Game Four: Oh, My! How sweet this is!
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Oct. 9, 1960 / NEW YORK -- This was what the Pirates advertised before the Series - good pitching, good defense and the hit at the right time.
And these factors kept them alive today before 67,812 fans in Yankee Stadium, as they nipped the New Yorkers, 3-2.
Vernon Law provided some pitching and some of the hitting. Roy Face performed his specialty. Bill Virdon and Don Hoak performed good defensive chores and it was Virdon's single that won it.
This was the way the Pirates won their first game, when three out of the four above-mentioned Buccos stuck out all over that victory.
Law has now won both Buc decisions over the Yanks with the aid of the Bullpen Baron.
So now there will be another Series game in Pittsburgh, as this made it stand at two wins each.
Virdon, who made a spectacular catch against Yogi Berra in Pittsburgh, ran up into the air for another one today and it kept the Pirates alive.
This came against Bob Cerv three pitches after Face had relieved Law in the seventh with Yanks at first and second one out.
"The Quail" went running into centerfield, hit the running track in front of the 407 mark on the wall, jumped into the air, grabbed the ball and held it as he fell down.
Then the Bullpen Baron got Tony Kubek on a bouncer and retired the six men coming up in the eighth and ninth.
Ralph Terry, a 24-year-old righty, was the losing pitcher as the Pirates wrapped their scoring up in the fifth inning.
The Yanks didn't go without their home run either.
Bill Skowron slugged one off Law that gave the Yanis a one-run lead in the fourth inning. It was their seventh of the series and for the Moose his fifth in the fall classics.
The American Leaguers started out as though they would duplicate yesterday's catastrophe for the Pirates.
Cerv had hit the first pitch from Law into center for a single and Tony Kubek doubled down the left field side. But the Deacon took a hitch in his pitching and got Roger Maris on a fly to short right.
The intentional pass was ordered for Mickey Mantle and there were Yanks all over the place with Yogi Berra the swinger.
But Law got him to roll down toward third where Hoak grabbed the ball, stepped on third for a force of Kubek and fired over just in time to get Yogi at first for the double play.
Terry had been sailing along all right. Almost perfectly in fact for four innings.
Law clouted a run-scoring double during the Buc fifth and Virdon drove in the other two runs in that inning, after Gino Cimoll had started things with the first Pirate hit.
Skowron was the toughie for the Deacon all day. Besides his homer, the Moose also bounced a ground rule double into the right field stands. That started the Yanks' last big effort and the departure of Law.
There was one big play left in the Pirate defense and it was by Hoak in the ninth.
Showron had missed a tying homer as his fly went foul by a few feet down the right line to open the inning. Then the Moose pulled down the left side, Hoak reached over near the line, backhanded the grounder and threw him out.
This was a tension-packed thing from the first Yankee threat, right up until Dale Long lifted a three-two pitch to Bob Clemente in right. Big Dee was swinging for Bobby Richardson and going for the tying run on the long ball, but his fly to right ended the fourth game of the Series.
The first Pirate surge since the teams came here was almost a flop, saved by Law's double in their game-winning inning.
It was their first scoring in 13 innings in the Stadium.
The Pirates had not been in the World Series since 1927 when they took the field against the Yankees in 1960. The long time away only served to heighten the stakes for the players and the long-suffering fans.
First Published October 10, 2010 12:00 am