A World-Class Celebration

Yesterday was a special day for fans of Pittsburgh sports.  The world turned its eyes to Pittsburgh as the city celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Pirates’ 1960 World Series victory over the New York Yankees.  More than a dozen Pirates alumni came to Pittsburgh to be part of the festivities, which kicked off yesterday morning in Schenley Plaza.  A sidewalk plaque honoring Bill Mazeroski, who hit the game-winning home run, was unveiled near the Forbes Field wall by Richard Reed of the Parks Conservancy and Frank Coonelly of the Pirates.  Then it was over to the wall for a special program by the Game 7 Gang, who introduced players to the thousand or so people who turned out to listen to the radio broadcast of the game. 

Following the broadcast, the players made their way to PNC Park for a 1960 Victory Gala in their honor.  The event, which benefited the Parks Conservancy and Pirates Charities, raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars and provided Pirate fans with an evening full of memories.  Among the special treats was a sneak preview of the recently-unearthed video footage of Game 7, including postgame interviews with the ecstatic players and staff.  Thanks so much to Major League Baseball for providing this footage; we can’t wait to see the full game when it’s broadcast on the MLB Network in December!

Some photos from the day are below.  You can also see more news coverage and photos at the following links:

- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: A half-century later, it’s still the Pirates’ day
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Game 7 ‘still feels like it happened yesterday’
- USA TODAY: Pirates’ Bill Mazeroski: 50 years later, shot still echoes
- Yahoo! Sports: Pittsburgh celebrates 1960 World Series victory
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: 1960 Victory Gala Photos
- Whirl Magazine: Victory Gala Photos

A close-up look at the sidewalk plaque.

Sidewalk plaque

Bill Mazeroski signs autographs at Schenley Plaza.

Bill Mazeroski

Richard Reed, Executive Vice President of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Bill Mazeroski, and Frank Coonelly, President of the Pittsburgh Pirates, at the plaque unveiling.

Plaque unveiling

A representative from Councilman Shields’ office proclaims it 1960 World Series Day in the City of Pittsburgh.

Council proclamation

“Raise your hand if you actually went to Game 7!”

Game 7 attendees

The 1960 players gather at the Forbes Field wall before the Game 7 Gang introduces them to fans.

Alumni

We got some fun photos of some of the players as they greeted the crowd.  First up, Bob Friend:

Bob Friend

Dick Groat:

Dick Groat

Vernon Law:

Vernon Law

Bill Mazeroski:

Bill Mazeroski

Bob Oldis:

Bob Oldis

Hal Smith:

Hal Smith

Several couples attending the celebration met on the day of the game and were celebrating their own special anniversaries.

Couples

Folks turned out in their Pirates gear and with many souvenirs:

Pirate gear

The amount of Pirates memorabilia on display at this event every year is pretty astonishing.

Pirate memorabilia

The nighttime gala took place on the field at PNC Park.  At right is Parks Conservancy President and CEO Meg Cheever, who shared that her favorite part of the 1960 pep rally ticket was the phrase “Everybody welcome.”  Because, as she said, isn’t that what parks are all about?

PNC Park

The players watch themselves being interviewed by Bob Prince on the postgame show of the 1960 World Series.

Pirate alumni

Photos by Mary Jane Bent and Melissa McMasters.