1960 Revisited - July 31

Saturday, July 31 2010 @ 11:00 am UTC

Contributed by: Bobster

By Bobster

July 31, 1960---The last-place Cubs took the series from the first-place Pirates (57-39) with a 6-2 win at Wrigley Field. The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning with singles by Bob Will and Richie Ashburn and a 2-run double by George Altman against Harvey Haddix.

The Pirates tied it in the 2nd against Don Cardwell. Nelson doubled, moved to third on a Clemente single and scored on a single by Burgess. Clemente then scored on a sac fly by Hoak. The game was still tied 2-2 when the Cubs came to bat in the 7th. Altman and Ron Santo started the inning with singles and advanced on a sacrifice by Frank Thomas. Grady Hatton’s 2-run single chased Haddix (6-7). Grady Hatton had played in the majors from 1946-1956, and had since been managing in the minors. Now nearly 38-years old, Hatton had joined the Cubs 2 weeks earlier as a player-coach and was 3-for-6 in this 3-game series. Tom Cheney relieved Haddix and walked Elvin Tappe. Fred Green then relieved Cheney. Sammy Taylor, pinch-hitting for Cardwell (5-10), hit a bouncer back to the mound. Green fielded it and his throw to 2B sailed into CF, allowing pinch runner Jerry Kindall to score. A sac fly by Will produced the 4th Cub run of the inning. The 6-2 loss kept the Pirates 2 games ahead of the Braves, who also lost. Clemente got his 13th assist of the year when he doubled George Altman off second base in the first inning after catching a liner by Ron Santo.

Starting lineup:

Virdon CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Nelson 1B
Clemente RF
Burgess C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Haddix P


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