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Reds Manager Says Maris Homer Was Turning Point

Oct. 9, 1961 - Fred Hutchinson (pictured right with Ralph Houk), the manager of the routed Reds, said after today's game that the Yankees won the series two days ago, in the third game. Hutchinson said, in the silent Reds dressing room: "The turning point came in the ninth inning of Saturday's game. That homer by Roger Maris, the one that beat Bob Purkey, 3-2, was the key to the beginning of the end. We never were the same after that. We had no spark, got no lift, and went nowhere after we had evened the series in New York." Hutchinson praised the Yankees as a "real fine ball club" that deserved to win.


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