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1960 Revisited - July 9   
By Bobster

July 9, 1960 Gene Conley out-dueled Vern Law in a 2-1 game in Philadelphia. Both pitchers went the distance. Law (11-4) gave up an unearned run in the 6th when Phils’ pitcher Conley doubled and scored from second on a 2-out error by Hoak. The Bucs (48-30) tied it in the 7th when a Burgess doubled to drive in Rocky Nelson, who had singled. But with the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th, a 1-out triple by Tony Taylor (who had 3 hits) was followed by Pancho Herrera’s single to win the game 2-1.Law gave up 8 hits with no walks and 4 Ks. Conley pitched a 5-hitter for the Phillies with a walk and 3 Ks.

Despite his strong outing that raised his record to 5-4, Conley was a hard-luck pitcher for the Phillies. He would go 3-10 the rest of the season to end up 8-14. But he compiled a decent 3.69 ERA for the year. Conley was also coming off a successful season with the Boston Celtics who had won the NBA title for the 1959-60 season in April 1960. Conley had averaged 18.7 minutes per game, 6.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Conley’s Celtic teammates included Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, K. C. Jones and Bill Russell. Conley, at 6’8” and 225 pounds was a reserve center-forward. Tony Taylor, who began the season with the Cubs and was traded to the Phillies in May, was named as the only Phillies’ player on the N.L. All-Star team. Eight Pirates were named to the All-Star team, including 5 of their 8 starters: Friend, Law, Face, Burgess, Mazeroski, Groat, Skinner and Clemente. Only one game remained before the All-Star break.

Starting lineup:

Virdon CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Nelson 1B
Clemente RF
Burgess C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Law P

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