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“Only I” 1960 World Series Notes

December 21, 2016

Likely one can make a good case that I go go a bit far in my criticism, usually directed against most modern announcers, “non return” broadcasting great, Bob Costas, a notable exception.

However, there are few if any who will impart some of the information that will follow, all in and around the 1960 World Series, matching the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees.

In the historic seventh game, a key play in that, one of baseball’s greatest games, I say the greatest, when one considers the importance, was a ball hit by Bill Virdon, taking a bad hop (by definition going up in the air) and hitting Yankees shortstop, Tony Kubek in the throat.

The first batting result of the classic series, won by the underdog Pirates, obviously a play infinitely less important, was however, an almost eery coincidental opposite.

Kubek was the batter and hit a ball that also went up in the air, hitting the third base bag for a single. Virdon’s ball in #7 was also a single, eventually a huge play, in denying pitcher Bob Schantz and the Yankees.

The great Roger Maris, a year before hitting 61 home runs to not only beat out his even greater teammate Mickey Mantle for the home run crown, but setting a record with 61 home runs, had much the opposite happen in 1960.

Mantle’s home runs in the Yankees final series vs the Washington Senators gave him 40 on the year, one more than Roger, giving “#7”  the 1960 American League home run crown.

One more note (maybe during this holiday season this “critic,” sort of generous “Scrooge,” I believe with good reason, but alas what is the point, will provide more, follows.

Yankees pitcher Art Ditmar actually filed suit for the use of “Ditmar throws” on the series ending home run by Bill Mazeroski on a commercial some 25 or so years later. (It was Ralph Terry who surrendered Maz’ historic clout.)

The first pitch by a New York Yankee in the series was called “Ditmar throws” by the same great announcer, Chuck Thompson who worked with another great, Jack Quinlan, on radio in that classic World Series.

 

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