1960 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1960 Pittsburgh Pirates
1960 NL Champions
1960 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) John W. Galbreath
Manager(s) Danny Murtaugh
Local television KDKA-TV
Bob Prince, Jim Woods
Local radio KDKA
Bob Prince, Paul Long, Jim Woods
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The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the team's 79th season. The team finished with a record of 95-59-1, seven games in front of the second-place Milwaukee Braves to win their first National League championship in 33 seasons. The team went on to play the heavily favored New York Yankees, whom they defeated 4 games to 3 in one of the most storied World Series ever.

Offseason[edit]

At the 1959 Winter Meetings, Pirates general manager Joe L. Brown had agreed to trade Dick Groat to the Kansas City Athletics in exchange for Roger Maris. Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh had advised Brown that he did not want to lose Groat, and the deal was never finalized.[1]

Notable transactions[edit]

  • Prior to 1960 season: José Martínez was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates.[2]

Regular season[edit]

On September 6, team captain Dick Groat was drilled on his left wrist by an inside pitch from Braves pitcher Lew Burdette.[3] Groat was lost for the rest of the season. Dick Schofield stepped in for the injured Groat and went three for three in that September 6 game. The Pirates won the game 5-3 and Schofield would go on to hit .414 for the rest of the season.[3]

On September 25 in Milwaukee, the Pirates clinched their first pennant in 33 years.[4]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
Pittsburgh Pirates 95 59 -- .617
Milwaukee Braves 88 66 7 .571
St. Louis Cardinals 86 68 9 .558
Los Angeles Dodgers 82 72 13 .532
San Francisco Giants 79 75 16 .513
Cincinnati Reds 67 87 28 .435
Chicago Cubs 60 94 35 .390
Philadelphia Phillies 59 95 36 .383

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Pittsburgh Pirates

Don Hoak 3B Dick Groat SS Bob Skinner LF Dick Stuart 1B Roberto Clemente RF Smoky Burgess C Gino Cimoli CF Bill Mazeroski 2B Vern Law P

Team Totals 33 13 11 13 5 4 .333 1.031 0.314 0.29 0.464 -0.148 9.2 27 10

2B: R Clemente 2 (2, 2 off C McLish); S Burgess (1, off C McLish); B Mazeroski (1, off B Purkey); D Groat (1, off C McLish); G Cimoli (2, off B Lawrence).

HR: B Mazeroski (1, off C McLish; 2nd inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep LF).

SF: R Clemente (1, off B Lawrence).

IBB: D Stuart (1, by B Lawrence).

HBP: B Skinner (1, by C McLish).

TB: B Mazeroski 6; R Clemente 5; D Groat 4; G Cimoli 2; S Burgess 2; B Skinner.

RBI: R Clemente 5 (6); B Mazeroski 4 (4); G Cimoli 2 (2); B Skinner (2); S Burgess (1).

2-out RBI: R Clemente 2; B Mazeroski 2.

Team LOB: 3.

With RISP: 7 for 13.

Fielding

DP: 3. D Groat-B Mazeroski-D Stuart 3.

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1960 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

Game Log

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Burgess, SmokySmoky Burgess 110 337 99 .294 7 39
1B Stuart, DickDick Stuart 122 438 114 .260 23 83
2B Mazeroski, BillBill Mazeroski 151 538 147 .273 11 64
3B Hoak, DonDon Hoak 155 553 156 .282 16 79
SS Groat, DickDick Groat 138 573 186 .325 2 50
LF Skinner, BobBob Skinner 145 571 156 .273 15 86
CF Virdon, BillBill Virdon 120 409 108 .264 8 40
RF Clemente, RobertoRoberto Clemente 144 570 179 .314 16 94

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Smith, HalHal Smith 77 258 76 .295 11 45
Nelson, RockyRocky Nelson 93 200 60 .300 7 35
Schofield, DickDick Schofield 65 102 34 .333 0 10
Vernon, MickeyMickey Vernon 9 8 1 .125 0 1
Mejías, RománRomán Mejías 3 1 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Friend, BobBob Friend 38 275.2 18 12 3.00 183
Law, VernVern Law 35 271.2 20 9 3.08 120
Mizell, Vinegar BendVinegar Bend Mizell 23 155.2 13 5 3.12 71
Haddix, HarveyHarvey Haddix 29 172.1 11 10 3.97 101
Cheney, TomTom Cheney 11 52 2 2 3.98 35

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Gibbon, JoeJoe Gibbon 27 80.1 4 2 4.03 60
Daniels, BennieBennie Daniels 10 40.1 1 3 7.81 16
Witt, GeorgeGeorge Witt 10 30 1 2 4.20 15

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Face, RoyRoy Face 68 10 8 24 2.90 72
Green, FredFred Green 45 8 4 3 3.21 49
Giel, PaulPaul Giel 16 2 0 0 5.73 21
Francis, EarlEarl Francis 7 1 0 0 2.00 8

1960 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1960 World Series

The 1960 Pirates team, which featured eight All-Stars, was widely predicted to lose the World Series to a powerful New York Yankees team.[citation needed] In one of the most memorable World Series in history, the Pirates were defeated by more than ten runs in three games, won three close games, then recovered from a 7-4 deficit late in Game 7 to eventually win on a walk-off home run by Bill Mazeroski, a second baseman better known for defensive wizardry.

Game 1[edit]

October 5, 1960 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 36,676

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 13 2
Pittsburgh (N) 3 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 X 6 8 0
W: Vern Law (1-0)  L: Art Ditmar (0-1),   S: Roy Face (1)
HR: NYYRoger Maris (1), Elston Howard (1)   PITBill Mazeroski (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 6, 1960 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 37,308

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 0 0 2 1 2 7 3 0 1 16 19 1
Pittsburgh (N) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 13 1
W: Bob Turley (1-0)  L: Bob Friend (0-1)
HR: NYYMickey Mantle 2 (2)

Game 3[edit]

October 8, 1960 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. Attendance: 70,001

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
New York (A) 6 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 x 10 16 1
W: Whitey Ford (1-0)   L: Vinegar Bend Mizell (0-1)
HR: NYYBobby Richardson (1), Mickey Mantle (3)

Game 4[edit]

October 9, 1960 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. Attendance: 67,812

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh (N) 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
New York (A) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 0
W: Vern Law (2-0)   L: Ralph Terry (0-1),   S: Roy Face (2)
HR: NYYBill Skowron (1)

Game 5[edit]

October 10, 1960 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. Attendance: 62,753

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh (N) 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 10 2
New York (A) 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 2
W: Harvey Haddix (1-0)   L: Art Ditmar (0-2),   S: Roy Face (3)
HR: NYYRoger Maris (2)

Game 6[edit]

October 12, 1960 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 38,580

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 0 1 5 0 0 2 2 2 0 12 17 1
Pittsburgh (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
W: Whitey Ford (2-0)  L: Bob Friend (0-2)

Game 7[edit]

October 13, 1960 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendance: 36,683

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 2 2 9 13 1
Pittsburgh (N) 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 10 11 0
W: Harvey Haddix (2-0)  L: Ralph Terry (0-2)
HR: NYYBill Skowron (2), Yogi Berra (1)    PITRocky Nelson (1), Hal Smith (1), Bill Mazeroski (2)

Composite Box[edit]

1960 World Series (4-3): Pittsburgh Pirates (N.L.) over New York Yankees (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 5 1 3 3 1 0 5 4 27 60 4
New York Yankees 7 2 8 7 3 13 6 4 5 55 91 8
Total Attendance: 349,813   Average Attendance: 49,973
Winning Player’s Share: – $8,418   Losing Player’s Share – $5,125

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

1960 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

League leaders[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Jets International League Cal Ermer
AAA Salt Lake City Bees Pacific Coast League Larry Shepard
A Savannah Pirates Sally League Ray Hathaway
B Burlington Bees Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Harding "Pete" Peterson
C Grand Forks Chiefs Northern League Bob Clear
D Kingsport Pirates Appalachian League James Gibbons
D Dubuque Packers Midwest League James Adlam
D Hobbs Pirates Sophomore League Al Kubski

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Savannah, Hobbs

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero, p. 114, Tom Clavin and Danny Peary, Touchstone Books, Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4165-8928-0
  2. ^ José Martínez page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ a b The Best Game Ever, Prologue, p. xxi, Jim Reisler, Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7867-1943-3
  4. ^ The Best Game Ever, Prologue, p. xxii, Jim Reisler, Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7867-1943-3
  5. ^ Vinegar Bend Mizell page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ a b Mickey Vernon page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ The Best Game Ever, p. 21, Jim Reisler, Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7867-1943-3

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