A Little More 1960

While getting some info for our 1960 post from earlier today we came across an article about a 1960 Pirates Championship Ring, a hockey rink and an 11 year old girl.  Check it out.



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Super Bowl XLVIII

We're sure you've heard that the Super Bowl will be played in the northeast for the first time in 2014. General consensus around here is that it's a good thing.  We think it could be interesting to have a Super Bowl that looks like this

or this

or this

So facebook friends, what do you think?  Is this a good move by the NFL?


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1960 Pirates


Here are some stats from the 1960 World Series.

  • Team # 1 - 55 runs / Team # 2 - 27 runs
  • Team # 1  -.338 Batting Average / Team # 2 - .256 Batting Average
  • Team # 1 - 91 hits / Team # 2 - 60 hits
  • Team # 1 - 10 Home Runs / Team # 2 - 4 Home Runs

We're sure you can see where we're going here.  Common sense would be that team # 1 won the World Series.  But in the 1960 World Series, nothing was common.

The Yankees headed into the Series as the favorites.  The Pirates came out of nowhere to finish first in the NL with a 95 - 59 record.  The Yankees won the AL with a 97 - 57 record and were favored because of a few guys on their roster named Maris, Mantle and Berra.

The Series began on October 5 in Pittsburgh. In a back and forth game the home team took the win 6 - 4 thanks to a home run by Bill Mazeroski and pitching by ace Vern Law.

Game Two was a completely different affair with the Yankees doing what everyone thought they would do.  Final score: Yankees 16 - Pirates 3.

The Series moved to NY for game three but the result was similar to game two.  This time the Pirates couldn't even manage a single run, final score, Yankees 10 - Pirates 0.

The Pirates had their ace back on the mound for game four and Vern Law came through once again.  The Pirates scored 3 runs in the fifth and that was all they needed as they topped the Yankees 3 - 2.

Game five had the Pirates taking the lead in the second and holding on for a 5 - 2 victory.  The Series was headed back to Pittsburgh with the underdogs up 3 - 2.

The Yankees exploded for 12 runs in game six and shut out the Pirates once again, 12 - 0.  Time for game seven.

For game seven, let's go to the video.


Bill Mazeroski was the only player to end a World Series with a home run until Joe Carter did it in 1993.  But Mazeroski's is still the only one that was hit in a game seven.  Definitely one of the greatest moments in the history of the game.

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Miscellaneous Pirate Fact #2


How many Pirates have been named MLB Player of The Year?

Answer: 3

Bill Mazeroski - 1960

Willie Stargell - 1979

Barry Bonds - 1990

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This Day in History....


On May 25, 1981, Carl Yastrzemski, nicknamed "Yaz," played in his 3,000th major league game, scoring the winning run in Boston's 8-7 victory over Cleveland. Yastrzemski joined Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, and Hank Aaron as the only major leaguers to appear in 3,000 games.

Carl Michael Yastrzemski was born on August 22, 1939 in Southampton, Long Island. He went on to attend Notre Dame University with a scholarship to play both baseball and basketball. Yastrzemki had some big shoes to fill when he began his major league career with the Boston Red Sox. Red Sox legend Ted Williams retired in 1960 and Yaz arrived in 1961 to succeed him in left field.

1967 was Yastrzemki’s best season.  Known for his extraordinary batting style, he went on to win the American League Triple Crown with a .326 batting average, 44 home runs, and 121 RBIs.  This year was also the season of the “Impossible Dream” for the Red Sox. The team rebounded from a ninth-place finish a year prior to win the American League pennant on the last day of the season.  

Yastrzemski played his entire 23-year career with the Boston Red Sox, wearing number 8.  He finally retired after the 1983 season after playing in 3,308 games for Boston, the most appearances by a player in a Red Sox uniform. Elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1989, he is also one of only five former Red Sox players to have his number retired. At the time of this retirement, Yastrzemski was the all-time American League leader in games played (3,308) and accomplished 3,419 hits and 452 home runs.



Awards and Recognitions with the Boston Red Sox:

  • All-Star Game MVP - 1970
  • Batting Champion - 1963, 1967, 1968
  • Batting Triple Crown - 1967  
  • Gold Glove - 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1977
  • Home Run Champion - 1967
  • Most Valuable Player - 1967
  • RBI Champion - 1967 


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