Judge David Johnson's greatest game was last week in a furious bout of Old Maid. He was dominant.
The names are stunning: Mantle. Maris. Berra. That's the 1960 Yankees squad for you, a team of mega-stars that was rolling through the post-season with a robust batting average and a pile of hits. Their foe in the World Series was the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team they were outscoring 46-17.
Yet here they were, locked in a Game 7, winner-take-all, Series finale at Forbes Field and the game would prove to be an offensive onslaught, as each team traded gaudy innings, leading to a 9-9 tie in the bottom the ninth. Then a guy named Bill Mazeroski steps up to the plate and goes ahead and makes history, which should have been evident to everyone watching the game because his surname is so easy to abbreviate and turn into an awesome sports moniker.
Anyway—fantastic game, perhaps the greatest Game 7 in World Series history. Seamheads are welcome to correct me, but at least this has to be somewhere in the upper echelon. Between the legends on the field and the storybook drama that played out on the diamond this was truly a contest worthy of the "Baseball's Greatest Games" label. Another bonus: the action and big plays are spread out through the game, so you can be assured that you won't have to trudge through seven scoreless innings until you get to the good stuff.
The footage in Baseball's Greatest Games: 1960 World Series Game 7 is unearthed from the MLB archives and, truthfully, is about as shaky as you can imagine. Obviously there are no better options but you should just know going in that the image can get scratchy and the audio suffers from frequent imperfections. It doesn't make anything unwatchable and, really, adds to the nostalgia of the release. Full frame black-and-white, 2.0 stereo, no extras, but it all feels authentic. The post-game locker room interviews help, too.
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