07. The Yankees slump; Mays makes great catch

21m | May 18, 2021

It seems hard to believe, but the 1961 New York Yankees did have a slump, at home no less, against a first place team and an expansion club. In fact, in this episode, we learn that the Yankees actually sputtered for some time out of the gates, that Mickey Mantle was playing hurt and Roger Maris had yet to find his power stroke.

Meanwhile, Willie Mays turned in a catch that his manager claimed was greater than the grab he made off of Vic Wertz in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.

All that and much more will be covered in this episode, including how a league executive scolded an umpire for getting into an on-air beef with a manager, during a radio talk show. Yes, they had those in 1961 too.

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