1960 Opening Day: Tigers at Indians

ReverseTheCurseReversing the Curse of Rocky Colavito: Game 1

By Brian Mesenger

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Rocky Colavito: 0-for-4 in opener, but reached twice on Tigers errors

Fitting in a world where the trade of Rocky Colavito for Harvey Kuehn has been reversed, returning the Indians power hitter to Cleveland, the 1960 season opened with Kuenn back in a Tigers uniform, leading off game one in his once-and-no-longer-future home Cleveland Municipal Stadium against Gary Bell.

Kuenn hit the first pitch of the ballgame to shortstop Woodie Held for an easy out.

Colavito, meanwhile, reached base in his first at bat of the new year, hitting a dribbler in front of the plate that Detroit catcher Norm Sherry threw down the first-base line for an error. Colavito finished 0-for-4 on the day, reaching base again with two outs in the ninth inning on another error – this time by Tigers shortstop Coot Veal.

The Indians had the tying run at first with Vic Power at the plate, but Jim Bunning got the Tribe first basemen to fly out weakly to right field, completing a 2-hit shutout win for the Tigers ace.

Bell also pitched shutout ball through seven innings, hanging in there despite some control problems that led to six walks. Bob Grim lost the game in relief, allowing both runs after coming on in the eighth inning. An sacrifice fly by Ozzie Virgil plated the first run, then Bunning helped his own cause with a two-out, RBI single.

1960 opener


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