Classic Home Run Derby
Remember the old TV show "Home Run Derby?" (Not the the All-Star trick they play once a year nowadays.) I happened to be channel-surfing today, and found it again.
What strikes me is how boring most of these shows were. The hitters quickly collected three outs, (after all, they had to squeeze nine innings into a half-hour show) the interviews were lame and listless, the host, Mark Scott, got tepid comments from the hitters like "He didn't miss that one by much."
One chuckle is when he gushes "Today's grand prize winner gets $2,000!"
That wouldn't have picked up Miguel Cabrera and Freddie Garcia's bar tab last fall.
"And if they hit three consecutive home runs they get another $500 prize!!!" Wow.
Curious that the announcer make a big deal out of "this stadium favors neither American nor National League hitters." Other than the fact that it's a tiny little symmetrical little minor league park, why would it favor neither leagues' hitters?
Maybe the best show was Willie Mays vs. Mickey Mantle. Classic, but I present it to you here. http://vodpod.com/watch/1362508-classic-home-run-derby-mickey-mantell-vs-willie-mays-pt-1
Sadly, (if you enjoyed HRD) the show didn't last long, and neither did its host. It was only in syndication from January 9 to July 2, 1960. Just days 11 later,on July 13, Scott died of a heart attack at the age of 45, and that's all she wrote, baseball fans.
Another trivia question, since ya'll did so well on the U of M question: who made the most money on Home Run Derby?