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1960 Revisited - July 12  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

July 12, 1960---The All-Stars traveled to New York for the second game, which would be played on July 13th. The rosters:

N.L.- Chicago-Ernie Banks (SS). Cincinnati-Ed Bailey (C), Bill Henry (P), Vada Pinson (OF), LA-Norm Larker (1B), Charlie Neal (2B), Johnny Podres (P), Stan Williams (P). Milwaukee-Hank Aaron (OF), Joe Adcoch (1B), Bob Buhl (P), Del Crandall (C), Eddie Mathews (3B). Phil-Tony Taylor (2B), Pitt-Smoky Burgess (C), Roberto Clemente (OF), Elroy Face (P), Bob Friend (P), Dick Groat (SS), Vernon Law (P), Bill Mazeroski (2B), Bob Skinner (OF). SF-Orlando Cepeda (1B), Willie Mays (OF), Mike McCormick (P). St.L.-Ken Boyer (3B), Larry Jackson (P), Lindy McDaniel (P), Stan Musial (OF), Bill White (1B).
1960 Revisited - July 11  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

July 11, 1960--- At the All-Star break, the Pirates led the N.L. by 5 games. The New York Yankees led the A.L. by 2˝ games over Chicago. There was no day off prior to the All-Star game. Between 1959 and 1962, two All-Star games were played each year. The same teams met in two different cities with a day off for travel in between. The Pirates had 8 All-Stars to lead the NL.
1960 Revisited - July 10  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

July 10, 1960---The Pirates (49-30) gained a split of the 4-game series with a 6-2 win over the Phillies. The Bucs took a 1-0 lead against Robin Roberts (5-8) in the 2nd when Clemente got an infield hit, took second on a throwing error by Roberts, took third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly by Hoak. The Bucs made it 2-0 in the 3rd inning when Virdon singled and scored on a double by Skinner.
1960 Revisited - July 9  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

July 9, 1960 Gene Conley out-dueled Vern Law in a 2-1 game in Philadelphia. Both pitchers went the distance. Law (11-4) gave up an unearned run in the 6th when Phils’ pitcher Conley doubled and scored from second on a 2-out error by Hoak. The Bucs (48-30) tied it in the 7th when a Burgess doubled to drive in Rocky Nelson, who had singled. But with the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th, a 1-out triple by Tony Taylor (who had 3 hits) was followed by Pancho Herrera’s single to win the game 2-1.Law gave up 8 hits with no walks and 4 Ks. Conley pitched a 5-hitter for the Phillies with a walk and 3 Ks.
1960 Revisited - July 8  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

July 8, 1960 The Pirates went to Philadelphia for a Friday doubleheader. Game 1 featured Joe Gibbon against John Buzhardt. Hoak’s solo HR (#8) in the 2nd gave the Bucs a 1-0 lead and Virdon’s solo shot (#2) in the 3rd made it 2-0. But the Phillies then scored 3 times in the 4th against Gibbon to take the lead as Paul Giel relieved Gibbon. Philadelphia scored 2 more against Giel in the 6th, and the Bucs trailed 5-2. But the Pirates rallied in the 7th. Clemente drew a 1-out walk and Virdon reached on an error. Groat’s single scored Clemente. And after Skinner grounded out, Stuart’s double scored Virdon and Groat to tie the score at 5-5.
1960 Revisited - July 7  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

July 7, 1960---Bob Skinner, whose inside-the-park grand slam the day before beat the Reds 5-2, drove in all 3 Pirate wins in a 3-2 victory over Cincinnati. Vinegar Bend Mizell and Jim O’Toole were locked in a 1-1 tie after 7 innings. Frank Robinson had given the Reds a 1-0 lead in the 4th with a solo HR, and Skinner’s ground out had scored Mazeroski, who had doubled and taken third on a fielder’s choice to tie it 1-1 in the 5th.
1960 Revisited - July 6  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

July 6, 1960---The Pirates traveled to Crosley Field to take on the Cincinnati Reds. Rookie Tom Cheney, who was wild in his first start 4 days earlier, made his second start for the Pirates. And just as he had done 4 days earlier, Cheney walked the first 2 batters he faced in the first inning. But after the walks to Eddie Kasko and Vada Pinson, Cheney got former Pirate Gus Bell to ground out and Wally Post to hit into a 6-4-3 DP.
1960 Revisited - July 5  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

July 5, 1960---Smoky Burgess began a 2-game suspension for bumping an umpire during an argument on July 2nd. Vern Law and Carl Willey matched scoreless innings until the Braves broke through with a run in the 5th when Willey tripled and scored on a sac fly. With Fred Green on the mound in the 8th, the Braves scored again to make it 2-0. Meanwhile, Willey had blanked the Pirates on 6 hits after 8 innings. Trailing 2-0, Rocky Nelson led off the top of the 9th with his 4th HR of the season to make it a 2-1 game.
1960 Revisited - July 4  View Printable Version 
By Bobster
July 4, 1960

July 4, 1960--- The N.L.’s two top teams battled it out in Milwaukee. The first-place Pirates (44-28) and second-place Braves (40-31) split a July 4th doubleheader in Milwaukee to keep the Braves 3˝ games behind. The Pirates appeared to have game 1 under control with Bob Friend on the mound and a 6-1 lead in the 7th inning. A double by Stuart in the 3rd inning after a Virdon single had given the Bucs a 1-0 lead. In the 5th, Virdon singled and scored on Groat’s double. Groat then scored on Skinner’s 2-run HR to make it 4-0. The Braves got an unearned run in the bottom of the 6th when Del Crandall doubled and scored on an error by Groat. Leading 4-1 in the 7th, Stuart followed a walk to Skinner with a HR to make it 6-1. But the Braves got 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th on a triple by Aaron, 2 singles and a sac fly to make it 6-3. Aaron’s 2-run HR in the 8th made it 6-5 as Green and then Face relieved Friend. The Braves tied the score at 6-6 when Crandall homered off Face in the bottom of the 9th. In the bottom of the 10th, Face walked Eddie Mathews, who then stole second. Mathews scored the winning run in the 7-6 game when Al Spangler singled against Face (5-4). Warren Spahn (7-5), who just two days earlier had started and pitched 8 innings for the Braves, pitched 3 innings in relief of Lew Burdette to get the win. Bill Virdon (.241) had 3 hits for the Pirates. Stuart (.248) had 2 hits and 3 RBIs.
1960 Revisited - July 3  View Printable Version 
By Bobster
July 3, 1960

July 3, 1960---A Sunday afternoon against Don Drysdale was no picnic. Drysdale (5-10) limited the Pirates to 2 runs on 7 hits with a walk and 8 Ks. Drysdale got all the runs he needed in a 4-run 3rd inning. A double by Junior Gilliam, a single by Charlie Neal, a force out, singles by Frank Howard, Gil Hodges and Tommy Davis, and then Maury Wills’ double kayoed Vinegar Bend Mizell (3-2). Mizell was replaced in the 3rd by Earl Francis, who was now pitching for the 3rd time in 4 days. The Pirates made it a 4-1 game in the 4th when Smoky Burgess reached 2nd base when Neal dropped his fly ball in right field and then scored on a single by Don Hoak. But the Dodgers got that run back against Francis in the 7th when Wills reached on a force out, stole second and scored on a single by Joe Pignatano. The Pirates (43-27) made it 5-2 in the 7th when Bill Mazeroski singled, advanced to 2nd when pinch hitter Dick Schofield was hit by a pitch, and scored on Bob Skinner’s single.