1960 World Series

Pittsburgh Pirates (4) vs New York Yankees (3)

After a thirty-three year hiatus, baseball's first modern National League champions (1901), the Pittsburgh Pirates finally returned to the Fall Classic. Their opponent, the American League's New York Yankees had participated in eight of the last ten contests and only had to wait one year to get back to the big show.

Pittsburgh had no problem knocking off their "postseason cobwebs" and started strong with an opening 6-4 win against the perennial champs in Game 1 at Forbes Field.

However, their initial momentum was cut short as the Yanks dominated Games 2 and 3. Mickey Mantle did more than his share (two home runs and five runs batted in) and his teammates followed close behind totaling nineteen hits off of six different Pirate pitchers. The result was a 16-3 victory in the Steel City and a 10-0 shutout back home in the Bronx. Bobby Richardson took Mantle's example in the opener and added a grand slam off of reliever Clem Labine in the third and a two run single giving him a record six RBIs. "The Mick" responded with two more home runs of his own and three other hits, while Whitey Ford tossed his usual four hitter.

A determined Pirate team went back to the basics and gave the ball to first-game winner Vern Law for Game 4. The National League's Cy Young Award winner, combined with relief ace Roy Face to beat back the Yankees, 3-2 in an outing that was decided on Bill Virdon's single in the fifth that scored two of Pittsburgh runs. Attempting to avoid a comeback, New York made a controversial decision and decided to go with Game 1 loser, Art Ditmar, who had only lasted 1/3 of an inning. Some believed (in retrospect) that Stengel had thought the "Bucs" would underestimate the young pitcher, giving him the advantage. Unfortunately the Yankees skipper was wrong as Bill Mazeroski took him for a key-double in the Pirate's three run, second inning. Face returned with 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief after replacing starter and winner Harvey Haddix to nail down the 5-2 triumph which put Pittsburgh in the lead.

It was a completely different story in Game 6 as the day belonged to the "Bronx Bombers". Richardson had two triples, Johnny Blanchard added two doubles, Roger Maris and Yogi Berra (and Blanchard) all collected three hits each and before it was over, the Yankees had finished with seventeen hits and twelve runs. Whitey Ford added to the "Buccos" embarrassment by shutting them out again and many felt that it was all but over. Despite forcing another opportunity at their own Forbes Field, Pittsburgh had clearly been dominated by New York who had outscored them a staggering 46-17 by the end of Game 6. However, Game 7 would erase those numbers and leave fans in both agony and ecstasy.

Vern Law and the rest of the Pirates showed why they were still there by rolling over New York to take an early 4-0 lead. However, the Yankees came back with key performances at the plate by Bill Skowron, Mantle and Yogi Berra who shot to a 5-4 lead going into the eighth inning. They continued to lead 7-5 and looked to be in great shape as reliever Bobby Shantz appeared at the top of his game. Fortunately for the Pirates, appearances can sometimes be deceiving.

Gino Cimoli led off the Pittsburgh eighth with a pinch-single and Bill Virdon hit a sharp grounder toward Yankees' shortstop, Tony Kubek. After the speeding ball took a bad hop and struck Kubek in the throat (resulting in a single), Joe DeMaestri was summoned to replace him as both Pirates remained on base. Dick Groat followed with another single cutting the lead to 7-5 and Roberto Clemente kept the rally going with an infield hit that scored Virdon and advanced Groat to third. Now trailing 7-6, Pittsburgh had two runners on base and Hal Smith at the plate. Smith, who entered the game in the top of the eighth after Pirates catcher Smoky Burgess had left for a pinch-runner in the previous inning, sent shock waves through the Pittsburgh crowd by blasting a timely home run over the left-field wall.

Bob Friend, an eighteen game winner for the Pirates and the "Bucs" starter in Games 2 and 6, came on in the ninth to try to protect the 9-7 lead. The Yankees Bobby Richardson and pinch-hitter Dale Long both greeted Friend with singles and Pirates manager, Danny Murtaugh was forced to lift the veteran pitcher in favor of Harvey Haddix. Although he forced Roger Maris to foul out, Haddix gave up a key single to Mantle that scored Richardson and moved Long to third. Berra followed suite hitting a short grounder to first, with Rocky Nelson stepping on the base for the second out. In what, at the time, stood as a monumental play, Mantle, seeing he had no chance to beat a play at second, scurried back to first and avoided Nelson's tag (which would have been the third out) as McDougald raced home to tie the score, 9-9. The Yankees were still alive.

Ralph Terry, who had gotten the final out in the Pirates' eighth, returned to the mound in the bottom of the ninth to finish the job. The first man he faced was Bill Mazeroski. With a count of one ball and no strikes, the Pirates' second baseman smashed a historical long drive over the wall in left ending the contest and crowning the National League as champions.

As the Pirates erupted in a wild celebration, the Yankees stood in disbelief knowing that they had clearly dominated the series, but were unable to finish the task. The improbable champions were outscored, 55-27, and out-hit, 91-60, but in the end the home team prevailed. Years later, Mickey Mantle was quoted as saying that losing the 1960 series was the biggest disappointment of his career. For Bill Mazeroski, it was the highlight.

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"I don't know what the pitch was (to Bill Mazeroski in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series). All I know is it was the wrong one." - New York Yankees' Pitcher Ralph Terry

1960 World Series

1960 World Series Official Program, New York Yankees Version

1960 World Series Official Program
New York Yankees Version

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1960 World Series Official Program
Pittsburgh Pirates Version

1959 | Pittsburgh Pirates (4) vs New York Yankees (3) | 1961

Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
1 st Pitch
From
To
David L. Lawrence (Governor of Pennsylvania)
Attendance
36,676
National Anthem
Billy Eckstine (Singer / Bandleader)
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
37,308
National Anthem
Dick Fulton (Local Pittsburgh Vocalist)
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
1 st Pitch
Attendance
70,001
National Anthem
Lucy Monroe (Yankees National Anthem Singer)
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
67,812
National Anthem
Lucy Monroe (Yankees National Anthem Singer)
Game 5
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
62,753
National Anthem
Lucy Monroe (Yankees National Anthem Singer)
Game 6
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
38,580
National Anthem
Jackie Heller (Singer)
Game 7
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
36,683
National Anthem
Ronnie Sarazen (Local Pittsburgh Vocalist)
1960 World Series Fast Facts

1960 World Series
Game 1

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 13 2
Pittsburgh 3 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 x 6 8 0
Art Ditmar (L)
Jim Coates (1 st )
Duke Maas (5 th )
Ryne Duren (7 th )
Vern Law (W)
Roy Face (S, 8 th )
-
-
Roger Maris (1 st )
Elston Howard (9 th )
Bill Mazeroski (4 th )
-

1960 World Series
Game 2

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 2 1 2 7 3 0 1 16 19 1
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 13 1
Bob Turley (W)
Bobby Shantz (S, 9 th )
-
-
-
-
Bob Friend (L)
Fred Green (5 th )
Clem Labine (6 th )
George Witt (6 th )
Joe Gibbon (7 th )
Tom Cheney (9 th )
Mickey Mantle (5 th )
Mickey Mantle (7 th )
None
-

1960 World Series
Game 3

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
New York 6 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 x 10 16 1
Vinegar Bend Mizell (L)
Clem Labine (1 st )
Fred Green (1 st )
George Witt (4 th )
Tom Cheney (6 th )
Joe Gibbon (8 th )
Whitey Ford (W)
-
-
-
-
-
None
-
Bobby Richardson (1 st )
Mickey Mantle (4 th )

1960 World Series
Game 4

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 0
Vern Law (W)
Roy Face (S, 7 th )
-
Ralph Terry (L)
Bobby Shantz (7 th )
Jim Coates (8 th )
None Bill Skowron (4 th )

1960 World Series
Game 5

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 10 2
New York 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 2
Harvey Haddix (W)
Roy Face (S, 7 th )
-
-
Art Ditmar (L)
Luis Arroyo (2 nd )
Bill Stafford (3 rd )
Ryne Duren (8 th )
None Roger Maris (3 rd )

1960 World Series
Game 6

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 5 0 0 2 2 2 0 12 17 1
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Whitey Ford (W)
-
-
-
-
-
Bob Friend (L)
Tom Cheney (3 rd )
Vinegar Bend Mizell (4 th )
Fred Green (6 th )
Clem Labine (6 th )
George Witt (9 th )
None None

1960 World Series
Game 7

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 2 2 9 13 1
Pittsburgh 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 10 11 0
Bob Turley
Bill Stafford (2 nd )
Bobby Shantz (3 rd )
Jim Coates (8 th )
Ralph Terry (L, 8 th )
Vern Law
Roy Face (6 th )
Bob Friend (9 th )
Harvey Haddix (W, 9 th )
-
Bill Skowron (5 th )
Yogi Berra (6 th )
-
Rocky Nelson (1 st )
Hal Smith (8 th )
Bill Mazeroski (9 th )

1960 World Series

Pittsburgh Pirates 1960 World Series Composite Hitting Statistics

ph
c
p
ph
of-6
of
p
p
p
p
ss
p
3b
p
p
2b
p
1b-3
c
ss-2
of
c
1b
of
p
3
5
3
3
7
7
4
3
2
3
7
2
7
3
3
7
2
4
2
3
2
3
5
7
3
3
18
0
0
20
29
3
1
0
1
28
3
23
0
6
25
0
9
0
3
5
8
20
29
0
0
6
0
0
5
9
0
0
0
0
6
1
5
0
2
8
0
3
0
1
1
3
3
7
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
4
1
0
0
0
0
3
0
3
0
1
4
0
2
0
0
2
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
0
0
0
0
2
0
3
0
1
5
0
2
0
0
1
3
0
5
0
.000
.333
.000
.000
.250
.310
.000
.000
.000
.000
.214
.333
.217
.000
.333
.320
.000
.333
.000
.333
.200
.375
.150
.241
.000
0
2
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
4
4
2
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
1
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
Totals
234
60
11
0
4
27
26
.256
12
26
2

1960 World Series

New York Yankees 1960 World Series Composite Hitting Statistics

p
of-4,c-3
c-2
3b-4,ss-1
of-3
p
ss-3
p
p
p
pr
c-4
ss-7,of-2
ph
of-1
p
of
of
3b
2b
p
1b
p
p
p
1
7
5
4
4
3
4
2
2
2
1
5
7
3
3
1
7
7
6
7
3
7
2
2
2
1
22
11
12
14
1
2
0
0
8
0
13
30
3
7
0
25
30
18
30
3
32
1
2
4
0
7
5
3
5
0
1
0
0
2
0
6
10
1
3
0
10
8
5
11
1
12
0
0
1
0
0
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
1
1
1
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
3
2
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
6
2
1
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
4
6
0
0
0
8
6
4
8
0
7
0
0
0
0
8
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
4
3
0
0
0
11
2
2
12
0
6
0
0
1
.000
.318
.455
.250
.357
.000
.500
.000
.000
.250
.000
.462
.333
.333
.429
.000
.400
.267
.278
.367
.333
.375
.000
.000
.250
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
8
2
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
1
1
0
0
2
0
4
2
0
0
0
9
4
3
1
0
6
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
269
91
13
4
10
55
54
.338
18
40
0

1960 World Series

Pittsburgh Pirates 1960 World Series Composite Pitching Statistics

0
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
3
4
3
2
3
2
3
3
2
3
0
0
2
0
0
1
0
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4.0
10.1
6.0
3.0
4.0
7.1
4.0
18.1
2.1
2.2
4.50
5.23
13.50
9.00
22.50
2.45
13.50
3.44
15.43
0.00
4
9
13
4
11
6
13
22
4
5
6
4
7
2
3
6
2
8
1
1
2
6
9
3
10
2
6
7
4
0
1
2
3
1
1
2
1
3
2
2
Totals
4
3
28
7
0
3
0
62.0
7.11
91
40
49
18

1960 World Series

New York Yankees 1960 World Series Composite Pitching Statistics

0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
1
3
2
2
2
1
3
2
2
2
0
0
2
0
2
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0.2
6.1
1.2
4.0
18.0
2.0
6.1
6.0
6.2
9.1
13.50
5.68
21.60
2.25
0.00
4.50
4.26
1.50
5.40
4.82
2
6
6
2
11
2
4
5
7
15
1
3
0
5
8
1
1
2
5
0
1
4
4
1
0
1
3
1
4
5
0
1
1
1
2
0
1
1
1
4
Totals
3
4
20
7
2
1
2
61.0
3.54
60
26
24
12
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Bobby Richardson , of the Yankees, set one and tied one World Series game record during the 1960 Fall Classic: October 8, 1960 , most runs batted in during one game with six & October 12, 1960 , tied record for most triples during one game with two.

World Series MVP Dilemma: Bobby Richardson won the Sport Magazine World Series Most Valuable Player and Bill Mazeroski won the Babe Ruth Award for Most Valuable World Series Player. Who would you have voted for if you were a writer? Share your opinion on Baseball Fever .

Total Baseball (1999) describes the final moments of Game 7 with, "The stage was set for Mazeroski to fulfill that ultimate baseball fantasy, and he did, on pitcher Ralph Terry's second pitch." Major League Baseball (MLB.com) calls this particular Game 7 , "maybe the greatest game seven in World Series Championship history."

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