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Saturday August 30th 2014

Mantle, Maris and the New York Yankees Finishing with a Flourish in 1960

Mantle had a great season in 1960. He won the American League with 40 home runs. He also scored the most runs with 119 and led the league with a .687 OPS.

But in 1960, the experts criticized Mantle because he batted only .275. It was the first time that he had produced such a low batting average since his rookie season.

Roger Maris, who finished one home run behind Mantle, batted .283. Bill Skowron, who finished with 26 home runs, hit .309. Hector Lopez batted .284. Mantle finished fourth on the Yankees and was only 19th in the league.

In 1960, the first thing measured was a hitter's batting average. How we have learned.

Maris had a better season that Mantle, but not by a lot. Maris led the league with a WAR (wins above ...

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