Rocky Colavito Clubs 35 HRs
Like most home run hitters, Rocky Colavito had serious weaknesses at the plate. He may have had the strongest arm, though, of any slugger in history. Traded from Cleveland to Detroit for the 1960 season, Colavito posted a .474 slugging average, 35 home runs, and 87 RBI that year. In 1968, his last season, the Yankees brought Colavito on in relief in a tight game. When he got the win, he became the last American League nonpitcher to date to be credited with a victory.
Vern Law, 20-9, Nabs Cy Young Award
Vern Law received eight of the 14 votes cast for the 1960 Cy Young Award as he went 20-9 in 1960. The runner-up with four mentions was Warren Spahn of the Braves, who produced a 21-10 season. Ernie Broglio (21-9) and Lindy McDaniel (12-4) of the Cardinals both got one vote each. The reason no American League hurlers were cited is that none won more than 18 games. Law was probably the right choice for the award. He was second in the National League in wins, second in win pct. (.690), and tied for first in complete games. Without Law, the Pirates would have struggled to win the pennant.
Ted Williams Goes Out in Style
As a rookie in 1939, Ted Williams said, "All I want out of life is that when I walk down the street folks will say, There goes the greatest hitter who ever lived.' " Long before Williams retired in 1960, the year he hit his 500th home run, millions were saying just that.
1960 Pirates a Mix of Talent
The 1960 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates were a mix of home-grown talent and clever trade acquisitions. Team star Roberto Clemente, for example, was pilfered from the Dodgers' farm chain. Clemente hit .314 with 16 home runs and 94 RBI that season.
Harvey Haddix, Art Ditmar Face Off
Harvey Haddix of Pittsburgh and Art Ditmar of New York shook hands prior to game five of the 1960 World Series. Neither of the two starting pitchers that day was around at the end of the clash. Haddix got the win, however, lasting until the seventh inning of the Pirates' 5-2 triumph.
Hal Smith Nails HR in 1960 World Series
Pittsburgh catcher Hal Smith blasts a three-run homer in the eighth inning of the final game of the 1960 World Series. The Pirates held a 9-7 lead in the top of the ninth; the Yankees, however, were not quite finished. A heady bit of baserunning by Mickey Mantle allowed the tying run to score and set the stage for Bill Mazeroski to win it.
Bobby Richardson Slams 1960 Pirates
Bobby Richardson hits a grandslam in game three of the 1960 World Series. The second baseman had 12 RBI in the 1960 World Series.
Sub Gino Cimoli Boosts 1960 Bucs
A sub during the regular season, Gino Cimoli scored four runs in the 1960 World Series to tie Pirates second sacker Bill Mazeroski for the club lead. This was his only bright moment in his ten-year, eight-team career.
The next page highlights key events and details from the 1960 baseball season.