As Maraniss writes, "Rickey was an inveterate memo-keeper," dictating notes to his personal secretary after every game. Upon seeing Clemente, Rickey writes, "I have been told very often about his running speed. I was sorely disappointed with it. His running form is bad, definitely bad He has a beautiful throwing arm. He praised his hitting abilities, although noting a lack of power.
In the end, Rickey wrote, "I do not believe he can possibly do a major league club any good in So, we are stuck with him -- stuck indeed, until such time as he can really help a major league club. Clemente's rise to stardom was, indeed, slow. He hit. As Rickey predicted, the power had failed to materialize. Clemente totaled just 26 home runs through his first five seasons. But in , Clemente was He was healthy he had suffered from a sore arm in and stronger. He would win the first of his four batting titles the next season.
Clemente hit. In Game 7, he would be involved in a critical play in the eighth inning. Bobby Shantz, the 5-foot-6 veteran lefty with the tough curveball, had replaced Stafford in the third inning and kept the Yankees in the game, firing zeros. Bill Skowron snaked a home run just inside the right-field foul pole to get the Yankees on the board in the fifth. Shantz, meanwhile, was pitching with an arm so sore that as he warmed up before each inning, he would indicate to Stengel whether he was well enough to continue.
The A's, not surprisingly, became referred to mockingly as the Yankees' farm club. It made sense: They had finished in , 39 games behind New York. The story goes beyond the punch line, however. As Rob Neyer writes in his "Big Book of Baseball Blunders," in the five seasons Arnold Johnson owned the A's, the two clubs completed 15 trades; the Yankees made just 11 transactions with other clubs in that time. The three men were all involved in real estate and, as Neyer writes, "To name just one of the trio's ventures, Johnson -- as part of legal tax dodge -- purchased Yankee Stadium and Kansas City's Blues Stadium, then leased the stadium back to the Yankees.
And everybody made out like bandits. Besides Maris -- who was traded for Norm Siebern a good player, but not a two-time MVP -- two deals in particular raised the ire of baseball fans:. Clete Boyer. Signed as a bonus baby, meaning he had to remain on a big league roster for two seasons, Boyer sat on Kansas City's bench until he was included in the trade that also brought Shantz and Ditmar to New York.
The Yankees could now send Boyer down for more seasoning; by , he was their starting third baseman. None of the six players sent to Kansas City did anything for the A's. Ralph Terry. After reaching the big leagues with the Yankees in , Terry was traded to Kansas City in Two years later -- and by then a polished product -- he was dealt back to the Yankees. Neyer points out that the A's actually acquired more future value than the Yankees in their trades although they ended up trading away several of those players too soon.
Still, the perception was difficult to ignore: The Yankees were in the World Series with a roster full of former Kansas City players while the A's rotted in the cellar. Was it a nefarious partnership? Baseball obviously allowed it to happen, but it certainly appears ethically objectionable by today's standards.
Law had allowed only three hits, but when Richardson singled to begin the sixth and Kubek walked, Murtaugh turned to Face. Considering Law's ankle, you can understand the move. But would Face be able to go the final four innings? Although Face often pitched two or more innings, he had pitched four innings just once all season. Relief aces such as Face were a relatively novel concept in many managers, including Stengel, would still often use starters in relief , just one symbol of how the World Series represented the end of one era and the beginning of a new one.
It was the last World Series before baseball expanded beyond 16 teams. In , major league baseball players were making less in real money than in the mid-'40s. That would begin to change in a few years, but at the time, most players still had jobs in the offseason. Sports Illustrated, in its World Series preview, relayed the offseason occupations of some of the Pirates. Law was a cabinetmaker. Friend worked as a mutual fund broker. Skinner worked "in the circulation department of the San Diego Union-Tribune. But the most obvious relic of a baseball world the Yankees had dominated since the s was on the field itself: In Game 7, the only minorities to play were Clemente, Pirates pinch-runner Joe Christopher and Yankees pinch-hitter Hector Lopez.
Elston Howard might have started for the Yankees, but he had broken his hand when hit by a pitch in Game 6. Teams that didn't integrate fell behind. The Red Sox didn't suit up a black player until and suffered through a long losing spell. The Yankees had enough talent to continue winning American League pennants through , but that team included just two prominent black players, Howard and Al Downing. Speed and the stolen base would become a more important part of the game the Pirates had just 34 stolen bases, the Yankees just For the Yankees, the fall would come fast: sixth place in , last place in The Pirates eventually would invest heavily in black and Latin American players and become one of the dominant franchises in the s.
Face couldn't escape the jam this time. After Maris popped out, Mantle singled in a run and Berra launched a home run over the right-field wall. Just like that, the Yankees had a lead. Shantz cruised through the bottom of the sixth, getting Skinner on a fly ball, Nelson on a grounder to first and Clemente on a tapper back to the mound.
The crowd grew tenser as the game entered the seventh inning. Face got through the top of the inning, allowing only a single to Shantz. When slow-footed catcher Burgess led off the bottom of the inning with a base hit, Murtaugh had a tough decision: Do you pinch run for one of your best hitters Burgess hit. Murtaugh used a pinch runner, but Hoak lined out to left field and Mazeroski grounded into a double play.
That meant the Pirates had to bring in Hal Smith to catch the eighth inning. Smith, coincidentally, had come over in the offseason from the A's. He had a decent bat with some good pop 11 home runs in at-bats in , but his glove work limited him to backup status. In baseball, you can't predict how one move will affect the game down the line. Smith would get his shot. The baseball gods can be cruel. Playoff games have been decided by pebbles, fans, umpires, wild pitches, errors, bloopers and everything in between. Ask Kubek about the baseball gods. Game 7 turned on a bad hop, a routine double-play ball turned into an infield single that nearly killed the Yankees shortstop.
A tired Face was left in, and Boyer doubled to left to score another run for a lead. Shantz was due up with runners at second and third; he had allowed just one hit in five innings. Do you let him hit? Stengel left him in, a decision he would regret. Shantz flied out to end the inning. Forbes Field sat quiet; with a three-run lead and just six outs to go, it looked inevitable: The Yankees would again be champions of baseball.
Pinch hitter Gino Cimoli led off against Shantz and singled to center. That brought up Virdon. After strike one, Virdon grounded the ball right to Kubek, but it took a terrible, high hop and ricocheted off his throat. His mouth filled with blood, and his windpipe swelled up. He wanted to stay in the game, but was having trouble breathing. For a time, doctors wondered whether he would need an emergency tracheotomy.
And he's right. Visible in highlights of the game, by the eighth inning, the infield was littered with little potholes from all the footprints. The ball hit one of those little holes When you watch old highlights from this era, the quality of the fields is one of the amazing things that stands out. The fields often look shoddy, and the grass is thin and worn out, the infields uneven. It's just the way things were. Teams didn't spend the money or have the equipment to keep fields in the pristine condition we see today. So Kubek was out, replaced by Joe DeMaestri.
Groat bounced a single past Boyer to score one run. Even though lefties Skinner and Nelson were due up, Stengel went to the bullpen, replacing Shantz with right-hander Jim Coates. To be fair, other than Ford, the only other lefty on the roster was little-used reliever Luis Arroyo. Pirates players would say they were happy Shantz was out of the game. Skinner was the team's No.
Nelson lofted a fly ball to right, too shallow to score Virdon. That brought up Clemente. Coates worked him outside and Clemente fouled off three outside pitches, breaking his bat and retreating to the dugout for new lumber. Upon digging back in the box, Clemente saw another outside pitch from Coates.
He lunged at it, topping a slow chopper wide of first base. Skowron charged and fielded the ball, but Coates wasn't at the bag. Clemente legged out the infield single. The score was now Coates was vilified in the media for failing to cover first base. Coates originally went after the ball; by the time he veered off for first base, it was too late. That brought up Smith, hitting in Burgess' spot. The backup catcher took strike one, then passed on a high pitch for ball one. He missed with a big swing. Coates tried to get Smith to go after another high fastball, but the catcher checked his swing.
On the pitch, Smith jacked a low fastball out to left field. Berra yes, he played left field that day watched it sail over the ivy-covered brick wall. Smith had given the Pirates a lead. On the highlight, you can see Groat and Clemente bouncing and jumping across the plate, looking like two schoolkids playing hopscotch. Terry, who had warmed up as many as five times during the game, replaced Coates to record the third out.
Mazeroski was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the veterans committee in He had never received much support from the baseball writers, getting 6 percent of the vote in his first year of eligibility and maxing out at 42 percent. His career statistics are modest -- 2, hits, home runs,. He tried to give his acceptance speech that August day in Cooperstown, but made it through only three sentences before his eyes reddened and tears began flowing. The crowd chanted "De-fense, de-fense. And he left the podium. His selection was controversial, the argument being that his hitting didn't make up for his artistry in the field or that he was elected merely for hitting one home run.
Maybe so. But it was, after all, one beautiful, majestic, Yankee-beating, Game 7, World Series-winning home run. The only one of its kind. I just happened to hit the home run. I probably get way too much credit for winning that World Series, when it took the whole team to do it. The Yankees had tied the score with runs off Friend and Haddix, the tying run scoring thanks to Mantle's tremendous baserunning maneuver to avoid a game-ending double play. Maz was leading off the bottom of the ninth but was still in a daze from the Yankees' rally.
A teammate had to tell him he was up. Maz grabbed his bat and stepped in. Stuart was on deck to bat for Haddix. If the game went extra innings, the Pirates didn't have a good option left in the bullpen. Ball one. It was in the afternoon. On radio, Chuck Thompson accidentally misidentified Terry. This may do it.
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Back to the wall goes Berra It was a mammoth blast. Forbes Field was massive to left field -- feet down the line and feet to the flagpole in deep left-center field. As Berra turns around to chase the ball, you can see it fly over the marker carved out in the ivy. Dick Stuart was on deck. Did he know Maz 's shot was going out right away? No, but I knew it was trouble.
You look to the outfield, and you look to see how the outfielder Berra is moving. You could see right away that he wasn't going to catch it. You were hoping it would hit the wall, and get away from him. Then it was out. There was that unforgettable look on Yogi 's face when he turned around, grim acceptance, expressed by a slow shrug of his shoulders. The Yankees walked off the field like zombies I can still see Terry trying to weave his way through the fans who were running onto the field. I can still see Mazeroski being swallowed up by his teammates as he crossed home plate. Watch last three innings Video of Mazeroski's home run.
Mazeroski nearly paid a price for his heroism. I had been interviewed for an hour and a half after the game, and that gets old. The reporters were ten deep around me.
They were asking me questions I had never been asked before. They wanted to know about my family It had just been about baseball before that. I met Milene his wife outside the clubhouse and we lowered our heads and moved through the mob. It was pretty rough. We were by ourselves, and the fans just wanted to maul you.
We went to a parking lot at a service station Everybody knew us. Somebody gave me a beer. I toasted it, but somebody hit it and it nearly broke my tooth. I got into the car we had We drove up to Schenley Park to get away from it all. There was nobody there. Even the squirrels had disappeared. Maybe they were out celebrating. Mantle wrote in I'm not embarrassed to say I cried in the clubhouse. I was angry at Casey all over again for getting cute with the way he used Whitey.
I loved Casey , I really did. He was a big part of my career. The worst disappointment of my baseball career, and one that hurts to this day, was our loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series. The better team lost, the only time I truly felt that way. It wasn't even close.
Even now, thirty-four years later, I get upset when I think about it. The truth is, Casey blew it by not using Whitey Ford in the opener, which would have allowed him to start Whitey in three games. I didn't understand the decision then and I still don't. Ford didn't talk to Stengel on the plan back to New York. I couldn't figure it out. One group of Pittsburgers took their celebration to New York. They took the PM flight to New York and took a taxi from LaGuardia to 42nd and Broadway, arriving about 11 as the theater crowds were letting out. They staged an impromptu parade, waving their Pirate pennants and "Beat 'em, Bucs " signs.
We showed 'em. When he finished, Joe Reichler , the baseball editor of the Associated Press, said, Casey , tell us the truth. Were you fired? You're goddamn right I was fired , the feisty year-old replied. With that cat out of the bag, Stengel complained that he had never been allowed to pick his own coaches except for Jim Turner , who was fired after the '59 season.
I wouldn't be a yes man , he said, dabbing a hankie to his moist cheeks. I never was, and I never will be. Casey added, I'll never make the mistake of being 70 again. Coach Ralph Houk was elevated to the manager's position. Next in this series: New York San Francisco. But he had talked that way for years. So it wasn't surprising when he returned for the '60 season. Dan then decided to let Casey finish out the remaining year on his contract, then retire. Needing a scapegoat, Topping fired pitching coach Jim Turner , a major reason for the Yankees ' success for eleven years.
Former Yankee hurler Eddie Lopat replaced Jim. Once hailed as " Cleveland 's Mickey Mantle ," he also contributed 39 homers, one behind the real Mickey Mantle. He helped the Bronx Bombers lead the league in runs. The pitching staff tied with Baltimore for lowest ERA with 3. Four hurlers scored double-digit victories: Art Ditmar , Jim Coates , Whitey Ford - despite missing the first six weeks of the season, and Ralph Terry The bullpen led the league in saves with 42 with year-old lefty Bobby Shantz leading with 11 while righty Ryne Duren added nine.
From Labor Day on, the Yanks won 22, including the last 15, and lost just 4. The Orioles ended up eight behind and the White Sox , ten. No team had ever entered the World Series so red hot. After seven years of finishing either 7th or last, the Pirates rose to 2nd in before sinking to 4th in ' But the farm system that Branch Rickey revitalized in the early '50s finally paid off in Danny Murtaugh 's Pirates had a solid top to bottom batting order.
SS Dick Groat led in batting. No other starter hit above the magic. Vern Law led the starting staff and the entire NL with 20 wins against only 9 losses. Bob Friend , another righty, was a close second at Elroy Face added 10 victories out the bullpen to go with 24 saves.
After moving back and forth between the top two spots in the early spring, Pittsburgh took first place for good on May 30, eventually winning by seven games over the Milwaukee Braves. Stengel surprised many pundits by naming Art Ditmar to start Game One. While Art had led the team in victories, observers expected Casey to go with Whitey Ford , veteran of twelve Fall Classic starts. Danny wasn't as forthcoming when asked about his captain, Groat , who had been sidelined with a fractured left wrist September 6 and didn't return to action until the last two days of the campaign.
He's been our sparkplug all year. I've never seen a player who fought to win with greater determination. Were it anyone except Dick , I might have my doubts. When asked if his squad would fall victim to the jitters, the skipper scoffed. Don't forget the pressure was on our players all year. Why should we have the jitters now? Thus began one of the "zaniest" World Series ever, to use the adjective used by Pirates announcer Bob Prince during the first inning of the 7th game.
When the Pirates won, they won by a small margin. The total runs for the two clubs in the three Bucs ' victories was When the Yankees won, they clobbered the Pirates : New York also held the edge in hits, , and HRs, The Yanks had already set the World Series record for hits 78 and runs Observers then and now raised this question: Why did Stengel keep Ford on the mound for all nine innings in Game Six when the Yankees led after six innings.
Throwing three fewer innings might allow Whitey to contribute an inning or two in the finale if needed. However, Law would be pitching on an injured ankle that he had hurt during the team's pennant-winning celebration. The Yankees would miss one of their key contributors. C Elston Howard , who had started four of the six games, was hit on his throwing hand by a stray pitch from Bob Friend.
Rushed to the hospital, Elston was diagnosed with a fracture of the fifth metacarpal. A summery Fall day with temperatures in the low 70s formed the backdrop for the crowd of 36, NBC telecast the game in color although few in the viewing audience watched on one of the new expensive color TVs.
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New York Lineup Bobby Richardson. Pittsburgh Lineup Bill Virdon. Pirates 4 Yankees 0 3rd inning Blanchard hit a one hopper up the middle that Law snared to his right for an easy out. Boyer popped to Mazeroski in short CF. Hector Lopez 2-for-6,. Richardson lined to Skinner almost in his tracks in LF. Shantz , the pride of Pottstown PA, made his second appearance in the Series. Skinner pulled a curve ball to Skowron who made the putout unassisted. The crowd gave Nelson a good hand after his HR. Oddly, he had a better lifetime average against lefties than righties. He thrilled the crowd briefly by pulling a high curve ball into the RF stands far wide of the foul pole.
Rocky then drew a base on balls. Clemente tried a drag bunt on the first pitch but rolled it foul. He then hit a tailor-made DP grounder to Richardson to retire the side. Maris made Law work, slashing the sixth pitch hard but right at Clemente. Mantle picked on the first pitch and lined a single to RF. Waving two bats around his head as he stepped into the batter's box, Yogi pulled the ball like the previous two lefthanded hitters but Clemente ran toward the line to snare the sinking liner. Burgess bounced to Richardson on the first pitch.
Hoak likewise grounded out Maz popped to Kubek near the LF line. His other Series four-bagger went to the opposite field also. Virdon ran in and easily took Blanchard' s fly. Elroy Face began warming in the Pirate bullpen along with lefty Harvey Haddix. Meanwhile, Jim Coates threw for the Yanks.
Boyer hit the ball solidly right at Mazeroski. Shantz hit for himself, which caused Coates to sit down in the bullpen down the LF line. Bobby popped to Nelson near the mound. Pirates 4 Yankees 1 His curve breaking sharply, Shantz continued to mow down the Bucs. Law got hold of one down the LF line but the ball hooked foul.
Boyer then stabbed a one hopper to his left and threw out the Pirate P. Virdon reached for a curve and hit a soft liner on one hop to Richardson. Groat lined a curve softly right back at Bobby. Kubek , 0-for-2, drew a full-count walk. Murtaugh decided to bring in his fork-balling relief ace, Face , for the fourth time in the Series The crowd gave Law a standing ovation as he left the mound. Showing signs of a tired arm, Elroy struggled for the first time in the Series.
Maris popped out to Hoak just outside the foul line behind 3B. Mantle hit a grounder over 2B that Groat , not known for his range, could not get a glove on. Richardson scored, and Kubek hustled to 3B. Face tried to slip a fastball past Berra , but Yogi drilled a towering fly that landed in the upper deck just inside the RF foul pole to give the Yankees the lead and end Law 's quest to become a three-game Series winner.
Normally not prone to excessive displays, Berra leapt as he rounded 1st and saw the ball go into the stands. Skowron fouled out to Hoak near the stands. Blanchard grounded to Nelson on a pitch. Yankees 5 Pirates 4 Berra hits a three-run HR in the 6th. Skinner lined a hanging curve to Maris. Nelson lashed another curve on a big hop to Skowron unassisted.
Clemente hit a high chop to the left of the mound. Shantz , an excellent fielder, whirled and threw the speedy RF out with ease. Bobby had now thrown four hitless innings. A righthanded batter, Shantz bounced a chopper off the hard infield that went over Hoak 's head down the LF line.
Skinner , playing shallow and toward the line, held the diminutive P to a single. Whitey Ford , who had been warming up for the Yankees , sat down. Richardson grounded into a forceout. Kubek lined straight to Clemente. Burgess opened with a single to CF, the first hit off Shantz. Joe Christopher from the Virgin Islands ran for slow-footed Smokey. The pinch runner took off on a full count pitch to Hoak. The crowd roared as Don got good wood on the ball, but it flew right to Berra. Stengel came out to consult with Shantz. On the first pitch, Mazeroski rapped into a DP.
Maris hit the first pitch back to Face and was thrown out at 1B. Mantle lined to Groat. Face walked Berra on a pitch. Skowron picked on the first pitch and hit a high bouncer to Hoak , who threw to 2B too late to get Berra. It was Bill 's 12th hit, tying a Series record. Blanchard reached down and blooped a liner over Mazeroski 's head to score Berra and send Skowron to third. Friend resumed throwing in the pen. Boyer smacked the first delivery just inside the LF line into the corner for a double that drove in Skowron and moved Blanchard to 3B.
Shantz hit for himself and, as he did in the 7th, chopped the ball down the 3B line, but this time the ball passed the bag just foul. He then poked a liner to Clemente , playing shallow in RF. Yogi might move behind the plate in those instances. But Casey didn't make those moves in this game.
Gino looped a single into short RCF. Then came one of the most eventful plays of the game. He dropped to the ground as both batter and runner reached safely. After the trainer attended to him for several minutes, Kubek reluctantly left the game to the polite applause of the crowd. His windpipe swollen, Tony was spitting blood and couldn't tell Casey that he wanted to stay in the game.
DeMaestri took over at SS. Instead on two out and none on, the Pirates enjoyed runners on first and second with no outs. Virdon stopped there. Skinner bunted the first pitch to Boyer , who threw Bob out as both runners advanced a base. Lefty Luis Arroyo joined Terry in the Yankee bullpen. Nelson lifted a fly into short RF, but Virdon couldn't advance as Maris whipped the ball in.
Coates now had a chance to get out of the inning without further damage and the Yanks still leading Casey went out to talk to Coates. Did he ask him if he wanted to walk Clemente? That would put the go-ahead run on first. Jim jumped ahead of Roberto After fouling off a pitch and taking a ball, Clemente reached out for a curve and hit a high chopper between the mound and 1B.
Coates at first ran toward the ball. Then, when he realized Skowron would field it, deviated and headed toward 1B. But it was too late. Moose didn't bother to toss the ball as Clemente reached safely, Virdon scoring from 3B as a roar erupted from the crowd. It appeared that the batter would have been safe even if Coates had run straight to the bag.
That brought up C Hal Smith , who had replaced Burgess behind the plate in the top of the inning after Smoky gave way to a pinch runner. First pitch: Curve on the outside corner. Strike 1. Second pitch: High. Ball 1. Third pitch: Swing and a miss. Fourth pitch: Started to go for a ball over his head but checked his swing. In those days, the home plate didn't routinely ask the 1B umpire for help on such plays. Umpire Bill Jackowski ruled ball 2 - another "what if?
Fifth pitch: Smith smashed a low fastball over the LF wall to score three runs. As Coates watched the ball vanish, he flung his glove high in the air. Before the glove came down, Stengel was on his way to the mound. Richardson took a strike, then looped a single into LCF - his eleventh hit in the Series. Dale Long , a lefthanded batter, hit for DeMaestri. Dale 's claim to fame was his record streak of hitting a HR in eight consecutive games in while playing for the Pirates. Long lined a pitch into RF for a single, sending Richardson to 2B.
Murtaugh brought in his fourth P, southpaw Harvey Haddix , to face Maris. The strategy worked as Maris popped to Smith behind the plate. Righthander George Witt joined Mizell in the bullpen. Mantle , batting righthanded, lined the second pitch over Mazeroski's head for a single that drove Richardson home from 2B and sent the tying run, Long , to 3B.
Smith had a brief chat with Haddix as Berra strode to the dish. Yankee fans couldn't ask for anyone better at the plate in such a crucial situation. Yogi drove the pitch into the ground to 1B Nelson. For a fleeting moment, the Yankees thought Berra had smashed a double down the RF line to tie the game and possibly score Mantle with the go-ahead run as well. But Rocky made an outstanding backhand stop on the base. As he turned to throw to 2nd to get Mantle , Mickey , only 6' or so off the bag, dove back to 1B. Surprised, Nelson didn't get the tag down in time as the tying run scored.
Skowron bounced the ball to Groat 's right for a forceout. Yankees 9 Pirates 9 In a article, Mazeroski recalled: When we trotted off the field for our turn at bat in the ninth, I was thinking, "I'd like to hit a home run and win it all. Allen reminded his viewers, "Sudden death now. First pitch: High slider. Ball one.
Someone a Pirate fan? Just get on. Pittsburghers would long remember both the date and the time: PM. Terry threw his glove and stomped off the mound as fans poured from the stands. Pirates 10 Yankees 9 Mazeroski : The first one was a high slider. I only wish he could have been here today. Dad always wanted to play big league baseball himself. He was considered a great prospect. Once he was ready to sign with the Cleveland Indians , and then he had a foot cut off in a mine accident.
From then on, all his hopes and ambitions were wrapped up in me, because I was an only son. Dad had to work hard in the mines, but whenever he could, he always would try to catch me a ball game or two. Then a year and a half ago, he died of lung cancer. Concerning the home run: I came to bat intending to go for the long ball. The first pitch by Ralph Terr y was a slider, a ball. The second was a high, fast one.
I caught it on the fat of my bat. I knew immediately it was a good hit ball. What did I think? I was too excited and too thrilled to think. It was the greatest moment of my life. On his team: We kept telling each other we could do it. We always felt we could pull it out - even after the Yankees tied it up in the ninth - but I didn't think I'd be the guy to do it. It's hard to believe it's true. It certainly was a helluva ballgame.
I've never seen anything more exciting or dramatic. Murtaugh : Of course, it's my biggest thrill. What bigger thrill could a baseball manager have than to win the World Series? No, I can't put into words how I feel. Right now it would take a man with a better education than I have. Just let's say I'm mighty proud and mighty happy. When Bill Mazeroski hit that ball in the ninth, I doubted just for a moment that it would go over the wall Everyone stood up on the bench, and I don't even remember who was beside me. I couldn't get to Mazeroski at all. What a terrific way to win a Series.
It was just typical of my ball club - a fighting ball club all the way. There are no particular heroes to me. Every Pirate is a hero.
Danny added that, if the game had gone into extra innings, he probably would have called on Vinegar Bend Mizell to hurl the 10th. As the celebration swirled around him, the skipper said, I'm going to go home and listen to some music and rock in my rocking chair. Hal Smith called his three-run HR in the 8th "the biggest thrill of my life.
It didn't dawn on me until I was rounding second base what it really meant. I knew, though, it was leaving the park. Nelson praised Mantle for his resourcefulness in getting back to 1B in the 9th to avoid the DP. Berra didn't hit it good, but it fooled me. I just missed Mantle. He slid inside the bag. He certainly made a good play. Cimoli : They broke all the records, and we won the game! Clemente told a reporter that he planned to use his World Series money to buy his mother a new home in Carolina, his hometown in Puerto Rico.
The only player to get a hit in all seven games packed up and left the jubilation.
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He was headed to New York to catch a flight to Puerto Rico the next day. Rumored to be retiring at the end of the season, Casey said, I won't say anything about the future. I'm going to decide what I'm going to do later in October.