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Home Run Derby hosts 9-inning home run contests with the top players in baseball. Participants include Hank Aaron, Bob Allison, Ernie Banks, Ken Boyer, Bob Cerv, Rocky Colavito, Gil Hodges, Jackie Jensen, Al Kaline, Jim Lemon, Harmon Killebrew, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Matthews, Willie Mays, Wally Post,Frank Robinson, Duke Snider, Dick Stuart, and Gus Triandos.

The pitcher for this series is former Major Leaguer Tom Saffell. The catcher is minor leaguer John Van Ornum. The umpire is actor Art Passarella. The rules are similar to a regular game of baseball. Each player is given three outs per inning. There are nine innings, and the player with the most home runs at the end of the ninth inning wins. The winner of each episode receives a check for $2,000 and is brought back in the following episode against a new challenger. In addition, any player who hits three home runs in a row receives a bonus check for $5,000. A fourth home run is worth another $5,000 bonus check. Any consecutive home run after that is worth $1,000.

1 Season, 26 Episodes - Canceled
January 9, 1960
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Home Run Derby Full Episode Guide

  • Mickey Mantle Vs. Jackie Jensen

  • Rocky Colavito Vs. Jackie Jensen

  • Jackie Jensen Vs. Ernie Banks

  • The Cubs Shortstop returns, and stays well ahead of returning-champ Hodges, with 2 homers, each, in the 1st, 2nd, and 6th innings. Hodges rallies in the 7th, with 3 homers, but Banks belts 3 in the 8th, and 2 in the 9th, to come out on top, 11 to 7.

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