Two weeks before the changing of a New Year, on December 15, 1960 the Cincinnati Reds traded long-time Cincinnati fans favorite Roy McMillan to the Milwaukee Braves for a pair of All Star pitchers, Joey Jay and Juan Pizarro
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1960 Braves and Reds Season Summary and baseball players review
The Milwaukee Braves took some time to adjust in 1959 to new manager Charlie Dressen, the former Dodger skipper. The Braves started the 1960 season fast and a July surge carried them into first place, however, the team slipped back to the runner-up spot for the second straight year. The Milwaukee offense slipped slightly, as reflected by their twin sluggers, outfielder Hank Aaron (.292, 40 HRs, 126 RBIs) and third baseman Eddie Mathews (.277, 39 HRs, 124 RBIs); Aaron paced the NL in RBIs and total bases (334), first baseman Joe Adcock (.298) added 25 HRs and 91 RBIs, and outfielder Bill Bruton (.286) rebounded to lead the loop in runs (112) and triples (13).
Braves pitchers Warren Spahn (21-10, 3.50) and Lew Burdette (19-13, 3.36) each posted a no-hitter against the same team—the Philadelphia Phillies. Spahn and Burdette shared the league lead in complete games (18) with Pittsburgh’s Law, and Spahn tied Ernie Broglio of the Cardinals for the lead in wins.
The Cincinnati Reds got robust hitting from first baseman Frank Robinson (.297, 31 HRs) and center fielder Vada Pinson (.287, 20 HRs). Robinson led the NL in slugging (.595), while Pinson led in doubles (37) and finished second in triples (12, tied with Mays), stolen bases (32), and hits (187). Billy Martin, the former trouble maker for the Yankees, was playing for Cincinnati in 1960, and Martin severely injured Los Angeles relief pitcher Jim Brewer by “sneak-punching” him in the eye during an on-field brawl. Bob Purkey (17-11, 3.60) was the top Reds hurler, while reliever Jim Brosnan (7-2, 2.36) led the bullpen crew.
Roy McMillan, an endless hustling shortstop, broke into the majors with the Reds back in 1951, and had an outstanding rookie season. The 1952 Edition of Who's Who in Baseball Magazine selected Roy McMillan as a Freshman Leader, joining rookie centerfielder Willie Mays, catcher Ebba St. Claire, first baseman Dee Fondy, and pitchers Bob Friend and Tom Poholsky. From 1952 thru this trade in December of 1960, Roy McMillan was penciled into almost every Reds starting lineup at shortstop. A consistent bats man, he was tough for pitcher to strike out. In a career spanning 16 seasons, the right-handed hitting Roy McMillan struck out just 711 times, walked 665 in 6,752 at bats, and that's a good piece of hitting. Outstanding as a bunter and very capable at advance the base runner with the hit-and-run.
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Joey Jay pitched briefly with the Milwaukee Braves and mostly in the minors every season from 1953-1957. In 1958 Joey Jay was inserted into the Braves starting rotation and did a very capable job, 7-5 w/l with a stingy 2.14 ERA, completed 6 of 12 starts, including 3 complete game shutouts and relieved in 6 others. In 1959 he was 6-11, in 1960 he was 11-9, and then was traded to the Reds in this deal. Pitching for Cincinnati, Joey Jay became one of the National League's most dominate mound stars. He rang up back-to-back career years, leading the league in wins with a 21-10 record with a 3.53 ERA and the nexy year posted a 21-14 mark with a 3.76 record for the 1961 pennant winning Reds. In the 1961 World Series vs the Damn Yankees, Joey Jay won Game 2 with a complete game 6-2 victory, then got battered in Game 5 which the Reds lost 13-5. The New Yorker won the Series 4 games to 1. Joey Jay pitched for the Reds until mid-1966 then spent the rest of his final major league season with Atlanta.
Juan Pizarro debuted into the major leagues with Milwaukee Bravesin 1957 after going 23-6 for Jacksonville in the Southern League, recording 318 strikeouts in only 274 innings pitched. But he couldn’t break into the starting rotation. Sent down to Louisville in 1959, he responded with a 1-0 no-hitter against Charleston on June 16, 1959. Listen up fans! Juan Pizarro threw a fastball near 98 mph and when it zoomed over home plate was like a blur.
In 1960 he was traded in this trade to the Reds and on the same dealt to the White Sox for third baseman Gene Freese.
For the White Sox he was a two-time All Star and pitched two two-hitters in 1962. In 1964 Juan Pizarro notched a 19-9 record.
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|Roy McMillan |
|Birthdate: ||7/17/1929 |
|Died: ||11/2/1997 |
|Height / Weight: ||5' 11" / 170 lbs. |
|Place of Birth: ||Bonham, TX, USA |
|Bats / Throws: ||R / R |
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|Juan Pizarro |
|Birthdate: ||2/7/1937 |
|Height / Weight: ||5' 11" / 190 lbs. |
|Place of Birth: ||Santurce, , P.R. |
|Bats / Throws: ||L / L |
130-104 career record, a 3.45 ERA from 1957-1973
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