Home Run Derby

We ran across Zach Anderson’s baseball blog, Big Red Smokey, and we’re diggin’ it. One of the posts we loved included a video of the 1960 TV series, “Home Run Derby,” pitting the Reds’ Frank Robinson against Bob Cerv who was with the Kansas City Athletics at the time. The episode originally aired on April 30, 1960. We had to make sure the OMG readers saw it too.

A little about “Home Run Derby” from Wikipedia:

Home Run Derby is a 1960 television show that was held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles putting the top sluggers of Major League Baseball against each other in nine-inning home run contests. The show was produced and hosted by actor/broadcaster Mark Scott and distributed by Ziv Television Programs.[1]

The series aired in syndication from January 9 to July 2, 1960 and helped inspire the Home Run Derby event that is now held the day before the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game. ESPN staged a revival of the show in 2003.

More episodes can be found on Hulu. Fantastic stuff.


  1. OH man…I remember ESPN airing these for a time when I was younger. I used to race off the bus and turn it on when I got home from school. Great stuff!

  2. HarryBectorisNo Gravatar

    I’ve seen that field in a lot of old movies and tv shows, too bad it’s no longer there.
    Also, it was tragic that the host passed away shortly after these were filmed. He was only
    45 and because of that the series was cancelled.

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