A series of filmed home run contests between two sluggers of the late 1950s/early 1960s, one National Leaguer, one American Leaguer. The batters had to swing at every pitch in the strike zone. Any called strike or batted ball that did not go for a home run was an out.
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Season 1 Ep.5: Rocky Colavito vs. Harmon Killebrew
Rocky Colavito of the Cleveland Indians challenges last week’s winner Harmon Killebrew of the Washington Senators.
In late 1959, Ziv Television Programs, Inc. bought the idea of pitting Major League Baseball’s greatest Superstar Sluggers against one another, one-on-one, in a contest of hitting power, and this syndicated program was born. Produced by Lou Breslow and hosted by Actor and Baseball Broadcaster Mark Scott, it was released in the Winter of 1960. The line-up was stellar, over the short run of the series, with 19 of MLB’s greatest stars Including 9 future Hall-Of-Famers Competing. The rules were really quite simple. Any pitch within the strike zone that wasn’t swung on, any swing-and-miss, any foul ball, and any fair ball not hit over the wall was counted as an out. In short As Mark Scott stated, numerous times, during the series It was “A home run, or nothing, on Home Run Derby”. Each batter was, of course, allowed 3 outs per inning, and the batter with the most out-of-the-parkers, at the end of 9 innings was the winner. The winner was awarded a check for $2000, and was invited back to face a new opponent, in the next contest, and the loser would receive $1000. Any batter who hit 3 consecutive homers during the contest would receive a $500 bonus, a 4th would be worth another $500, and any consecutive homers after that were worth a thousand bucks, each. And, in an interesting reversal of one of the hazards of regular baseball, the Pitcher who threw the most home run balls was also awarded a bonus, rather than being replaced.
Cast and Crew:
Mark Scott, Art Passarella and Hank Aaron
Original Air Date: 1959
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