1960 October

1st  The Yankees win their 14th straight, beating the Red Sox, 3–1 behind 3 pitchers. Jim Coates (13–3) is the winner. Chet Nichols is the loser for the Bosox, while Tracy Stallard, in relief, fans Roger Maris. Maris’s next at bat against Stallard will be a momentous one a year from now.

      The Cubs score a pair of unearned runs in the 14th to defeat the Dodgers, 10–8, in a 4 hour: 54 minute marathon. Future Hall of Famer Billy Williams hits his first ML homer, off the Dodgers’ Stan Williams, in the 9th. Zimmer also homers for Chicago as the win goes to Glen Hobbie (16–20). Maury Wills has 5 hits for the Dodgers.

      The Series-bound Pirates trip the Braves, 7-3, as Dick Groat has 2 hits and 2 RBIs, his first hits since being injured September 5. Groat’s .325 will lead the NL and he is the last shortstop this century to lead the Senior Circuit in hitting.

2nd  Washington drops a 2–1 decision to Baltimore in the last game ever played by the original-franchise Senators. Pedro Ramos takes the loss for Washington.  The O’s clinch 2nd place.

      Gaylord Perry has 2 hits and an RBI and pitches the Indians to a 4–0 win over the White Sox. It is Perry’s 18th victory, tying him for the AL high with Chuck Estrada. The game has its strange moments. When Vic Power takes his time getting into the batter’s box to lead off the 2nd, home plate ump Paparella orders Early Wynn to throw a pitch. Instead of calling an automatic strike, Paparella calls it a ball.  Sox catcher Carreon starts jawing at the ump and gets tossed, prompting Al Lopez to say he is playing the game under protest.  Jimmy Piersall caps off an 0-for-5 game by striking out in the 9th, taking one strike as a righty and 2 as a lefty. He then punts his batting helmet into the dugout and, following the game, tosses his cap into the stands behind the dugout.

      Dale Long hits a 2-run homer in the 9th to give the Yankees an 8–7 win over Boston. The Yankees go into the WS with a 15-game win streak, the most ever.

3rd  The Yankees head into the WS with a 15-game winning streak, the 8th longest streak in the AL this century, after Dale Long’s 2-run 9th-inning HR gives them an 8–7 win over the Red Sox. New York’s 193 HRs are an AL record, 3 better than the 1956 Yanks. RBI leader Roger Maris drives in 3 runs, but falls one HR short of Mickey Mantle’s league-high 40. Mantle, Maris and Skowron finish 1-2-3 in extra base hits, the last time this century that three teammates will accomplish that.

      Joe Gordon (26-31) resigns as manager of the Tigers, blaming interference by club president Bill DeWitt. Gordon will be named manager of the KC Athletics, replacing Bob Elliott.

5th  In a portent of things to come, Bill Mazeroski’s 2-run 5th-inning HR off Jim Coates is the difference as Pittsburgh beats New York, 6–4, in its first WS win since 1925. Roy Face survives a 2-run 9th-inning. Elston Howard homers to preserve Vern Law’s victory.

6th  Mickey Mantle’s 2 HRs highlight New York’s 16–3 victory at Forbes Field, evening the WS. A 7-run 6th inning overwhelms Pittsburgh.

8th  Bombing continues in the Bronx in Game 3. Yankee Bobby Richardson’s 6 RBI, including a grand slam off reliever Clem Labine in a 6-run first inning, and Whitey Ford’s 4-hitter give the Yanks a 10–0 win and a 2-1 WS lead, spoiling Pittsburgh manager Danny Murtaugh’s 43rd birthday.

9th  Vern Law wins again, thanks to his own RBI single and Bill Virdon’s 2-run hit. Roy Face retires the final 8 batters in order. Pittsburgh’s 3–2 win evens the WS.

10th  Bill Mazeroski stars again. His 2-run double stakes Harvey Haddix to a 3–0 lead. Roy Face is called on once more for another hitless effort to preserve a 5–2 win and 3-2 WS lead for the surprising Pirates.

11th  Radio-television executive John Fetzer buys a controlling interest of the Tigers, giving one man control of the team for the first time since Walter Briggs died in 1952. He offers club president Bill DeWitt a job as his assistant.

12th  Whitey Ford preserves the Yankees hopes with a 7-hit shutout at Pittsburgh. Bob Friend is bombed again as New York coasts 12–0. Bobby Richardson’s 2 run-scoring triple gives him a WS record of 12 RBI.

13th  In a 9–9 tie, Bill Mazeroski leads off the last of the 9th and hits what is arguably the most dramatic home run in Series history, off Ralph Terry, to give Pittsburgh a 10–9 win and the World Championship. An oddity in this game: it is the only WS game this century with no strikeouts recorded; it won’t be until 2002 that even one team (the Angels) has a game without a strikeout. Despite Maz’s heroics, Bobby Richardson is the Series MVP, as the Yanks outscore the Bucs, 52 to 27.

14th  The Braves release veteran infielder Red Schoendienst. Red will sign next March with the Cardinals and hit .300 and .301 as a backup the next two years.

17th  The NL votes to admit Houston and New York to the league in 1962, the first structural change since 1900, and to go to a 10-team league.

18th  Instituting a mandatory retirement age of 65, New York Yankee co-owners Dan Topping and Del Webb relieve Casey Stengel (1,149-696) as manager. Stengel: “I wasn’t retired—they fired me.”

20th  Coach Ralph Houk, 41, is named to succeed Stengel. He briefly led the Yankees in 1960 when Stengel was hospitalized.

22nd  The San Francisco Giants lose to their Tokyo counterparts 1–0 in the first of a 16-game exhibition series. They lose again 2–1 to the Japan All-Stars the next day, but finish the series with 11 wins, 4 losses, and one tie.

25th  The Houston Colts announce that the team has hired Gabe Paul as GM. Paul will clash with majority owner Roy Hofheinz and will leave the following spring for Cleveland.

27th  Trying to jump ahead of the NL, the AL admits Los Angeles and Minneapolis to the league with plans to have the new clubs begin competition in 1961 in the new 10-team league. Calvin Griffith is given permission to move the existing Washington Senators franchise to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. League president Joe Cronin says the AL will play a 162-game schedule, with 18 games against each opponent.  The National League will balk, saying the two expansions are not analogous and that the AL was not invited to move into LA.

31st  The Giants trade IF Andre Rodgers to the Braves for SS Alvin Dark, then they sign Dark to a 2-year contract as manager. Dark does not plan to be a playing manager.