1960 September

1st   The 3rd-place White Sox acquire two veteran pitchers, signing Mike Garcia as a free agent and getting Al Worthington from the Red Sox for future considerations. Worthington will drop out of baseball after this season, turned off by the White Sox stealing signs from their CF scoreboard.  Worthington considers sign stealing of that type as immoral and will confront the manager and owner. When Veeck tells him to listen to Al Lopez, Worthington will decide to go to college instead After two years of pitching minor-league ball, he’ll comes back with the Reds in 1963.

2nd  In the first game of a doubleheader, Ted Williams homers off Don Lee of the Senators. Williams had homered against Lee’s father, Thornton, 20 years earlier. Boston sweeps, winning the first, 4–1, and the 2nd game, 3–2.

      Milt Pappas stops New York on 3 hits—2 by Kubek—to give Baltimore a 5–0 lead in the first of a 3-game showdown. The Orioles now trail New York by .003.

3rd  A battle of lefthanders features Sandy Koufax of the LA Dodgers against Mike McCormick of the San Francisco Giants. Felipe Alou’s HR gives McCormick a 1–0 win, his 2nd 1–0 win against Los Angeles in 1960.

      After Milwaukee scores 6 runs in the top of the 7th, the Reds answer with 5 of their own, as Gus Bell solos and Vada Pinson hits a grand slam. Milwaukee finally wins in 12 innings pushing across a run against reliever Joe Nuxhall (1-8). Lew Burdette pitches the final 3 innings for his 16th win. Hank Aaron is 1-for-2 with 5 walks.

      The Orioles hand the Yankees a second straight shut out winning 2–0 and replacing the Yanks in 1st place by a game. Robinson has both RBIs to back Jack Fisher’s 7-hitter. During the game in Baltimore, plate umpire Larry Napp is struck by foul balls 3 times. Charley Berry finishes the game behind the plate, as Napp is carried off the field.

Al Cicotte of the Toronto Maple Leafs (IL) pitches an 11-inning no-hitter against Montreal.

4th  After a ML record 798 consecutive games at 2B, the White Sox’ Nellie Fox is hospitalized with a virus. Fox would have gone 1,072 straight games had manager Marty Marion not rested him on August 5, 1955. Billy Goodman replaces Fox as the Sox split a doubleheader with the Tigers, losing 6–4 before winning 5–4.

      After 30 straight scoreless inning, the Yankees finally score but the Orioles extend their win streak to 7 by topping New York again, 6–2. With 2 outs in the 7th, Yankee 1B Moose Skowron singles to break up Chuck Estrada’s no-hitter, but Wilhelm, in relief, preserves the win.

      Woodie Held hits 2 homers and a double and drives in 6 runs to pace the Indians to a 10-2 win over the A’s. Jimmy Piersall also homers.

5thThe first-place Pirates split with the Braves, winning 9–7 before losing, 7–1. The Bucs rout Spahn in the opener scoring 7 runs in the 4th after the Braves had knocked out starter Bob Friend. Bob Buhl is the winner in the nightcap, scattering 7 hits. Chuck Cottier has 3 doubles and 3 RBIs to back Buhl. Haddix is the loser and gives way to Diomedes Olivo, who makes his ML debut in relief. At age 41, or thereabouts, Olivo is the oldest rookie in ML history except for Satchel Paige. The IL MVP pitches 2 runless innings.

6th  Pittsburgh’s All-Star SS Dick Groat suffers a broken wrist when hit by a Lew Burdette pitch. The Pirates captain, 2nd in the batting race, will be sidelined until the final weekend of the season. Dick Schofield, his replacement, has 3 hits, as the Bucs rally for a 5–3 win. Schofield will hit .414 for the rest of the year. Roy Face finishes a Pittsburgh win for the 30th time in 1960.

      In his final game at Yankee Stadium, Ted Williams thumps his 518th career homer to lead Boston to a 7–1 win.  Billy Muffett’s shut out is ruined when he serves up a homer to Mantle with 2 outs in the 9th.

      At Philadelphia, the Reds score 5 runs in the 10th to beat the Phillies, 6–1. The Reds scored in the 1st inning when Vada Pinson stole 2B and then, on  the front end of a triple steal with Frank Robinson and Ed Bailey, stole home. It is Bailey’s only steal this year.

7th  At Crosley Field, Frank Robinson homers in the 15th inning as the Reds edge the Dodgers, 4–3, Marshall Bridges is the winner in relief, pitching 6 innings of shutout, and allowing 2 hits while striking out 7.

10th  In Detroit, Mantle unloads a cannon shot for 3 runs in the 6th inning, the ball clearing the RF roof and landing in the Brooks Lumber Yard across Trumbull Avenue. New York pins a 5–1 loss on Paul Foytack that moves them a half game in first place ahead of Baltimore, losers today. In June, 1985, Mantle’s blow was retroactively measured at 643 feet, and will be listed in The Guinness Book of World Records at that distance.

11th  At Briggs Stadium, the Tigers sweep the Senators, winning 8-3 and 8-5.  Al Kaline, who triples in game 1, connects for a grand slam in game 2.  Harmon Killebrew homers in game 1 for the Nats, then hits 2 more as he drives in all 5 runs in game 2.

12th  A crowd of more than 20,000 sees the first-place Pirates dump the Giants, 6–1, and set a new Pittsburgh home attendance record of 1,521,251—4,230 more than the old mark set in 1948.

13th  Eighteen-year-old OF Danny Murphy becomes the youngest Cub to hit a HR when he clouts a 3-run homer off Bob Purkey, but the Reds win 8–6 in Cincinnati. Murphy will play just 49 games for the Cubs from 1960 to 1962. He will come back as a pitcher for the White Sox in 1969 and 1970.

      Nellie Fox hits a 2-out HR in the 11th to give the visiting White Sox a 6-5 win over the Senators. It is Nellie’s second HR of the year.

      Dick Williams belts a 3-run homer off Whitey Ford in the 1st inning and the Athletics down the Yankees, 12-3. Williams has 6 RBIs in the game. The Yankees still lead the O’s by a game as Detroit beats Baltimore.

14th  At Municipal Stadium, the A’s Andy Carey belts a 9thinning leadoff homer, off Art Ditmar, to give the Athletics a 2-1 victory over the Yankees. Roger Maris drives in the lone New York run. For Maris, it is his 27thRBI against the team that traded him, a record for ribbies  for a player in his first year against his old team. With the Orioles beating the Tigers, 11-10, New York is in a virtual tie for first place with Baltimore.

15th  At Connie Mack Stadium, Willie Mays ties the modern ML record with 3 triples in a game against the Phillies. His 3-bagger off Turk Farrell gives the Giants an 8–6 win in 11 innings. Mays also strokes a double and single. The last National Leaguer to hit 3 treys in a game was Roberto Clemente, in 1958. Eddie Bressoud also triples: the four triples in a game by the Giants will not be matched until 2015.

16th  Warren Spahn, 39 years old, notches his 11th 20-win season with a no-hitter against the Phillies winning 4-0. Spahn also sets a Milwaukee club record with 15 strikeouts in handing the last-place Phils their 90th loss of the year.

      The Orioles (83-58) and Yankees (82-57) open a crucial 4 games series with the O’s just .002 in back of New York. But Lopez and Maris crack homers to back Whitey Ford’s 4–2 win over the Birds. The 2 runs off Ford were the first the Birds have scored off him at the Stadium in 33.2 innings. Shantz rescues Whitey in the 9th.

17th  With Ty Cobb among the 49,055 fans in attendance at Yankee Stadium, Mantle cracks a 2-run homer, his 35th, off the O’s Chuck Estrada to give New York a 2–0 lead in the first. Berra adds a HR. In the last of the 8th, Bobby Richardson’s hit off Estrada’s glove drives in 2 runs for a 5–3 New York win.

      The surprising 4th-place Senators fall to a game above .500 when Ted Williams’ 2-run HR off Pedro Ramos gives Boston a 2–1 win. Muffett allows just 3 hits, including Jim Lemon’s 38th HR, in a quick 1 hr: 40 minute win. A late collapse—15 losses in the final 18 games—will drop Washington to 5th place, but that will still be the club’s best finish in 7 years. The club will continue its improvement in Minnesota.

18th  Don Zimmer, Ron Santo, and George Altman hit 6th-inning HRs as the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 5–2, at Wrigley Field. Chicago’s biggest HR threat, Ernie Banks, sets a record by drawing his 27th intentional walk of the year.

      Pittsburgh’s Vern Law joins the 20-win circle with a complete-game 5–3 win in the first game of a Sunday doubleheader at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field.

      Before 53,876 fans, the Yankees sweep the Orioles, winning, 7–3 and 2–0. The Yankees sweep the 4-game series and the faltering Birds, now 4 back, will end up in 2nd place, 8 games back. Ralph Terry’s 2 hitter in the nightcap beats Milt Pappas, and Art Ditmar wins his 15th in the opener. Ditmar’s 15 wins is the most on the Yankees, and the lowest total yet for a leader of an AL winner. The last pennant winner with a top pitcher at 15 wins was the 1952 Dodgers and before that it was Bill Hallahan on the 1930 Cardinals. Jim Palmer will match it in 1966.

19th  Chicago’s pennant hopes are damaged with a nightcap 7–6 loss to the Tigers, after they win the opener, 8–4.  Pinch hitter Norm Cash scores the decisive run in game 2. Cash thus ends his year by grounding into no double plays, the first ALer since league records on this were started in 1940. Teammates Dick McAuliffe and Roger Repoz will duplicate this in 1968.

      At Wrigley, Eddie Fisher has 3 hits but does most of his work on the mound, beating the Cubs, 11-4, in a first-game win. Willie Kirkland helps with a pair of homers. Bob Schmidt hits a grand slam in game 2 for all the Giants’ scoring as they win, 4-1. Billy O’Dell scatters 3 hits, two by Don Zimmer, to win his 8th.

20th  Boston OF Carroll Hardy pinch-hits for Ted Williams, who is forced to leave the game after fouling a ball off his ankle and grounds into a DP. It is the only time Williams has been pinch hit for; Hardy also pinch hit for Maris when both were at Cleveland. The Orioles win 5–4 when Brooks Robinson pulls away from a pitch and accidentally bloops an RBI single in the 8th.

       Milwaukee, Jay Hook gives up just 2 hits as the Reds win, 8–0, and chill the Braves pennant hopes.

      First-place Pittsburgh sweeps a pair from the Phillies, winning 7–1 and 3–2. The Bucs lead by 6 games.  Bob Friend wins the opener and sets a new club record for strikeouts, beating Hendrix’ mark of 176 set in 1912.

23rd  At Wrigley, Bill White has a homer and 4 RBIs and Ernie Broglio wins his 21st as the Cardinals top the Cubs, 5-1 in the first of two. Broglio will lose his next two decisions.  Game 2 ends in the same results,  but in 7 innings.

24th  Mickey Mantle’s 11th-inning homer off Ted Wilks gives New York a 6–5 win over the Red Sox at Fenway.  Mantle had driven in the game’s second run with a drag bunt in the first to bring home Roger Maris, who had tripled.

      At Briggs Stadium, Marv Throneberry hits a pinch grand slam off Bob Bruce in Kansas City’s 6-3 win over Detroit. It is Throneberry’s second slam of the season. Rocky Colavito connects for two solo homers for the Motormen.

25th  For the first time since 1927, the Pirates are headed for the WS. While the Bucs lose 4–2 to the Braves, the 2nd-place Cardinals are mathematically eliminated by 20-game loser Glen Hobbie’s 5–0 win for the Cubs. A gigantic torch light victory parade in Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle at midnight celebrates the pennant.

      Ralph Terry clinches the Yankees’ 25th pennant with a 4–3 win over the Red Sox. Luis Arroyo saves the win. It is Casey Stengel’s 10th pennant in 12 years at New York.

      The Giants outslug the Dodgers, winning 13-9 on 16 hits.  Kirkland and Davenport homier to support Juan Marichal (5-2), who struggles through 6 innings. Willie Davis has a 3-run homer off Marichal, and Tommy Davis has 4 hits, including a homer. Jim Gilliam is 0-for-1 but has 4 walks and scores 4 runs. It will be 10 years before anyone scores 4 runs with no hits.

27th  Pancho Herrera’s 135th strikeout sets an NL record, even though the Phils beat the Braves 5–3.

28th  At Fenway, in his final ML plate appearance, against Baltimore’s Jack Fisher (12-11), Ted Williams picks out a 1-1 pitch and drives it 450 feet into the right-CF seats behind the Boston bullpen. It is Williams’ 521st and last HR, putting him 3rd on the all-time list. Williams stays in the dugout, ignoring the crowd’s cheers, but when he trots out to LF in the 9th, he is replaced immediately by Carroll Hardy. The Splendid Splinter retires as a standing crowd roars. The Sox rally for 2 runs in the 9th, featuring a double by Vic Wertz, to give the 7th-place Red Sox a 5–4 victory. Wertz ends the year with 103 RBI, and just 49 runs scored: this is the fewest runs for anyone with 100 RBI. Only 10,454 fans are on hand despite the fact that there is no television airing of the game.

      The Yanks win their 12th of 15 straight, taking a 6–3 victory over the Senators. Mantle swats homers 39 and 40, off Chuck Stobbs, to insure his home run title over Maris. Since August 15th, Mick has hit 13 to Roger’s 4.

30th  The Yankees beat the Red Sox, 6–5, and set an new AL record for homers with 192. Tony Kubek and Jesse Gonder hit the homers today as the Bombers win their 13th straight.