11. Yankees reach first; Maris on homer binge27m | Jun 20, 2021
For the first time in 1961 the New York Yankees reached first place, albeit a short-lived stay. But Roger Maris was on fire hitting home runs everywhere he played. Not to be outdone, Mickey Mantle started to belt some round-trippers, after a home run drought, as the Yankees seemed to be turning things around.
Would the New York surge continue? New York was about to embark on a five city road trip that would keep them away from Yankee Stadium for more than two weeks, after a successful home stand. And the ball club's front office was also busy making trades as the trade deadline approached.
The season was heating up and so it appeared were the Yankees.