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1960 Revisited - September 26   
By Bobster

Monday, September 26, 1960---The Pirates were off and could rest up after celebrating their pennant. The Pirates had hit well all season. And their pitching was now looking sharp as the World Series was only 8 days away. The starting rotation of Law (20-8, 2.84 ERA), Friend (17-12, 2.98), Mizell (12-5, 2.99) and Haddix (11-10, 4.01) was very effective. Face (10-8, 23 Saves, 2.96) had been outstanding all year and Green (7-4, 3 saves, 3.25) had been a good left-handed compliment. Labine (3-0, 3 saves, 0.95) had been practically unhittable since joining the Bucs in mid-August.

And Gibbon (4-2, 4.14), Cheney (2-2, 4.19) and Witt (1-2, 4.25) were all pitching better in the latter part of the season. Even 41-year old rookie Diomedes Olivo was looking very sharp. But he was a September call-up and was not eligible for the World Series.

Meanwhile, the Yankees celebrated their A.L. pennant by winning their 10th in a row, 4-2 against Washington in 10 innings. Former Pirate Dale Long homered in the game for NY. 21-year old Bill Stafford pitched 8 strong innings for the Yankees and reliever Duke Maas (3-1) pitched the final 2 innings to earn the win. Harmon Killebrew accounted for both Senators runs with his 31st HR in the 7th inning. Pedro Ramos (11-17) pitched all 10 innings for Washington. Ramos was piling up the losses in his career. In the 5 year span of 1957-1961, he compiled records of 12-16, 14-18, 13-19, 11-18 and 11-20.

In Los Angeles, the Giants (featuring future Pirates, Jose Pagan, Billy O’Dell and Matty Alou) defeated the Dodgers, 6-2. Dodger firstbaseman Norm Larker had been battling Dick Groat for the NL batting title. When Groat suffered the fractured wrist on September 6th, he was batting .325 and Larker was ahead with a .331 average. But since Groat’s injury, Larker had slumped and was now second to Groat at .324.

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