This Date in Baseball History – July 25


In 1961, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle locked up in, what was arguably, the greatest home run race in baseball history. The two New York Yankees teammates were chasing the great Babe Ruth and his single season home run record.

On July 25, 1961, Maris would hit four home runs over a day night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Those four home runs made him the fastest player to reach 40 home runs in a season.

Not to be outdone, and looking to stay relevant in the race as well, Mantle would go on to hit a collection of home runs on that same day.

In this edition of Mick Gillispie’s “This Date in Baseball History,” Mick tells the story of that infamous day and what would come of the two all-time great players.

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Author:Greg Young

Greg Young brings five years of Minor League Baseball experience to the Smokies Radio Network, having previously served with the High-A Modesto Nuts of the California League. He began with the Nuts as a Broadcast Assistant in 2007 before being promoted as the team's new Director of Broadcasting the following year, a position he held through the 2011 campaign. During his time with Modesto, Young also worked at KESP AM-790 as a Sports Anchor. Over the years he has worked as a broadcaster for Comcast Hometown Network and their coverage of the San Jose Giants (High-A, California League) and Fresno Grizzlies (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League), in addition to high school football and basketball. Young began his broadcasting career with the Major Indoor Soccer League's California Cougars in 2006 and was the club's inaugural broadcaster before being promoted to Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting the next year. Young is a 2005 graduate of Sacramento State University, earning a Communications degree with an emphasis in Digital Media. During his senior year, Young was Sports Director for the university's student-run radio radio station KSSU, and also did play-by-play for the school's baseball, football and basketball teams while attending Sacramento State.


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