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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. Hoakís solo HR (#8) in the 2nd gave the Bucs a 1-0 lead and Virdonís 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. Groatís single scored Clemente. And after Skinner grounded out, Stuartís 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 OíToole 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 Skinnerís ground out had scored Mazeroski, who had doubled and taken third on a fielderís 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.ís 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 3Ĺ 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 Groatís double. Groat then scored on Skinnerís 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. Aaronís 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 Willsí 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 Skinnerís single.
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. Cheneyís ML career would be marked by both wildness and strike outs. And thatís 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 Cimoliís single plated Groat, who had walked and Clemente, who had doubled. But John Roseboroís 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 Nealís 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 Podresí 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 Cubsí 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.