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1960 Revisited - July 14   
By Bobster
July 14, 1960

Addendum to July 11 note: Bob Skinner started the first of the two All-Star games (along with Friend and Mazeroski). I inadvertently left him out when mentioning the Pirate starters for that game. Skinner was 1 for 4 in that game, getting an RBI single in the first inning following Willie Maysí lead-off triple.

July 14, 1960---The All-Star break was cut short for the Pirates and Braves, who had to make up the rainout of the second game of their Memorial Day doubleheader. As the second half of the season began, the Pirates were clearly the team to beat in the NL

Addendum to July 11 note: Bob Skinner started the first of the two All-Star games (along with Friend and Mazeroski). I inadvertently left him out when mentioning the Pirate starters for that game. Skinner was 1 for 4 in that game, getting an RBI single in the first inning following Willie Maysí lead-off triple.

July 14, 1960---The All-Star break was cut short for the Pirates and Braves, who had to make up the rainout of the second game of their Memorial Day doubleheader. As the second half of the season began, the Pirates were clearly the team to beat in the NL. Their first place standing was no fluke. The Pirates lacked home run power but little else. They excelled at hitting in the clutch. By seasonís end, they would only be 6th among the 8 NL teams in home runs but first in both runs and RBIs. Thus, despite their lack of home runs, the Pirates were the best offensive team in the NL. Clemente, Groat, Skinner, Stuart, Burgess, Smith, Cimoli, Virdon, Hoak, Mazeroski and Nelson were all productive hitters. Law and Friend were a pair of aces. Haddix and Mizell were competent starters. And Face was the envy of every bullpen. Mazeroski, Groat, Hoak, Clemente and Virdon were all excellent defensively. The Pirates had proven to be an excellent come-from-behind team and were 8-2 in extra inning games at the break. Now, as the second half began, the Pirates would host the second place Braves for one game in Pittsburgh before the Reds came to town for a 4-game weekend series including a Sunday doubleheader.

Led by Eddie Mathews, the Milwaukee Braves (44-34) pulled to within 4 games of the Pirates (49-31) with a 4-0 shutout win at Forbes Field. Bob Buhl (9-3) and Harvey Haddix (6-5) were the starters. Haddix had pitched the last game before the All-Star and the first game after it, 4 days later. This was due, in part, to the fact that Friend had pitched 3 innings in one of the two all-star games and Law had appeared in both. The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Bill Bruton singled and scored on a double by Mathews. In the 5th, Bruton singled and Mathews homered over the right field roof to make it 3-0. Buhl shut down the Pirates on 5 singles in 8 innings. Lew Burdette pitched a scoreless 9th for Milwaukee. Haddix gave up 3 runs on 12 hits in 6 1/3 innings. Earl Francis pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Fred Green gave up a run in the 9th when Mathews tripled and scored on Joe Adcochís sac fly. Bob Skinner (.306) had 2 of the Piratesí 5 hits.

Starting lineup:

Cimoli CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Stuart 1B
Clemente RF
Burgess C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Haddix P

This was the first time all season that Cimoli had started in the lead-off position.

George Witt was recalled from AAA Salt Lake City of the Pacific Coast League. Paul Giel was optioned to AAA Salt Lake City.

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