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BASEBALL'S WEEK

Oct. 10, 1960
Oct. 10, 1960

Table of Contents
Oct. 10, 1960

Hockey
Rocks
Epic Of Golf
  • Jack Nicklaus wrote it on the greens and fairways of Merion, during the World Team Championship, with the best display by an amateur since Bobby Jones's Grand Slam in 1930.

Seven Bold Bucs
Automobiles
Football
Pro Football
Baseball's Week
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

BASEBALL'S WEEK

A final report on the ups and downs of the 1960 regular season

Baseball 1960 will be remembered as the year Ted Williams retired with a Frank Merriwell flourish and Stan Musial didn't; the year the Pittsburgh Pirates won a pennant and made the oldtimers happy by hitting behind the runner; the year the New York Yankees took a .001 lead into the second week of September then vigorously won the race with 15 straight and a record number of home runs (193); and the year nice guys Warren Spahn, Pete Runnels and Dick Groat finished first. The Pirates were the steadiest team in baseball, never losing more than four straight (twice), never winning more than nine straight. Pittsburgh was out of first place only 25 days all season. They fell into second place for one day in July ("They're cracking," sneered the critics) but responded with four victories in a row in August beat back the mild challenge of the Cardinals and in September coasted home. Charley Dressen won more games than Fred Haney did last year, but the Milwaukee Braves were in first place for only one day all year. Spahn, Lou Burdette and Bob Buhl did well (56 wins among them), but Dressen moaned because he didn't have an Elroy Face. Red Schoendienst flashed early in the season but injuries and age slowed him down The surprise team of the year the St Louis Cardinals couldn't win a game in the first week of the season and were in fifth place in July, but they came fast and actually threatened the Pirates in August. Ernie Broglio won 21 garn (14 more than last year) and, with young (19) Ray Sadecki and old (31) Curt Simmons, helped to soothe the pitching problems of Manager Solly Hemus. Norm Larker of the Los Angeles Dodgers missed the batting crown in the last week of the season, but second best was plenty good enough for a fellow whose hitherto undistinguished career dates back to 1949. The San Francisco Giants started fast, faded faster. Manager Bill Rigney was fired in June, and in September newspaper ads asked that new manager Tom Sheehan go, too. The admen's choice to succeed Sheehan; Leo Durocher.

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In the American League, the Yankees played for half the season as though they didn't care. Roger Maris carried the club in the early stages, but the pitchers couldn't win. Then Mickey Mantle failed to run out a ground ball, Casey Stengel chewed him out, Mickey got mad and began to hit and the Yankees caught fire. They swept four games from the Baltimore Orioles in September and turned the pennant race into a rout with a season-end winning streak. Mantle led the homer-happy New Yorkers with 40. Whitey Ford's pitching was spotty (12-9) but he won when he had to (five against Baltimore). The Orioles, young and exciting and rich in pitching, seemed to have the Yanks in trouble before that series in September. Rookies Chuck Estrada, Ron Hansen, Jim Gentile and Marv Breeding give Manager Paul Richards reason for optimism for next year. Minnie Minoso drove in 105 runs for the Chicago White Sox, but the Sox slipped to third—lowest finish ever for Manager Al Lopez. Injuries to Woodie Held and Gary Bell hurt the Cleveland Indians, but they rallied late to finish fourth. For a while it seemed that the Washington Senators might beat out the Indians for the first division, but an injury to Pitcher Camilo Pascual ruined that dream. The Boston Red Sox provided thrills only when 42-year-old Ted Williams—who announced his retirement late in September—hit home runs (29 this year, 521 lifetime).

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RUNS PRODUCED

Runs
Scored

Teammates
Batted In*

Total Runs
Produced

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Minoso, Chi (.311)

89

85

174

Mantle, NY (.276)

119

54

173

Maris, N Y (.283)

98

73

171

Sievers, Chi (.295)

87

65

152

Robinson, Balt (.294)

74

74

148

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Mathews, Mil (.277)

108

85

193

Aaron, Mil (.292)

102

86

188

Mays, SF (.319)

107

74

181

Banks, Chi (.271)

94

76

170

Clemente, Pitt (.314)

89

78

167

*Derived by subtracting HRs from RBIs

PITCHERS' % OF CLUB VICTORIES

Top
Pitcher

Pitcher's
Wins

Club
Wins

% of
Wins

AMERICAN LEAGUE

KC

Daley

16

58

27.6

Clev

Perry

18

76

23.7

Bos

Monbouquette

14

65

21.5

Det

Lary

15

71

21.1

Balt

Estrada

18

89

20.2

Wash

Stobbs, Pascual

12

73

16.4

Chi

Pierce

14

87

16.1

NY

Ditmar

15

97

15.5

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Chi

Hobbie

16

60

26.7

Cin

Purkey

17

67

25.4

StL

Broglio

21

86

24.4

Mil

Spahn

21

88

23.9

SF

Jones

18

79

22.8

Pitt

Law

20

95

21.1

Phil

Roberts

12

59

20.3

LA

Drysdale

15

82

18.3

THESE ARE THE PLAYERS WHO MADE THE SEASON WHAT IT WAS

MANAGER

Solly Hemus, StL

OUTSTANDING PLAYER

Warren Spahn, Mil

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Dick Groat, Pitt

MOST DRAMATIC

Ted Williams, Bos

MOST CONTROVERSIAL

Jim Piersall, Clev

MOST DISAPPOINTING

Willie McCovey, SF

BEST BASE RUNNER

Maury Wills, LA

WORST TRADE

McLish—Temple

BEST TRADE

Maris—4 Yankees

SURPRISE HITTER

Jim Gentile, Balt

SURPRISE PITCHER

Erne Broglio, StL

OUTSTANDING ROOKIE

Chuck Estrada, Balt

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S baseball staff picks the most valuable player on each team (below) and the, headline makers (left)

National League

Pittsburgh

Dick Groat

Milwaukee

Warren Spahn

St Louis

Ken Boyer

Los Angeles

Maury Wills

San Francisco

Willie Mays

Cincinnati

Bob Purkey

Chicago

Ernie Banks

Philadelphia

Frank Herrera

American League

New York

Roger Mans

Baltimore

Brooks Robinson

Chicago

Minnie Minoso

Cleveland

Jim Perry

Washington

Earl Battey

Detroit

Norm Cash

Boston

Ted Williams

Kansas City

Bud Daley