Description1961 Ralph Houk The Sporting News Manager of the Year Certificate from The Ralph Houk Collection.
It took one full calendar year for the Yankees to wipe the bitter taste from their mouths from the 1960 World Series. But in grand style, like everything else the pinstriped crew does, the '61 campaign was a year of unbridled magic. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris dueled for Babe Ruth's time honored single-season home run record. Our entire nation checked the box score on a daily basis to see if either, or both, took the opposition deep.
Eventually, Mantle fell by the wayside leaving Maris in full control of his destiny. Since the AL pennant was a forgone conclusion, Yankee fans eagerly awaited Maris' journey to the home run record. On the final day of the regular season, Maris reached baseball immortality with a home run. The World Series was anticlimactic as the Yanks beat Cincinnati in five games. When the best Yankee team of them all is bantered about, 1961 is always near the top of the list.
Ralph Houk was the man in charge of the pinstriped crew that season. He pushed all the right buttons and led the Yankees to the promised land. Following the season, The Sporting News named Houk as their Major League Manager of 1961. This certificate (17x18" in frame) lists Houk's accomplishment of winning the World Series in his first year as skipper. The Sporting News publisher, J.G. Taylor, signed the lower right corner. Letter of provenance from Ralph Houk's daughter (copy of original). Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.
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