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1960 Revisited - July 2  View Printable Version 
By Bobster
July 2, 1960

July 2, 1960---Rookie Tom Cheney, recently called up from AAA Columbus, started against Stan Williams and the Dodgers. Although still considered a rookie, Cheney had limited prior major league experience with the Cardinals. Cheney and Gino Cimoli had been acquired from St.Louis in December 1959 in exchange for pitcher Ron Kline. After a poor spring training, the 25-year old Cheney had spent the first half of the season with AAA Columbus. Although his record at Columbus was only 4-8, he had a respectable ERA of 3.16 and gave up only 79 hits and 47 walks in 111 innings with an impressive 115 strikeouts. Cheney’s ML career would be marked by both wildness and strike outs. And that’s how he started the game. He walked the first 2 Dodgers in the top of the first inning and then, after a sac bunt, struck out Frank Howard and Don Demeter. The Bucs handed Cheney an early lead as Bob Skinner tripled off the right field exit gate and Dick Stuart singled him home in the bottom of the 1st inning to go ahead 1-0. Cheney got 2 quick outs in the second, then walked Maury Wills and struck out pitcher Stan Williams.
1960 Revisited - July 1  View Printable Version 
By Bobster
July 1, 1960

Friday, July 1, 1960---Vern Law and Dodger left-hander Johnny Podres locked up in a pitchers duel at Forbes Field. The Pirates (43-25) broke the ice with 2 runs in the 6th when Gino Cimoli’s single plated Groat, who had walked and Clemente, who had doubled. But John Roseboro’s 2-run HR in the 7th tied it, 2-2. Law and Podres both pitched into the 10th inning with the score at 2-2. Charlie Neal’s solo HR gave LA a 3-2 lead in the 10th before Fred Green relieved Law. In the bottom of the 10th, Joe Christopher hit a one-out double, ending Podres’ day as Larry Sherry (6-5) relieved him.
1960 Revisited - June 30  View Printable Version 
By Bobster
June 30, 1960

Thursday, June 30, 1960---The Pirates (42-25) and Giants (37-32) split a doubleheader. In game 1, Bob Friend lost his 2nd consecutive decision, 11-0, as Jack Sanford (7-5) pitched a 3-hit shutout for SF. Friend lasted only 3 1/3 innings, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits including a 2-run HR by Willie Mays in the third. Paul Giel relieved Friend in a 5-run Giants fourth inning. Giel had been acquired by the Pirates from the Giants the year before off waivers.
1960 Revisited - June 24-29  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

June 24-29, 1960

Friday, June 24, 1960---Vinegar Bend Mizell, who was 1-3 with the Cardinals prior to being traded to the Bucs a month earlier, ran his record with the Pirates (40-22) to 3-1 with a complete game 4-1 victory over the slumping Cubs (23-36). It was his first complete game of the season. The loss went to 20-year old Dick Ellsworth (3-5), the Cubs rookie who had dominated the Pirates on May 4th. It was the Cubs 8th straight loss. Mizell scattered 7 hits with 2 walks and 5 Ks. He also went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Singles by Cimoli and Hoak (sandwiched around a walk to Smith) and Mizell produced a pair of runs in the 2nd. Singles by Cimoli and Mazeroski (sandwiched around a walk to Hoak) and Mizell produced 2 more in the 6th. Clemente (.333) snapped a 14-for-62 slump (a .226 clip) by going 3-for-4. Smith (.314), Cimoli (.308), Hoak (.270) and Mizell (.167) each had 2 hits. Outfielder Joe Christopher made his first start of the season for the Pirates, batting lead-off, and went hitless in 4 at bats as Bob Skinner was given the day off. The Cubs’ Frank Thomas was ejected in the 7th inning. Thomas was on 2nd base and argued that a ball was trapped by Pirate catcher Hal Smith when the home plate umpire ruled Smith caught the ball in the air for an out. Thomas, now a Cub, had played only one season in Cincinnati. After his monstrous 1958 season for the Pirates, the Reds had traded 3 productive veterans in Burgess, Hoak and Haddix to acquire the slugging Thomas.
1960 Revisited - June 17-23  View Printable Version 
By Bobster
June 17-23, 1960

Friday, June 17, 1960---The Pirates (36-20) continued their winning ways in Los Angeles with a 2-1 win over the Dodgers. Vern Law (10-2) became the majors’ first 10-game winner, handing Stan Williams (5-1) his first loss of the year. The pitchers’ duel lived up to its billing. The Pirates got a run in the 1st off Williams on singles by Groat, Skinner and Clemente. Bill Virdon’s first HR of the season in the 6th gave Law a 2-0 lead. Law and Williams each surrendered only 6 hits in the game. Half of the hits against Law came from Wally Moon, who was on a 13-game hitting streak. But Moon was cut down in the first inning trying to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out at third following a hit in the fourth inning. Moon’s 3rd hit, a single in the 9th, drove in Jim Gilliam with the Dodgers’ only run. The complete game was Law’s 9th of the season. He lowered his ERA to 2.56. Dick Groat (.344) had 2 of the 6 Pirate hits. Dick Stuart was hitless in 4 ABs, and made another error, his 11th of the season. It had not been a good season thus far for Stuart, as the Bucs’ main power threat ranked only 6th on the team in total bases. He was coming off an impressive 1959 season, in which he led the Pirates in hitting (.297), HRs (27) and RBIs (78). But so far in 1960, Stuart was hitting just .251 with 7 HRs and 32 RBIs.
1960 Revisited - une 10-16  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

June 10-16, 1960

Friday, June 10, 1960--The Pirates held a 1-game lead in the NL as the Giants beat the Milwaukee Braves 5-0 while the Pirates were losing 9-6 to the Cardinals. Larry Jackson (8-5) won his 7th straight game, defeating Harvey Haddix (3-3).

Trailing 1-0, the Pirates tied the game 1-1 in the third when Hoak doubled, took third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly by Haddix. In the 4th, the Cardinals took a 3-1 lead. Ken Boyer connected for a solo homer. It was Boyer’s 15th of the season to tie him with Ernie Banks for the ML lead. Three batters later, Curt Flood doubled to right field and circled the bases when Clemente misplayed the ball for an error. The Pirates closed to within 3-2 in their half of the 5th on Hoak’s 4th HR of the season only to have the Cardinals erupt for 5 more in the bottom of the 5th. Bennie Daniels relieved Haddix in the 5th, only to surrender 3 runs on 3 hits without retiring a batter. The Pirates got 3 in the 6th.
1960 Revisited - June 2-9  View Printable Version 
By Bobster
June 2-9, 1960

Friday, June 3, 1960---Vern Law (8-1) followed Bob Friend’s shutout over the Reds with one of his own against the Phillies. Law scattered 8 hits and a walk as the Bucs topped Philadelphia 3-0. The Pirates (29-14) scored all their runs in the 3rd inning. Law reached on an error, Hoak walked, Groat sacrificed the runners ahead and Skinner was intentionally walked. Rocky Nelson drove in Law with the first run and Clemente’s double scored Hoak and Skinner. Groat (.333) had a pair of hits for Pittsburgh. He was now 16 for 23 in his past 5 games. The shutout was Law’s second of the year, his 7th complete game, and lowered his ERA to 2.62. It was the Pirates’ 6th win in a row, and they continued to lead the Giants by 2 games
1960 Revisited - May 27-June 2  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

May 27-June 2, 1960

Friday, May 27, 1960---Rain spoiled the opener of the Phillies/Pirates series. But the Pirates used the time to work out a trade with St.Louis. The Pirates bolstered their starting rotation by obtaining left-hander Wilmer "Vinegar Bend" Mizell from the Cardinals in exchange for minor leaguers Julian Javier (2B) and Ed Bauta (P). Mizell had been 1-3 with a 4.58 ERA in 9 starts with the Cardinals so far in the season. The year before, he had posted a 13-10 mark for the Cardinals. In 6 full seasons with the Cardinals, the 6’3" Mizell had averaged 11 wins a year. Javier was a top prospect at AAA, but had nowhere to go in the Pirate organization with Mazeroski ahead of him.
1960 Revisited - May 12-26  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

May 12-26, 1960

Thursday, May 12, 1960---An off-day finds the Pirates (15-9) trailing the Giants by 2 games. Roberto Clemente leads the NL with a .385 average. His 18 RBIs and 6 HRs is second only to the Giants’ Willie McCovey in both categories. Four games in Milwaukee are next on the schedule. In 1960, teams were allowed to carry 28 players on opening day, with the final reduction to 25 players coming 30 days later.
1960 Revisited - May 2-May 11  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

May 2-May 11, 1960

Monday, May 2, 1960-St.L. edged the Bucs (12-4), 4-3, when Elroy Face (0-2) walked Carl Sawatski with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. The Bucs at one time led 3-0. The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the second on a walk to Virdon, an RBI- double by pitcher Harvey Haddix and a single by Hoak. Smoky Burgess hit his 3rd HR of the season in the fourth to make it 3-0.