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1960 Revisited - September 2   
By Bobster

Friday, September 2, 1960---The Pirates were off on a Friday as they traveled back to Pittsburgh to host the Phillies. The Pirates led the Braves by 6Ĺ games. First base coach Mickey Vernon was now activated for the September stretch run. Vernon, 42, had retired after the 1959 season after 19 years in the big leagues. He was a career .286 hitter who had spent most of his career with the Washington Senators. Vernon, a firstbaseman, was the A.L. batting champion in 1946 (.353) and 1953 (.337).

He began his career with the Senators in 1939 and had batted .293 as recently as 1958, at the age of 40. With the rosters expanding on September 1st, Danny Murtaugh figured it couldnít hurt to have another pinch-hitter available, especially one with Vernonís pedigree.

In 1961, Vernon would be named manager of the new Washington Senators expansion franchise (as the existing Senators became the Minnesota Twins). Vernonís 1961 Senators would include several members of the 1960 Pirates: Harry Bright, R.C. Stevens (who were both September call-ups for the í60 Bucs), Bennie Daniels (who began the í60 season in the Piratesí starting rotation before being optioned to AAA) and Tom Cheney (who would be traded during the 1961 season for pitcher Tom Sturdivant). Former Pirate slugger (and member of the 1960 Yankees WS team) Dale Long would also play for the 1961 Senators.

In the AL, the Orioles (77-53) moved into a virtual first place tie with the Yankees (75-53) as Milt Pappas (13-8) shut out the Yankees 5-0 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Whitey Ford (9-8) took the loss.

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