Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/10/11

On this date in 1960 the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Yankees in game five of the World Series by a score of 5-2 in front of 62,753 fans at Yankee Stadium. With the win the Pirates took a 3 games to 2 lead in the series. Harvey Haddix, who won 11 games for the Pirates in 1960, started the game and went 6.1 IP allowing just two runs on five hits with six strikeouts to the powerhouse Yankees lineup. Elroy Face followed him with 2.2 scoreless innings to finish the game. He allowed just one baserunner, an 8th inning walk to Mickey Mantle. The Pirates scored four of their runs early, knocking two Yankees pitchers out before the 3rd inning was over.

In the 2nd inning, a one out groundball by Don Hoak to shortstop with Smoky Burgess on 2B and Gino Cimoli on 3B turned into a run when Yankees 3B Gil McDougald couldn’t handle the throw from SS Tony Kubek. That put runners on 2B and 3B again and both of them would score on a Bill Mazeroski double to make it 3-0 and help chase Yankees starter, Art Ditmar. One inning later, Roberto Clemente singled to drive in Dick Groat, who doubled right before Clemente came up. Don Hoak drove in the Pirates fifth run in the 9th inning with a single that scored pinch runner Joe Christopher. The series would return to Pittsburgh for game six two days later. 

McCutchen celebrates his 25th birthday today

Also on this date in 1986 current Pirates all-star outfielder, Andrew McCutchen, was born. The 2005 first round draft pick made his major league debut on June 4, 2009 and in 420 games he has a .276/.365/.458 line with 51 homers, 78 stolen bases and 199 runs batted in. He was named to the NL all-star team for the first time in 2011 and he set career highs in homers, RBI’s and walks this season.

Born on this date in 1879 was Homer Hillebrand, who played parts of three seasons for the Pirates from 1905-06, 1908. He was a two way player who not only pitched 18 games, 11 as a starter but he also played 1B, corner outfield and even caught three games. He went 8-4 2.51 in 114.2 innings and batted .237 in 131 AB’s in his 47 career games. Despite the good stats, he pitched with an injured arm most of his career. He rested it the entire 1907 season and after pitching once in 1908, lasting just one inning, he decided to retire

Finally, in 1903 the Pirates lost game seven of the first World Series to the Boston Americans by a 7-3 score. Full coverage of that game can be read here.


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