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1960 Revisited - September 16  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Friday, September 16, 1960---Harvey Haddix (11-10) lasted only 2 innings as the Reds beat the Pirates (86-55) by a 4-3 score in Cincinnati. The Bucs scored a run in the second inning off Jim O’Toole (12-11) when Hoak drew a 2-out walk and scored when Mazeroski’s single was booted in CF for an error by Vada Pinson. But the Reds struck for 3 in the bottom half of the inning. Willie Jones singled to start the rally and Ed Bailey walked. After a sacrifice, Roy McMillan was intentionally walked. O’Toole forced Jones at the plate but Eddie Kasko cleared the bases with a double to give the Reds a 3-1 lead.
1960 Revisited - September 15  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Thursday, September 15, 1960---The Pirates (86-54) got off to a quick start when Gino Cimoli led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and Bob Skinner followed with a 2-run HR (#15). That would be enough for Bob Friend (16-11) who held the Dodgers to 1 run on 6 hits as he pitched his 15th complete game. Ron Fairly’s triple drove in Junior Gilliam in the fourth inning for LA’s only run.
1960 Revisited - September 14  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Wednesday, September 14, 1960---For the second straight day, the Pirates (85-54) lost while striking out 13 times. This time it was against Stan Williams and the Dodgers at Forbes Field. The 26 strikeouts against the Pirates in 2 games set an N.L. record. And for the third straight time, Vernon Law failed to get his 20th win. LA scored 2 in the fourth on a single by Maury Wills, a stolen base, a sacrifice by Junior Gilliam, singles by Wally Moon and Norm Larker and a ground out by Ron Fairly. In the fifth, another single by Wills ignited another 2-run rally as the Dodgers took a 4-0 lead.
1960 Revisited - September 13  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Tuesday, September 13, 1960---SF left-hander Mike McCormick (13-11) struck out 13 Pirates (85-53) en route to 6-3 win. SF scored a run in the second off Vinegar Bend Mizell (10-5), and the Pirates tied it 1-1 in the second on a walk to Hoak, a single by Schofield and an RBI-single by Skinner. The Giants got 3 more in the sixth to take a 4-1 lead.
1960 Revisited - September 12  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Monday, September 12, 1960---The magic number was reduced to 11 with a 6-1 Pirate win over SF at Forbes Field and a St.Louis loss to Milwaukee. The Cardinals and Braves were tied for second place, 7½ games behind. Dick Stuart was the hitting star with single, triple and home run. The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first on consecutive 2-out singles by Clemente, Stuart and Burgess. Wildness cost Giants starter Jack Sanford a run in the second. After Schofield drew a one-out walk and was forced at second by Haddix, Sanford threw a pair of wild pitches to Virdon, enabling Haddix to end up at third base.
1960 Revisited - September 11  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Sunday, September 11, 1960---A doubleheader with the Cubs was rained out at Forbes Field while St.Louis defeated the Phillies to close to within 6½ games. Although out with a broken wrist, Groat continued to lead the Pirates with a .325 average. Clemente was at .320. Dick Stuart led with 19 HRs. Don Hoak was second with 15. Clemente led in RBIs with 88 to Skinner’s 79.
1960 Revisited - September 10  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Saturday, September 10, 1960---The magic number for the Pirates was 13 as the Bucs (84-52) beat the Cubs 4-1 while the Cardinals were losing to the Phillies to fall into a tie with the Braves 7 games back. Bob Friend was aided by 5 double plays, and Bill Mazeroski (naturally) was involved in all five. Dick Stuart gave Friend a 1-0 lead in the second with his 19th HR of the season. In the fourth, Clemente led off by reaching on an Ernie Banks error and Stuart followed with a single. Clemente advanced to third on a fly out by Burgess and scored on a single by Hoak.
1960 Revisited - September 9  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Friday, September 9, 1960---With lefty Dick Ellsworth on the mound for the Cubs and Groat injured, Danny Murtaugh inserted Gino Cimoli in the two-hole in the batting order for the first time all season. Shortstop Dick Schofield hit eighth with Hoak and Mazeroski moving up to the 6 and 7 spots, respectively. The lineup worked, as Vinegar Bend Mizell (10-4) and Elroy Face combined to beat the Cubs 4-3. Mizell retired the first 2 batters in the second inning before Al Heist, Bob Will and Moe Thacker hit consecutive singles to give Dick Ellsworth (6-12) a 1-0 lead.
1960 Revisited - September 8  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Thursday, September 8, 1960---The Pirates were off as they awaited the Chicago Cubs. With Groat injured, Dick Barone, the shortstop for the AAA Columbus Jets, was added to the roster. The Pirates also had Gene Alley at Columbus. But he had spent most of the year at a lower minor league level and had played third base all season. So Barone got the call. Barone had batted only .204 at AAA during the season. He was a month shy of 28 years old and had never hit well in the minors. He would serve as a back-up for Schofield at shortstop. He would get into 2 games in September, starting one. These would be the only 2 major league games of Barone’s career.
1960 Revisited - September 7  View Printable Version 
By Bobster

Wednesday, September 7, 1960---The second-place Cardinals (75-57) came to Forbes Field for one game in an odd scheduling quirk. The Cardinals played a Friday through Monday series in Chicago with a travel day on Tuesday to go to Pittsburgh, where they would play one game and then having another travel day on Thursday to head to Philadelphia for a 3-game series with the Phillies. The Cardinals managed to narrow the gap to 6 games behind with a 2-1 win over the Pirates (82-52). Vern Law (19-7) was again unsuccessful in getting his 20th win, having now lost 3-2 and 2-1 since picking up his 19th win on august 29th.