This day in baseball: Catching up to Ruth

On September 26, 1961, Yankees outfielder Roger Maris hit his 60th home run of the season to tie Babe Ruth’s 34-year-old single season record.  Since the homer came in the 159th game of a newly-expanded season, however (previous seasons had 154 games), baseball commissioner Ford Frick determined that Ruth would remain the single season record holder.


4 Comments on “This day in baseball: Catching up to Ruth”

  1. So fun to watch. Thanks.

  2. steve says:

    I think we’ve talked about this before, but Maris being born in Hibbing, Minnesota same as Bob Dylan, the two of them so much on opposite ends of the confidence spectrum or maybe not. Maybe they both prefer living to some degree in the shadows.

  3. […] The game of baseball also finds itself experiencing some changes.  In 1961, Babe Ruth’s single season home run record is threatened, then broken, by a man who is far from being a fan favorite.  Roger Maris is described as moody and sullen, avoids talking to the press, and starts losing his hair as a result of the pressure he is under as he inadvertently finds himself chasing Ruth’s record. […]


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