“Had ’Em All the Way”

The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates

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About the Book

The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates were a special team—team being the operative word. There were no superstars, although Roberto Clemente would become one, and nobody had a record season. The Battling Bucs frequently came from behind to win late in the game, with Pirates broadcaster Bob Prince signing off, “We had ’em all the way.” Pittsburgh was the Sad Sack of baseball through most of the 1950s, and as the Pirates grabbed the National League lead early in the 1960 season, fans wondered if the guys in vest-shirts and black sleeves could indeed hang on.
And then there was the World Series, the one everybody but the Pirates thought would be won by the Yankees, in which Bill Mazeroski provided the most dramatic finish of all sports championships. This book, featuring interviews with Clemente, Dick Groat, Bob Friend and Dick Schofield, chronicles the Pirates of 1960—a team of friends—and their push through a long and magical season.

About the Author(s)

Freelance sportswriter Thad Mumau wrote for the Fayetteville Observer for more than 35 years and for the Atlantic Coast Conference Sports Journal for 22. He lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Thad Mumau
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: 17 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9711-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1937-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments  vi

Preface  1

Introduction  5

One. Unlikely Champions  11

Two. Baseball’s Landscape in 1960  20

Three. Building the Roster  28

Four. Making Spring Count  36

Five. A Fast Start  43

Six. The Little Irishman  49

Seven. Invasion of the Giants  58

Eight. Heart of the Pirates  69

Nine. Staying in Front  81

Ten. A Friend, a Face and the Law  91

Eleven. The Great One, Billy and Bob  104

Twelve. The Road Through Milwaukee  112

Thirteen. Dog Days and Doubleheaders  125

Fourteen. Bucs’ Bench Just Ducky  145

Fifteen. Character and Characters  153

Sixteen. World Series Mismatch  162

Seventeen. Six Games of Sparring  170

Eighteen. The Game  192

Nineteen. How It All Happened  201

Twenty. What Next?  210

Chapter Notes  219

Bibliography  224

Index  225

Book Reviews

“A compelling case about an important team in baseball history…will capture the interest of baseball fans”—U.S. Sport History.