Mazeroski Artifacts from the 1960 World Series
March 26 - May 4, 2014
Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
As the Pittsburgh Pirates begin their most anticipated season in more than 20 years, the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Senator John Heinz History Center is showcasing artifacts from one of the greatest moments in sports history – Bill Mazeroski’s ninth inning home run which beat the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series.
On loan from the Tull Family Collection, Mazeroski’s iconic Game 7 uniform and bat, which have never been on display locally with the exception of a short stint at PNC Park last September, is on view at the Sports Museum throughout the first month of the Pirates’ season, beginning Wed., March 26 through Thurs., May 1.
“We are thrilled that Pirates fans and visitors to the Heinz History Center will have an opportunity to see these important artifacts from the 1960 World Series,” said Thomas Tull, chairman and CEO of Legendary Entertainment and part of the Steelers ownership group. “With the excitement surrounding the current Pirates team, we felt the time was right to loan these objects to the History Center and hopefully educate a new generation of Pirates fans about this incredible moment in sports history.”
Mazeroski’s Pirates uniform and bronzed 35-inch Louisville Slugger bat is accompanied by several 1960 World Series items from the Sports Museum’s collection, including the pitching rubber from which New York Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry served up the historic round tripper to Maz, as well as the first base he touched before rumbling towards home plate alongside a crowd of jubilant Pirates fans at Forbes Field.
Also featured alongside the World Series artifacts is Dick Groat’s jersey from his 1960 Most Valuable Player season and a life-like museum figure of Mazeroski hitting the legendary home run.
Visitors to the 20,000 square-foot, two-floor Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum can see additional items from Pittsburgh’s storied baseball past, including game-used jerseys and equipment from Pirates Hall of Famers such as Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente, and Willie Stargell.