Results for tag: Whitey Ford
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

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 30, 2010 at 01:56:04 AM

The Yankees have clinched their playoff spot but until 1969, there was one spot and not four.  They still have a chance for the division and for over 30 days since August 1, only one-half game has separated the Yankees and Rays. 

In Part Three of this series, here is how the races for the AL pennant and AL East title unfolded for the Yankees during the 1960s and 1970s in years that they won it and years they fell short.

1960 – In the final year under manager Casey Stengel, the Yankees were 1 ½ games behind the White Sox heading into August. They faced the White Sox in Chicago Aug. 8-10 on a 6-2 run and went up by 1 ½ games. After losing 9-1, the Yankees responded with 7-4 and 6-0 victories. A five-game losing streak in early September dropped them two games