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For the New York Yankees, The 1961 World Series Was No Cakewalk

1961 New York Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds in a five game World Series that was closer than the final result indicates.

1961 was one of the finest seasons in Yankees' history, but the passage of time often creates a false reality.

Recently, the host of a sports show discussed the 1961 World Series. It was concluded that beating the Reds was almost a cakewalk. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The World Series opened in New York on Wednesday, October 4. It would be Yankees' 25-game winner Whitey Ford, facing Reds' lefty Jim O'Toole in a battle of aces, but the Yankees had a major problem.

Yankees' manager Ralph Houk wasn't sure if Mickey Mantle would be in the starting lineup. According to reports, Mickey ...

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