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1960 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1960 Pittsburgh Pirates
1960 NL Champions
1960 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Forbes Field (since 1909)
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (since 1887)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) John W. Galbreath
    Manager(s) Danny Murtaugh
    Local television KDKA-TV
    Bob Prince, Jim Woods
    Local radio KDKA
    Bob Prince, Paul Long, Jim Woods
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    The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the team's 79th season. The team finished with a record of 95–59–1, seven games in front of the second-place Milwaukee Braves to win their first National League championship in 33 seasons. The team went on to play the heavily favored New York Yankees, whom they defeated 4 games to 3 in one of the most storied World Series ever.

    Offseason

    At the 1959 Winter Meetings, Pirates general manager Joe L. Brown had agreed to trade Dick Groat to the Kansas City Athletics in exchange for Roger Maris. Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh had advised Brown that he did not want to lose Groat, and the deal was never finalized.[1]

    Notable transactions

    • Prior to 1960 season: José Martínez was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates.[2]

    Regular season

    On September 6, team captain Dick Groat was drilled on his left wrist by an inside pitch from Braves pitcher Lew Burdette.[3] Groat was lost for the rest of the season. Dick Schofield stepped in for the injured Groat and went three for three in that September 6 game. The Pirates won the game 5–3 and Schofield would go on to hit .414 for the rest of the season.[3]

    On September 25 in Milwaukee, the Pirates clinched their first pennant in 33 years.[4]

    Season standings

    National League W L GB Pct.
    Pittsburgh Pirates 95 59 -- .617
    Milwaukee Braves 88 66 7 .571
    St. Louis Cardinals 86 68 9 .558
    Los Angeles Dodgers 82 72 13 .532
    San Francisco Giants 79 75 16 .513
    Cincinnati Reds 67 87 28 .435
    Chicago Cubs 60 94 35 .390
    Philadelphia Phillies 59 95 36 .383

    Opening Day lineup

    Pittsburgh Pirates

    Don Hoak 3B Dick Groat SS Bob Skinner LF Dick Stuart 1B Roberto Clemente RF Smoky Burgess C Gino Cimoli CF Bill Mazeroski 2B Vern Law P

    Team Totals 33 13 11 13 5 4 .333 1.031 0.314 0.29 0.464 -0.148 9.2 27 10

    2B: R Clemente 2 (2, 2 off C McLish); S Burgess (1, off C McLish); B Mazeroski (1, off B Purkey); D Groat (1, off C McLish); G Cimoli (2, off B Lawrence).

    HR: B Mazeroski (1, off C McLish; 2nd inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep LF).

    SF: R Clemente (1, off B Lawrence).

    IBB: D Stuart (1, by B Lawrence).

    HBP: B Skinner (1, by C McLish).

    TB: B Mazeroski 6; R Clemente 5; D Groat 4; G Cimoli 2; S Burgess 2; B Skinner.

    RBI: R Clemente 5 (6); B Mazeroski 4 (4); G Cimoli 2 (2); B Skinner (2); S Burgess (1).

    2-out RBI: R Clemente 2; B Mazeroski 2.

    Team LOB: 3.

    With RISP: 7 for 13.

    Fielding

    DP: 3. D Groat-B Mazeroski-D Stuart 3.

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1960 Pittsburgh Pirates
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Game log

    Game Log

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    C Burgess, SmokySmoky Burgess 110 337 99 .294 7 39
    1B Stuart, DickDick Stuart 122 438 114 .260 23 83
    2B Mazeroski, BillBill Mazeroski 151 538 147 .273 11 64
    3B Hoak, DonDon Hoak 155 553 156 .282 16 79
    SS Groat, DickDick Groat 138 573 186 .325 2 50
    LF Skinner, BobBob Skinner 145 571 156 .273 15 86
    CF Virdon, BillBill Virdon 120 409 108 .264 8 40
    RF Clemente, RobertoRoberto Clemente 144 570 179 .314 16 94

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Smith, HalHal Smith 77 258 76 .295 11 45
    Nelson, RockyRocky Nelson 93 200 60 .300 7 35
    Schofield, DickDick Schofield 65 102 34 .333 0 10
    Vernon, MickeyMickey Vernon 9 8 1 .125 0 1
    Mejías, RománRomán Mejías 3 1 0 .000 0 0

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Friend, BobBob Friend 38 275.2 18 12 3.00 183
    Law, VernVern Law 35 271.2 20 9 3.08 120
    Mizell, Vinegar BendVinegar Bend Mizell[7] 32 221 14 8 3.34 112
    Haddix, HarveyHarvey Haddix 29 172.1 11 10 3.97 101
    Cheney, TomTom Cheney 11 52 2 2 3.98 35

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Gibbon, JoeJoe Gibbon 27 80.1 4 2 4.03 60
    Daniels, BennieBennie Daniels 10 40.1 1 3 7.81 16
    Witt, GeorgeGeorge Witt 10 30 1 2 4.20 15

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Face, RoyRoy Face 68 10 8 24 2.90 72
    Green, FredFred Green 45 8 4 3 3.21 49
    Giel, PaulPaul Giel 16 2 0 0 5.73 21
    Francis, EarlEarl Francis 7 1 0 0 2.00 8

    1960 World Series

    Main article: 1960 World Series

    The 1960 Pirates team, which featured eight All-Stars, was widely predicted to lose the World Series to a powerful New York Yankees team.[citation needed] In one of the most memorable World Series in history, the Pirates were defeated by more than ten runs in three games, won three close games, then recovered from a 7–4 deficit late in Game 7 to eventually win on a walk-off home run by Bill Mazeroski, a second baseman better known for defensive wizardry.

    Game 1

    October 5, 1960 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 36,676

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    New York (A) 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 13 2
    Pittsburgh (N) 3 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 X 6 8 0
    W: Vern Law (1–0)  L: Art Ditmar (0–1),   S: Roy Face (1)
    HR: NYYRoger Maris (1), Elston Howard (1)   PITBill Mazeroski (1)

    Game 2

    October 6, 1960 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 37,308

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    New York (A) 0 0 2 1 2 7 3 0 1 16 19 1
    Pittsburgh (N) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 13 1
    W: Bob Turley (1–0)  L: Bob Friend (0–1)
    HR: NYYMickey Mantle 2 (2)

    Game 3

    October 8, 1960 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. Attendance: 70,001

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Pittsburgh (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
    New York (A) 6 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 x 10 16 1
    W: Whitey Ford (1–0)   L: Vinegar Bend Mizell (0–1)
    HR: NYYBobby Richardson (1), Mickey Mantle (3)

    Game 4

    October 9, 1960 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. Attendance: 67,812

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Pittsburgh (N) 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
    New York (A) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 0
    W: Vern Law (2–0)   L: Ralph Terry (0–1),   S: Roy Face (2)
    HR: NYYBill Skowron (1)

    Game 5

    October 10, 1960 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. Attendance: 62,753

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Pittsburgh (N) 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 10 2
    New York (A) 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 2
    W: Harvey Haddix (1–0)   L: Art Ditmar (0–2),   S: Roy Face (3)
    HR: NYYRoger Maris (2)

    Game 6

    October 12, 1960 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 38,580

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    New York (A) 0 1 5 0 0 2 2 2 0 12 17 1
    Pittsburgh (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
    W: Whitey Ford (2–0)  L: Bob Friend (0–2)

    Game 7

    October 13, 1960 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 36,683

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    New York (A) 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 2 2 9 13 1
    Pittsburgh (N) 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 10 11 0
    W: Harvey Haddix (2–0)  L: Ralph Terry (0–2)
    HR: NYYBill Skowron (2), Yogi Berra (1)    PITRocky Nelson (1), Hal Smith (1), Bill Mazeroski (2)

    Composite Box

    1960 World Series (4–3): Pittsburgh Pirates (N.L.) over New York Yankees (A.L.)

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Pittsburgh Pirates 5 5 1 3 3 1 0 5 4 27 60 4
    New York Yankees 7 2 8 7 3 13 6 4 5 55 91 8
    Total Attendance: 349,813   Average Attendance: 49,973
    Winning Player’s Share: – $8,418   Losing Player’s Share – $5,125

    Awards and honors

    All-Stars

    1960 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

    League leaders

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Savannah, Hobbs

    Notes

    1. ^ Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero, p. 114, Tom Clavin and Danny Peary, Touchstone Books, Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4165-8928-0
    2. ^ José Martínez page at Baseball Reference
    3. ^ a b The Best Game Ever, Prologue, p. xxi, Jim Reisler, Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7867-1943-3
    4. ^ The Best Game Ever, Prologue, p. xxii, Jim Reisler, Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7867-1943-3
    5. ^ Vinegar Bend Mizell page at Baseball Reference
    6. ^ a b Mickey Vernon page at Baseball Reference
    7. ^ 1961 post cereal baseball card #140
    8. ^ The Best Game Ever, p. 21, Jim Reisler, Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7867-1943-3

    References

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