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1960 Revisited - July 30   
By Bobster

July 30, 1960---The last place Cubs (34-60) ended their 8-game losing streak and the Pirates’ 4-game winning streak with a 6-1 home victory over the Bucs (57-38). The Bucs struck quickly. Virdon led off the game with a single and was forced at second by Skinner. Nelson singled Skinner to third, and Clemente connected for an RBI-single to give Bob Friend a quick 1-0 lead.

But that was all the Pirates would get against Glen Hobbie (10-13). Hobbie went the distance, giving up 7 hits. Friend (11-7) gave up 2 runs in the 6th and Elroy Face gave up 4 in the 7th. Joe Gibbon pitched a scoreless 8th. Bill Virdon continued his hot hitting with 2 singles. Since June 9th, Virdon had batted at a .326 clip to raise his average from .186 to .280. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, a crowd of 81,544 watched the Braves defeat the Dodgers 8-7 to move back to within 2 games of the Bucs. That attendance figure in LA was helped, however, by a Ladies Night Special crowd. The actual paid attendance was a "mere" 61,003.

Starting lineup:
Virdon CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Nelson 1B
Clemente RF
Burgess C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Friend P

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