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1960 Revisited - October 6  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Thursday, October 6, 1960---The Pirate learned that one of their best hitters, Bob Skinner, may be out for the rest of series. Skinner sprained his left thumb in the opening game and it had swollen to where he couldnít grip the bat properly. Cimoli would take over in LF. Without Skinner, the Pirates lineup would feature only Virdon and Burgess as left-handed swingers against the right-handed Bob Turley (9-3) unless Danny Murtaugh also benched his primary HR threat in Dick Stuart to start the left-handed Rocky Nelson. Neither Virdon nor Burgess had great power. So Murtaugh benched Stuart for Game 2 and inserted the left-handed Rocky Nelson at 1B batting fourth. Cimoli would bat fifth. The Pirates sent 18-game winner Bob Friend (18-12) against Turley.
1960 Revisited - October 5  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Wednesday, ---The World Series came to Forbes Field after a 33-year absence. For the first time since Lloyd & Paul Waner and Pie Traynor were playing in 1927, the Pirates were competing for a world championship. The Yankees came to town having won their final 15 games of the regular season.

NY SS Tony Kubek opened the 1960 Classic with a single off Vernon Law, but was promptly erased on a DP when Hector Lopez followed with a ground ball to Bill Mazeroski. But Roger Maris slugged a HR before Mickey Mantle flied out to Bill Virdon in CF to give the Yankees a quick 1-0 lead.
1960 Revisited - October 4  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Tuesday, October 4, 1960---Just one more day before the Pirates would play in the teamís first World Series since 1927.
1960 Revisited - October 3  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Monday, October 3, 1960---The teams had 2 days off to prepare for the World Series. The Yankees had closed out the regular season with an incredible 15-game winning streak. They were on a roll and would enter the World Series as the hottest team in baseball. But the Pirates werenít exactly chopped liver. They had won 10 of their last 15.
1960 Revisited - October 2  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Sunday, October 2, 1960--- The National League Champion Pittsburgh Pirates (95-59) wrapped up their regular season by getting some measure of revenge on Lew Burdette, denying the Bravesí pitcher his 20th win. It was Burdette whose pitch broke Dick Groatís wrist on September 6th. But now Groat was back and the Pirates defeated Burdette (19-13) behind Vinegar Bend Mizell (13-5) and Harvey Haddix. The Pirates scored 2 in the first inning. Joe Christopher led off with a single and advanced to third on a pair of ground outs. He scored on a single by Nelson, who then scored on a double by Clemente.
1960 Revisited - October 1  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Saturday, October 1, 1960---Bob Friend won his 18th, defeating 21-game winner Warren Spahn by a score of 7-3. The Pirates took a 1-0 first inning lead when Clemente singled and Stuart tripled. The Braves tied it 1-1 in the third on singles by Spahn, Bruton and Crandall. But the Bucs (94-59) chased Spahn (21-10) with a 6-run fourth to go up 7-1. The rally began with consecutive singles by Smith, Hoak and Mazeroski to load the bases. Virdonís sac fly was dropped by Covington in LF as a run scored and the bases remained loaded. Groat followed with a single to score a pair. Clemente singled in a run. Then Stuart singled in a run. That was all for Spahn as Carl Willey relieved him. Cimoli greeted Willey with a double, scoring Clemente to make it 7-1.
1960 Revisited - September 30  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Friday, September 30, 1960---The Bucs (93-59) dropped a 13-2 game to the Braves at Forbes Field. The game was meaningless but caused considerable concern because Vern Law (20-9), whose ankle was injured in the pennant celebration a few days earlier, lasted only 2 2/3 innings, giving up 10 hits and 8 runs.
1960 Revisited - September 29  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Thursday, September 29, 1960---The Pirates had their second straight day off as they prepared to end the regular season with a 3 game series against the Braves at Forbes Field. Law, Friend and Mizell would work for the Pirates as they tuned up for the World Series. For Law, the game against the Braves would be a chance to test his injured ankle. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the Dodgers' Norm Larker went 1 for 4 against the Cardinals to drop to .324, just .001 behind Groat for the N.L. batting title.
1960 Revisited - September 28  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Wednesday, September 28, 1960---In an odd scheduling quirk, the Pirates had 2 scheduled days off (Wednesday and Thursday) before finishing the regular season with a 3 game series against the Braves at Forbes Field. Dick Groat, who was second in the N.L. batting race when he suffered a broken wrist on September 6, was ready to test the wrist against the Braves. Groat trailed the Dodgersí Norm Larker, .331 to .325 at the time of the injury but now they were tied. Groat could sit out the remaining 3 games and let his wrist heel further, which would also put pressure on Larker to sustain his average.
1960 Revisited - September 27  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Tuesday, September 27, 1960---With the Pirates having clinched the N.L. pennant, some unfamiliar faces made their way into the starting lineup against the Reds before 22,162 fans at Forbes Field. Joe Christopher played CF, Bob Oldis (.200), who had caught two other Tom Cheney starts, started his third game of the season and Dick Barone, a September call-up after Groatís injury, started at shortstop. Also, Gene Baker replaced Hoak at third base in the fourth inning. It turned out to be a great game.