Bill Mazeroski is most well known for his home run to win the 1960 World Series. But he earned his way into the Hall of Fame over a 17-year career, primarily with great defense, in which he earned eight gold gloves.
The 1960 World Series, which was won with Mazeroski’s home run, featured incredible talent. Seven players in the game retired with MVP awards; Dick Groat, Roberto Clemente, Yogi Berra, Bobby Shantz, Mikey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Elston Howard. Hall of Fame participants included Clemente, Mazeroski, Berra, Ford, and Mantle, along with manager Casey Stengel and umpire Nestor Chylak.
Leading into game 7, the Yankees significantly outscored the Pirates in their three wins, while the Pirates won three close games. The Yankees outscored the Pirates 55-27 in the world series, and the MVP was given to Bobby Richardson of the losing team, the only time in history that has happened.
The Yankees had a 7-4 lead after their half of the 8th inning, but the Pirates put up five runs to take a 9-7 lead. However, in the top of the ninth, the Yankees scored two runs to tie the game. Mazeroski came to bat as the first hitter in the bottom of the ninth and hit Ralph Terry’s second pitch over the left-center field wall of Forbes Field. Bill Mazeroski is still the only payer to his a walk-off home run in game seven to win the World Series.
Here are a few additional collectibles celebrating Mazeroski’s epic blast.