1960 Pittsburgh Pirates season
|1960 Pittsburgh Pirates|
1960 NL Champions|
1960 World Series Champions
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||John W. Galbreath (majority shareholder); Bing Crosby, Thomas Johnson (minority shareholders)|
|General manager(s)||Joe L. Brown|
KDKA-TV 2 |
Bob Prince, Jim Woods
Bob Prince, Paul Long, Jim Woods
|< Previous season Next 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.
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.
- Prior to 1960 season: José Martínez was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates.
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.
|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. opponents
1960 National League Records
|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)
October: 2–0 (Home: 2–0; Away: 0–0)
| Legend: = Win = Loss = Tie|
Bold = Pirates team member
Opening Day lineup
- 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
- 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 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. 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)|
| 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 honors
- 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)
- Roberto Clemente, Led National League in outfield assists, 19 baserunners thrown out
- Dick Groat, Led National League in batting average
|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
- 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
- Vinegar Bend Mizell page at Baseball Reference
- Mickey Vernon page at Baseball Reference
- "1960 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "Major League Baseball Regular Season Hitting Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
- "Major League Baseball Postseason Hitting Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
- "Major League Baseball Regular Season Pitching Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
- "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.