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Encyclopedia > Bill Mazeroski
Bill Mazeroski
Second Baseman
Born: September 5, 1936 (1936-09-05) (age 70)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 7, 1956
for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Final game
October 4, 1972
for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
AVG     .260
Hits     2016
HR     138
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 7-time All-Star (1958-60, 1962 -64,1967)
  • 8-time National League Gold Glove winner 2B (1958, 1960-61, 1963-67)
  • In 1966 and 1967, Mazeroski and shortstop Gene Alley won two Gold Gloves, joining a select list of eight shortstop-second baseman duos have won the honor in the same season while playing together.
  • Finished 8th in National League MVP voting (1958)
  • Winner of the Babe Ruth Award for the 1960 World Series
  • Selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame (2001)
  • In an article in 1976 in Esquire magazine, sportswriter Harry Stein published an "All Time All-Star Argument Starter," consisting of five ethnic baseball teams. Mazeroski was the second baseman on Stein's Polish team.
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame
Elected     2001
Vote     Veterans Committee
Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
William "Bill" Stanley Mazeroski
"Maz"
Inducted as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates (9)
Year Inducted: 2001
First Year Eligible: 1978

William Stanley Mazeroski (born September 5, 1936 in Wheeling, West Virginia), nicknamed "Maz", and also called simply "The Glove" by radio broadcaster Bob Prince, is a former Major League Baseball player who spent his entire career (1956-72) with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He helped the Pirates to two World Series titles, in 1960 and 1971. The position of the second baseman Second base redirects here. ... September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... July 7 is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 177 days remaining. ... September 30 Chicago White Sox pitcher Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher in modern history to start a game. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the events of the year 1972 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers... September 30 Chicago White Sox pitcher Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher in modern history to start a game. ... The following are the events of the year 1972 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... The position of the shortstop Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... Leonard Eugene Alley (born July 10, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop who played his entire career for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1963-73). ... 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Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers... September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: The Friendly City Location in Ohio County in the State of West Virginia Coordinates: Settled 1769 Established 1806 Incorporated 1836  - Mayor Nick Sparachane  - City Manager Robert Herron  - Chief of Police Kevin Gessler, Sr. ... Robert F. Prince (July 1, 1916 - June 10, 1985) was an American radio and television sportscaster and commentator best known for his 28-year stint as the voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball club, with whom he earned the nickname “The Gunner” and became a Pittsburgh icon. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Bill Mazeroskis famous game-winning home run at Forbes Field to win the 1960 World Series The 1960 World Series was played between the Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) and New York Yankees (AL). ... The 1971 World Series matched the defending champion Baltimore Orioles against the Pittsburgh Pirates, with the Pirates winning in seven games. ...


Although considered one of the greatest defensive second basemen of his day, and overall an average hitter (lifetime batting average of .260), he is best known for winning the 1960 World Series with a game-ending home run in the seventh game. It remains the only Game 7 "walk-off" home run in World Series history. The position of the second baseman Second base redirects here. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Bill Mazeroskis famous game-winning home run at Forbes Field to win the 1960 World Series The 1960 World Series was played between the Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) and New York Yankees (AL). ... In baseball, a walk-off home run is a home run which ends the game. ...

Contents

Early Years

Bill Mazeroski attended Warren Consolidated High School in Tiltonsville, Ohio and excelled in both baseball and basketball. He started on the varsity baseball team as a freshman. Tiltonsville is a village located in Jefferson County, Ohio. ...


As a 17-year-old in 1954, Mazeroski signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team for which he would play his entire career. Originally signed as a shortstop, he was quickly moved to second base and made his Major League debut on July 7 1956. The following are the baseball events of the year 1954 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers... The position of the shortstop Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... The position of the second baseman A second baseman often ranges onto the outfield grass to field a ground ball A second baseman is the baseball player guarding second base. ... July 7 is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 177 days remaining. ... September 30 Chicago White Sox pitcher Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher in modern history to start a game. ...


Baseball Career

Montage of Mazeroski's World Series winning home run
Montage of Mazeroski's World Series winning home run

Mazeroski was noted for his defensive prowess and earned his first of eight Gold Glove Awards in 1958. He had a career .983 fielding percentage and led the National League in assists nine times, and holds the major league career record for double plays by a second baseman. Pirates broadcaster Bob Prince used to call him "The Glove". Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... The following are the events of the year 1958 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... Robert F. Prince (July 1, 1916 - June 10, 1985) was an American radio and television sportscaster and commentator best known for his 28-year stint as the voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball club, with whom he earned the nickname “The Gunner” and became a Pittsburgh icon. ...


Despite his defensive play often overshadowing his offensive contributions, Mazeroski had several fine offensive seasons. In 1958, he hit .275, hit 19 home runs (a career best) and had 68 RBIs and was considered for the MVP Award. In 1966 he knocked in 82, a career best. During his peak seasons (1957-68), he drove in more runs than any other middle infielder of the period. Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 20 - The Baseball Writers Association of America voters elect Ted Williams to the Hall of Fame. ...


In the 1960 World Series, Mazeroski hit a game-winning home run off New York Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry which won the series for Pittsburgh. It was the first time a World Series had ever been ended by a home run,[1] and has remained the defining event of Mazeroski's career. Ted Szafranski, 13 at the time, caught the famous Mazeroski home run ball. He gave it to Mazeroski in exchange for two cases of beer. The ball has since been placed in the Hall of Fame. Bill Mazeroskis famous game-winning home run at Forbes Field to win the 1960 World Series The 1960 World Series was played between the Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) and New York Yankees (AL). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Ralph Willard Terry (born on January 9, 1936 in Big Cabin, Oklahoma) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Yankees (1956-57, 1959-64), Kansas City Athletics (1957-59, 1966), Cleveland Indians (1965) and New York Mets (1966-67). ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ...


Hall of Fame selection

Mazeroski was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. Reading his prepared speech, he only got as far as thanking the Veterans Committee voters for choosing a player based largely on defensive skills (a rarity in the Hall), before becoming so emotional and teary-eyed that he had to stop, apologizing to those who "had to come all the way up here to hear this crap!" He then sat down, while the audience and his fellow Hall-of-Famers stood and gave Maz a loud and long ovation. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ...


Mazeroski's selection did not come without controversy. The veterans panel was revamped after charges of cronyism in electing Bill Mazeroski, and has since elected far fewer candidates. The committee itself was expanded from 15 members to include all living Hall of Famers, and now votes every other year.


Other Honors

Today, a portion of the brick left field wall from Forbes Field remains standing, along with a marker where the sudden-victory homer cleared the wall, as a historic monument on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Pittsburgh's Oakland District. Also, there is a softball diamond behind the wall, called Bill Mazeroski Field. Forbes Field was a Major League Baseball park in the Oakland neighborhood (or University District) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ...


Warren Consolidated High School has since joined other schools to form Buckeye Local High School in Rayland, Ohio. Buckeye Local honored him in 2003 naming their new baseball field after him and placing a monument behind home plate, near the road.


In 2004, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference honored Mazeroski by selecting him to the first class of honorees in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame. Mazeroski was introduced by veteran sports writer Rick DeLuca, a 1970 graduate of Maz's Warren Consolidated High School. Maz was inducted with a group that included former Boston Celtics great John Havilcek and former Olympic wrestler Bobby Douglas.


Mazeroski received a standing ovation on July 10, 2006 as he threw out the first pitch of the Home Run Derby that preceded the MLB All-Star game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... The Home Run Derby is an event played prior to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. ... PNC Park is a baseball stadium located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


Film Cameo

In a staged cameo appearance in the movie version of The Odd Couple, Mazeroski hit into a game-ending triple play at Shea Stadium, which sportswriter Oscar Madison was unable to watch, being distracted by an annoying phone call from Felix Ungar (right after sarcastically predicting to Heywood Hale Broun that the Mets still had a chance to win, that Maz might hit into a triple play). In reality, according to the Society for American Baseball Research, Mazeroski never hit into a triple play in his career, but was part of two triple plays as a fielder (in 1966 and 1968). The Odd Couple is a 1968 film written by Neil Simon, based on his play of the same name, and directed by Gene Saks. ... In baseball, a triple play (denoted by TP) is the act of making three outs during the same continuous play. ... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ... Oscar Madison is a character in The Odd Couple, which was a movie, a very successful television series, and eventually became a Broadway play. ... Felix Unger was one of the principal characters in Neil Simons play The Odd Couple. ... Heywood Hale Broun (March 10, 1918 – September 5, 2001 was an American sportswriter and commentator. ... SABR redirects here; for Selectable Assault Battle Rifle (S.A.B.R.) see XM29 OICW The Society for American Baseball Research was established in Cooperstown, New York in August of 1971. ...


The IMDB site for Mazeroski features this anecdote. The scene was actually filmed just prior to the start of a regular game at Shea on June 27, 1967 (as per another IMDB reference[1]), and Maz reported that he was given only 10 minutes to get it done: June 27 is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1967 throughout the world. ...

They had a guy out there pitching and he was throwing fastballs. I knew I had to hit a line drive to the third baseman. It only took two takes. The first pitch, I hit a line drive that went just foul. The second one, I hit a one-hopper right to third. He caught it, stepped on third, threw to second, threw to first, a triple play. Now that took talent!

Present Day

Bill serves as special infield instructor for the Pirates in spring training and is retired in Panama City, FL. He was also in a commercial for FSN Pittsburgh featuring former Pirates first baseman Sean Casey. Panama City is a city located in Bay County, Florida. ... The batter runs to first base. ...


Trivia

  • His son Darren is a retired junior college baseball coach.
  • Mazeroski also hit a home run that decided the outcome of Game One of the 1960 World Series. In the fourth inning, with Don Hoak on base, his shot off Jim Coates provided the deciding runs in a 6-4 victory.

Don Hoak (1950s) Donald Albert (Don) Hoak (born February 5, 1928 in Roulette, Pennsylvania - died October 9, 1969 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was a Major League Baseball player. ... Jim Coates (born James Alton Coates on August 4, 1932 in Farnham, Virginia) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. ...

See also

Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence were introduced in 1957. ...

External links

  • Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Baseball-Reference.com - Major league career statistics and analysis
  • BaseballLibrary - career highlights
  • The Baseball Page
  • IMDb biography
  • The Sporting News' Baseball's 25 Greatest Moments: Maz
Preceded by
Larry Sherry
Babe Ruth Award
1960
Succeeded by
Whitey Ford

  Results from FactBites:
 
Bill Mazeroski - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (669 words)
Bill Mazeroski attended Warren Consolidated High School in Tiltonsville, Ohio and excelled in both baseball and basketball.
Mazeroski was noted for his defensive prowess and earned his first of eight Gold Glove Awards in 1958.
Mazeroski was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.
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