14. Frick spoils race. Mantle and Maris red-hot

29m | Jul 26, 2021

As the nation became riveted on the home run race between the Yankees's Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris to see if they would break Babe Ruth's single-season home run mark, commissioner Ford Frick tried to spoil the occasion. So much for marketing. Frick, who once was Ruth's ghost writer, said the record would have to be broken in 154 games - the length of the seasons when Ruth played - and not the expanded 162 game season. The decision did not sit well with Yankees manager Ralph Houk or the media.

As for Mantle and Maris, they were surging as they moved well ahead of Ruth's pace, blasting one home run after another. Meanwhile, the Yankees and Tigers continued their torrid American League pennant race, while the Dodgers were giving the first place Reds a run for their money in the National League.

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