Bill Mazeroski - 1960 World Series hero

April 01, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

PGP-MAZ5-06PGP-MAZ5-06Former Pittsburgh Pirates great Bill Mazeroski clutches his bronzed plaque after being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY Aug. 5, 2001. PGP-MAZ5-06

I was watching the replay of the 1960 World Series last night, and wow! What an awesome moment with the walk-off homer by the Pittsburgh Pirates Bill Mazeroski to defeat the New York Yankees in the bottom of the ninth during Game 7.


I have photographed "Maz" numerous times over the years. Whether it was spring training, PNC Park, the statue, or the 1960 World Series radio replay they do every year at the remnants of the Forbes Field walI. However, this day sticks out the most as I was fortunate enough to be assigned to cover his Hall of Fame induction August, 2001 for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 


Everyone knew it was going to be a tear-jerker kind of day for "Maz" as he accepted his plaque. He choked up and became very emotional as he gave his acceptance speech and his feelings could be felt by everyone at Cooperstown that day in the very hot sun. It seems like everyone there was either wet from sweat or tears.


Thank you Maz for that momentous home run, and I cannot wait until the Pirates have their next post-season hero. Now, we just need to Play Ball!


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