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1960 Revisited - September 28   
By Bobster

Wednesday, September 28, 1960---In an odd scheduling quirk, the Pirates had 2 scheduled days off (Wednesday and Thursday) before finishing the regular season with a 3 game series against the Braves at Forbes Field. Dick Groat, who was second in the N.L. batting race when he suffered a broken wrist on September 6, was ready to test the wrist against the Braves. Groat trailed the Dodgers’ Norm Larker, .331 to .325 at the time of the injury but now they were tied. Groat could sit out the remaining 3 games and let his wrist heel further, which would also put pressure on Larker to sustain his average.

Groat wanted to win the batting title but was more concerned with whether his atrophied left wrist, fresh out of the cast, could handle the rigors of the World Series just a week away. He wanted to play against the Braves in the final weekend of the season. On this day, Larker went 1 for 3 against the Cardinals to keep his average at .325. The Dodgers won the game 4-2 as Johnny Podres (14-12) defeated Cardinals’ starter Bob Miller (4-3). Miller was only 21 years old. Eleven years later, he would be in the Pirates bullpen in the 1971 World Series.

Meanwhile in the Red Sox’ last home game of the season, Ted Williams homered against the Orioles in his last at bat. The Sox won 5-4 and Williams decided to retire at that moment rather than playing the final series of the season in Yankee Stadium. And the Yankees prepared for their final series by wrapping up a sweep over the Senators, 6-3 for their 12th straight win.

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