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If either Mantle or Maris hits 61 home runs this season, will he break Ruth's record? also battled each other for the home run title (Mantle won ) and at that time relations between the two became cool. . Babe Ruth's record will be broken, if not this year, then next. . The trusted voice in sports straight to your inbox. In , New York Yankees Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris both pursued Babe Ruth's single-season record for home runs. This article looks. The myth that an asterisk was used to denote that Roger Maris to show that Babe Ruth's record was set under a game schedule. “No asterisk,” he wrote, “has appeared in the official record in connection for that accomplishment. Donald Trump should know we've been here before: How a trusted.
Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris's Relationship During the Home Run Record Race of '61
The Yankee win streak ended the next day, as they lost to the Senators, but Maris hit his 43rd. Inside the magazine, a several-page story featured Mantle and Maris in separate photos, each swinging mightily for the fences. The odds were against Maris, but the combined probability of one or the other or both men breaking the record was in favor.
But behind the scenes, there was a high-stakes drama in play as well, and it was taking a toll on both hitters, especially Maris. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were much alike on one level, both coming from the Midwest, raised in working class families, with similar high school athletic stardom, and both marrying their high school sweethearts.
Yet, in terms of personality and lifestyle, they were quite different. Mantle was more outgoing and gregarious than Maris, and liked being in the limelight.
Though he played it humbly, Mantle really loved the media attention and he wanted the adulation. Mickey Mantle, a switch-hitter, showing his power from the right side of the plate, capable of 'distant shot' home runs of feet or more. Roger Maris was a line-drive power hitter with a long, smooth swing, and more of a contact hitter. Press Pressure Mantle had the benefit of 10 years experience in the New York fishbowl, and had learned quickly how and when to smile and what to say and not say to the press.
Even inon his way to the Triple Crown, as Mantle crossed the 50 home run threshold and was seen as a possible contender to the Ruth home run record, fans and press jumped on him as the undeserving soul and threat to the Ruth legacy.
Now, Maris was getting the treatment full bore — fans jeering and booing him, receiving threatening mail and telegrams, and followed by a constant throng of press at his every turn.
Yet this attitude often made the press go after him all the more. In his book, OctoberDavid Halberstam would write of Maris in the latter months of the home run race: The Yankees, completely unprepared for the media circus, gave him no help, offered him no protection, and set not guidelines. They let him, stubborn, suspicious and without guile, hang out there alone, utterly ill prepared for this ordeal; they never gave him a press officer to serve as a buffer between him and the media, or even set certain times when he would deal with the reporters, so what it would not be a constant burden.
They did not filter requests, or tell him who he might trust and whom he might not or which requests were legitimate and which were trivial. Under all this pressure, Maris grew more and more irritable. He found that he could go nowhere without a phalanx of journalists….
Maris and Cerv had in effect, rescued Mantle from his more freewheeling lifestyle and Times Square hangovers, when he lived downtown at the St.
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Sure, Mantle and Maris were competitors in the home run race, but they were also friends despite significant lifestyle differences. And as a pair of New York Yankees hitting home runs, they were very good for the business of baseball, and not only in New York. As the Yankees went on the road to other cities, record crowds began coming out, but not to see their home teams.
Radio audiences for Yankee games were also up. Roger Maris, in particular, continued his hot-hitting through August, as Mantle went cold for a time. Maris became the first player in history to hit 50 home runs by the end of August. On August 26, in a game on the road against Kansas City, Maris hit s 51st. But when the boys went hitless, as they did on August 27th, the headlines would note that too.
On August 30th and 31st, Mantle got back on track, hitting home runs Nos. For the month of August, Maris had hit 11 and Mantle 9. On September 1st with the start of a critical three-game series with the Detroit Tigers, who were only one-and-a-half games behind the Yankees in the pennant race, Maris led the home run race with 51, while Mantle stood at Both Maris and Mantle went hitless in the first game of the Detroit series, each going 0-for Then, on September 2nd, against the Tigers, before a Yankee Stadium crown of 50, Maris hit two home runs — Nos.
That made him the first Yankee to hit 53 in a season, after Ruth.
But he kept playing. The following day against the Senators, Maris added his 54th. At this point, the combined total of home runs hit by Maris and Mantle,eclipsed the previous record set by a pair of teammates — Ruth 60 and Gehrig 47 at —set back in Mantle would hit his 50th home run in the same game in the 9th inning.
On September 14th, after the Yankees had dropped a doubleheader to the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Mickey Mantle, who had gone hitless in both games, made a surprising statement after the game.
I figure if I could have hit a couple here in the Chicago doubleheader I might have been able to do it. Mickey Mantle, frustrated at first base after grounding into a force play during Chicago game, afterwhich he would assess his HR record chances as poor, but he then had an infected hip. Mantle had been waylaid with what was variously reported as a virus, head cold, and upper respiratory infection that had lingered for some time, affecting his performance.
Still, Mantle continued to play, though not at his best. In the Detroit series, September 16th and 17th, and he hit a couple of long balls that almost made it out.
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The game itself would go into extra innings, until the top of the 12th when Maris hit his 58th homer of the season — a two-run blast — giving the Yanks a victory. Maris would have three RBIs that day while Mantle struggled, going hitless in four at bats. By the time the Yankees traveled to Baltimore for a three-game series, September thru, Mantle only made one appearance as a pinch hitter. The next day in Boston, Mantle went hitless, and the day after that he could only play one inning.
On the plane ride back from Boston, Mantle, still feeling under the weather, spoke with Yankee announcer Mel Allen who said he knew a doctor who could fix him up — an infamous physician, it turns out, named Max Jacobson.
Jacobson, popular for a time with celebrities and even President John F. Mantle received one of Dr. By September 28th, Mantle was taken to the hospital where he was treated for an infected hip, as doctors excised and packed the abscess. Mantle and Maris, with 37 and 36 home runs apiece, are currently running about 20 games ahead of the pace Ruth set in Mantle hit his 37th home run in the Yankees' 92nd game.
Ruth did not hit his 37th until the Yankees' th game. Such comparisons with Ruth's pace have always been deceptive, however, since Ruth hit so many of his home runs late in the season. After games of the season, Ruth had hit only 40 home runs, but in his last 32 games he hit 20, 17 of them in September. Gehrig finished with Any serious challenger must go into September with a cushion. Schumaker, having his 1-for-4 every night would produce about 40 runs for the year.
Pujols, who once created runs in a season, created this year, ninth in the league. Would you not say that runs created does a better job of assessing how good Pujols and Schumaker were in that game than runs and RBIs? Because of circumstances beyond the control of either player, Schumaker turned out to have a greater effect on the outcome of that one game. But Pujols was the better player that night, by far.
That effect works over a whole season or career. Those runs scored and RBI totals are not a great measure of the quality of a player. You have to be a good player to get a lot of runs and RBIs, because you have to play a lot and you have to get on base and drive guys in.
But how many runs and RBIs you pile up is largely dependent on what your teammates do. A guy in a great lineup can get RBIs, and a guy in a lousy lineup can be a much better player and only get Who played under more pressure than Maris? How about Hank Greenberg? Or maybe Mickey Mantle, who was chasing Ruth the same year Maris was, and for much of the year looked more likely to break the record. My point here is: An objective approach would be to ask: What did he accomplish on the field?
Maris was exactly as good as he was. How difficult it was for him to be that good has nothing to do with how good he was. And yes, I cite the contributions to the team requirement and then call World Series titles irrelevant for the exact same reason.
The stats I like to cite, WAR and runs created, measure contributions to the team. A player can make tremendous contributions to a lousy team, after all. Nobody made more contributions to a National League team with a bat this year than Matt Kemp, and his team was not very good.
They had more good players than anybody else.