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.



May 26, 2010 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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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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The 1979 Pirates

So many things to say about the 1979 Pirates..."We Are Family", "Pops" and Stargell's Stars, Kent Tekulve's pitching motion and on and on.  But since we're in the jersey business, let's start there.

The 1979 Pirates had three jerseys, three pants and two caps.  In today's game teams also have three jerseys, three pants and two or three caps, but the difference is that the Pirates used to mix and match the three.  Can you imagine that happening today?

Here's what John Hallahan, Pirates equipment manager in the 1970's had to say about the potential 18 different uniform combinations:

"If it was cold, we'd wear all black.  If it was hot, we'd wear the whites.  In the 1979 Series we mostly wore yellow tops with black pants.  The players always voted. One time they wanted each guy to wear a different combination, but we didn't want to make a mockery of it, which of course it already was."


So let's take a look at the 1979 World Series vs. the Orioles, what the Pirates wore and how they did.

Game 1 - black jersey / gold pants / gold caps

In Baltimore, Orioles win 5 - 4.  Stargell hits a HR but Bruce Kison can't get the win as the Orioles score five runs in the first.

Game 2 - gold jersey / black pants / black cap

Again in Baltimore, but this time the Pirates get the win, 3 - 2.  Bert Blyleven gets the win and Kent Tekulve gets the save.

Game 3 - white jersey / white pants / black cap

The Pirates are back home for game three but the home cooking didn't do much to help.  The Orioles take game three 8 - 4.

Game 4 - gold jersey / gold pants / black cap

The Pirates give up six runs in the eighth inning as the Orioles take the lead in the series with a 9 - 6 victory.

Game 5 - black jersey / gold pants / gold cap

Pirates ace Bert Blyleven comes through when he has to and pitches a six hit gem for a Pirates 7 - 1 win. The Orioles still lead the Series 3 - 2.

Game 6 - gold jersey / black pants / black cap

The Series heads back to Baltimore for game six.  With John Candelaria on the mound, the Pirates score two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings for a 4 - 0 win, sending the Series to a seventh game.

Game 7 - gold jersey / black pants / black cap

The Pirates become only the fourth team in history to come back from a 3 - 1 deficit as they win their second World Series of the decade. The Pirates beat the Orioles 4 - 1 as pitching ace Kent Tekulve gets his third save of the Series.

So it looks like the gold / black / black combination was the luckiest of the four combinations worn during the World Series.  It's definitely one of the best from a fashion perspective too, although an all black mix would have been interesting too.

What are your thoughts on the mix and match uniforms of the 1979 Pirates?

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Miscellaneous Pirate Fact #1

How Many Pirates Have Won the MVP Award?

Answer: 5

Dick Groat in 1960


Roberto Clemente in 1966


Dave Parker in 1978


Willie Stargell in 1979


Barry Bonds in 1990 & 1992

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