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1960 Revisited - April 22-May 1  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

April 22-May 1, 1960.

Friday, 4/22/60-The Pirates improved to 6-3 when Friend (2-0) went the distance for a 6-2 win over the Braves at Forbes Field. The Bucs jumped on Braves starter Juan Pizarro for 2 in the first inning on singles by Skinner and Clemente, a walk to Stuart, Hoakís sac fly, a walk to Hal Smith and a bases loaded walk to centerfielder Cimoli.
1960 Revisited - April 17-21  View Printable Version 
April 17-21, 1960

Sunday, 4/17/60-The Pirates swept a doubleheader from the Reds to improve to 3-2. Friend (1-0) pitched a 4-hit shutout in game one. In the first inning, Clemente followed a Groat single with a 2-run HR off Joe Nuxhall. (Nuxhall is the pitcher who appeared in his first ML game in 1944 at age 15. His first taste of MLB was a disaster, giving up 5 runs on 5 walks and 2 hits in 2/3 innings. In a side note, the 15-year old Nuxhall was relieved by Reds pitcher Jake Eisenhart, who pitched a scoreless one third of an inning. It would be Eisenhartís only appearance in MLB.
1960 Revisited - April 14  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

April 14, 1960-After opening the season in Milwaukee, the Pirates returned to Pittsburgh after just one game to host the Reds. Cal McLish, who was 19-8 the year before, was pounded by the Bucs and didnít make it through the third inning. It could be argued that McLish was knocked out faster than you could say his name. His given name on his birth certificate was Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish. Really. The Bucs scored 3 in the second inning on doubles by Clemente and Burgess and a HR by Mazeroski.
1960 Revisited - April 13  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

April 13, 1960-An off day was scheduled after opening day, in case a rain make up was necessary. The starting rotation in 1959 had been Friend, Law, Haddix and Ron Kline, with Witt and Daniels handling most of the spot start duties. But Kline was traded in December 1959 for outfielder Gino Cimoli and minor league pitcher Tom Cheney. Kline had been a workhorse for the Pirates, starting between 29 and 39 games every year from 1956 to 1959. The 1960 Pirates did not have a ready replacement for Kline. They would begin the season with Friend, Law, Haddix and a combination of Bennie Daniels, rookie Jim Umbricht and rookie Joe Gibbon in the rotation. The Pirates hoped that one among Daniels, Umbrich and Gibbon would seize the opportunity and run with it to solidify the 4-man rotation, with the other two available as spot starters. With 4-man rotations and nearly 20 doubleheaders a year, spot starters played a large role.
1960 Revisited - April 12  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Tuesday, April 12, 1960 OPENING DAY in Milwaukee. The National League began its schedule with a full slate of games. The A.L. would not begin until almost a week later. When the 1960 National League 154-game schedule was released, the Pirates had 11 doubleheaders scheduled (8 on Sundays, 1 on Memorial Day, 1 on July 4th and 1 on Labor Day). They had 25 off days not counting a 4-day All-Star break from July 10 to July 4 (4 off days in April, 4 in May, 5 in June, 2 in July (plus the All-Star break), 3 in August and 7 in September). Odd scheduling quirks included going to Milwaukee for only one game to open the season on April 12, going to St. Louis for only one game on May 2, hosting the Cubs for only one game on May 17, traveling to St. Louis for only one game on September 7, and having 3 off days in a 4-day period from September 26-29 during which the Reds came to Pittsburgh to play only one game on September 27. Rainouts would require changes to the schedule, but this was how it was set up at the beginning of the season.
1960 Revisited  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

A day by day account of the Pirates' 1960 season.

2010 is the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Pirates. I have compiled a day by day account of that season for my own sake and would like to post it daily for the OnlyBucs readers. I have researched that season for years through various books, tapes, box scores, wire service reports, play by play accounts from retrosheet.com and conversations with members of that team who I have had the pleasure of meeting at the Pirates fantasy camps. Some may recall that I did the same thing some years ago on the Pirates MLB message board but I have enhanced it since then. Iíve tried to provide a daily account of what was going on in that season in terms of players, plays, the front office moves, and some background information regarding the 1960 season. I donít claim to be an authority. Much of this information is available on the internet for those who wish to put it all together. But Iíve researched it for years and compiled it here for easy reference. For those who recall that season, it might bring back fond memories, some long forgotten. For those who only heard about it and know it mainly as the season Mazeroski made famous, it might fill in the blanks. For those interested enough to read it, I hope you enjoy it.
Time to Man Up  View Printable Version 
By Wilbur Miller

One unfortunate aspect of the Piratesí persistent, downtrodden state is the growing difficulty of engaging in any kind of meaningful discussion about the teamís management. Every ďdiscussionĒ seems to break down into pro- and anti-front office views, or at least thatís the way the arguments often get characterized. Personally, I donít think there are very many ďpro-front officeĒ people. Rather, there are a lot of people who generally approve of the direction the team is taking but arenít sure about the execution. This is a mindset that the teamís detractors seem to have an especially hard time grasping. Itís a natural outcome of the extensive knee-jerk, reality-free criticism that greets every last move the team makes, down to every single minor league free agent signing. I know I spend so much timeófar more than I shouldóresponding to tinfoil hat blabbering that it probably seems like I donít see any problems with the way the team is being run.
This Day in Pirate History - 2/28  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history in 1881 Terry Turner, who played briefly for the first Pirates team to win the NL pennant, was born. Turner's Pirates career didn't amount to much, but he is known for 3 things during his career. First, he is the Indians all-time leader in games played with 1619. He is also known as being one of the first players to use a headfirst slide, a technique he used all the time because feet first slides hurt his ankles. Finally, the last feat he is known for, is probably one he would've rather not had. Terry went almost 3200 at-bats and almost 8 full seasons without hitting a home run. In fact, in his last 13 seasons, Turner hit just 1 home run.
This Day in Pirate History - 2/27  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history in 1948 the greatest 3rd baseman in team history was elected to the Hall of Fame. Pie Traynor received 93 votes, 2 more than what was needed for election, just 1 year after losing out by 2 votes. Also elected was Herb Pennock, who had passed away just a month prior to election. All-time great players, Al Simmons, Bill Terry and Charlie Gehringer all narrowly missed out on getting elected, but all 3 would eventually make it with Terry taking the longest, finally making it in 1954.
This Day in Pirate History - 2/26  View Printable Version 
By 81omar_moreno

Preacher Roe, who was born in 1915, was a member of the Pirates for 4 seasons before gaining fame as a Dodger. He made his debut in 1938 with the Cardinals, pitching one game and then didn't appear in the majors again till 1944 with the Bucs. He would go 13-11 3.11 for a Pirates team that would finish in 2nd place. The next season Preacher had his best year in Pittsburgh, going 14-13 2.87 while leading the NL in strikeouts with 148. He also made his 1st of 5 career all-star appearances.