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1960 Revisited - August 18   
By Bobster

August 18, 1960---Thursday had been a scheduled off day before a 3-game series at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. But it became a 4-game series without the day off by making up the April 29 rainout. Reds starter Calvin Coolidge Julius Caeser Tuskahoma McLish was out-dueling Pirate ace
Vernon Sanders Law, 1-0 after 7 innings. Law had given up just one run on 5 hits. Three of the hits off Law came in the first inning when Billy Martin, Vada Pinson and Frank Robinson each singled to load the bases. Martin scored on a sac fly by Ed Bailey.

Law then set down 14 in a row before Martin singled again in the sixth. But McLish was doing even better. Law (.200) got the first hit off McLish, a single in the third. The Bucs didnít get their second baserunner until Mazeroski led off the sixth with a single and was sacrificed to second base by Law. Virdon then popped up and Groat walked before McLish retired Skinner on a grounder to end the threat. McLish took a 2-hitter into the eighth, but Hoak led off the inning for the Pirates with a double. Mazeroski (.259) then sent Hoak to third with a bloop single to right. Stuart then pinch hit for Law and sent the Pirates (72-43) into the lead with a 3-run HR, his 14th of the year. Face pitched a scoreless eighth, but surrendered a run in the ninth on a triple by Frank Robinson and a sac fly by Bailey. McLish (4-8) took the loss. Stuartís 3-run blast made a winner of Law (18-5) and Face earned his 17th save.

Starting lineup:

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

Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, the Braves remained 7Ĺ games behind by defeating the Phillies 1-0. Braves starter Lew Burdette (14-7) and Phillies starter Gene Conley were locked in a 0-0 tie as Burdette came to bat leading off the bottom of the eighth. But the big news was that Burdette was pitching a no-hitter. Burdette hit Tony Gonzalez with a pitch in the fifth inning for the only Phillies baserunner of the day. Taking matters into his own hands in the eighth, Burdette led off the 8th inning with a double, his second hit of the day, and scored on a double by Bill Bruton. With a 1-0 lead in the ninth, Burdette retired the Phillies on 2 grounders and a fly to right to record the no-hitter (which was one hit batsman away from a perfect game).

The Yankees were 2.5 games up on Chicago and Baltimore. New York got 3 in the 8th and 3 more in the 9th to turn a 7-5 deficit into a 11-7 win at Fenway Park. Ralph Terry (6-7) pitched 3 perfect innings of relief to get the win.

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