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Skinner's Single Wins It as Pirates Top Hapless Mets, 6-5

June 27, 1962 - A single over third base by Bob Skinner in the tenth inning gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 6-5 victory over the Mets today in a taut, 3-hour contest at Forbes Field. Eclipsed were fine Met performances: a strong effort by Roger Craig (right), the losing pitcher; Richie Ashburn’s 2,500th base hit; and Frank Thomas’s 14th home run. Ashburn became the 39th major leaguer to make 2,500 or more hits. He was on base with No. 2,501, a single (as was No. 2,500), when Thomas blasted his first homer since May 25th. But the early-arriving crowd of 12,468 was not prepared for so close a game after the Pirates had easily swept the first 2 games of this 3-game series. They had come early to see the Tiny Twist, a dancing contest for youngsters under 12 years old, on a wooden strip between second and third bases.


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