1960 Pittsburgh Pirates season
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.
|1960 Pittsburgh Pirates|
|1960 NL Champions|
1960 World Series Champions
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||John W. Galbreath (majority shareholder); Bing Crosby, Thomas P. Johnson (minority shareholders)|
|General manager(s)||Joe L. Brown|
|Local television||KDKA-TV 2 |
Bob Prince, Jim Woods
|Local radio||KDKA–AM 1020|
Bob Prince, Paul Long, Jim Woods
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- 1 Offseason
- 2 Season standings
- 3 Regular season
- 4 Postseason
- 5 Statistics
- 6 Awards and honors
- 7 Farm system
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
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.
|St. Louis Cardinals||86||68||0.558||9||51–26||35–42|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||82||72||0.532||13||42–35||40–37|
|San Francisco Giants||79||75||0.513||16||45–32||34–43|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1960 National League Records
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On September 6, team captain Dick Groat was drilled on his left wrist by an inside pitch from Braves pitcher Lew Burdette. 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.
On September 25 in Milwaukee, the Pirates clinched their first pennant in 33 years.
|1960 Game Log: 95–59 (Home: 52–25; Away: 43–34)|
April: 11–3 (Home: 8–2; Away: 3–1)
May: 16–11 (Home: 9–4; Away: 7–7)
June: 15–11 (Home: 6–4; Away: 9–7)
July: 15–14 (Home: 3–5; Away: 12–9)
August: 21–10 (Home: 14–4; Away: 7–6)
September: 15–10 (Home: 10–6; Away: 5–4)
|Legend: = Win = Loss = Postponement|
Bold = Pirates team member
Opening Day lineupEdit
|Opening Day Starters|
- May 28, 1960: Julián Javier and Ed Bauta were traded by the Pirates to the St. Louis Cardinals for Vinegar Bend Mizell and Dick Gray.
- September 1, 1960: Mickey Vernon was signed as a free agent by the Pirates.
- September 30, 1960: Mickey Vernon was released by the Pirates.
|1960 Pittsburgh Pirates|
1960 World SeriesEdit
The 1960 Pirates team, which featured eight All-Stars, was widely predicted to lose the World Series to a powerful New York Yankees team. 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.
|New York (A)||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||4||13||2|
|W: Vern Law (1–0) L: Art Ditmar (0–1), S: Roy Face (1)|
|HR: NYY – Roger Maris (1), Elston Howard (1) PIT – Bill Mazeroski (1)|
|New York (A)||0||0||2||1||2||7||3||0||1||16||19||1|
|W: Bob Turley (1–0) L: Bob Friend (0–1)|
|HR: NYY – Mickey Mantle 2 (2)|
October 8, 1960, at Yankee Stadium in New York City. Attendance: 70,001
|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: NYY – Bobby Richardson (1), Mickey Mantle (3)|
October 9, 1960, at Yankee Stadium in New York City. Attendance: 67,812
|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: NYY – Bill Skowron (1)|
October 10, 1960, at Yankee Stadium in New York City. Attendance: 62,753
|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: NYY – Roger Maris (2)|
|New York (A)||0||1||5||0||0||2||2||2||0||12||17||1|
|W: Whitey Ford (2–0) L: Bob Friend (0–2)|
|New York (A)||0||0||0||0||1||4||0||2||2||9||13||1|
|W: Harvey Haddix (2–0) L: Ralph Terry (0–2)|
|HR: NYY – Bill Skowron (2), Yogi Berra (1) PIT – Rocky Nelson (1), Hal Smith (1), Bill Mazeroski (2)|
|1960 Postseason Game Log (4–3)|
1960 World Series: vs. New York Yankees (4–3)
|Legend: = Win = Loss|
Bold = Pirates team member
1960 World Series (4–3): Pittsburgh Pirates (N.L.) over New York Yankees (A.L.)
|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 honorsEdit
- Dick Groat, Shortstop, National League MVP
- Bill Mazeroski, Babe Ruth Award
- Danny Murtaugh, Associated Press NL Manager of the Year
- Smoky Burgess
- Roberto Clemente
- Roy Face
- Bob Friend (Starting P, first game)
- Dick Groat
- Vern Law (Starting P, second game)
- Bill Mazeroski (Starting 2B)
- Bob Skinner (Starting LF)
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Savannah, Hobbs
- From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
- 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
- José Martínez page at Baseball Reference
- The Best Game Ever, Prologue, p. xxi, Jim Reisler, Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7867-1943-3
- The Best Game Ever, Prologue, p. xxii, Jim Reisler, Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7867-1943-3
- "1960 Pittsburgh Pirates Schedule & Results". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 19, 2017.[permanent dead link]
- Vinegar Bend Mizell page at Baseball Reference
- Mickey Vernon page at Baseball Reference
- "1960 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
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- "Major League Baseball Postseason Hitting Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
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- "Major League Baseball Postseason Pitching Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
- The Best Game Ever, p. 21, Jim Reisler, Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7867-1943-3
- 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates team page at Baseball Reference
- 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.