Oct-13: Pittsburgh’s 3 World Series Firsts (including Mazeroski)
Today is a red-letter day in Pittsburgh Pirates history for 3 notable World Series firsts.
Boston Americans Beat Pirates in First World Series
On this day, the Boston Americans (now Red Sox) won what has been called the first modern World Series, beating the Pirates in the best of 9 series 5-3 (after the Pirates blew a 3-1 series lead). The Series brought the new American League prestige and proved its best could beat the best of the National League, thus strengthening the demand for future World Series competitions.
The Greatest Home Run of All Time
Every kid’s dream. Game 7 of the World Series, stepping to the plate in the bottom of the 9th, with the championship on the line.
In the top of the 9th inning, the heavily favored Yankees (who had won 10 pennants in the last 12 years) scored two runs to tie the game at 9.
In the bottom of the 9th, reliever Ralph Terry stood on the Forbes Field mound facing the 8th batter Bill Mazeroski. Mazeroski, whose Game 1 home run gave the Pirates the winning run, was 1 for 3 in Game 7 getting to base on a second-inning bunt. Then he took a 1-0 pitch to deep left field for the first World Series winning walk-off home run.
Thirty-three years later, Joe Carter became the second man to end a World Series with a home run when clinched Game 6 of the World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The First World Series Night Game
In the first World Series night game, the Pittsburgh Pirates came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Baltimore Orioles, 4-3 and even the series at 2-2. The Pirates would win the series 4-3 over the defending champion Orioles. It was the second World Series win for manager Danny Murtaugh who also managed the 1960 World Series Pirates.