Monday, September 26, 2011

50 yrs ago Home Run 61*

Maris breaks Home Run Record- 50 yrs ago.

Roger Mars of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record for the most home runs in a season. Maris hit his homer against pitcher Tracy Stallard of the Boston Red Sox as the Yankees won 1-0. Controversy over the record arose because the American League had adopted a 162-game schedule in 1961, and Maris played in 161 games. In 1927, when Ruth played in 151. On Sept 8, 1998 Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 62nd. On Oct 5, 2001 Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants broke the record, finishing the season with 73 homers.

Learn more from our collection.

1961*: The Inside Story of the Maris-Mantle Home Run Chase by Phil Pepe
61* : The Story of Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and One Magical Summer by Sporting News

or the Billy Crystal movie 61*

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