Although Bill Mazeroski has long been widely regarded as the all-time defensive gold-standard at the second base position, he is best remembered for his championship clinching homerun in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 7 at Forbes Field in the 1960 World Series. He played his entire 17 season career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1956-1972), and during those years he was the premier 2nd baseman in the National League. He played in 10 All-Star games, totaled 2016 hits, 138 homeruns, 853 RBIs, hit for a .260 average, and was an 8 time Gold Glove winner. He holds the game’s record for career double-plays at the position (1,706), leading the NL 8 times in that category, finished with a lifetime .983 fielding pct., and is a shining example of how important defense is in the game. He was a key member of Pirates’ World Championship teams in 1960 and 1971, and NL East pennant winners in 1970 & ’72.
In 1987, his #9 was retired by the Pirates, and he was elected to Cooperstown via Veteran’s Committee in 2001. In 2010, the Pirates honored “Maz” with a statue depicting his famous homerun outside of PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
December 3, 2016
Mt. Pleasant, PA