18. Maris does it in 162 as Yankees clinch29m | Sep 23, 2021
It was the home stretch of the 1961 season. The New York Yankees had widened their first place lead considerably over the Detroit Tigers. The nation, meanwhile, was still captivated by the chase of Babe Ruth's single-season mark home run. With Mickey Mantle injured, it was now his teammate Roger Maris vs. Babe Ruth. Even President John F. Kennedy was enthralled by the race.
As for the pennant, the Yankees would clinch on the night Maris needed his 60th home run to tie Babe Ruth in 154 games. The World Series between the Yankees and Cincinnati Reds was almost an afterthought.
I cover it all here in this final episode of the Baseball Sixty One podcast. I hope you enjoyed the podcast, as much as I enjoyed putting it together.