Yankees-Indians Thriller Bookends Game 7 of the 1960 World Series

October 1, 2020

Yesterday’s series-ending baseball marathon between the Yankees and Indians was kind of reminiscent of Game 7 of the 1960 world series but with a happier ending for Yankee fans. Against the Pirates, the Yanks trailed 4-0 after the 2nd inning versus trailing 4-1 versus the Indians at the same point. Yanks scored a run in the fifth and 4 in the sixth against the Bucs to take 5-4 lead. Last night they get the grand slam in the 4th and another run in the fifth for a 5-4 lead. Yanks went ahead 7-4 in the top of the 8th versus the Pirates; they led the Indians 8-6 midway last night through the 7th. Then the Pirates scored five runs in the 8th to take a 9-7 lead going into the ninth. Likewise, the Indians scored 2 in the 7th and 1 in the eighth inning to take a 9-8 lead heading into the ninth.

Both games were in the opponent’s park, and in the top of the ninth the Yanks scored two runs in each game, tying the score against the Pirates at 9-9 and taking a one run lead against the Indians at 10-9. But these bookended games diverged in bottom of the ninth. Bill Mazeroski’s homer off Ralph Terry leading off the bottom of the ninth won the game and the 1960 world series for the Pirates. Chapman needed to get four outs in the bottom of the ninth because of Sanchez’ passed ball on a strikeout. But Chapman prevented any score and the Yanks take the game and the series.

Both games ended with a score of 10-9. You have to be a codger to remember both games, 60 years apart, and recognize immediately that it was deja vu with a twist. Terry’s shutout win in Game 7 of the 1962 World Series was personal redemption for him. For a youthful Yankee fan, it took longer for closure to the disappointment of 1960.

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