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1960 Revisited - August 17   
By Bobster

August 17, 1960---A 5-3 victory over the Phillies gave the Pirates their 3rd straight win and closed out the home stand at 14-4. The Pirates (71-43) staked Harvey Haddix with a quick 1-0 lead when Bill Virdon opened the Pirate first inning with a double, went to third on Groat’s ground out and scored on Skinner’s ground out. After the Phillies tied it 1-1 in the fourth, the Bucs came right back with 3 runs against Philadelphia starter John Buzhardt (4-11) in the bottom of the inning. Groat, Nelson and Burgess singled to make it a 2-1 game, and Hoak’s double plated Nelson and Burgess to make it 4-1. But Haddix (8-7) ran into trouble in the sixth. Haddix left with one out, a run in and two men on base. He was relieved by Clem Labine, making his first appearance as a Pirate.

Labine had been a mainstay of the Dodger bullpen throughout the 1950s. But at age 33, the right-hander’s career appeared to be on a downswing. The Dodgers had traded the 10-year veteran to Detroit on June 15th. At the time of the trade, Labine was 0-1 with 1 save and a 5.82 ERA. And in 14 games with Detroit, he was 0-3 with 2 saves and a 5.21 ERA, after which the Tigers released him. Labine walked the first batter he faced as a Pirate. But he got out of the inning allowing no more than a run-scoring ground out by Johnny Callison to make it 4-3. He finished the game with 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out 6. In the eighth, Hoak’s sac fly scored Nelson, who had singled, taken second on Clemente’s single and third on Burgess’ force out, to close the scoring at 5-3. Labine earned the save. Groat (.327), Nelson (.305) and Burgess (.303) each had 2 hits. Groat was now 27 for 55 (.491) over his last 13 games.

Starting lineup:

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

Milwaukee remained 7.5 games behind. St.Louis was now 8.5 games behind and the Dodgers were 9 games back. At Fenway Park, the Yankees beat Boston 3-2 in 10 innings to take a 1.5 game lead over Chicago. 41 year old Ted Williams drove in one of the Red Sox runs and was batting .312. The Red Sox lineup also included 22 year old rookie catcher Jim Pagliaroni, just recalled from AAA about 2 weeks earlier. On November 20, 1962, the Pirates would trade Dick Stuart and reliever Jack Lamabe to Boston for Pagliaroni and pitcher Don Schwall.

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