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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.
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, Hoak’s 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 Eisenhart’s 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 didn’t 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.