|Bill Mazeroski is best known for his dramatic home run that beat the New York Yankees in the Pirates’ 1960 World Series’ upset. His homer leading off the 9th inning in Game 7, gave the Pirates a 10-9 victory over the Yankees.
Mazeroski, a great fielding second baseman, was elected to baseball’s select group of Hall of Famers on March 7 2001.
Bill Mazeroski captured eight Gold Gloves and still holds the single season and career records for double plays. He had a .260 career batting average, lined 138 homers with 853 RBIs. From 1957-1967, he led all middle infielders with 714 RBIs and 7 years in a 10 year period he led all major league 2nd baseman in RBIs.
After the voting for the Hall of Fame Bill Mazeroski said, 'You can hit so many home runs and not play defense and still get into the Hall of Fame. But you can play defense and you still have to hit home runs. I think I saved as many runs as those guys drove in. That helps win games, and that is what we’re all about; winning baseball games.'
Bill Mazeroski stats: .260 BA, 294 doubles, 62 Ts,, 138 Hr, 769 Runs, 853 RBIs, 447 Walks, 706 Ks, 2,016 hits, 7735 at bats in 2,163 games, .302 on base pct, .983 fielding pct.