May 4, 2021

05. Mantle continues surge; Maris heats up

05. Mantle continues surge; Maris heats up

Mickey Mantle continued his early season surge for the New York Yankees on a road trip through Washington and Minnesota. Mantle, booed regularly at home, was beginning to turn those boos to cheers with one of the greatest starts to a season in his career. Roger Maris was also showing signs of getting his season on track, as the calendar turned from April to May.


Not to be outdone, Willie Mays was making noise in the National League with a historic performance. Even 40-year-old Warren Spahn was turning heads. However, the first home game ever played by the Los Angeles Angels turned out to be a disappointment, even though a star-studded contingent attended their first game at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles.