This week in baseball history

The National League broke a remarkable 13-game losing streak by winning last night’s All Star game. 50 years ago, National League All Star victories were much more common, and the NL won the two contests played in 1960 — one on July 11 in Cleveland [correction: Kansas City] and the other on July 13 at Yankee Stadium.
In a sign of things to come that fall, the winning pitcher in both games was a Pittsburgh Pirate. Bob Friend picked up the first win, pitching three scoreless innings in a 5-3 victory. Vern Law was the winner in the second game, a 6-0 triumph. Law also saved Friend’s win in the first game, and Pirate reliever Elroy Face chipped in as well. In all, Pirate pitchers contributed seven and one-third scoreless innings and allowed only two hits.
I remember only one play from the two games, a superb one in which Yogi Berra embarrassed Willie Mays. It occurred in the top of the first inning of Game 2.
Mays led off the game with a single off of Whitey Ford, and Bob Skinner (another Pirate) singled him to second base. After Hank Aaron popped out, Mays stole third, with Skinner remaining on first. Ernie Banks then popped out.
With Joe Adcock at the plate and two outs, Skinner broke for second. Berra looked to second, but threw to third. Mays, hoping to pull off a double steal, was too far from the bag. Third-baseman Frank Malzone tagged him out to end the inning.
It was all for naught, though. The Nationals scored two in second and one in the third (all off of Ford) and cruised to victory.


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