1960 World Series Game 7

mazeroski_hr_wsIn the 1960 World Series between the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates in which turned out to be one of the most bizarre World Series ever, one thing was for sure was to expect the unexpected. The Yankees were favored because many perceived them to be clearly the better team and throughout the 1960 World Series they were, they had more hits, more home runs, more runs, and got two complete-game shutouts from Whitey Ford. That wasn’t enough as the series went the distance, yes to a deciding game 7 in Pittsburgh at Forbes Field. The three games the Yankees won were blowouts (16-3, 10-0, and 12-0), while the Pirates won three close games (6-4, 3-2, and 5-2). In Game 7, the Pirates got off to a great start, in the bottom of the 1st inning it was Pirates Rocky Nelson who put the Pirates up early 2-0 with a two-run homer. Pirates would add two more runs in the 2nd inning to increase their lead 4-0. The Yankees got on the board in the fifth with a leadoff home run from Bill Skowron. The Yankees would score four more runs that would include a home run from Yogi Berra in the 6th to take the lead 5-4. The Yankees would increase their lead to 7-4 in the 8th and were just six outs away from winning the World Series. Pirates just wouldn’t die as they responded in the 8th as well with scoring five runs including Hal Smith’s three-run homer that gave the Pirates back the lead 9-7 as they were now just three outs away from upsetting the New York Yankees. The Yankees down to their last three outs delivered by scoring two runs to tie the wild Game 7 at 9-9. With Pirates Bill Mazeroski leading off in the bottom of the 9th and Yankees Ralph Terry returning to the mound, which ever team scored the next run will be World Series champions. On the second pitch Terry threw, Mazeroski smacked a long drive over the left field wall to win the game 10-9 and win the World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates. As the Pirates were celebrating the Yankees stood across the field just absolutely stunned because they outscored the Pirates 55-27, outhit them 91-60, and yet they were the ones on the losing end. Yankees Mickey Mantle said it was the only time he ever cried over a loss. This was the first time that a World Series ended with a home run, Joe Carter would become the only other player to end the World Series with a home run.

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