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1960 Revisited - une 10-16   
By Bobster

June 10-16, 1960

Friday, June 10, 1960--The Pirates held a 1-game lead in the NL as the Giants beat the Milwaukee Braves 5-0 while the Pirates were losing 9-6 to the Cardinals. Larry Jackson (8-5) won his 7th straight game, defeating Harvey Haddix (3-3).

Trailing 1-0, the Pirates tied the game 1-1 in the third when Hoak doubled, took third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly by Haddix. In the 4th, the Cardinals took a 3-1 lead. Ken Boyer connected for a solo homer. It was Boyer’s 15th of the season to tie him with Ernie Banks for the ML lead. Three batters later, Curt Flood doubled to right field and circled the bases when Clemente misplayed the ball for an error. The Pirates closed to within 3-2 in their half of the 5th on Hoak’s 4th HR of the season only to have the Cardinals erupt for 5 more in the bottom of the 5th. Bennie Daniels relieved Haddix in the 5th, only to surrender 3 runs on 3 hits without retiring a batter. The Pirates got 3 in the 6th.

Groat and Skinner singled, and Groat scored on Stuart’s sac fly. Burgess then hit his 4th HR of the year to make it 8-5. But St.L. came back with 1 more in the 6th against Jim Umbricht. The Pirates closed out the scoring with 1 more in the 9th when Burgess singled, Hoak walked and Virdon singled to score pinch runner Joe Christopher. But it was too little too late and the Bucs lost 9-6. Groat (.318), Skinner (.330), Burgess (.343) and Hoak (.235) each had a pair of hits for the Bucs. Burgess and Hoak each hit their 4th HR of the year. Virdon (.187) went 1-for-5, meaning he had gone 1-for-14 since moving to the lead-off spot. Fred Green pitched the final 2 innings of scoreless relief, giving him only 1 run allowed in his last 11 innings and lowering his ERA to 2.60. Meanwhile, Daniels and Umbricht saw their ERA’s rise to 8.61 and 5.93, respectively.

Starting lineup:
Virdon CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Stuart 1B
Clemente RF
Burgess C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Haddix P.

Saturday, June 11, 1960---The Pirates (31-19) lost a tough one to the Cardinals, 7-6. St.L. picked up 1 in the 2nd and 3 in the 3rd against starter Joe Gibbon. But the Pirates tied it 4-4 against 19-year-old rookie lefthander Ray Sadecki in the 4th inning. Cimoli singled and took third on a Smith double. Hoak’s single scored a run and sent Smith to third, from where he scored on Mazeroski’s sac fly. Gene Baker (.188) batted for Gibbon and singled. Skinner’s single scored Hoak and sent Baker to second. Groat singled to right to score Baker but Skinner was out trying to score from first. Bennie Daniels (7.57 ERA) kept the Pirates in the game with scoreless relief work from the fourth inning until the ninth. Dick Stuart’s 5th homer of the season, with Clemente aboard, gave Pittsburgh a 6-4 lead in the 7th. But 3 pinch hit singles in the bottom of the ninth sparked a 3-run rally as the Cardinals came from behind to win the game 7-6. Fred Green (3-2), who relieved Daniels in the 9th, took the loss. Skinner (.332), Groat (.321) and Mazeroski (.234) each had 2 hits for the Pirates. The Pirates maintained a 1 game lead over the Giants.

Starting lineup:
Skinner LF
Groat SS
Clemente RF
Stuart 1B
Cimoli CF
Smith C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Gibbon P.

Sunday, June 12, 1960---The Pirates (32-20) split a double-header with St.L. while the Giants’ 16-7 win over the Braves put them ½ game behind the Bucs. In the first game, Vern Law (9-2) was the beneficiary of 15 runs and 23 hits as the Pirates won 15-3. The Pirates scored 6 runs in the top of the 1st inning off Cardinals starter Ron Kline (2-6) and reliever Cal Browning. Virdon opened the game with a double and took third on Groat’s single. Skinner forced Groat but Virdon scored. Skinner stole seconds and then scored on Stuart’s 6th HR of the season. Clemente walked and Burgess singled. Kline was then relieved by Browning, who immediately gave up a 3-run HR to Hoak (#5) to make it 6-0. The Pirates added 2 more in the 2nd inning when Groat singled, Skinner walked and then Stuart and Clemente singled. Browning was relieved by Curt Simmons, who got 3 outs to end the inning. In the 3rd, a single by Groat, a ground out and a single by Stuart made it 9-0. The Cardinals got on the board with a run in the 3rd when Julian Javier, recently traded by the Pirates for Mizell, singled and scored on a Bill White single. Leading 9-1 in the 4th, the Pirates added 4 more. Hoak and Mazeroski singled and both scored on Law’s double. A Groat double scored Law and a Skinner double scored Groat to make it 13-1. The Bucs made it 15-1 in the 7th. Stuart hit his second HR of the game (#7). Clemente and Burgess then singled and Clemente scored when Gene Baker hit a sac fly, batting for Hoak. The Cardinals got 2 in the ninth against Law to make it 15-3. Curt Simmons entered with no outs in the second inning and pitched the remainder of the game for St.L. giving up 7 runs and 14 hits in 8 innings. Stuart (.264) went 5-for-6 with 5 RBIs. Dick Groat (.325) and Smoky Burgess (.367) had 4 hits apiece. Virdon, Clemente (.346), Hoak (.242) and Mazeroski had 2 hits each. Law pitched his 8th complete game and added a double and 2 RBIs.

Game 1 Starting lineup:
Virdon CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Stuart 1B
Clemente RF
Burgess C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Law P.

But, as often happens following a "laugher," runs were scarce in the next game. Ernie Broglio (3-2) and Lindy McDaniel held the Bucs to 2 runs as the Cardinals defeated their former teammate, Vinegar Bend Mizell (2-4 overall, 1-1 as a Pirate), by a score of 5-2. The Cards got a run in the 1st and 2 more in the 2nd to take a 3-0 lead. Joe Cunningham homered for St.L. The Bucs made it a 3-2 game in the 5th inning when Burgess batted for Mizell and hit a 2-run pinch-hit double, scoring Hoak (who had singled) and Mazeroski (who had doubled). But that was all the Pirates would get. The Cardinals added a run off Jim Umbricht in the 6th and an unearned run off Face in the 7th. Hal Smith (.313), Mazeroski (.247) and Virdon each had a pair of hits for the Bucs. Virdon had 2 hits from the lead-off spot in each game to raise his average to .212.

Game 2 Starting lineup:
Virdon CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Stuart 1B
Cimoli RF
Smith C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Mizell P.

[Note: Ernie Broglio, the Cardinals’ winner in game 2, was one of the best pitchers in baseball in 1960. He tied the Braves’ Warren Spahn for the most wins with 21. His .700 winning percentage (21-9) led the league. He had the best hits/innings ratio in the majors and was 4th in the N.L. in strikeouts. Broglio’s 2.74 ERA was 3rd in the majors. He followed that season by going 9-12 in 1961, 12-9 in 1962 and 18-8 in 1963. But he was only 3-5 on June 15, 1964 when the 28-year old right-hander was included in a 6-man trade between the Cardinals and Cubs. The main player acquired by the Cardinals was 24-year old Lou Brock, who, in 2+ seasons with the Cubs, had never hit above .263 or stolen more than 24 bases. However, Brock immediately blossomed for St.L., hitting .315 that year and stealing 43 bases. Brock was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985. Broglio went 4-7 as a Cub in 1964, 1-6 (with a 6.93 ERA) in 1965 and 2-6 in 1966 (with a 6.35 ERA) before retiring. The Cubs were always ridiculed for the Brock/Broglio trade. But at the time, Broglio was considered a very good pitcher and Brock had yet to realize his potential.]

Monday, June 13, 1960---The idle Pirates (32-20) picked up ½ game on the Giants (32-22) when SF lost to the Braves, 12-5. The lead was now 1 game as the Pirates and Giants prepared for a 3-game showdown in Candlestick Park. The pitching match-ups would be Bob Friend (7-3) vs Sam Jones (8-4), Harvey Haddix (3-3) vs Billy O’Dell (2-5) and Vinegar Bend Mizell (1-1) vs Jack Sanford (6-2).

Smoky Burgess was leading the Pirates with a .367 average. Clemente was 2nd with .346. Skinner and Mazeroski shared the team HR lead with 8. Clemente led the team with 44 RBIs. Skinner was 2nd with 35. Through the first third of the season, Murtaugh had relied heavily on his regulars, including the platoons of Burgess/Smith and Cimoli/Virdon. The remainder of his bench: Schofield, Nelson, Oldis, Baker and Christopher had seen little playing time. Through 52 games, Nelson (.268) had only 41 ABs, Schofield (.368) had only 19 ABs, Baker (.176) had only 17 ABs, Christopher (.000) had only 7 ABs and Oldis (.200) had only 5 ABs.

Tuesday, June 14, 1960---The second-place Giants, one game behind the Pirates, began this big series with Willie Mays ill and watching from the dugout. They had Sam Jones, a 21-game winner in 1959, on the mound. Jones had made history in 1955 when he became the first black pitcher to pitch a no-hitter in the majors. He did it on May 12, 1955---against the Pirates. The Pirates’ starter and loser that day had been future broadcaster Nellie King. But now on June 14, 1960, the Giants got off to a poor start. Bill Virdon began the game by reaching second base on an error by Giant’s second baseman Don Blasingame. Virdon went to third on a ground out by Groat and scored on a wild pitch. But the Giants came right back in the bottom of the first when Blasingame singled and scored on a triple by Willie Kirkland, who subsequently scored on a ground out by Willie McCovey to take a 2-1 lead. But another Giants’ errors gave the Pirates 3 more unearned runs in the second. After a Burgess single, a Hoak double and a walk to Friend, the Pirates had the bases loaded and 2 outs. Virdon’s grounder to short was booted by Ed Bressoud as Burgess s cored the tie run. Then Groat singled to score two more and make it 4-2. That was all Bob Friend (8-3) needed. Friend pitched his 6th complete game of the year, holding SF to 3 runs on 7 hits. He had 6 strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Bucs added a run in the fifth on a double by Groat and a sac fly by Nelson and another run in the eighth on singles by Nelson and Clemente, a walk to Hoak and a ground out by Mazeroski to make the final 6-3. The Pirates turned 3 DPs behind Friend, each one a Groat-Mazeroski-Nelson affair. The loss was Jones’ first of the season at Candlestick Park and put the Giants (32-23) 2 games behind Pittsburgh (33-20). Hoak (.254) had 3 hits and Groat (.326) had a pair for the Bucs.

Starting lineup:
Virdon CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Nelson 1B
Clemente RF
Burgess C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Friend P.

Wednesday, June 15, 1960---The Pirates (34-20) took the second game of the series and opened up a 3-game lead over the second-place Giants (32-24) with an impressive 14-6 win. The 3-game lead was the largest margin enjoyed by any team in either league so far during the season. Orlando Cepeda’s 12th HR of the year put the Giants ahead 1-0 in the 2nd. But the Bucs came right back in the 3rd on a single by Groat, a double by Clemente, a single by Cimoli, a double by Smith and a single by Hoak to take a 4-1 lead. The Pirates added a run in the 4th when Harvey Haddix doubled and scored on Groat’s triple to make it 5-1. In the fifth, Cimoli led off with a single but was picked off first base. But Smith followed with a single and Hoak tripled him home. Hoak then scored on a single by Haddix to make it 7-1. Don Blasingame led off the bottom of the 6th for SF by reaching on an error by Dick Stuart. A single by Mays, sandwiched between strikeouts by Joe Amalfitano and Cepeda, put two on with two out. Willie Kirkland’s grounder to Stuart was booted and a run scored. It was "Dr. Strangeglove’s" second error of the inning. A double by Andre Rodgers s cored another unearned run to make it 7-3. But again the Bucs came right back with a big inning, posting 5 runs in the 7th to put it out of reach at 12-3. The inning began with singles by Cimoli and Smith and a run-scoring double by Hoak against reliever Stu Miller. After a pitching change, Mazeroski’s sac fly plated Smith. A single by Haddix scored Hoak. After a double by Skinner, Haddix scored on a wild pitch. Skinner then scored on a ground out by Clemente. The Pirates made it 13-3 when Cimoli led of the 8th with a double, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly by Hoak. Willie Mays homered for SF in the bottom of the eighth and the Giants added another run on a double by Cepeda and a single by Andre Rodgers to make it 13-5. Haddix led off the ninth with a single, took second on a ground out and scored on a single by Groat to make it 14-5. The Giants got a run in the ninth on a double by Jim Davenport and a single by Amalfitano to end the game at 14-6. The Pirates stroked 19 hits against Giants starter Billy O’Dell (2-6) and 5 relievers. Dick Groat (.336) went 4-for 5 with a triple. Hal Smith (.327) was 3-for-5 with a double. Don Hoak (.264) was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and 4 RBIs. Cimoli (.300) had a single and double in 4 at bats. But no one had a better day than Harvey Haddix. Haddix (4-3) pitched his first complete game of the season and went 4-for-5 with a double and 3 singles. He scored 3 times and had 2 RBIs. Haddix raised his batting average to .296 (8-for-27).

Starting lineup:
Skinner LF
Groat SS
Clemente RF
Stuart 1B
Cimoli CF
Smith C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Haddix P.

Thursday, June 16, 1960---The Pirates (35-20) left San Francisco with a 4-game lead over the Giants (32-25) after sweeping the series. Control problems by Vinegar Bend Mizell led to a pair of 2nd-inning runs for SF when the Pirate lefty walked a pair of batters after the bases were loaded. But the Bucs took command with a 6-run 5th against Jack Sanford (6-3). A walk to Hoak, a single by Mazeroski and pitcher Jack Sanford’s error on a Mizell bunt loaded the bases for the Pirates in the 5th. Virdon’s 2-run single tied the game at 2-2. A Groat infield hit loaded the bases, and Skinner made it a 6-2 game with a grand slam to RF. It was Skinner’s 9th HR of the year. The sixth inning began with a triple by Hoak and Sanford was relieved by Billy Loes. Loes gave up a 2-out single to Groat to make it 7-2. In the 8th inning, Hoak got his second lead-off triple of the game, and scored when Mazeroski followed with another triple. Mizell popped up but Virdon walked, and Groat bunted for a hit as Mazeroski scored. Virdon then scored on a single by Skinner to make it 10-2. Trailing 10-2, the Giants opened the bottom of the ninth with consecutive singles by Amalfitano, Mays and McCovey to make it 10-3. Face replaced Mizell and gave up a run-scoring single to Cepeda and a 3-run HR to Kirkland. Face then retired the final 3 batters for a 10-7 win and was credited with his 8th save. Mizell struck out 9 in 8+ innings and raised his record as a Pirate to 2-1. The Pirates got 3 hits apiece from Groat, Skinner (.324) and Hoak. Virdon (.213) and Mazeroski (.242) each added a pair of hits. Skinner had 5 RBIs. The Pirates also had 3 triples in the game. Hoak was red-hot. For the series, he was 9-for-11 with a double and 3 triples. The Bucs’ thirdbaseman was on an 8-game hitting streak in which he had gone 17-for-28. That .607 clip had raised his average for the season to .274. Groat (.342) was 9-for 15 in the series. The Pirates had indeed flexed their muscles in the 3-game showdown. They totaled 42 hits and outscored the Giants 30-16. And all that was done without much help from the Bucs’ acknowledged "slugger," Dick Stuart. Stuart (.257) had started only one of the 3 games, going 1-for-5 with a single and no RBIs (and 2 errors). Veteran back-up Rocky Nelson (.260) had started 2 of the 3 games, going 2-for-9 with an RBI, a double and 1 error. The error was on a throw from Clemente that would have had a runner. Clemente was credited with his 6th assist of the season.

Starting lineup:
Virdon CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Nelson 1B
Clemente RF
Burgess C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Mizell P.

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