This is a continuing series of “Random Recaps” I started in January. The basic format is a brief summary of the game, the lineup with their stats, odds and ends from articles from The NY Times and The Sporting News coverage, and a brief note on how the season ended for the Giants.
To determine the random game I use Research Randomizer.
Random Recap, August 4, 1960
Game 99 of 154
SF 8, PHL 7
Sandwiched in between a three-game and a six-game losing streak, this Giants victory at Connie Mack Stadium featured a seven run comeback. The Phillies treated starter Jack Sanford unkindly, knocking the six-foot righty out in the second inning. Johnny Antonelli came on in relief and struck out Pancho Herrera, but the pitch was wild. With the sacks full, Tony Gonzalez drove in the sixth and seventh runs.
Down 7-1, the Giants plated single runs in the third and fifth before exploding for five in the seventh inning. Willie Mays kept the rally going when he jarred the ball out of catcher Clay Dalrymple’s mitt. The highlight blow came off the bat of pinch-hitter Willie McCovey who belted a two-out triple that drove home the tying and eventual winning run. The 8-7 score stood up as Georges Miranda (2 1/3 IP) and Stu Milller (1/3 IP) held the Phillies scoreless.
Giants Lineup Games Played in 1960 and OPS +
Don Blasingame 2B 136 70
Felipe Alou RF 106 99
Willie Mays CF 153 164
Jim Marshall 1B 75 90
Orlando Cepeda LF 151 135
Jim Davenport 3B 112 87
Hobie Landreth C 71 79
Willie McCovey ph 101 130
Andre Rodgers SS 81 92
Bob Schmidt C 110 95
Regulars Who Did Not Play
Eddie Bressoud SS 116 86
Willie Kirkland OF 146 114
Odds and Ends:
The annual poll of baseball writers published in The Sporting News tabbed the Giants to win the pennant. SF got 131 votes out of 266. Milwaukee was second with 88 and LA 34. The additions of Don Blasingame at second and pitchers Billy Loes and Billy O’Dell were noted as improvements.
Wondering if Jones, Antonelli, Sanford and Miller had pitched themselves out in the ’59 race, and noting a lack of bench strength, The Sporting News’ J.G. Taylor Spink picked San Francisco third behind Milwaukee and LA.
Connie Mack Stadium/Shibe Park opened in 1909 and was the first all concrete and steel stadium in the majors (ballparks.com)
Tom Sheehan had taken over as manager on June 18.
In the first three games at Philadelphia, all losses, the Giants stranded 29 runners.
The Giants home attendance, 1,795,356 (23,623 average) broke the previous franchise record of 1,600,793 in 1947 and was the highest until 1987’s 1,917,863 (24,277).
Sanford started the first game of the series and was chased in the fifth.
From The Sporting News:
Bob Stevens wrote a small piece about the Giants pitching woes. From August 2 to August 7, the Phillies and Pirates scored 27 runs against them when the situation was two outs.
How did the season end for the Giants?
This win put the Giants at 51 and 46, seven games behind the Pirates and in fifth place. They lost six in a row afterwards and never kicked it in. The offense was there (106 OPS+) but the pitching, a strength in ’59, was just average (101 AERA). Struggling with control, Sanford dipped to a 3.82 ERA (league average 3.76) The fielding and bullpen also appear to have been weak spots.
NY Times via ProQuest
The Sporting News via paperofrecord.com
Total Baseball VII, John Thorn
The Baseball Encyclopedia by Pete Palmer and Gary Gillette