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Events and Discoveries of the Week
October 10, 1960
THE SERIES
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October 10, 1960

Events And Discoveries Of The Week

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THE SERIES

Governor David Lawrence of Pennsylvania refused to skip the World Series to go politicking with Vice-presidential Candidate Lyndon Johnson. Whereupon Johnson canceled his Pennsylvania trip. This is one of the smaller disturbances caused by that annual phenomenon, the World Series. One of the larger ones is going on, day and night, in Pittsburgh. Offers of $100 each for tickets are being turned down. A Pittsburgh sportswriter called friends on the Chicago Daily News to ask if they could fix him up with a ticket. The only groups in town satisfied with arrangements are the judiciary and the crooks. The courts are closing at noon during the Series, because almost every Pittsburgh judge has a ticket.

For the unticketed, there are special blessings in the form of super-duper newspaper and radio-TV coverage. Yogi Berra is covering for Hearst. A kindly sportswriter agreed to dot Yogi's i's and cross his t's. The Pittsburgh Press is using Dick Groat and Vernon Law; Press Writer Les Biederman is doing both columns. This gives Groat time to do a nightly radio analysis of each game, and maybe to play a little shortstop.

The Rotary Club of Kansas City ordered six television sets for its meeting this week, and the guest speaker will be told to sit down and shut up. If the Series goes seven games, two guest speakers will be told to sit down and shut up.

At Shawnee Mission North High School in Kansas, the games are being piped into classrooms in an attempt to improve the students' health. In years past, flu epidemics have hit the school at World Series time. A similar step has been taken at the Pittsburgh post office to improve the health of the employees' grandmothers.

Betting has been restrained, bookmakers report. Before the first game, the Pirates were sentimental favorites, but betting them was to ignore (or sneer down) the Yankees' winning streak at season's end (see below). Maury Schwartz, a Las Vegas odds-maker and bon vivant, noted that New York held strong at 7-to-5 favorites, but "the bookmakers are jittery about it." Explained Schwartz:

"I think some group in the East made these prices; they don't reflect the true situation. Over the past 10 or 12 years the Yanks have always been able to come up with a rally. But the Yankee players are big moguls sitting in overstuffed chairs with big cigars in their mouths. The Pirates are hungry. I personally expect them to take the Series in from five to seven games." You should remember you heard it from Maury.

THE EDGE

In the last of the ninth, Ken Hunt beat out a beautiful backspinning bunt. The crowd began the rhythmic clapping. Then Dale Long hit the fifth pitch on a flat arc into the right-field bullpen, and the crowd roared its appreciation as it tumbled toward the exits. The Yanks had beaten Boston 8-7 to close out the season with a 15-game winning streak, longest pennant-winning finish in history.

How did it feel to be riding a giddy wave into the World Series? Catcher-Coach Jim Hegan, mindful of baseball superstition, said he "almost wished we'd lost one," and Casey Stengel was scornful. "Psychological edge?" snorted Case. "If their pitchers don't curve and if they're wild, if they don't play as well as we do, then we got the edge."

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