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1960 Revisited - July 26   
July 26, 1960---Vern Law (13-5) recorded his 10th consecutive victory over the Cardinals in the past 3 years as the Pirates won 5-4. The Bucs (55-37) scored 3 times in the 4th against St.L. starter Curt Simmons (2-1). Stuart opened the inning with a single. He was forced at second by Cimoli. After Burgess flied out, Hoak doubled to score Cimoli and took third as the throw to home was off target. Mazeroski was given an intentional walk. He stole second, and Hoak scored when catcher Carl Sawatski’s throw to second was errant.

The Bucs led 3-0. Danny Murtaugh seemed to be pushing all the right buttons. Joe Christopher had made only his 5th start of the season in the outfield. He responded with a single and a double. But after Mazeroski singled in the 7th, Murtaugh sent Virdon to pinch hit for Christopher. Virdon responded with a 2-run HR against reliever Bob Gibson to make it 5-0. But the Cardinals came back with 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th on a 2-run homer by Sawatski and a 2-run HR by pinch-hitter George Crowe. Elroy Face pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to pick up his 15th save. Joe Christopher (.138) had 2 of the Pirates’ 8 hits. Milwaukee (53-36) defeated SF to remain a half-game behind the Pirates in the standings.

Although Law enjoyed having Burgess behind the plate when he pitched, this was the only game of the season when Burgess caught Law against a left-handed starter (Curt Simmons). In Law’s other 5 starts against an opposing lefty, Hal Smith caught. Smith also caught Law twice against an opposing righthander when Burgess was suspended.

Starting lineup:

Christopher LF
Groat SS
Clemente RF
Stuart 1B
Cimoli CF
Burgess C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Law P

George Crowe’s HR against Law in the 7th inning was the third of the year for the 39-year old veteran. Crowe had played in the Negro Leagues and made his ML debut at age 31 in 1952 for the Dodgers. He was the starting first baseman for the Reds in 1957 and hit 31 HRs. He was traded to the Cardinals after the 1958 season and served primarily as a pinch-hitter in 1959 and 1960. His HR against Law was the 13th pinch-hit HR of his ML career and was the ML record at that time. He would hit one more PH HR in September to finish his career with 14.

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