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1960 Revisited - August 23   
By Bobster

Tuesday, August 23, 1960---After 6 innings, Harvey Haddix and the Cubs’ Dick Ellsworth were locked in a pitching duel with the Cubs leading 1-0. The Cubs had taken their lead in the bottom of the second when Ron Santo doubled, went to third on a ground out and scored when Haddix threw a wild pitch to Don Zimmer with 2 outs. Zimmer walked and stole second but Haddix avoided further damage by striking out Ellsworth.

The score remained 1-0 until the seventh. Hal Smith led off the seventh for the Pirates with a single. Dick Schofield ran for Smith. Ellsworth retired Don Hoak on a fly out, but then walked Mazeroski and pinch hitter Smoky Burgess to load the bases. Seth Morehead relieved Ellsworth and promptly walked Bill Virdon on 4 pitches to force in Schofield with the tie run. Don Elston then relieved Morehead as Gene Baker went in to run for Burgess at second base. Groat connected for a single off Elston, scoring Mazeroski and Baker to put the Pirates up 3-1, as Virdon took third. Roberto Clemente’s ground out scored Virdon to make it 4-1. Cimoli led off the 8th with a single. Seldom used catcher Bob Oldis got a rare at bat when he entered the game after Smith and Burgess had both been removed for pinch runners. Oldis (.214) singled Cimoli to second. Cimoli took third on Hoak’s fly out to RF and scored on a squeeze bunt by Mazeroski to make it 5-1. The Cubs scored 2 against Labine in the eighth to make it a 5-3 game before Elroy Face put out the fire. The Bucs scored 3 more in the ninth against Moe Drabowsky. Clemente started the 9th inning rally with a 2-out triple, and Stuart walked. Christopher ran for Stuart and stole second. Cimoli walked to load the bases for Oldis. Oldis got his first RBI of the season when he walked with the basses loaded. Hoak then reached on an error by Cubs second baseman Zimmer as both Christopher and Cimoli came home to close out the scoring in the 8-3 victory. Haddix (9-7) got the win. Face got his 18th save. Groat (.324), Smith (.307) and Mazeroski (.268) each had a pair of hits. Haddix raised his batting average to .235 with a 1 for 2 day.

The Pirates (74-45) maintained a 6˝ game lead over the Braves, who defeated the Dodgers 7-0. Lew Burdette (15-7), whose previous game was a no-hitter against Philadelphia, pitched the shutout in LA. In his last start prior to the no-hitter, Burdette had shutout the Giants. In New York, the White Sox moved to within ˝ game of the Yankees with a 5-1 win. Early Wynn (10-8) defeated Eli Grba (3-2) with Grba’s home run being the only run the Yankees scored.

Starting lineup:

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

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