Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bombers sweep A’s in 3 straight 1 run come from behind victories

Series Boxscores

8/1-8/2 - Yankee Stadium
GAME 1 - Yankees 4, A's 3 (11 inn)
Roger_Maris_NYY KC shocked even themselves by posting 3 runs off of the great Whitey Ford to make it 3-1 after 3.  Norm Siebern clocked a 3 run opposite field homer off of "Slick".  No fear in Gotham as the Bombers were not done...not by a long shot.  Moose Skowron doubled home "the Mick" in the bottom of the 4th and Roger Maris' solo shot to lead off the 8th tied it.  Ray Hebert pitched his heart out for the A's, but couldn't close the door.  The game headed to extra innings and in the bottom of the 11th Jesse Gonder singled home Moose Skowron to win it.  Marty Kutyna loaded the bases with 3 walks before Ken Johnson came on with the near impossible task of getting the Bombers out with the bases loaded.

GAME 2 - Yankees 3, A's 2
Fans up in the big ballpark in the Bronx were treated to a game that was quite similar toBud_Daley_60 the first.  The only difference here was that the Yanks won on a walk off error in the 9th and not a single in the 11.  Bud Daley went deep into the 9th, but his defense (3 errors on the day) completely let him down.  After getting 2 quick outs to start the 9th Daley was victimized by a throwing error made by second baseman Wayne Terwilliger.  After Tony Kubek walked Terwilliger booted another one on a one hop grounder by Yogi.  Luis Arroyo easily scored the winning run and got the win after pitching to only 1 batter in the top half of the inning.  Art Ditmar went 8 2/3 and gave up just 2 to mirror Daley's performance.

8/3-8/4 - Municipal Stadium
GAME 3 - Yankees 3, A's 2

Bill_Tuttle_KCA As if on script the A's carried a 2-1 lead into the 9th and choked it away once again to the Bombers.  Bob Turley started for New York and nursed a 1 run lead into the 8th when he tired.  Russ Snyder led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a grounder to second.  Siebern walked to put runners on 1st and 2nd.  Bobby Shantz came on to replace Turley and and served up a bases clearing double to Bill Tuttle, which put the A's up 2-1.  Dick Hall, who had given up a leadoff homer to Hector Lopez, had cobbled together 7 consecutive shutout innings.  Hall looked strong getting Kubek to ground to second for the first out of the 9th.  In what was a precursor to what would follow Hall looked to have served up a game tying homer to Roger Maris, but the hitting hero of theBill_Skowron_61 8th inning (Bill Tuttle) came out of nowhere and robbed Maris with a leaping catch against the wall.  Hall would not get so lucky when Mickey hit a bullet off the wall in right center and wound up with a 2 out double.  Hall looked to dugout, but his manager was not  coming to rescue him.  Moose Skowron stepped to the plate and launched a changeup deep into the night for a 2 run shot to put the Bombers up 3-2.  KC went down like lambs in the bottom of the 9th as the Bombers won 3 consecutive 1 run come from behind games vs their "unofficial" farm team in the Midwest.

O’s come back from 0-2 to win final 3 game and advance to round 2

Series Boxscores

8/1-8/2 - Memorial Stadium
GAME 1 - Red Sox 9, Orioles 5
Gary_Geiger_BOS Bill Monbouquette went the distance and notched the win even though at times his defense betrayed him.  Boston jumped all over Milt Papas who was gone after 3 innings of work where he gave up 5 runs (4 earned).  Gary Geiger hit 2 homers, as he went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI.  Boston broke it open with 3 runs off of Bob Mabe in the top of the 9th to make it 9-3.  A 2 run homer by Jackie Brandt gave the illusion that the game was actually closer than it was.

GAME 2 - Red Sox 4, Orioles 1
Suffice it to say, Tom Brewer (8 IP / 1 ER) pitched the game of his life against SteveTed_Williams_BOS   Barber (7IP / 2 ER), who wasn't too shabby himself.  Baltimore would score a solo run in the bottom of the 1st on a ground out, but that would be all the scoring that they would engage in today.  Boston tied it in the top of the 3rd when the "Splendid Splinter", Ted Williams, singled hom Brewer with 2 out.  Willie Tasby would single Williams home in the 6th to put Boston up 2-1 and Gary Geiger would put the exclamation point on the day by knocking in 2 with a pinch hit single in the 9th.  Mike Fornieles would pitch a clean 9th to notch the save and give the Bosox a commanding 2-0 lead in the series, which was heading to Fenway.

8/3-8/4 - Fenway Park
GAME 3 - Orioles 6, Red Sox 4 (11 inn)

Brooks_Robinson_BAL Red Sox Nation will forever call this game, "the one that got away".  Ike Delock had a shutout going into the top of the 7th when the O's rallied to tie it at 2.  Jim Gentile walked to lead off the inning an Ron Hansen slugged a 2 run shot.  It looked like the Red Sox were going to rebound nicely when Marty Keough doubled home Geiger and Pete Runnels to put Boston back up by 2, but alas it was not meant to be.  Tom Borland allowed an RBI single to Marv Breeding and then allowed another to score on a wild pitch to tie the game up at 4.  Heading into extra innings the O's knew they were in a must win situation.  When you're in those spots you look toward your star players to make something happen.  Brooks Robinson is not only a star with the leather, but a star with the lumber.  Baltimore's star third sacker ripped into a 2-2 pitch by Fornieles and hit it over the fence on top of the Green Monstah for a 2 run shot.  Jack Fisher would fan the first two Red Sox batters (Clinton/Buddin) to start the bottom of the 11th, but Coughtry would line a pinch hit single to right and Pete Runnel would do the exact same thing to put runners on the corners for Pumpsie Green, who grounded weakly to short to end it.  Boston blew a golden opportunity to close it out and in doing so jump started the O's offense.

GAME 4 - Orioles 3, Red Sox 2
Hal Brown gave up 2 unearned runs in the bottom of the 3rd, no thanks to a throwingHal_Brown_BAL error by Ron Hansen on a routine grounder to short.  That allowed Pete Runnels to reach first.  All looked good when Bobby Thomson lined into a DP on a hit and run play, but Ted Williams singled and Frank Malzone double.  Vic Wertz hit a long fly to dead center that only Willie Mays could catch.  Thankfully for Wertz, Brandt isn't Mays and the ball fell in for a 2 run double.  Spot starter Billy Muffett was cruising along and posting goose eggs until he hit bumps in the road for the next 3 innings.  Baltimore would post solo runs in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings.  Once again fielding would come into play as Frank Malzone booted a 2 hopper hit by Gus Triandos, which allowed Robinson to score easily to tie the game.  Brooksie would then line an RBI single in the 9th to score Brown and put the O's ahead for good as Brownie went the distance by shutting out the Bosox from the 4th inning on.

8/5 - Memorial Stadium
GAME 5 - Orioles 9, Red Sox 1
Gene_Woodling_BAL The series made its way south on I-95, but the Bosox forgot to make the trip.  Up 2 games to 0 the Sahx blew two golden opportunities to close out the O's and seemed to have packed it in themselves.  Game 1 winner, Bill Monbouquette spotted the O's 3 big runs in the bottom of the first and was gone after giving up 5 runs on 11 hits in 6 sub par innings of work.  Gene Woodling would hit a 3 run shot in that inning as well as a 2 run shot in the 7th when Baltimore would score 4 big runs off of Tom Sturdivant and blow the game wide open.  Woodling would have himself a spectacular 4 for 4 day, which included 2 homers and a double.  Steve Barber would fan 8 Red Sox in 6 innings of work, where he would only give up 1 run.  Hoyt Wilhelm would come on and get the rare 3 inning save by shutting out the Bosox, who played like they left the engine running on the team bus.  In his final game Ted Williams could not muster up a homer in his final AB, but that had more to do with the fact that he was walked 3 times in 4 trips to the plate.  He did single in his only official AB and actually stole a base with 41 year old legs.  Baltimore will move on to face the Chisox, but can not afford to go down 2 games to 0.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Braves sweep Cubbies, who lose two 2-1 heartbreakers

Series Boxscore

8/1-8/2 - County Stadium
GAME 1 - Braves 2, Cubs 1

Glen Hobbie hung tough against the feared Brave offense. Warren Spahn dominated the Cubbies by going 9 innings and allowing just 1 run. Unfortunately for Hobbie his mates could not muster more than that solo run. Milwaukee struck first when Chuck Cottier led off the home half of the 3rd with a solo shot. Del Crandall narrowly missed a homer with 1 out in the 6th, but was happy to settle with a sac fly that scored Eddie Mathews to put the Braves up 2-0. Don Zimmer knocked in Sammy Taylor with a 1 out fielder's choice in the top of the 8th to cut the Braves lead to 1, which is how it would stay as Spahn was just too strong.

GAME 2 - Braves 11, Cubs 2
Bob Anderson was treated to a shellacking as the Braves unloaded with an 11 run barrage in 3+ innings. A 7 run 4th put the game completely out of reach as Bob Buhl turned his dial to cruise control against the Cubbies. Interestingly the Braves scored 11 runs on only 8 hits. One of those 8 hits accounted for four runs, when Del Crandall hit a grand slam in the 4th. Hank Aaron and Joe Adcock also homered for Milwaukee. Chicago's only offense came in the form of 2 Ernie Banks solo shots.

8/3 - Wrigley Field
GAME 3 - Braves 2, Cubs 1

A shockingly low score at the "friendly confines" saw the Braves close out the Cubbies in a 3 game sweep. Dick Ellsworth battled his way through almost 8 innings, but could not match he near perfect performance of Lew Burdette. Milwaukee scored first on a ground out by Chuck Cottier in the top of the second. The Cubbies answered right back in the home half of the inning when El Tappe singled home Ed Bouchee with 2 out. Eddie Mathews would hit a 2 out solo shot off of Ellsworth in the top of the 3rd and little did everyone know it, but that would be the end of the scoring on the day. Chicago did frighten the heck out of the Braves in the bottom of th 9th when Don Zimmer reached safely on a throwing error by Brave shortstop Johnny Logan. With 1 out George Altman singled to put runners on the corners. Ed Bouchee fouled off what seemed like 100 pitches before working out a walk off of Burdette, who would be removed in favor of George Brunet in order to get the desired lefty/lefty matchup vs George Will. Brunet came up big as Will hit a tailor made 1 hopper to Logan at short for a game and series ending DP.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tigers let Chisox off the ropes and get eliminated in 4

Series Boxscores (click here)

8/1-8/2 - Comiskey Park
GAME 1 - Tigers 5, White Sox 4

EdYost Early Wynn was nursing a 4-3 lead when the Tigers reached him for 2 runs in the top of the 7th thanks to a 2 run homer by "the walking man" Eddie Yost.  Jim Bunning was able to get close to the finish line, but he loaded the bases with 2 outs and had to give way to Dave Sisler, who was able to get Luis Aparico to ground out weakly to Frank Bolling at short to end it.


GAME 2 - White Sox 7, Tigers 6 (12 inn)
Frank Larry and the Tigers will kick themselves forever for blowing a 6-1 lead in the 8th.Minnie_Minoso_CHW   The Chisox were 6 outs away from going down 0-2 in this best of 5 series when the offense found it's sea legs.  After Nellie Fox walked and Roy Sievers singled Minnie Minoso hit a bullet into the left field seats to make it 6-4.  Al Smith followed up with a clean single, but Jim Landis took a called strike 3 for the first out.  Gene Freese singled to keep the rally going and Sherm Lollar walked to load the bases for pinch hitter Ted Kluszewski who double off the right field wall to tie it.  Call it the "miracle on the south side", but now the Tigers were on the ropes and in the bottom of the 12th with 1 out Aparicio lifted a sac fly to score Landis to tie the series.

8/3-8/4 - Tiger Stadium
GAME 3 - White Sox 4, Tigers 3
Jerry_Staley_CHW Chicago jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead off of Tiger starter Don "Rabbit Ears" Mossi then fought like crazy to hold on.  Detroit chiseled away at the Pale Hose's lead with solo runs in the 5th, 7th and the bottom of the 9th when pinch hitter Dick McAuliffe grounded out to Fox at second with the bases loaded to end the rally.  Fireman Gerry Staley came on to get the final out the neither Kemmerer or Herb Score could secure.  Chicago held on for 2-1 series lead in a game that Detroit out hit them 13-5, but couldn't not outscore them.

GAME 4 - White Sox 9, Tigers 2
Dick Donovan and Frank Baumann combined to allow only 2 runs as both split dutiesLuis_Aparicio_CHW covering the game for the Chisox.  Jim Bunning was not his HOF self as he allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in 4 innings of work.  Detroit's cavalcade of relievers were no better as the Southsiders posted 9 runs on 10 hits, which includes a big 5 run 4th inning where Luis Aparicio lined a huge 2 run single.  Gerry Staley once again came on board to record the final out, which also close out the series.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tribe wins final 3 games to knock of Nats

8/1-8/2 - Cleveland Stadium
GAME 1 - Senators 6, Indians 1

PedroRamos The Tribe took a 4-0 lead off of Pedro Ramos and the Nats into the 6th when Washington scored 2 to cut Cleveland's lead in half.  Gary "Ding Dong" Bell began having trouble with the Sens the second time through the lineup.  He especially had problems with Ramos, who was almost lifted for a pinch hitter and responded with a 2 run homer.  The Nats finished the damage with 3 in he 7th to chase Bell from the game.  Julio Becquer singled home a run in an inning where walks, wild pitches and a RBI double by Ramos accounted for runs.  Earl Battey would double home Bobby Allison to make it 6-4. Ray Moore would close out the game in relief of Ramos with a clean 9th.

GAME 2 - Indians 3, Senators 1JimPerry
The weather cleared up in time for game 2.  Late arriving fans didn't miss much as the  game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 5th when Harvey Kuenn singled home pitcher Jim Perry, who would be today's star with both the lumber and his right arm.  The Tribe would score again in the 6th thanks to Reno Bertoia booting a hard grounder by Ken Aspromonte, which scored Woodie Held.  The Tribe would tack on another run in the 7th when Johnny Romano doubled home Tito Francona of a frustrate Camilo Pascual.  Perry would finally allow a run in the form of a Harmon Killebrew solo shot, but that would be it as the Tribe would even the series a 1.

8/3-8/4 - Griffith Stadium
GAME 3 - Indians 3, Senators 1

Woodie_Held_CLE Jim Lemon singled home Bobby Allison to put the Nats up 1-0 in the bottom of the first.  That would be the only run that Jim "Mudcat" Grant would allow the team from our Nation's Capital.  Grant went 7 strong innings and benefited from just enough offense.  Cleveland took the led with 2 in the top of the second.  Woodie Held led off the inning with a double off the high wall in right center.  Jim Piersall singled him home and scored on a suicide squeeze play executed to perfection by Johnny Temple.  Ken Aspromonte singled home Bubba Phillips in the 7th to provide a much needed 2 run buffer for John Klippstein who got the final 5 outs to put the Tribe up 2 games to 1.

GAME 4 - Indians 7, Senators 5
Neither Barry Latman, nor Pedro Ramos impressed in this rain marred contest.  LattmanVic_Power_CLE slipped coming off the mound to field a Lenny Green bunt attempt then threw the ball away.  Bobby Allison followed with a 2 run shot to right center to put the Nats up 2-0.  Ramos was in a generous mood on this dreary gray day and proceeded to give both runs right back to the Tribe.  Johnny Temple once again executed a great squeeze play to score Woodie Held.  Bubba Phillips followed by singling home Piersall to tie the game.  Washington took the lead back when Jose Valdivielso lifted a fly ball just far enough to allow Jim Lemon to tag up and score.  Ramos looked to have settled down, but mentally lost his edge when Valdivielso booted a cheap grounder by pinch hitter Marty Keough.  What should have been the third out became the beginning of a big inning.  Back to back doubles by Aspromonte and Vic Power accounted for 2 runs, with Power getting both RBI's.  A pased ball charged to Earl Battey allowed the runners to advance 90 feet and a single by Harvey Kuenn would plate Power for run #3, which made it 5-4.  Pinch hitter Elmo Valo doubled home Billy Gardner in the 8th to bring the Nats to within 1.  Cleveland scored 2 huge runs in the top of the 9th to make it 7-4.  Kuenn doubled home Aspromonte and Romano singled home Kuenn.  Killebrew hit a solo shot with 1 out in the 9th to cut the lead to two.  Lemon and Battey singled, as did Bertoia to load the bases with 2 outs and the Nats down by 2.  Klippstein was called in from the pen and got pinch hitter Julio Becquer to ground into a force at second to end he game as Cleveland eliminated Washingto in 4 games.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Dodgers eliminate rival Giants in 4

8/1-8/2 - LA Memorial Coliseum
GAME 1 - Dodgers 8, Giants 2
Frank_Howard_63 LA dropped a 3 spot on Mike McCormick and the Jints in the opening inning.  Don Drysdale fought through some early troubles that cost him 2 runs by the 3rd inning.  Big D righted the ship and fanned 8 Giants including Cepeda and McCovey twice each.  Frank "Hondo" Howard blasted 3 homers and knocked in 4 as the Dodgers won easily.

GAME 2 - Dodgers 4, Giants 2
San Fran staked Sad Sam Jones to a 2-0 lead off of Johnny Podres.  LA finally got onDuke_Snider_LAD the board with a solo run in the 7th.  Both Jones and Podres left early thanks to a 38 minute rain delay.  Someone forgot to tell mother nature that it never rains in Southern California.  LA attacked Giants' reliever Stu Miller for 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th.  Maury Wills led off with a single and easily stole 2nd and advanced to third on a Wally Moon single.  Norm Larker grounded into a DP, but Wills was able to score the tying run.  Frank Howard singled and the "Duke of Flatbush", Duke Snider became the Duke of SoCal for this one day as he turned the clock back and clobbered 2 homers.  Snider’s 2 run shot in the 8th would provide the go ahead runs that reliever Larry Sherry would protect in a 9th inning that got a bit interesting.

8/3-8/4 - Candlestick Park
GAME 3 - Giants 4, Dodgers 0

jack_sanford_autograph With their backs up against the wall the Jints staved off elimination on the heels of a Jack Sanford 3 hit complete game shutout.  Sanford struck out 6 Dodgers in this tidy clutch performance.  Stan Williams spotted the Giants 3 runs in the 3rd by allowing 3 hits after a passed ball moved the runners into scoring position.  The Giants added 2 insurance runs in the 8th off of Larry Sherry who was also victimized by 2 John Roseboro passed balls and 2 singles.

GAME 4 - Dodgers 5, Giants 2
A young and wild Sandy Koufax spotted the Giants 2 runs in the first and looked to be onJoe_Pignatano_LAD the ropes.  Willie Mays tripled home Felipe Alou with 1 out.  Orlando Cepeda launched a deep fly to dead center, which Don Demeter tracked down thus allowing the "Say Hey Kid" to score easily.  Lefty Bill O'Dell lost focused then lost his lead in the top of the 4th.  Norm Larker tripled home Demeter and Frank Howard slammed an RBI double to tie it.  After Tommy Davis struck out a wild pitch moved Howard to second and an error by Blasingame on a slow grounder by Junior Gilliam accounted for the 3rd run.  LA added 2 insurance runs in the 7th when "Piggy", Joe Pignatano, led off with a pinch hit single.  Piggy moved to second on a Maury Wills ground out, then scored on Demeter's third consecutive single.  Larker followed with a clean single of his own, then scored on Howards hump backed liner to center.  Ed Roebuck, Roger Craig and Larry Sherry combined to shut the Giants out over the course of the next 3 innings to hand Koufax the win as the Dodgers eliminated the Giants 3 games to 1.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Round 1 Upset: 8th Seeded Phightin’s knock out NL Champs in 5.

Box Scores from Series

8/1-8/2 - Forbes Field
GAME 1 - Phillies 2, Pirates 0 (11 inn)

Johnny_Callison_PHI Robin Roberts and Bob Friend hooked up for one of those classic pitcher's duels that fans dream of.  Neither man would give an inch, so this contest went to extra innings.  The 10th inning was a replay of the previous 9.  Finally in the top of the 11th Friend cracked.  After pinch hitter Clay Dalrymple single to lead off the inning Elroy Face was brought in to keep the Phils down.  Face was easily able to get 2 outs, but made a costly mistake to Johnny Callison who hit it into the upper deck in right field to make it 2-0.  Turk Farrell came on for the save and got 2 quick outs before giving up a double to Smoky Burgess.  Dr. Strangeglove, Dick Stuart was called on to pinch hit for Don Hoak and weakly popped out to third to end the game.

GAME 2 - Pirates 3, Phillies 2
The Phillies broke a scoreless tie with 2 runs in the top of the 5th off of Vern Law.  GameBob_Skinner_PIT 1 hitting star Johnny Callison struck again with a 2 out / 2 run RBI single that scored Phillie starter John Buzhardt and Tony Taylor.  The PIrates began to nibble away at the 2-0 lead that Buzhardt was tasked to protect.  A solo run in the 6th courtesy of a Burgess RBI single with 2 outs cut the lead to 2-1.  Bob Skinner led of the 8th for the Bucs with a double and scored 2 batters later on a ground out by Roberto Clemente to tie it.  By this point Buzhardt ran out of steam and Humberto Robinson was given the ball to pitch the 9th.  Robinson easily retired the first 2 batters and extra frames began to loom until Bill Virdon and Dick Groat singled to put the winning run in scoring position for Bob Skinner, who lined a single into the gap to easily score Virdon and even the series at 1 game apiece.

8/3-8/4 - Connie Mack Stadium
GAME 3 - Pirates 7, Phillies 2

Roberto_Clemente_66 The Bucs jumped all over Phillie starter Art Mahaffey to the tune of 3 runs in the top of the 1st.  Pittsburgh's offense never let up and starter Vinegar Bend Mizell went the distance allowing only 2 runs to score.  Roberto Clemente hit a big 2 run shot as the Bucs took a 2-1 series lead over the underdog Phils.

GAME 4 - Phillies 3, Pirates 1
Once again Bob Friend pitched his butt off, but could not get offensive Pancho_Herrera_PHI support.  Friend did allow 2 runs to the Phils in the home half of the 1st, which would loom large since his team could not seem to solve former Brave star Gene Conley, who was able to turn the clock back to his hey day of the mid to late 50's and throw 8 innings of 1 run ball.  Once again Turk Farrell came on board to lock down the 9th.  Pancho Herrera was the hitting star for the Phightin's with a huge 2 run single in the first to put the pressure on Friend.  Herrera went 2 for 3 and was hit by a pitch as Friend surely wanted to send a message to the big man with the big bat.  Smoky Burgess hit a solo homer in the 7th to account for Pittsburgh's lone run as the Phightin's tied the series at 2.

8/5 - Forbes Field
GAME 5 - Phillies 7, Pirates 6

Robin_Roberts_PHI Decisive game 5's or 7's never seem to live up to the hype.  This game not only lived up to the hype it exceeded expectations.  The underdog Phils carried a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the 6th when HOF'er Robin Roberts, who won game 1 in heroic fashion, finally hit a bump in the road.  Bob Skinner managed to fight of an inside fastball to single home Dick Schofield to finally get the Bucs on the board.  Rocky Nelson slammed a triple off the wall in right center to cut the lead in half.  Hal Smith would pinch hit for reliever Elroy Face to lead off the 8th and double into the right center gap.  Virdon would single to put runnersRocky_Nelson_PIT on the corners with nobody out.  A routine grounder to third by Groat would score Smith to make it 4-3, but Bob Skinner would line out into a DP on a botched hit and run, that would end the inning.  The top of the 9th would see a combination of bad pitching by Earl Francis and bad fielding by the normally sure handed Groat, end Pittsburgh's chances as Philly posted 3 runs to make it 7-3.  Well hold he presses, that's not how the story would end.  Chris Short would start the bottom of the 9th for Philly and get Rocky Nelson to line out right back to the originator.  Clemente hit a hard one hopper to second that Tony Taylor would boot to allow the Latin sensation to reach first safely.  Just like the top of the Bill_Mazeroski_PITinning one stupid error would lead to big trouble.  Burgess would double off of Short to put runners on second and 3rd and cause a break in the action to allow Farrell to enter the game in relief.  Don Hoak would greet Farrell with a line shot single to score  Clemente.  Bill Mazeroski would follow that with a mirror image hit to score Burgess and make it 7-5.  Dick Stuart was once again called on to pinch hit and wound up taking one for the team to load the bases.  Bill Virdon would catch the next pitch just off the sweet spot and narrowly miss a walk off homer.  Instead the be-speckled outfielder had to settle for a sac fly, which made it 7-6 with Dick Groat heading to the plate with a aTurk_Farrell_PHI chance to atone for his error in the top of the inning.  It all came down to the matchup of clutch hitting Groat vs the man who saved games 1 and 4 (Farrell).  The Bucs seemed to have finally solved Turk Farrell in game 5, but the hard throwing reliever was able to jam Groat, who hit a slow roller to Taylor at second to end the game.  As a result the Phightin's were able to pull off the improbable upset.  To put it in the proper perspective, in 1960 the Pirates won the NL flag by finishing 95-59, which was 36 games ahead of the 59-95 Phills.  What a shocking upset !

1960 – Round # 1 Bracket

American League

KCA (8) vs NYY (1)

WAS (5) vs CLE (4)

DET (6) vs CHW (3)

BOS (7) vs BAL (2)


National League

PHI (8) vs PIT (1)

SFG (5) vs LAD (4)

CIN (6) vs STL (3)

CHI (7) vs MLN (2)

Tournament Website

What's it all about ???

Simply put, we all love the 1960's. Baseball in the 60's went in with the Bronx Bombers dominating the game and went out with the Amazin' Mets shocking the world by beating the unbeatable Orioles. In between we were treated to some of the greatest HOF'ers and All-Stars ever. Offense was paced by names like: Banks, Aaron, Killebrew, Maris, Mantle, Mays, McCovey, Robinson. The era of the pitcher featured guys like: Gibson, Koufax, Seaver, Ford, Drysdale, Marichal, Palmer. And of course we can't forget the defense. This was the era of the scrappy shortstop who hit .220 but won games with his arm and his leather. Guys like: Belanger, Oyler, Harrelson, Wine, Kubek, Maxvill and Groat. But how could I forget the era of speed. Brock, Wills, Davis, Flood, Alou and Pinson were swiping bases at alarming rates. Put it all together and you have one heck of a decade to play out.

This tournament will play single elimination rounds for each season until we crown a World Champ from each. That world champ will move on to the final elimination bracket vs the other champs.

Should be a blast !