Since Babe Ruth joined the New York Yankees in the 1920s, America has been intrigued with baseball sluggers and teams that stuff the middle of their batting order with power. Even today, sports fans flip to ESPN to see who hit the dingers of the day. Yes, we like to see great catches and outstanding pitching performances, but it’s the home runs we live for. The 1960s was a decade of some of the greatest slugging combinations in baseball history. From Maris and Mantle to McCovey and Mays, the decade’s memories will live forever!
About the Author As a longtime baseball enthusiast and historian, I felt the need to reflect on the baseball world of the 1960s. This is an decade that not only do I cherish, but I had the opportunity to personally enjoy nearly one thousand games. As a fan and as a peanut vendor for several years this gave me the opportunity to see my heros up close. This included many of the greats of the game—people like Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, and Sandy Koufax, to name a few. As a native Saint Louisian, I was brought into the Cardinal Nation at a young age. Many of these stars and players from the decade have passed on, and I feel it a necessity to carry on with their contributions and their part of our national pastime. The detail of my research hopefully brings a different perspective of the game as it was some fifty years ago. If you were a kid in the 1960’s the personal touch of the times will bring back many of your own personal memories as you relive one of the greatest times in baseball history !