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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 13, 2011 at 12:38:45 PM

It was 50 years ago that Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's single-season home run mark by hitting 61 during a 162-game season. It was an expansion year and eight more games were added, therefore comissioner Ford Frick decided to add an asterisk when Maris needed more than 154 games.

For most of the year until a late injury, Mantle joined Maris in pursuing the record, but in the end it was Maris' record.

In real life the chase began on April 11, 1961 and neither Maris or Mantle connected against Minnesota's Pedro Ramos. On opening day at the stadium, Ramos pitched a three-hitter and struck out the M and M boys three times during a 5-4 loss.

When I replayed that game with Strat-O-Matic's computer baseball game, the results were slightly different.

The Twins wound up winning 5-4 but Maris