August 8, 1960---After a 4-game sweep of SF, the Pirates (63-40) had the day off in Pittsburgh while they awaited the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates’ 4-game sweep of the Giants left Mays & Co. just a game over .500 at 51-50 and 11 games out. It was the beginning of the end for the 1960 Giants, who had been picked by many to win the NL pennant. They would never again be closer than 11 games behind. It was now a four team race between the Pirates,
Cardinals, Braves and Dodgers. The Pirates led the Cardinals by 5 games. Bill Mazeroski was on an 8-for-16 streak and Dick Groat was 7 for his last 17. Roberto Clemente, who suffered a gash in his chin on August 5th, was still sidelined and would miss the Cubs series. Clemente was tied with Bob Skinner for the team lead in RBIs with 61, and his .311 batting average was second only to Groat (.314). Gino Cimoli would play RF in Clemente’s absence. In the 3 games Clemente had already missed, Cimoli (.288) had gone 6-for-10 with a triple in each game.