Home Run Derby (1959–1961)

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A series of filmed home run contests between two sluggers of the late 1950s/early 1960s, one National Leaguer, one American Leaguer. The batters had to swing at every pitch in the strike ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Mark Scott ...
 Himself - Host (26 episodes, 1960)
Art Passarella ...
 Himself - Umpire (26 episodes, 1960)


A series of filmed home run contests between two sluggers of the late 1950s/early 1960s, one National Leaguer, one American Leaguer. The batters had to swing at every pitch in the strike zone. Any called strike or batted ball that did not go for a home run was an out. (Three outs per inning.) The batter with the most runs at the end of nine innings won $2000. The loser got $1000. As an added incentive, any batter who hit three home runs in a row got a $500 bonus. Each consecutive home run after the first three in a row was worth an additional $500. While one hitter was at bat, the other sat in the press box with host Mark Scott and talked about both his and the other hitter's career. Filmed at Wrigley Field--home of the Pacific Coast League Los Angeles Angels--where the power alleys were a generous 345 feet from home plate. Written by Steven W. Siferd <72233.741@compuserve.com>

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9 January 1960 (USA)  »

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The winner's award of $2,000 doesn't sound like much now but if one adjusts for inflation that amount would be equivalent to almost $16,000 in 2013 dollars. Hank Aaron, due to his success over several contests, earned the equivalent of a bit over $100,000, which isn't too bad for a day's work. See more »


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17 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you are looking for the glitz and glamor of Today's HOME RUN hitting contests, then you better look elsewhere. This charming little series is nothing more than two guys hitting baseballs on a summer day, trying to best the other guy. It's relaxed, and relaxing. Although the competition is serious, and for serious (well, serious for the day!) cash, no one seems to take it too seriously. It's all in the spirit of good clean fun. It's baseball the way baseball was meant to be.

The rules of the game are simple. Step up to the plate, and hit the ball out of the park. If it doesn't go out of the park, it's an out. 3 outs per inning, 9 innings per game. Score more Home Runs than the other fella, and win some money. When you are not batting, talk baseball with the host while the other takes his licks.

Not a lot of exciting on the edge of your seat action, just good, clean fun. It is strangely interesting, and nothing but pure baseball entertainment. I can just imagine watching this on Saturday mornings before listening to Vin Scully and the GAME OF THE WEEK. It takes us back to a simpler time when baseball was a game, and not the big business is today.

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