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 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.
The above is correct except in the contests league didn't matter. In one contest Ken Boyer (St. Louis Cardinals) faced Hank Aaron (Milwaukee Braves). In another Harmon Killebrew (Washington Senators) faced Mickey Mantle (NY Yankees). Also, the forth home run in a row was worth $500 and the fifth was worth $1000. Two batting practice pitchers used. They alternated innings and the one who threw the most pitches, which resulted in a home run, also got a bonus.
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