This Day In Sports History (October 7th) – Walter Payton
This Day In Sports History (October 13th) – Bill Mazeroski
It was on this day in 1960 that the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Yankees in game seven of the World Series. Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo home run off of Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry.
The Yankees entered the series as favorites, as they had won ten pennants in the past twelve years. New York outplayed the Pirates throughout the course of the series as they outscored them 55-27, out-hit them 91-60, and got two complete game shutouts from pitcher Whitey Ford. However, Pittsburgh was able to take it to a seventh game, which headed to the bottom of the ninth inning tied at nine. Mazeroski led-off the inning with the World Series winning home run, which was the first time a World Series had ended via the long ball.
Thirty-three years later, Joe Carter became the second man to end a World Series with a home run. Trailing 6-5 in Game 6, Carter came to bat with two on and one out and promptly hit a Mitch Williams pitch over the left field wall to give the Toronto Blue Jays their second World Series title in as many years.
Here is Mazeroski’s World Series winning Home Run.
Brian Dawkins, NFL – Born October 13th 1973 (age 38) in Jacksonville, Florida
Paul Pierce, NBA – Born October 13th 1977 (age 34) in Oakland, California
Jermaine O’Neal, Born October 13th 1978 (age 33) in Columbia, South Carolina