Memories of Maris and Mantle

Author Andy Strasberg's fondest childhood memories surround the iconic home run chase between Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle as they took on Babe Ruth's single season home run record.

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June 15, 2021 - 9:17 AM

Andy Strasberg weaves personal experiences as a 13-year-old with "The Year of the Home Run" in his book "My 1961." Photo by Kirk Kenney / San Diego Union-Tribune / TNS
Roger Maris in 1960

SAN DIEGO — While growing up in New York’s northern suburbs in the late 1950s, all of Andy Strasberg’s friends, “without exception,” were baseball fans.

And their favorite player was Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle.

Which meant, of course, that Strasberg had to find someone else.

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