On this day in 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees broke the all-time single season home run record by crushing his 61st home run of the season.

In the 163rd, and final game of the season, Maris entered the game with 60 home runs.  At home and in front of more than 23,000 fans, Maris connected for number 61 in the bottom of the 4th inning.  His home run would represent the only run scored in the game, giving the New York Yankees a 1-0 victory.

His home run gave baseball fans something to cheer about, although most would have preferred if it was another Yankee outfielder to be the one rounding the bases for number 61.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Maris – Truly one of baseball’s greatest legends!!!

4 responses to “61*

  1. My favorite baseball movie. I turned 12 the day before Maris hit #61, and I remember many of the specific events depicted in the movie.

  2. Er…make that 11. I’m old enough. 😀

  3. A great moment in baseball history that is too easily forgotten by most baseball fans i think. Maris was a great man and player hopefully his legend will never be forgotten. I visited his museum in Fargo last winter not a large museum by any means but a nice tribute to Maris.

  4. Excellent movie!

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