The Last Pure Season
by Kerry Keene
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The Pirates added a run in the sixth when Virdon doubled off the right-field screen scoring Mazeroski. In the Yankee eighth, Law gave up singles to the first two batters, then gave way to ace reliever Roy Face. The forkball specialist then struck out Mantle and induced Berra to fly out. Murtaugh went out to the mound and told Face to strike out Skowron, which is exactly what he did to get out of trouble. New York staged a rally in the top of the ninth as Gil McDougald started it off by singling to right. Stengel then inserted Elston Howard as a pinch-hitter for reliever Ryne Duren, and the catcher slugged a two-run homer into the right field seats. Tony Kubek followed with a single, but was forced at second on a Richardson grounder, and Hector Lopez came up representing the tying run. Face got him to ground to Maz who started the 4-6-3 double play to preserve the 6-4 win for Law and the Pirates.
Rain throughout the morning the next day in Pittsburgh threatened Game Two, however it cleared up about 15 minutes before game time. New York was poised to go out and put on a two-game display of the vaunted Yankee power.
The pitching match-up featured New York's Bob Turley, 9-3 during the season, opposed by Pittsburgh's 18-game winner Bob Friend. The Yanks drew first blood in the third with a single by Kubek that scored Richardson and a double by McDougald that brought Kubek across. Both teams scored one run in the fourth, and at 3-1, that was as close as it would get. Mantle slugged a two-run homer in the fifth, and the floodgates burst wide open in the sixth as New York now led 12-1. The Yankees sent 12 men to the plate that inning, with Howard and Richardson each hitting safely twice. The next inning, Mantle cracked another home run, a three-run shot over the center field wall that measured 478 feet. They added yet another run in the ninth as it ended in a romp, 16-3. The Pirates' 13 runners left on base was one shy of a World Series record. The Yankees' 16 runs was the second-highest total for a series game, behind only the 18 scored by their forefathers in Game Two of 1936. As for his two home runs, Mantle said after the game, "I wish I could have saved them for a time when they meant something. Homers don't mean much in a 16-3 game."
From 1960: The Last Pure Season by Kerry Keene. Copyright © 2000 by Kerry Keene. Reprinted with permission.