Bill Mazeroski’s Pirates uniform and bat from Game 7 of the 1960 World Series have been donated to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum where they are now part of a display.
On Oct. 13, 1960, Mazeroski led off the bottom of the ninth inning and smashed the historic home run over the left field wall at Forbes Field, lifting the Pirates to a 10-9 victory over the New York Yankees to clinch their third World Series championship. Mazeroski’s blast remains the only walk-off Game 7 home run in World Series history.
Long-time sports memorabilia collector Thomas Tull, founder of the Tull Investment Group and part of the Steelers’ ownership group, purchased the items for nearly $1 million when they were sold at auction a few years ago.
“With the excitement surrounding Pirates baseball in recent years, we felt the time was right to donate these objects to the History Center and educate a new generation of Pirates fans about this incredible moment in sports history,” Tull stated.
Mazeroski’s Pirates uniform and bronzed 35-inch Louisville Slugger bat join several 1960 World Series items in the Sports Museum’s baseball exhibit, including the Forbes Field pitching rubber from which Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry served up the homer, as well as a life-like figure of Mazeroski hitting it.
The museum is part of the Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz History Center. The bat and uniform are on view in the History Center’s fourth floor Special Collections Gallery.
Visitors to the Sports Museum can see additional items from Pittsburgh’s baseball past, including game-used jerseys and equipment from Pirates Hall of Famers such as Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente, and Willie Stargell, along with a special section dedicated to the region’s Negro League Baseball history.
At the unveiling event for the 1960 World Series artifacts, Heinz History Center President and CEO Andy Masich announced a campaign to raise $3 million for the expansion of the museum, which will start this year and conclude by 2020.
The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is included with regular admission to the Heinz History Center.