Home Run Derby

(ended 1960)




Episode Guide


  • Season 1
    • Mantle vs. Jensen
      Episode 26
      In this record-setting swan-song to this classic series, The Mighty Mick – In a re-match of Game 3 – Takes Jensen by a score of 13 to 10, despite Jensen’s 6 homers in the bottom of the 4th, including a $2000 bonus-winning 5-in-a-row.
    • 6/25/60
      The Indians’ Rocky Colavito returns, and goes 6 straight scoreless innings, before scoring 1 each, in the 7th and 8th. Jensen doesn’t fare much better, with 1 in the 4th, and 2 in the 6th, but it’s enough to come out on top, 3 to 2.
    • Jensen vs. Banks
      Episode 24
      In this, the highest scoring contest of the series, Jackie Jensen belts a total of 6, in his first 2 at-bats, and leads the Cubs shortstop 7 to 3, after 4 complete. Banks stages a strong come-back, beginning with 4, in the bottom of the 5th, but fails to keep up, and falls to Jensen by a score of 14 to 11.moreless
    • Banks vs. Hodges
      Episode 23
      The Cubs’ Shortstop returns, and stays well ahead of returning-champ Hodges, with 2 homers, each, in the 1st, 2nd, and 6th innings. Hodges rallies in the 7th, with 3 homers, but Banks belts 3 in the 8th, and 2 in the 9th, to come out on top, 11 to 7.
    • Hodges vs. Mays
      Episode 22
      The Dodgers’ Gil Hodges blasts 2 in both the 3rd and 4th innings, and never looks back, eventually defeating Mays 6 to 3. Counting his loss against Mantle, in game 1, the Giants’ superstar retires from the contest with $9000 in winnings, in 5 appearances.
    • Lemon vs. Mays
      Episode 21
      Washington’s big Outfielder, Jim Lemon, returns to the contest to face Mays, and, though he holds his own for a while, eventually falls to the defending Champ – The 3rd consecutive Washington Senator to do so – By a score of 6 to 3.
    • Killebrew vs. Mays
      Episode 20
      The Killer’ returns, to face The Amazing Mr. Mays, and the two remain pretty much neck-and-neck through 8 complete. But Mays belts the tie-breaker, in the bottom of the 9th, to take Killebrew 7 to 6.
    • Mays vs. Allison
      Episode 19
      The Say Hey Kid returns, and seems to be taking out his frustrations – Over his loss to Mantle, in Game 1 – On Bob Allison, as he blasts the Washington Senator 11 to 3, tying the record for the most home runs by a player in a single game.
    • Allison vs. Cerv
      Episode 18
      In this ‘Battle Of The Bobs’, Washington’s Bob Allison – The first participant to return to the contest, after being defeated – Faces 1-time champ Bob Cerv, and this time, emerges victorious, 4 to 3.
    • Cerv vs. Robinson
      Episode 17
      The Athletics’ Bob Cerv wastes no time, belting his very first pitch out of the park, and at the end of 5, led Robinson 3 to 1. Robinson surged ahead, in the bottom of the 6th, with 4, including a $500 bonus winning 3-in-a-row, but Cerv scores 4, over the next 3 innings, to Robinson’s 2, and comes out on top, 8 to 7.moreless
    • 4/23/60
      In yet another contest between National Leaguers, The Reds’ Frank Robinson takes The Pirates’ Dick Stuart 6 to 3, retiring Stuart with $5000 in winnings in 3 appearances.
    • 4/16/60
      Stuart belts 3 out of the park in the 1st inning, picking up an extra 500 bucks, and eventually whips Orioles Star Catcher Gus Triandos – Who never really hits his stride – By a score of 7 to 1.
    • Stuart vs. Post
      Episode 14
      The Pirates’ Dick Stuart meets the Phillies’ Wally Post, in a multiple-record-setting contest, with both Stuart and Post knocking 5 out of the park in the 6th inning, tying for the most runs scored in a single inning. Both scored 2 in the 8th, tying it up again, but Stuart blasted 2 in the 10th, and walked away with not only the win – At 11 to 9 – But the record for the most homers in a single game – The highest scoring contest yet in the series, with 20 total homers.moreless
    • Post vs. Aaron
      Episode 13
      The Phillies’ Wally Post hammers Aaron from inning 1, and wipes out the future home run king, 7-4, retiring Aaron as the new money champ, with $13,500 in winnings, in 7 appearances.
    • Allison vs. Aaron
      Episode 12
      Aaron wins his 6th straight contest against Bob Allison – The 3rd Washington Senator to compete, in the contest – By a score of 3 to 2.
    • Snider vs. Aaron
      Episode 11
      Again, two National Leaguers square off, with the Dodgers’ Duke Snider falling to Aaron in the lowest scoring contest, yet – 3 to 1.
    • Kaline vs. Aaron
      Episode 10
      After 3 complete scoreless innings, both Aaron, and his opponent – Detroit’s Al Kaline - Belt homers in the 4th, tying it up. But Aaron surges ahead with a 3 consecutive-run, $500 bonus-winning 6th inning, eventually winning the contest 5 to 1, and becoming the new money champ, with $8500 in winnings.moreless
    • 3/5/60
      Aaron successfully defends his title for the 2nd time, taking down his Braves teammate, Eddie Mathews – The first ‘southpaw’ to compete – By a score of 5 to 1.
    • Lemon vs. Aaron
      Episode 8
      A 3-homer rally in the top of the 9th was too little, too late for the Washington Senators’ Jim Lemon, as he fails to catch defending champ Aaron, losing the contest 6 to 4.
    • Aaron vs. Boyer
      Episode 7
      Boyer starts out strong, and leads Aaron 6 to 3, after 5 complete, but Hammerin’ Hank begins to hit his stride, in the top of the 6th, and blasts 6 over the next 4 innings, to Boyer’s none, besting Boyer by a score of 9 to 6.
    • 2/13/60
      The Cardinals’ Ken Boyer becomes the first National League winner, in the contest, with a 3-2 win over defending champ Killebrew.
    • 2/6/60
      The Cleveland Indians' Rocky Colavito gets off to a slow start, with 5 scoreless innings, but racks up 4 in the top of the 6th, jumping ahead of Killebrew, 4 to 3. Killebrew ties it up in the bottom of the 9th, then comes from behind in the bottom of the 10th, to win it 6 to 5.moreless
    • 1/30/60
      The Washington Senators’ Harmon ‘Killer’ Killebrew scores 6 homers in the 7th, 8th, and 9th, and comes from behind, to bring down The Mighty Mick, in a close one, 9 to 8.
    • 1/23/60
      Mantle takes on a former Yankee Teammate, and fellow American Leaguer – Boston’s Jackie Jensen – In a rather one-sided contest, vanquishing Jensen 9 to 2, and picking up an extra 500 bucks, with 3 consecutive homers in the bottom of the 4th.
    • Banks vs. Mantle
      Episode 2
      Mantle successfully defends his title for the first time against the Chicago Cubs’ 2-consecutive-time National League MVP Ernie Banks, coming out on top, 5 to 3.
    • Mays vs. Mantle
      Episode 1
      Say-Hey starts out strong, with 4 homers in the top of the 1st, and leads Mantle 8 to 2, after 5 complete. But Mantle overtakes Mays with a total of 7, in the final 4 innings, to come out on top 9 to 8.