Home Run Derby

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.

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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One thought on “Home Run Derby

  1. OffisaPups says:

    There are fantastic! Are you can get them all in a DVD box set as well. Saddly the anncouncer Marck Scott died in 1960 and the producers cancelled the show instead of replacing him. In the end, this show really helped me develop a love for baseball as a kid and should be seen by anyone who considers themselves a baseball fan.

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