Sunday, September 25, 1960---Despite the Pirates’ third straight loss to Milwaukee, a loss by the Cardinals (to the Cubs) handed the Pirates (92-58) their first National League pennant in 33 years. Bill Mazeroski hit his 11th HR in the fifth against Warren Spahn to give Harvey Haddix a 1-0 lead. In the seventh, Hal Smith doubled home Clemente, who had singled, to make it 2-0. But Joe Torre batted for Spahn and singled to ignite a 2-run rally in the eighth that tied it 2-2 as Elroy Face came on to end the rally. Ron Piche (3-5) replaced Spahn and shut down the Pirates in the ninth and tenth innings.
In the bottom of the tenth against Face (10-8), Eddie Matthews hit his 38th HR, a 2-run walk-off shot, to end the game in a 4-2 win for the Braves. Clemente (.318) had 2 of the Pirates 6 hits. Nevertheless, the Pirates celebrated. They were going to the World Series.
But there were a couple of concerns. Dick Groat was still out with a broken wrist. And during the rowdy celebration of the pennant, Vern Law, while attempting to avoid the mayhem, was grabbed by teammates and suffered a sprained ankle. Meanwhile, the Yankees (91-57) beat Boston to clinch the A.L. pennant. The Yankees hardly needed to celebrate. This would be their tenth Series appearance in the last twelve years. The Yankees had only missed out on two World Series since 1949, and they were currently the hottest team in baseball. The pennant-clinching win over Boston was the Yankees’ 9th consecutive victory. It must have occurred to at least a few in the Pirate clubhouse that they were going to be taking on a Yankee juggernaut with Law, their ace pitcher, and Groat, their batting leader, both at less than 100 percent.