It’s easy to identify Major League Baseball’s legitimate home run king in this photo. That’s Hammerin’ Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves sitting to the right of today’s mystery person. See if you “old timers” can identify this face from 1960 and what television show this picture was taken from.
HINT: He’s not an Alamedan… and it’s not Victor Conte.
THE ANSWER: The host of this short lived but classic television show is Mark Scott. Home Run Derby aired in syndication during the 1960 baseball season from April to October. The show featured the greatest home run hitters of the day competing head to head for nine innings at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles… yes, there have been two Wrigley Fields (both owned by the Wrigley family of newspaper and chewing gum fame). Slugging stars that appeared on Home Run Derby included: Aaron (who won $13,500 during the show’s run), Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Duke Snider, Frank Robinson (McClymonds High), Ernie Banks, Jackie Jensen (Cal), Al Kaline, Eddie Matthews, Harmon Killebrew and Gil Hodges.
Sadly, Mark Scott died of a heart attack shortly after the conclusion of the initial season.