Game Three: We still can't believe it; Bucs are better than that!
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Oct. 8, 1960 / NEW YORK -- Tricky shadows had nothing to do with the ball game today but Pirate pitching sure did.
Once more they were bruised and battered by the Yankees and now the New Yorkers are a game up in the World Series.
Today's humiliation came by a count of 10-0 and before 70,001 fans in Yankee Stadium.
About the only thing the Buc hurlers have contributed in the last two games has been to help Yank hitters set new World Series records.
Smallish Bobby Richardson drove in six of their runs this afternoon and took out of the books the names of such bruisers as Tony Lazzeri, Bill Dickey, Ted Kluszewski and Mickey Mantle. These gents had driven home five in one game.
The Yank second baseman clouted a grand slam homer as the American Leaguers beat our town's entry in exactly 35 minutes. During that time - the first inning only - they scored six runs against Vinegar Bend Mizell and Clem Labine.
Later they added four in the fourth round against Fred Green and Red Witt.
Later the Pirates finally got decent pitching out of Tom Cheney and Joe Gibbon. But it was too late for such heroics.
Mantle tied a record held by many others when he collected four hits, even getting one swinging left-handed, which is the only one thus far for the Mick from that side of the plate.
One of his socks today went far into the left field bleachers some 430 feet away from where it started. It was his third one in two games and his 14th in World Series, which puts him just one shy of Babe Ruth's all time mark.
And while the Yanks were devastating Buc hurling, Whitey Ford was holding the Bucs to four hits as he won his sixth series game.
It was his first shutout and the 11th one by a Yank hurler in the fall classic.
The veteran Yankee lefty was starting his 13th Series game, which is just an extension on the record he already held. He tied another record by appearing in his seventh series.
Only two hurlers had been in that many previously and of course they were Yankees - by the name of Waite Hoyt and Red Ruffling.
The Pirates never got into the game at all, unless you call runners at first and second with one out in the seventh and the same situation with one out in the ninth.
So now in three games the Yanks have scored 30 runs and collected 38 hits off Murtaugh's pitching staff.
And it certainly wasn't much of a birthday present for the Buc manager, who today became 43 years old.
All the Yankees except Roger Maris had a hit in their collection of 16.
The Yankees ran 11 batters to the plate in the first inning and 10 in the fourth. During the ruination of the Bucs in Round One, Bob Cerv had two singles and became the 11th player to do that in a series game. The other day Elston Howard and Richardson did it in Pittsburgh.
In 56 previous years of World Series History there were eight players to collect a pair of hits in an inning. Now in just two games, three more entered the books.
Richardson's six runs batted in were surprising in the fact that during the regular season, from the All Star game on, he had only seven RBIs.
And he had hit only one homer during that year, that on April 30 in Baltimore against Arnie Portocarrero.
Richardson's first inning grand slam was the seventh one hit in a Series, and six of them have been by Yankees. The only outsider was Elmer Smith of Cleveland, who hit the first one in 1920.
Meanwhile, Ford pitched quite a nifty game, not allowing a hit until Bill Virdon opened the fourth with a double off the scoreboard in right center. But Bill never left second base as Ford took charge of Dick Groat, Bob Clemente and Dick Stuart.
First Published October 10, 2010 12:00 am