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Recalling the 1961 NY Yankees

February 28, 2014

In 1961, a magnificent New York Yankees team left no doubt as to which was the best team.

They won the American League pennant fairly easily despite a fine Detroit Tigers’ team.

Next they won the World Series in five games from the Cincinnati Reds.

That year Roger Maris set a single season record with 61 home runs breaking Babe Ruth’s record. The great Mickey Mantle hit 54.

There was so much more as Elston Howard batted .348, while Edward “Whitey ” Ford broke Babe Ruth’s record for scoreless innings in the World Series.

Since two of Ruth’s records were broken some history books call 1961 a “bad year for the Babe.” Of course it attests to Ruth’s greatness as a player.

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