No worries now, either. The lowly Pirates have not prevailed in a World Series since 1925.
But the finale, in Forbes Field, is a wild affair all afternoon long. Trailing 7-4 going into the bottom of the eighth, Pittsburgh puts together a five-run inning to lead 9-7. In the ninth, Mickey Mantle's single scores Bobby Richardson, Yogi Berra's infield smash plates Gil McDougald and the game is knotted 9-9.
Enter Bill Mazeroski, the Pirates' lead-off man in the ninth. Tapping the dirt off his spikes with his bat, he turns to Yogi Berra and says: "It's over. I'm gonna hit it out."
"It's not over 'til it's over," Berra answers.
"Over," Mazeroski repeats. "Out-and-out over. As soon as it's out, it's over."
"What're you doing when the game's over?" Berra asks.
"Going out," Mazeroski answers. "Over dinner, gonna work out my new contract. If I don't get over $25,000, I'm out."
"Yer gonna be out if you don't get this at-bat over," the umpire interjects.
"Okay, tell him to throw one over, and I'll put it out."
"It's not out 'til it's out," Berra says.
After taking ball one from the Yanks' Ralph Terry, the second baseman gets a slider at the letters. Before Berra can snatch it away, Mazeroski swings, connects and pulls the pitch out toward the vine-covered left-center-field wall. Just like that, it's out. And it's over.
So is America's love affair with a game. Welcome to Bergen County, folks. Stay a while.
By all accounts, the public ecstasies that ruled Fort Collins this weekend in the wake of the Rams' shocking 21-16 upset of sixth-ranked Arizona were fueled by hops and malt aplenty. Those students who didn't show up for Animal Husbandry 201 after their revels should be forgiven: They were eating Advils and chuckling about the Sports Illustrated jinx.
Simply put, this is the greatest moment in Colorado State's embattled football history. The Rams are 6-0 this season, having knocked off mighty Brigham Young in Provo and taken the sting out of the Desert Swarm in Tucson. CSU's number-thirteen ranking in the new Associated Press football poll represents a ten-slot jump from last week.
Forget it, Notre Dame. You're number seventeen. Get lost, Syracuse. You're eighteen. Boomer Sooner? Twenty-two. Rose Bowl winners Wisconsin? Twenty-three. Never have the Rams breathed such rarefied air.
In fact, as CSU reloads to face Texas-El Paso Saturday at Hughes Stadium, only one thing sticks in the craw: The undefeated Colorado Buffs may have sleepwalked through their win over lowly Missouri Saturday, but they're ranked number four in that AP poll.
In a fair world, the Rams and Buffs would smash horns this season. And CSU, long the poor relative, would finally get a real chance to cast out its old demons.
Alas, drinking beer, beating Utah and winning the Holiday Bowl will have to do this autumn on College Avenue.