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1961 Major League Baseball season


A Championship Legacy: 1961


April 10, 1961 - President John F. Kennedy opens the Baseball Season at Griffith Stadium, Washington


1961 World Series Game 2: Reds @ Yankees


Baseball's Home Runs of 1961


April 21, 1961: First MLB game in Minnesota

The 1961 Major League Baseball season was played from April 10 to October 12, 1961. That season saw the New York Yankees defeat the Cincinnati Reds in five games in the World Series. The season is best known for Yankee teammates Roger Maris’ and Mickey Mantle's pursuit of Babe Ruth's prestigious 34-year-old single-season home run record of 60. Maris ultimately broke the record when he hit his 61st home run on the final day of the regular season, while Mantle was forced out of the lineup in late-September due to a hip infection and finished with 54 home runs.
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