A’s, Astros go deep, deep, deep at Dodger Stadium

On a hot October afternoon at Dodger Stadium, in a baseball season of rampant strangeness, the A’s and Astros staged a 21st-century, playoff version of “Home Run Derby.”

That’s now an annual staple on the eve of the All-Star Game (in normal times), yes, and the original version also took place in Los Angeles. The television show was filmed at old Wrigley Field in December 1959, aired from January to July of 1960 and was abruptly canceled after host Mark Scott died of a heart attack.

The show featured a parade of legendary power hitters launching baseballs over the wall — from Hank Aaron and Willie Mays to Mickey Mantle and Ernie Banks to Frank Robinson and Harmon Killebrew. Classic stuff.

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