Runnels Gets Nine Hits as Red Sox Sweep Tigers


This Week in 1960s Baseball

(August 30, 1960) – Today the Boston Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Detroit Tigers, taking the night cap by a 3-2 score after winning the opener 5-4 in 15 innings.

Red Sox infielder Pete Runnels collected nine hits during the doubleheader. Runnels went six for seven in the opener, with five singles and a double in the fifteenth inning that drove home Frank Malzone with the winning run. Continue reading

Going Goo Goo


Glancing Back, and Remembering Gary Geiger

Gary Geiger was a speedy outfielder who managed to string together a 12-season major league career despite several injuries and physical ailments that limited his performance on the field. Nevertheless, he was a talented athlete with speed on the base paths, and a fan favorite wherever he played. Continue reading

Yankees Edge Red Sox 4-3 to Clinch Pennant


This Week in 1960s Baseball

(September 25, 1960) After one year’s absence from the World Series in 1959, the New York Yankees clinched a return ticket to the Fall Classic with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox that made the Yankees the American League champions for 1960.

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Luis Arroyo stopped the ninth inning rally that clinched the 1960 pennant for the New York Yankees.

The Yankees broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the third inning, including a two-RBI single by Roger Maris. The Red Sox came back in the bottom of the same inning, when a single by Vic Wertz scored Pumpsie Green and Willie Tasby. Ted Williams was thrown out at home to end the inning.

The Yankees scored again in the top of the sixth inning when Yankee starting pitcher Ralph Terry singled in shortstop Tony Kubek. Terry (10-8) shut down the Red Sox through the eighth inning.

Boston rallied in the bottom of the ninth. With two runners on and two outs, Frank Malzone singled to center field to score Tasby, chasing Terry out of a complete game. The Yankees brought in their relief ace, Luis Arroyo, who got Pete Runnels to pop out to second baseman Bobby Richardson. That pennant-clinching out gave Arroyo his sixth save for that season.

It also gave Yankees manager Casey Stengel his tenth – and last – pennant as a manager.