The Major League Baseball Network will be in town tonight with Bob Costas to celebrate the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates win over the New York Yankees. Whoever found the tapes in Bing Crosbys’ basement is getting drinks on me all night.
Costas will be filming interviews with former players throughout the game. The interviews will be worked together into a show that will air on MLB Network’s telecast on Dec. 15. Apparently, Bing was nervous and didn’t go to the game. The big guy was in Paris listening to Bob Prince on the radio (how the hell do you do that?)
So somehow nobody else filmed the game? I have no idea how that works. Perhaps, nobody dreamed the Pirates had a shot. (That theory sounds better for the legend anyway.) The game has not been televised since the day Maz and the Pirates delivered their third World Series championship to the city.
It will be a big night for Bill Mazeroski. And although Bobby Richardson won the MVP and is scheduled to appear tonight, it was Maz who carried the club especially when it counted. Richardson saw the majority of his production in the three games the Pirates were pounded. Perhaps the MVP votes were tallied before Maz sent a beebee over Berra’s head? (That theory sounds better for the legendary story too.)
RBI were popular in 1960, not so much these days, but Mazeroski drove in nearly a quarter of the Pirates runs during the seven games against the hated Yankees. Richardson drove in 12 runs, the team was loaded and had one of the most phenomenal innings of production in the history of the game. Vern Law pitched well in game four and actually had nice numbers in two of his three starts. Richardson won the battle for MVP, but Maz won the war.
Maz belted a homer in the first game. He had a big double in game five that plated two Pirates teammates. His defense was a big reason why he made the Hall of Fame and also was significant for the Bucs to secure a Series win as Maz made the pivot on six double plays with zero errors on the rocky Forbes Field diamond.