Sweet '60: The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates (The SABR Digital Library) (Volume 10)
Game Seven of the 1960 World Series between the Pirates and the Yankees swung back and forth. Heading into the bottom of the eighth inning at Forbes Field, the Yankees had outscored the Pirates, 53-21, and held a 7–4 lead in the deciding game. The Pirates hadn’t won a World Championship since 1925, while the Yanks had won 17 of them in the same stretch of time, seven of the preceding 11 years. The Pirates scored five times in the bottom of the eighth and took the lead, only to cough it up in the top of the ninth. The game was tied 9–9 in the bottom of the ninth. At 3:36, Bill Mazeroski swung at Ralph Terry’s slider. As Curt Smith writes in these pages: “There goes a long drive hit deep to left field!” said Gunner. “Going back is Yogi Berra! Going back! You can kiss it good-bye!” No smooch was ever lovelier. “How did we do it, Possum? How did we do it?” Prince said finally, din all around. Woods didn’t know—only that, “I’m looking at the wildest thing since I was on Hollywood Boulevard the night World War II ended.” David had toppled Goliath. It was a blow that awakened a generation, one that millions of people saw on television, one of TV’s first iconic World Series moments.Sweet ’60: The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates is the joint product of 44 autho...
1960 Pittsburgh Pirates - Day by Day: A Special Season, an Extraordinary World Series
This is the story of the 1960 season, day by day, as chronicled in Pittsburgh's two daily papers, the Press and the Post-Gazette, and in the weekly Pittsburgh Courier, along with the observations of many of the participating players and of a 12-year-old fan: the author. He was able to see 18 games that summer in the company of his grandfather, Mike Cushing, who was the usher in the Pirates' front office at Forbes Field. This book is a labor of love. Pap-pap Cushing worked for the Pirates for 40 years, took Rick to countless games, and told him stories about past Pirates greats, specifically Honus Wagner. His maternal grandfather, Red Malone, also figures into the story. He, too, was a lifelong Pirates fan and told him stories about the team. The final chapter -- titled ''Where Are They Now?'' -- brings up to date all the principle characters on the 1960 Pirates.
Farewell to the Last Golden Era: The Yankees, the Pirates and the 1960 Baseball Season
In 1960, Major League Baseball reached a crossroads in its history. Facing a challenge from the Continental Baseball League, the owners of the original 16 major league teams elected to admit new clubs. This in-depth look at that pivotal season--the last played with only the original 16 teams--follows the New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates on their march to the 1960 World Series. The trials and triumphs of these two teams reflect the changes, large and small, that came to define the sport in the following decades--surnames on the backs of the uniforms, exploding scoreboards, the increasing impact of international players, and foremost of all, expansion. Marking the end of the "Golden Age" of baseball and the beginning of the ascendancy of professional football as the national pastime, this historic season witnessed the intersection of the past and future of American professional sports.
Kiss It Good-bye: The Mystery, the Mormon, and the Moral of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates
In 1960, an upstart Pittsburgh Pirates team beat the highly favored New York Yankees in the World Series. Given the power of a Yankee roster that included Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Yogi Berra, that improbably victory did more than give long-suffering Pirates fans something to cheer about; it put Pittsburgh on the map. Though John Moody was only six years old during that magical baseball season, he was a devoted fan of the Pittsburgh team. The star pitcher for the Pirates and John's first hero was Vernon Law - an unsophisticated Idaho country boy, widely known as The Deacon, a friendly nickname derived from his strict Mormon upbringing. Law was a relatively young man at the time and should have enjoyed several more seasons of fame and success, yet his career went into decline following that phenomenal Series. In this insightful book, John Moody explores a compelling mystery that has persisted now for nearly fifty years, revealing at last why Vernon Law was unable to continue his dominance of Major League batters. But the book is more than just another expose. Recalling a distant time in American sports, Kiss It Good-bye contains a universal theme: a son's affection for his father and the bond that was forged between them because of their love of baseball. It is a book tha...
The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates were a special team--team being the operative word. There were no superstars, although Roberto Clemente would become one, and nobody had a record season. The Battling Bucs frequently came from behind to win late in the game, with Pirates broadcaster Bob Prince signing off, "We had 'em all the way." Pittsburgh was the Sad Sack of baseball through most of the 1950s, and as the Pirates grabbed the National League lead early in the 1960 season, fans wondered if the guys in vest-shirts and black sleeves could indeed hang on. And then there was the World Series, the one everybody but the Pirates thought would be won by the Yankees, in which Bill Mazeroski provided the most dramatic finish of all sports championships. This book, featuring interviews with Clemente, Dick Groat, Bob Friend and Dick Schofield, chronicles the Pirates of 1960--a team of friends--and their push through a long and magical season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates Encyclopedia: Second Edition
The Pittsburgh Pirates have one of the most storied histories in the annals of baseball. The Pittsburgh Pirates Encyclopedia captures these fabulous times through the stories of the individuals and the collective teams that have thrilled the Steel City for 125 years. The book breaks down the team with a year-by-year synopsis of the club, including biographies of more than 180 of the most memorable Pirates through the ages as well as a look at each manager, owner, general manager, and announcer who has served the club proudly.Now updated through the 2014 season, The Pittsburgh Pirates Encyclopedia will provide Pirates fans as well as baseball fans in general a complete look into the team's history, sparking memories of glories past and hopes for the future. Highlights include:• Single-season and career records• Player and manager profiles• Pirates award winners• Synopses of key games in Pirates historyNow fully updated, this is one of the most comprehensive books ever written about the Pirates, and a resource that no Bucs fan should be without.Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, o...
The Pittsburgh Pirates' 1960 Season (Images of Baseball)
In the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, no team has beenmore memorable than that of 1960. In the decade before,the team produced only two winning records: a second-placefinish in 1958 and in 1959. In 1960, they put it all togetherto win the pennant. Their reward was a trip to the WorldSeries against the favored New York Yankees. In theYankees" three winning games, they outscored Pittsburgh38-3, but the Pirates were able to win three to send it toGame 7. In one of the most exciting contests in the historyof the sport, the Pirates came up in the bottom of the ninthwith the score tied. At exactly 3:36 p.m., Bill Mazeroskihit a home run over the left field wall to give the Pirates amemorable championship. This book tells the story of thatmagnificent team and its glorious victory, which will beetched into the minds of Pittsburgh baseball fans forever.
Wear what the legends wore in this Mitchell & Ness Authentic Cooperstown Collection baseball jersey. This 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates sleeveless jersey is made of 100% Wool and features a white body with black & gold braid at neckline & armholes, embroidered 2 color felt front logo, 2 color felt back number, Cooperstown Collection jock tag at left hem, embroidered year and name at right hem, high-low hem and button up front. Mitchell & Ness not only ensures that every jersey is 100% authentic, but also captures the spirit of the era in which it was originally worn. Team graphics made to the specifications of the original jersey. Officially licensed by Major League Baseball. Size scale is as follows: M = 40, L = 44, XL = 48, XXL = 52.
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero
On New Year's Eve 1972, following eighteen magnificent seasons in the major leagues, Roberto Clemente died a hero's death, killed in a plane crash as he attempted to deliver food and medical supplies to Nicaragua after a devastating earthquake. David Maraniss now brings the great baseball player brilliantly back to life in Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero, a book destined to become a modern classic. Much like his acclaimed biography of Vince Lombardi, When Pride Still Mattered, Maraniss uses his narrative sweep and meticulous detail to capture the myth and a real man.Anyone who saw Clemente, as he played with a beautiful fury, will never forget him. He was a work of art in a game too often defined by statistics. During his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he won four batting titles and led his team to championships in 1960 and 1971, getting a hit in all fourteen World Series games in which he played. His career ended with three-thousand hits, the magical three-thousandth coming in his final at-bat, and he and the immortal Lou Gehrig are the only players to have the five-year waiting period waived so they could be enshrined in the Hall of Fame immediately after their deaths. There is delightful baseball here, including thrilling accounts of the two World...
Pirates Heroes: Remembering the Pittsburgh Pirates Who Helped Make the 1960s Baseball's Real Golden Age
These were the heroes who owned the summers of the 1960s. Roberto Clemente and Vern Law. Manny Sanguillen and Roy Face. Vern Law and Dick Groat. Smoky Burgess and Matty Alou. During the summers of the 1960s, the heroes of Pittsburgh wore Pirates uniforms. On their best days (which were, admittedly, too few), they were entertaining and inspiring. They smote hated rivals and sent their best to the All-Star game, in the decade when that mid-summer classic moved under the lights … and into prime time. On their worst days, these Pirates heroes broke our hearts, squandering late-inning leads and pre-season hopes … but they never lost our devotion. They were the heroes of our youth. Now their stories are collected in Pirates Heroes: Remembering the Pittsburgh Pirates Who Helped Make the 1960s Baseball’s Real Golden Age. The book profiles the best (and a few of the worst) of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the 1960s. In all, there are 66 profiles of the infielders, outfielders, catchers and pitchers who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1960s. Do you remember … The left-handed fireballer who struck out 250 batters in 1964, and was the only National League pitcher from 1963 through 1966 who out-k’ed Koufax? (page 111) The slugging outfielder who was a 9-time All-Star in the 196...
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