In the summer of 1988 – and pretty much only the summer of 1988 – I was really into baseball and discovered that at 3 p.m. everyday, ESPN ran Home Run Derby, a show that ran for six months in 1960 in which the biggest baseball stars of that era (Hank Aaron, Ernie Hanks, and Willie Mays, for example) would face-off against each other at a Los Angeles neighborhood ballpark to see who could hit the most home runs. A pitcher would lob them the ball and they’d knock it out. Then the other guy would go. And that was pretty much it. But I watched it everyday…if my sister hadn’t already gotten to the TV for Facts of Life reruns on TBS.
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