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Sept. 12, 2021

24. Red Barber talked season overlap 60 years ago

24. Red Barber talked season overlap 60 years ago

Another NFL season has started and the MLB regular season still has another three weeks plus to go. If the post season is played to its fullest, Game 7 of the World Series will not be played until early November. This, of course, will lead to the usual talk of seasons overlapping too much. But actually, this conversation began 60 years ago.

In 1961, baseball was still America’s National Pastime but pro football was gaining ground. During one radio broadcast, as Yankees teammates Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were trying to break Babe Ruth’s single season home run record, Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster Red Barber, then a New York Yankees broadcaster, saw fit to talk about football and seasons overlapping, during a Sept. 10, 1961 Yankees game against the Cleveland Indians. His discourse is the subject of my latest Sportscaster Dan podcast, and the episode includes excerpts of Barber’s commentary. Thank you for listening to the podcast.

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