1962 Pittsburgh Pirates
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The '62 Pirates represented the last gasp of the team that won the 1960 World Series. The starting lineup was exactly the same, and the main pitchers were virtually the same with the exception of starters Earl Francis and Al McBean. The team was still pretty good -- the 93 wins were only two less than the pennant-winning squad of '60. But the record was somewhat deceptive. The '62 Bucs were 29-7 against the two expansion teams, the Mets and Colt '45s. Against the rest of the league they were 64-61.
Pirates management sensed the magic was gone and executed a series of trades in November 1962 that sent shortstop Dick Groat to St. Louis, first baseman Dick Stuart to Boston, and third baseman Don Hoak to Philadelphia. Outfielder Bob Skinner was shipped out as well soon after the start of the '63 season. The moves mostly backfired, as the Pirates fell to a distant 8th place in '63. The one positive result was that Skinner's trade opened space for a young, future Hall of Famer named Willie Stargell.
The '62 Bucs might have been in better shape if not for a rare off-season by Roberto Clemente, whose .312 batting average with 10 HRs was decent but far below his '61 production. The best performance on the team came from relief pitcher Elroy Face (8-7, 28 saves, 1.88 ERA).