Pittsburgh Pirates defeat New York Yankees 4-3 in the 1960 World Series | Baseball-Reference.com. The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Yankees in four games to win their first World Series title. The series was played before a crowd of 41,503 at Yankee Stadium in New York City.
The Pittsburgh Pirates joined the National League in 1882. They won their first pennant title that year as well as the following year, when they went 102-41 during the regular season and beat the Chicago Cubs in seven games in the World Series. The Pirates have been playing in Pittsburgh since 1890. Before then, they were based in Philadelphia for most of their early years (1879-88).
The Pirates have had more than their share of success over the years - nine World Series titles, 10 National League pennants, and five 100-win seasons - but they also have many infamous moments too. From 1920 to 1956, no team other than the Brooklyn Dodgers has won more than two World Series titles. The Pirates have now won three times themselves. In 1992, Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron's career home run record. Three years later, he was accused of using steroids. Bonds denied the allegations and his lawyer said he would not answer questions about his drug use during his trial.
In 1960, the Pittsburgh Pirates The Pirates were expected to be swept by the mighty New York Yankees in the World Series, but despite defeats of 16-3, 10-0, and 12-0, and being outscored 55-27, the Pirates defeated the Yankees in seven games. It was the first time that a World Series had ended in seven games since 1908. The 1960 World Series drew record ratings on television. It is still considered one of the best World Series ever played.
The 1960 World Series was also notable for giving birth to the "Impossible Dream" theme song. The song came from a scene in the seventh game when Roberto Clemente hit a home run off of Yankees pitcher Ralph Houk. After the homerun, Clemente ran around first base, then took off toward right field. As he went over the wall, players on both teams began chanting "MVP!" This moment became known as "The Impossible Dream." The song would go on to become a popular choice during speeches before Game Sevens.
Clemente finished the series with a spectacular.947 batting average (BA) and two homers, winning the MVP award. The Yankees' Johnny MacKay pitched five innings in the loss, giving up only three hits and no runs. Left-hander Harvey Haddix picked up the win after pitching three scoreless innings. Bob Friend shut down the Yankees in the final game with two perfect innings of relief.
Vernon Law, the Pirates' ace pitcher, pitched Game 1 of the 1960 World Series, which the Pirates won 6-to-4. On October 6, 1960, the Pirates' triumph in Game 1 of the 1960 World Series was front-page news in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Press wrote, "The Pittsburgh Pirates today became the first major league team to win a World Series game played outside its own country when they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-to-4." Vernon Law gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out five in his seven innings on the mound.
Law, who was 24 years old at the time, came into the game with a 2-0 record and a 0.50 ERA. He had been even better before the Series started - he had not lost a game since April 10 - so it was expected that he would continue this streak and bring home the victory for his team. But despite all his success earlier in the season, Law did not start well in the World Series. In fact, he made some very serious mistakes that helped the Dodgers get on top early in the game.
In the first inning, Law walked two people but then struck out Dodger catcher John Roseboro to end the threat. He also got Tony Lopez to ground out to end the second inning. However, in the third inning, Law made a huge mistake.