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Some people would say that the way professional sports were played in the 50s and 60s seemed exactly the same In some cases that statement is true The same changes occurred such as the expansion and development of the professional leagues the increasing popularity of television broadcasts and of course the rule changes to make the games much more exciting and entertaining to watch In Major League Baseball one of the most popular records was about to be broken which was the most homeruns in a season In 1961 sluggers Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees were headed to break Babe Ruths record of sixty homeruns which was set in 1927 Commissioner Ford Frick didnt think it was right for Maris or Mantle to appear in the record books because Ruth set that record in a 154 game schedule Maris and Mantle had an advantage because the MLB increased to 162 games in a regular season So Frick came up with a plan that seemed rather fair He ruled that Maris or Mantle would have to surpass 60 homers within 154 games in order to have their names be put in the record books That season Maris was able to surpass Ruth by hitting sixty-one homeruns but because of Fricks ruling he was not placed in the record books One way the MLB in the 60s were similar to the 50s was how some of the players and teams were alike In 1962 the rematch of the Dodgers and Giants World Series from 1951 took place and just like the time before the Giants lost In 1961 Bill Fischer went 845 innings without giving up a single walk while in 1964 Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies became the only pitcher to throw a no hitter who wasnt a CY Young winner The CY Young Award is granted to the MVP pitcher from the American League and the National League Anyway
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