Maz thanks skipper with Series winning homer

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:31 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Oct. 13, 1960

Danny Murtaugh, the Pittsburgh Pirates' manager, played Cupid when he introduced Bill Mazeroski, his bashful second baseman, to Mazeroski's future wife. Maz says thank you to Murtaugh today when he hits the only home run that ends a World Series Game 7.

It doesn't look as if the Pirates will need any heroics from Mazeroski when they score five runs in the eighth inning, the final three on Hal Smith's homer, to take a 9-7 lead over the Yankees. But New York rallies for two runs in the ninth, with some elusive base running by Mickey Mantle at first base allowing the tying run to score.

In the bottom of the inning, the leadoff batter is Mazeroski, who hit 11 homers during the season and whose two-run homer in the Series opener helped the Pirates to a 6-4 victory. Maz gains more than his 15 minutes of fame when he bashes a drive over the left-field wall off Ralph Terry. It gives the Pirates their first world championship in 35 years even though they are outscored 55-27 in the seven games.