Aaron Judge Surpasses Babe Ruth’s Legendary Figure of 60 Home Runs in a Regular Baseball Season

Aaron Judge Surpasses Babe Ruth’s Legendary Figure of 60 Home Runs in a Regular Baseball Season

  • Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run of the American League season against the Toronto Blue Jays
  • Babe Ruth is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players and greatest American sportsmen of all time
  • Roger Maris scored 61 home runs to set a new American League record in baseball in 1961

Aaron Judge is one home run away from cementing his place in baseball's history books.

The New York Yankees star hit his 61st home run of the American League regular season against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Ney York Yankees star Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run of the season, surpassing Babe Ruth's legendary total set in 1927. Image: Mark Rucker/ Mike Stobe
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The homer took the Yankees to a 5-3 lead in the game. They went on to win it 8-3. The win, though, was minor compared to Judge's record-equalling performance.

The Yankees star surpassed the legendary Babe Ruth with his home run and tied Roger Maris on 61 for the season, The Washington Post reported.

Maris, also a former Yankee, held the record for most home runs in the regular season in the American League with 61 until Judge joined him at the top.

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Judge now has seven games to go on and beat the record. Speaking after the game, Judge reflected on his achievement and what it meant to score as many homers as Ruth and Maris.

“Getting a chance to sit at 60 for a while there with the Babe was nice but getting a chance to now sit at 61 with another Yankee right fielder, this is pretty cool.”

Ruth, who is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, hit 60 homers in 1927, setting a new record at that stage. Ruth was a Yankees player when he set the American League record. In 1961 Maris broke that record by hitting 61.

Has any player hit more than 61 home runs in a regular season?

The 61-run benchmark has been surpassed six times in the National League by three different players. However, all three player's achievements were marred by allegations of steroid usage.

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