Bill Mazeroski's World Series Homer,
October 13, 1960
After slipping to third in 1959, the Yankees
were back in the World Series again in 1960. The competition was
The Pirates won the first game of the series. Then Yankee bats took
over .The New Yorkers won Game Two 16-3, Game Three 10-0. Behind
the pitching of Vern Law and Harvey Haddix, Pittsburgh won the next
two to take a three games-to-two lead. The see-saw series saw New
York tie things up with a 12-0 shutout from Whitey Ford.
All of that set the stage for Game 7, a contest that stands as one
of the most memorable games in World Series history.
The Yankees rallied from a 4-0 deficit to take a 7-4 lead going into
the bottom of the eighth. The Bucs scored five runs in the eighth
inning, the final three on Hal Smith's homer, to take a 9-7 lead. A
Yankee two-run rally in the top of the ninth tied the score, 9-9.
Forbes Field was a madhouse.
Pittsburgh second baseman Bill Mazeroski led off the home ninth
against Yankee right-hander Ralph Terry. The count on Maz was 1-0.
At 3:36 P.M. it seemed there was no other sound in the ballpark
except for the crack of the bat of Mazeroski against the ball
pitched by Terry. Maz thought the ball would reach the wall so he
ran all out of the batter's box.
Yogi Berra backed up in left field, then he circled away from the
wall, watching the ball go over his head and over the wall. Then
Yogi dropped to his knees in despair and anger.
Forbes Field was just the opposite it rocked. The Pittsburgh
Pirates had their first World Championship since 1925. Bill
Mazeroski became the first player to end a World Series with a home
"It's hard to believe it hadn't been done before," Mazeroski, the
greatest fielding second baseman in Pirate history, said "Every day
of my life I think of that home run. Wouldn't you if you had hit it?
People always are reminding me of it. I suppose it must be the most
important thing I've ever done."
"I was an 8 year-old Yankee fan in 1960," Bob Costas mused." I
literally wept when Bill Mazeroski's home run cleared the
ivy-covered wall of Forbes Field. I believe I have come to terms
with it, and can see Mazeroski for what he really was: one of
baseball's all-time great players.
"Mickey Mantle batted .400 with three homers, 11 RBI's, eight runs
scored and eight walks in the series. It was not enough. "We
outscored them 55-27," Mantle complained, "and that was not enough.
The best team lost."
Five days after the series ended, Casey Stengel was fired as manager
of the Yankees.
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