On September 13, 1960 — Thanks to one of Giants starter Mike McCormick’s strongest performances of the year, plus a St. Louis 6 – 5 squeaker over Milwaukee, Pittsburgh’s pennant run stalls briefly, their magic number frozen at 11. Struck out 13 times by the 6′ 2″ southpaw, the Pirates’ only genuine threat, reports Giants beat writer Bob Stevens, is “a momentarily frightening blast over the left-field wall by Roberto Clemente in the 7th.” It comes off a low and inside McCormick change-up, according to Jack Hernon of the Post-Gazette, and goes “a mile high, far over the left-field fence at the 406 mark with Gino Cimoli on the hassocks.” Clemente’s clout brings the Bucs back to within one shortly after Willie Mays’ audacious base-running and the ensuing Mazeroski miscue have sparked a tie-breaking, three-run 6th. Unfortunately for the Bucs, the usually reliable Elroy Face allows two 9th-inning add-on runs, making McCormick’s final frame a relatively ho-hum affair.


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