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61* : The Story of Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and One Magical Summer

Sporting News, Smith, Ron, The Sporting News, Crystal, Billy

Verlag: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary, 2001
ISBN 10: 0892046627 / ISBN 13: 9780892046621
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Titel: 61* : The Story of Roger Maris, Mickey ...

Verlag: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary

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Inhaltsangabe: "61 in '61." For years, the phrase held a special place in baseball lore. In three simple words, baseball fans could remember one of the most captivating summers in baseball history, a summer that the most celebrated record in baseball fell.

It was the summer in which two Yankees, everybody's hero, Mickey Mantle, and a farm kid from South Dakota, Roger Maris, staged a stunning assault on Ruth's record.

61* expresses how The Sporting News covered that exciting summer. From its spring training dispatches, through each and every home run, through the controversial so-called 'asterisk' ruling, to the final record-breaking home run, 61* chronicles in week-by-week format the home run race, up to and including the Yankees' World Series victory that year.

Klappentext: It was a line drive into the right field seats at Tiger Stadium, a typical Roger Maris blow that would become lost in the glare of two Mickey Mantle moonshots in the same game. There were no bells or whistles, no grand fanfare or commotion, as the New York Yankees right fielder circled the bases with his first home run of 1961.

Little did anyone suspect that this Maris trot would turn into a home run sprint, unlike any ever witnessed in baseball history. Not even Maris could have envisioned the compelling story that he was about to act out on a national stage, and the emotional toll it would exact. When he rounded third base, when he touched home plate, he was completing the first step in what would become a grueling pursuit of baseball immortality.

The Summer of '61 was pure theater, a New York production without choreography and background music. It was the gripping story of two teammates, two friends and roommates, who waged a monumental battle for the Holy Grail of baseball records. It was Maris, the reluctant star from Fargo, N.D., and Mantle, the dashing heir to the Yankees' superstar throne, daring to challenge the 60-home run legacy of Babe Ruth. It was the Bronx Bombers literally clubbing opponents into submission en route to their 26th American League pennant and 19th World Series championship.

But more than anything, it was a classic tale of the huge underdog, unappreciated and marked as an intruder to Yankee tradition, overcoming all odds, numerous emotional obstacles and his own frazzled nerves to claim distinction as the most prolific single-season home run hitter in history.

Join with The Sporting News for a fascinating journey through one of baseball's most magical seasons. Experience the emotional highs and lows, disappointments and jubilation of Maris, eager to tackle the legacy of the Bambino but so ill-equipped to deal with the celebrity it would attract. Feel the physical pain of an injury-impaired Mantle, who loses the home run race but finally wins the hearts of long-critical New York fans.

The story begins with a flurry of Mantle home runs and ends on the season's final day with a history-making solo shot by Maris--home run No. 61. In between, it chronicles the rise of a powerful Yankees team that would win 109 games under rookie manager Ralph Houk and traces the evolution of a home run race that started with minimal fanfare, gained momentum in June and July with every Maris and Mantle swing and exploded into a national phenomenon in August and September.

It was a phenomenon filled with subplots. Controversy was provided in July by baseball commissioner Ford Frick, whose so-called "asterisk ruling" declared that anybody hoping to claim Ruth's record would have to do so in 154 games, not the 162-game schedule forced by 1961 expansion. Writers badgered, pestered and grilled Maris and Mantle, even questioning their relationship as they battled for home run supremacy. Many fans openly rooted against Maris because they considered him an unworthy Ruth successor and pulled for Mantle, the lifetime Yankee with a Ruthian aura.

The result was acted out dramatically on two fronts--on a damp, windy night in Baltimore, game No. 154, when the ghost of the Bambino prevailed, and in the season finale at Yankee Stadium when Maris, the tormented and mentally exhausted slugger, carved his own niche into baseball history.

It's all here in this visually-compelling story of power, perseverance and baseball triumph.

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