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1960 Revisited - July 11   
By Bobster

July 11, 1960--- At the All-Star break, the Pirates led the N.L. by 5 games. The New York Yankees led the A.L. by 2˝ games over Chicago. There was no day off prior to the All-Star game. Between 1959 and 1962, two All-Star games were played each year. The same teams met in two different cities with a day off for travel in between. The Pirates had 8 All-Stars to lead the NL.

Pirate hurler Bob Friend started the first 1960 All-Star game on July 11th in Kansas City and blanked the A.L. stars over the first 3 innings. Besides Friend, Bill Mazeroski was the only other Pirate to start.

The N.L. jumped to a 5-0 lead after three innings, sparked by HRs by Ernie Banks and Del Crandall, and Willie Mays’ single, double and triple. Al Kaline homered for the A.L. Elroy Face entered the game with the bases loaded in the 6th inning and ended the rally when he got Luis Aparicio to hit into a DP. Vern Law entered in the 9th with the N.L. leading 5-3 and got the save. Friend was credited with the win.

A total of 8 Pirates were on the N.L. All-Star team: catcher Smoky Burgess (.307, 5 HR, 23 RBIs), rightfielder Roberto Clemente (.325, 6 HR, 53 RBIs), pitcher Elroy Face (5-4, 13 saves, 2.79), pitcher Bob Friend (10-5, 1 save, 3.00), shortstop Dick Groat (.315, 0 HR, 29 RBIs), pitcher Vern Law (11-4, 2.52), second baseman Bill Mazeroski (.249, 8 HR, 38 RBIs) and leftfielder Bob Skinner (.304, 11 HR, 55 RBIs).

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