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1960 Revisited - September 30   
By Bobster

Friday, September 30, 1960---The Bucs (93-59) dropped a 13-2 game to the Braves at Forbes Field. The game was meaningless but caused considerable concern because Vern Law (20-9), whose ankle was injured in the pennant celebration a few days earlier, lasted only 2 2/3 innings, giving up 10 hits and 8 runs.

The Bucs got one in the 4th when Burgess singled Clemente home to make it 8-1. The Braves scored 2 more in the fifth off Clem Labine and 3 in the final two innings against Diomedes Olivo. Trailing 12-1 in the eighth, Burgess (.296) stroked his 7th HR to make it 12-2. The final was 13-2. The Braves has a total of 17 hits, including 4 hits and 5 RBIs (with a pair of HRs) by Hank Aaron. Bob Buhl (16-9) held the Pirates to 2 runs and 5 hits. There were few Pirate highlights. Rocky Nelson made his first start since September 4th and went 1 for 4. Joe Gibbon pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief and Gene Baker (.243) had a pinch single. Baker had been with the Pirates the entire season. His pinch single was only his 9th hit of the year. All were singles. Five of those hits had come in September.

Dick Groat made his first plate appearance as a pinch hitter in the third inning and grounded out. This lowered his batting average to .324. In Los Angeles, Norm Larker went 0 for 2 to drop his average to .323 as Groat maintained a lead of .001 for the N.L. batting crown. But Larker did manage to drive in 3 runs on that day despite going 0 for 2 (with 2 sac flies and an RBI-ground out).

Starting lineup:

Virdon CF
Skinner LF
Clemente RF
Nelson 1B
Burgess C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Schofield SS
Law P

In NY, a 6-5 victory of Boston gave the Yankees (95-57) a 13-game winning streak. Duke Maas (4-1) won in relief of Art Ditmar as the Yankees rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth to win it. Tony Kubek and Jesse Gonder homered for NY. Gonder was a 24 year old rookie getting his first taste of the major leagues with his September call up and this was his first career HR. He would finish his career as a back-up catcher for the Pirates in 1966 and 1967.

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