On October 6, 1960, the New York Yankees beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 16-3 in the second game of the World Series, to even the Series at one game each. The Yankees banged out 19 hits to Pittsburgh’s 13.
Only once had a team scored more runs in a World Series game (the 1936 Yankees scored 18 against the New York Giants). No team has scored more since, although the Giants tied the mark in 2002.
Bobby Richardson and, above all, Mickey Mantle led the way. Richardson had three hits plus a walk in five plate appearances. He scored three runs and drove in two. Mantle went 2-4 with two walks. Both of his hits were home runs. He ended the day with five RBIs.
Bob Turley, a hero of the 1958 Series, was the winning pitcher. He yielded all 13 of Pittsburgh’s hits, plus three walks, during his eight and one-third innings, but gave up only two earned runs.
Bob Friend started for Pittsburgh, and the game did not get out of hand until manager Danny Murtaugh pinch-hit for Friend in the bottom of the fourth inning. At that time, the Pirates trailed by only 3-1, with one out and runners on second and third. Pinch hitter Gene Baker popped out and Bill Virdon grounded out to end the inning. The Pirate relievers proceeded to allow 13 runs over the next five innings, including seven in the sixth.
Murtaugh was widely second-guessed for removing Friend, an 18 game winner whose “stuff” that day was quite good (he had struck out six Yankees through four innings and one of the runs against him was unearned). But years later, Friend, a well-liked man who after the end of his baseball career served as the Allegheny County controller and was a three-time delegate to the Republican National Convention, said “I don’t blame Danny for taking me out; Danny did the right thing.”
In any event, it’s hard to believe that, however good his stuff, Friend could have made held the Yankees to the three runs they had already scored against him, as he probably would have had to do in order to affect the outcome of the game.
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