 

“I
was concerned about Lopez,” said Face. “He’s a dangerous hitter in the clutch.
When I saw Maz scoop up the ball and toss it to Groat for what turned out to be
a double play, I sure was relieved.” 
Nearby, Danny Murtaugh added “Me too. Me too.”

 

Face
got the save. Law got the win. The ace of the Pirates’ pitching staff had this
to say about his performance. “It was the most important game I ever pitched…..I
made too many mistakes. I’m a better pitcher when I keep the ball low, but
yesterday, I was a little high, and that’s when I got hurt.

 

“Winning
the first game is the best thing that could’ve happened to us. Now we have the
upper hand.”

 

“My
ankle hurt a little…when I tried to throw overhand and get something extra on
the ball…and when I had to run toward third and field Hector Lopez’s grounder
in the third inning.”

 

Don
Hoak apparently is also playing through pain. The gritty third baseman pulled a
groin muscle rounding second in Friday’s game vs the Braves. But Hoak is
tenacious. It was just made public that he slipped on a metal pool ladder
during a cookout back on August 13, cutting a gash between his toes. Because he
didn’t want the injury to be made public, Hoak had a doctor, who was one of the
guests, put eight stitches in his foot, without 
anesthetic. Bob Friend, Gino Cimoli and Bill Virdon were also there and
were all sworn to secrecy. Friend made the story public since the season was
now over and he wanted to give Hoak credit for his effort  Now, if that doesn’t keep Hoak out of a game,
nothing will!

 

Bob
Turley, the 29 year old righthander is Stengel’s choice for game two. He had a
record of 9-3 with a 3.27 ERA. He had 24 starts in 34 games. The Pirates will counter
with Bob Friend, the 18 game winner with a even three ERA.

 

 

THE GAME’S BOX SCORE CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PIT/PIT196010050.shtml

 

THE GAMES’ PLAY BY PLAY CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1960/B10050PIT1960.htm

 

THE 1960 PIRATES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PIT/1960-roster.shtml

 

THE 1960 YANKEES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/1960.shtml

 

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BEAT ‘EM BUCS – 1960! – A LOOK AT THE 1960 WORLD SERIES MATCHUP CAN THE “NEVER-SAY-DIE” PIRATES DO IT? – Tuesday, October 4, 1960

BEAT
‘EM BUCS – 1960!

A
look at the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates season from stem to stern!

By
DA Frizzi

 

A
LOOK AT THE 1960 WORLD SERIES
MATCHUP

CAN
THE “NEVER-SAY-DIE” PIRATES DO IT?

 

Tuesday,
October 4, 1960

 

PITTSBURGH
– The Pittsburgh Pirates are gearing up for the prize. The World Championship.
A prize they have not obtained since way back in 1925.

 

If
you listen to the oddsmakers, the Pirates will be a pushover. The odds for the
Yankees to win yet another World Series are two to one. Many believe that, like
1927, the Yankees will sweep the Pirates in four games.

 

It’s
an easy assumption. Since Casey Stengel took over the managerial reigns of the
Yanks in 1949, they have won nine pennants and seven World Series. Only in 1954
and 1959 did the Yanks not make the playoffs. And in 1954, they finished second
with a 103 win season.

 

Second.

 

Cleveland
won 111 games that year and they were still swept by the New York Giants.

 

However,
some feel that this may be the most vulnerable Yankee squad to make the World
Series. In 1959, the Yanks finished in third only four games above .500. They
won eighteen more games in 1960 and went 15-0 in the last fifteen games of the
season. The Yankees absorbed the final loss of the season on September 14th
when Kansas City beat them 2-1. The night before, the Athletics snapped a
Yankee four game winning streak with a 12-3 rout.

 

So,
the Yanks were tied with Baltimore for first place. And the Yanks would host
the Orioles for four games beginning September 16. The Yanks swept the Orioles
way out of first place, including taking a Sunday doubleheader. They would
never lose another game in the regular season. In the month of September, the
New York Yankees were 22-7.

 

This
years’ version of the Yankees have the power. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris,
Casey’s “M&M” boys had a combined 79 home runs. Mantle cracked 40 to lead
the American League and Maris was just one behind. Maris led the A.L. with 112
RBI’s Mantle had 94. Add in first baseman Moose Skowron’s 26 home runs and 91
RBI’s and you have a pretty potent middle of the order. And Skowron also has a
.309 batting average.

 

However,
Skowron is the only Yankee starter that has a .300 average. With the exception
of Tony Kubek, (273), Yogi Berra (.276) and Hector Lopez (.284) the rest of the
lineup is hitting under .260. Not exactly the Bronx Bombers.

 

Pitching
wise, Whitey Ford, usually the staff ace, did not have a Whitey Ford type year.
The left hander was 12-9. The ERA was a respectable 3.08. He completed only
eight games. Ford’s record is almost identical to right hander Art Ditmar’s
(15-9, 3.06 ERA, 8 complete games) to the point where Casey is considering
starting Ditmar in game one over Ford. A couple of years ago, that would’ve
been unheard of. To many, it still is, considering Ford’s past World Series
successes.

 

The
other starters will be chosen between Jim Coates (13-3), Ralph Terry (10-8) and
Bob Turley (9-3). Right handed closer Bobby Shantz (5-4, 2.79 ERA, 11 saves)
and left hander Luis Arroyo (5-1, 2.88 ERA, 7 saves) are Casey’s bullpen
stoppers.

 

The
Bronx bench does have some swat in it. Hector Lopez, Bob Cerv and Gil McDougald
have 25 homers and 104 RBI’s between them. The Yanks also acquired former
Pirate Dale Long, who wowed Pirate fans with his eight game consecutive home
run hitting streak from May 19th through the 28th for the
1956 Pirates.

 

The
Pittsburgh Pirates were picked to finish in fourth place in the National League
by the experts. Through most of the 1950’s, the Bucs were the doormat of the
league. During that time, Danny Murtaugh, the even keeled manager, was managing
in the minor leagues. Last year, like the Yankees, the Pirates were two games
over .500. Murtaugh, who took over as manager midseason for Bobby Bragan, is in
his third full season at the helm of the Bucs.

 

The
Pirates didn’t rattle off an incredible fifteen game winning streak like the
Yanks. But they did send a shot across the bow with a nine game winning streak
in April. The Bucs did enjoy a seven game run in August as well as a couple of
five and six game winning streaks.

 

The
key to Pittsburgh’s success was their ability to come from behind and steal
games. The Bucs won 33 games in which they were either tied or were trailing
from the seventh inning on. In extra inning games, the Pirates were 12-4. They
were nine games over .500 on the road. And they really enjoyed playing at home,
where they were 52-25. The Pirates held first place for 130 games and were in
first place since July 24th.

 

The
Pirates don’t have the home run punch like the Yankees. No Pirate had over 30
home runs or 100 RBI’s. Dick Stuart led the club with just 23 round trippers. Roberto
Clemente led the club in RBI’s with 94. However, four Pirates hit over 70 RBI’s.
So, while the Pirates don’t hit many home runs, they do hit and do drive in
runs.

 

Dick
Groat, the Bucs’ shortstop and captain, won the batting title with a .325 average.
That was also while being on the disabled list with a broken wrist. Groat was
hit by a pitch from Milwaukee’s Lew Burdette. He returned to action the last
week of the regular season and is swinging the bat with relative ease. While
Groat was recuperating, Dick Schofield hit .300 and drove n ten runs. Groat’s
double play partner, Bill Mazeroski, is the best defensive second baseman in
the game.

 

The
Pirates’ bench may not be as potent as the Yankees, but Smokey Burgess, when he’s
not catching, can come off the bench cold and hit. Burgess hit .294 with 17
home runs and 39 RBI’s. He’s platooned with Hal Smith, who hit .295 with 11
homers and 45 RBI’s.

 

Pitching
wise, it would be an eye opener to suggest that the Pirates have a better
starting staff than the Yankees. Many teams are lucky to have one great ace.
The Pirates have two.

 

Vernon
Law, easily the Cy Young award winner of 1960 was the Pirates’ stopper. Law won
20 games, an ERA of an even three and 18 complete games. However, there is some
concerned with his right ankle. The Pirates announced that Law’s ankle was
injured but not by slipping in the shower during the pennant celebration.
Instead, Law’s ankle was injured by a teammate’s horseplay on the bus on the way
to the airport. The player tried to yank Law’s shoe off his foot without
untying the shoelaces. The result was a sprained ankle.

 

There
was a collective sense of nervousness at the Lady Forbes when on Friday, September
30, Law was shelled in 2 2/3 innings by the Braves. Law gave up eight earned
runs and ten hits and was obviously feeling the effect of his sprained ankle.

 

“I’ve
got a little ankle trouble.” said Law at the time “I couldn’t push off the
mound. I was falling off it. I imagine it will come around, though.” 

 

Law
tested his ankle in the bullpen before the season finale on Sunday. He also did
some running befor the game. “It was better than expected”, said Law. “It will
be alright.”

 

Law
is expected to be Murtaugh’s game one starter. Friend will pitch game two. Left
handers Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell (13-5, 3.12) and Harvey Haddix (11-10,
3.97) are the other starters.

 

ElRoy
Face is Danny’s bullpen ace. Face has 24 saves along with ten wins and a 2.90
ERA. Fred Green (8-4, 3.21, 3 saves) is Murtaugh’s left hander. The Pirates
also acquired Clem Labine, who was with the Dodgers in the 1959 fall classic.
Since becoming a Buc, Labine is 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA and three saves.

 

Both
clubs are practically even record wise New York had two more wins and two less
losses than the Pirates. The Yankees led second place Baltimore by eight games.
The Pirates led the second place Milwaukee Braves by seven. The Yanks scored
746 runs and allowed 627 runs. Pittsburgh scored 734 runs but allowed 593. Both
clubs have a team fielding percentage of .979.

 

Not
everyone has been picking the Yankees. Roy Terrell of Sports Illustrated
believes that the Bucs “will win in six, maybe even five, no matter what the
bookmakers say. The Pirates have been ignoring the odds all year.”

 

The
Yankees in four?  Give the Pirates some
credit. After all, they did get to the series by being able to come from behind
and take a game or two. Or maybe four.

 

 

AN
OVERVIEW OF THE 1960 REGULAR SEASON CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960_Major_League_Baseball_season

 

 

THE
1960 PIRATES SCHEDULE CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PIT/1960-schedule-scores.shtml

 

THE
1960 PIRATES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PIT/1960-roster.shtml

 

 

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OF THE QUOTES USED COME FROM

“1960
Pittsburgh
Pirates – Day by Day: A Special Season, An Extraordinary World Series” by
Fred Cushing. Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. Pittsburgh, PA

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BEAT ‘EM BUCS – 1960! – PIRATES WIN 9-7 DECISION OVER BRAVES Bucs Finish Season With 95 Wins And A Pennant Groat 1-4, Wins NL Batting Title – Sunday, October 02, 1960

BEAT
‘EM BUCS – 1960!

A
look at the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates season from stem to stern!

By
DA Frizzi

 

PIRATES
WIN 9-7 DECISION OVER BRAVES

Bucs
Finish Season With 95 Wins And A Pennant

Groat
1-4, Wins NL Batting Title

Yanks
Finish Season With 15th Wins In Row – Dale Long Wins It With 2R HR
In 9th

 

Game
played on Sunday, October 02, 1960 at Forbes Field

 

PITTSBURGH
– The Pirates finished the 1960 regular season with a win at Forbes Field
against Milwaukee. The final was 9-7, in favor of Pittsburgh.

 

Dick
Groat won the National League batting championship. He finished the season with
a .325 batting average. Groat singled to right field in his third at bat to
lead off the fifth inning. Ironically, it was off of Lew Burdette, who threw
the pitch that broke Groat’s wrist. Groat would score when Bob Clemente
grounded out third to first to give the Pirates a 6-4 lead.

 

Groat
is now one of three shortstops to have won a batting title. The others, also
Pirates, were Honus Wagner and Arky Vaughn. The Pirates have now won the
batting title fifteen times. Paul Waner, Ginger Beaumont and Debs Garms are the
others. Garms was the last Pirate to have won a batting title. Wagner has won
eight and Waner has one three.

 

Clemente
was 1-4 with 2 RBI’s. He finished the season with a .314 batting average and 95
RBI’s.

 

The
game went back and forth. Tied 2-2 after three innings, the Pirates scored
three runs in the fourth on a two run triple by Don Hoak. In turn, Hoak was
driven home by Dick Schofield.

Hoak,
who started the season with an extended batting slump, finished hitting .282
and drove in 80 RBI’s. The gritty Pirates’ third baseman finished with a .282
batting average and with 80 RBI’s.

 

Schofield,
giving Bill Mazeroski a breather at second base, was 3-4 with two RBI’s. The
utility infielder, who was hitting .200 when he took over for Groat after the
wrist injury, finished strong. Ducky finished with a .333 batting average and
drove in ten RBI’s.

 

However,
the Braves would counter with two runs in the fifth to make it 5-4 Pittsburgh.
Chuck Cottier drove in two runs with a single.

 

The
Bucs would counter with a solo run in their half of the fifth on Groat’s single
and Clemente’s RBI. The Pirates would also counter a Brave run in the sixth
when Harvey Haddix drove in Hoak. Haddix relieved starter and winner Vinegar
Bend Mizell in the sixth inning, as Murtaugh wanted to give Haddix some tune up
innings. Mizell, who plugged the hole in the starting rotation, got his
fourteenth win of the season. But he gave up four earned runs on six hits and
walked six Braves in five innings of work.  Overall, Mizell finished with a 14-8 record.
However, after being acquired from St. Louis, Mizell was 13-5 with a 3.12 ERA.

 

Pittsburgh
put the game away with two runs in the seventh. Dick Stuart’s pinch hit single
drove in Bob Skinner, who led off the inning with a single to right. R.C.
Stevens came in to pinch run for Stuart. Dick Schofield drove in his second run
of the game when he drove in Stevens.

 

Lew
Burdette pitched a complete game for his thirteenth loss of the season. He was
one win shy of a 20 win season. Burdette did finish with 18 complete games
pitched, tying him with teammate Warren Spahn and Pittsburgh’s Vernon Law.

 

Eddie
Mathews drove in two runs to finish with 125 RBI’s. However, his teammate,
Henry Aaron, finished with 126 to lead the National League. Aaron also beat out
Mathews for the team home run championship, 40 over 39. The Milwaulee tandem
finished second and third behind Chicago’s Ernie Banks, who finished with 41
round trippers. It was the second time that Banks has won a home run title.

 

The
regular season is now over. The Pirates finish with a record of 95-59, a far
cry from the fourth place finish of 1959, with a 78-76 record. They finished
seven games behind Milwaukee who, when tied with the Dodgers on September 26th,
lost the last two games of the season against the Dodgers to narrowly miss
getting back into the World Series. The defending World Champion Dodgers
finished in fourth place thirteen games back. St Louis ended up in third place,
nine games back. San Francisco (16 gb), Cincinnati (28 gb), Chicago (35 gb) and
Philadelphia (36 gb) round out the rest of the National League.

 

One
year later, and after 153 games, the Pirates finish the 1960 season seven games
ahead of the Braves. Wasn’t it just yesterday when the Pirates opened the season
with a 4-3 loss to the Braves in Milwaukee?

 

In
other baseball news….

 

First
Base Coach Mickey Vernon will not be on the 25 man roster when the Pirates head
into the fall classic. In nine games, Vernon had one base hit and one RBI.

 

The
New York Yankees won their final game of the regular season with a come from
behind 8-7 win over Boston. Dale Long, the former Pirate first baseman, smacked
a two run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game. Long drove
in Ken Hunt, who led off the inning with a bunt single to third base.

 

Long,
as Pirate fans may recall, hit 27 homers for the 1956 Buccos. He also had a
consecutive eight game home run hitting streak from May 19th through
the 28th. The Pirates traded Long and outfielder Lee Walls to the
Cubs for infielder Gene Baker and first baseman Dee Fondy. The left handed batter
began the 1960 campaign with the Cubs, was purchased by the Giants on April 5th.
Long was then purchased by New York on August 21st. For the Yanks,
Long hit.366 with three home runs and ten RBI’s in 41 at bats. He will most
certainly be on the Yankees’ World Series roster.

 

New
York finished with a 97-57 record behind an incredible 15 game winning streak.
The Yanks, in a dead tie with Baltimore at the beginning of September, ended up
with a eight game lead over Baltimore. The 1959 AL champion White Sox wound up
in third place, ten games back.

 

Rounding
out the rest of the American League are Cleveland (21gb), Washington (24 gb),
Detroit (16 gb), Boston (32 gb) and Kansas City (39 gb).

 

However,
is this the last year of major league baseball in the Nation’s Capitol?
Senators owner Calvin Griffith is hoping he can move the long time franchise to
the Minneapolis-St.Paul area.

There
is expansion talk for the National League to expand to two teams in 1962, one
of which is a new franchise in New York. The American League may now be
pressured to expand to get another team in Washington. Los Angeles may be the
other expansion franchise in the A.L.

 

THE
GAME’S BOX SCORE CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PIT/PIT196010020.shtml

 

DETAILED
PLAY-BY PLAY CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1960/B10020PIT1960.htm

 

SCORES
AND STANDINGS for this date can be found at the following URL:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/games/standings.cgi?date=1960-10-02

 

AN
OVERVIEW OF THE 1960 REGULAR SEASON CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960_Major_League_Baseball_season

 

 

THE
1960 PIRATES SCHEDULE CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PIT/1960-schedule-scores.shtml

 

THE
1960 PIRATES TEAM ROSTER CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING URL:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PIT/1960-roster.shtml

 

 

MANY
OF THE QUOTES USED COME FROM

“1960
Pittsburgh
Pirates – Day by Day: A Special Season, An Extraordinary World Series” by
Fred Cushing. Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. Pittsburgh, PA

http://www.dorrancebookstore.com/19pipidaybyd.html

 

 

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