Friday, September 16, 1960---Harvey Haddix (11-10) lasted only 2 innings as the Reds beat the Pirates (86-55) by a 4-3 score in Cincinnati. The Bucs scored a run in the second inning off Jim O’Toole (12-11) when Hoak drew a 2-out walk and scored when Mazeroski’s single was booted in CF for an error by Vada Pinson. But the Reds struck for 3 in the bottom half of the inning. Willie Jones singled to start the rally and Ed Bailey walked. After a sacrifice, Roy McMillan was intentionally walked. O’Toole forced Jones at the plate but Eddie Kasko cleared the bases with a double to give the Reds a 3-1 lead.
Gene Baker (.167) lined out for Haddix in the third, and George Witt (4.76 ERA) pitched a scoreless third inning. The Bucs got a run in the fourth on consecutive one-out singles by Stuart, Smith and Hoak to make it 3-2. After a force out at third, Schofield singled to load the bases but R.C. Stevens grounded out for Witt to end the inning. Clem Labine took the mound and pitched 3 scoreless inning of relief. Elroy Face took over in the seventh and gave up a run in the eighth when Jones doubled and Elio Chacon, who ran for him, scored on a Gordie Coleman single to make it 4-2. The Bucs rallied in the ninth but came up short. Dick Schofield (.286) drew a 2-out walk and scored on a pinch double by Smoky Burgess. Jim Brosnan then relieved O’Toole and retired Cimoli for the final out of the 4-3 game. Hoak (.276) and Mazeroski (.273) each had 2 hits. Labine lowered his Pirate ERA to 1.16.
Despite the loss, the magic number was reduced to 9 as the Cardinals (79-60) lost to SF. The Cardinals were 6 games behind. The Braves (81-61) moved into second place, 5˝ games behind as they beat the Phillies 4-0. The win by the Braves was a no-hitter by 39-year old lefty Warren Spahn, for his 20th win, who walked 2 Phillies and struck out 15. Just about a month earlier, on August 18, Spahn’s teammate, Lew Burdette (who threw the pitch that broke Groat’s wrist), pitched a no-hitter, also against the Phillies. Spahn, a future Hall-of Famer, was in the midst of an impressive career that would see him win 20 or more games in 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, and 1963 (went he went 23-7 at the age of 42). Spahn won 363 games in his career. He also hit 35 home runs.