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Dramatic Radio – “the Pirates win!” October 22, 2006

Posted by William Spear in >> Dramatic Radio.

In 1960, baseball’s World Series pitted the National League champions Pittsburgh Pirates against the American League winners New York Yankees. The Yankees, playing in their eighth World Series in the last ten, would out hit, out-score and out everything the Pirates but still manage to lose.

After six games, the series was tied at three. In the seventh game, Pittsburgh held an early 4-1 lead which was erased when the Yankees scored four runs in the sixth inning to take a 5-4 lead.

The lead went back and forth with New York tying the score at nine-to-nine in the top of the ninth inning. In the bottom of the ninth, New York’s Ralph Terry was pitching to Pittsburgh’s Bill Mazeroski. Chuck Thompson was on the microphone. On Terry’s second pitch, Thompson described the action:

“There’s a swing and a high fly ball going deep to left, this may do it! … Back to the wall goes Berra, it is … over the fence, home run, the Pirates win! … (long pause for crowd noise) … Ladies and gentleman, Bill Mazeroski has just hit a one-nothing pitch over the left field wall to win the 1960 World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates!”

Kudos to the Pirates and may radio continue to capture everyday drama in all of our lives.

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