Bill Mazeroski was a defensive wizard. The 10-time All Star earned 8 Gold Glove Awards. He led the league’s second basemen in assists 9 times, double plays 8 times, putouts 5 times, and fielding percentage 3 times. Mazeroski still holds baseball’s career record for double plays by a second baseman.
Some criticize his election to Cooperstown based on his .260 average and low RBI total of 853. Maz sees it differently.
According to the Hall of Fame’s website, he said, “Over 17 years saving thousands of runs is like driving in thousands of runs. It’s the same thing. So, what’s the difference?”
The slick fielder did have one of baseball’s most memorable moments at bat. That came when his Pirates squared off against the heavily-favored Yankees in the 1960 World Series.
In the first six games New York outscored Pittsburgh 46-17. Despite this, the Pirates managed three wins. The decisive Game 7 was a seesaw affair. The Yankees led 7-4 heading into the Pirates half of the 8th.
Pittsburgh put up a five spot to lead 9-7. The Yankees answered with two runs in the 9th to tie the game.
Mazeroski led off the 9th and hit baseball’s first World Series winning walk off homer.
In the collection is this contract between World Series hero Bill Maeroski and Picture Pal. Maz, who signed the piece when writing in his name agrees to have his likeness represented with his facsimile signature. The two-sided contract is dated March 7, 1963.
trained with bill in the pirates camp 1960 at ss
Without that home run in 1960 he would never be in the hall of fame.
I hated him in 1960. His home run broke my Yankee loving heart. Then next spring the pirates came to Denver to play an exhibition game against the Denver Bears. I caught a foul ball off the bat of Mazeroski and he signed it for me after the game. He was approachable and friendly. I decided I liked him despite him beating my Yankees. And he was THE best second baseman in the majors for many years. Damn right he should be in the HOF.
He is the greatest defensive second baseman to ever play the game damn right he belongs in the Hall of Fame