Sixty years ago at 3:36 pm on the afternoon of Oct. 13, 1960, Bill Mazeroski of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the only Series-ending home run in World Series history.
The Pirates’ star pitcher that year, and winner of the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in baseball, was Vern Law — who, as every youngster who read the sports pages then knew, was a Latter-day Saint who didn’t drink or smoke or curse.
I was an 11-year-old Pirates fan then. Reading recent accounts of the game, I’m pleased to learn that Mr. Law is still alive, in his 90s.
Many Pirates fans of a certain age will remember that moment by lifting a cold drink. I will, too.
But in Vern Law’s honor, it will be nonalcoholic.
Mamaroneck, New York