Sport: Year of the Homer (Contd.)

Hardly anyone noticed that the New York Yankees were winning ball games last week—enough to recapture first place in the American League—but everyone noticed how they were winning.

In four games against the hapless Chicago White Sox, the Yankees scored 26 runs, all but eight of them on home runs. In the opening doubleheader, Roger Maris hit four homers, took over the league leadership (with 40) from Teammate Mickey Mantle (who hit two in three days) and spurted 22 games ahead of Babe Ruth's record 1927 pace. Second-string Yankee Catcher Johnny Blanchard tied a major-league record by hitting four consecutive homers, and...

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