10. Yanks surge and Koufax makes headlines33m | Jun 10, 2021
After playing mediocre baseball through the first two months of the season, the New York Yankees started hitting their stride. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were slugging home runs, but so were the Yankees in general. The pitching was starting to shore up and the American League was developing a tight three-way race with the Yanks, Tigers and Indians.
In the National League, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax was making headlines. It seems hard to believe, but Koufax wasn't always the ace of the staff. As it turned out, 1961 was the turning point in a career that put him on a path to the Hall of Fame.
There was also talk of making doubleheaders shorter and bringing back the spitball. And adding to a week of trades and other intrigue, there were more bonus signings and the sale of a major league ball club.
The first 10 days of June, brought plenty of upheaval in the 1961 season.