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Posted by: Joe Auriemma on May 3, 2011 at 04:34:24 PM

Roger Maris hit his first home run of the 1961 season on April 26th. In that same game, Mickey Mantle smashed two round-trippers himself bringing his total to seven home runs on the season. Coming into the May 3rd game against the Twins, the Yankees were 5-1 since both Maris and Mantle's big breakout party of 1961. Mantle had hit a home run in the May 2nd game bringing his season total up to eight home runs.

The pitching matchup that day was Bob Turley for the Yankees against Pedro Ramos of the Twins. In the bottom of the first inning, the Twins struck first as Harmon Killebrew hit a sacrifice fly to center. That lead held up until the top of the fourth when the Bronx Bombers struck back with a vengeance. The Twins committed two errors in the inning leading to three unearned

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Posted by: Joe Auriemma on Apr 26, 2011 at 11:24:15 AM

And so it began. On April 26, 1961, 50 years ago this very day, the chase for 61 home runs began for Roger Maris. It was the 10th game of the season for the Yankees against the Detroit Tigers in Motown. Maris's partner-in-crime, Mickey Mantle, already had five home runs to start the season coming into the game.

This was a game that certainly was not a pitcher's duel, even though Yankees ace Whitey Ford was on the mound that day. The Yankees certainly gave the Chairman of the Board run support, staking him to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning. In fact, Ford drove in two of those runs in the top of the first with a single to left, helping his own cause. Tony Kubek would extend the lead to 6-0 leading off the top of the second inning with a home run.

The Tigers mounted a comeback and

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