The most home runs hit in a single season in American League history has a theme: 61.
The New York Yankees’ Roger Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961 and 61 years later, Aaron Judge of the Bronx Bombers hit his 61st home run in Toronto on Wednesday.
Judge did it Sept. 28, in Game No. 155 for New York. A day after the Yankees clinched the American League East title, Judge, batting leadoff as the designated hitter, took Toronto’s Tim Mayza deep in the seventh inning. Judge — who walked in his first at-bat, popped out in his second and grounded out in his third — had gone seven games without a home run since managing just one solo shot during New York’s 6-0 homestand.
… the only players in MLB history with more home runs in a season are Barry Bonds (73), Mark McGwire (70, 65) and Sammy Sosa (66, 64, 63) — all of whom accomplished theirs during the steroid era (1998-2001).
NUMBER 61! HE TIES ROOOOOOGER MARIS for the American League single-season record with 61 home runs!
It’s a two-run JUDGIAN blast! Here Comes the Judge! pic.twitter.com/e44pNHcXXf
— John Sterling Calls (@JSterlingCalls) September 29, 2022
It was Aug. 6, 1999 in Montreal, when Tony Gwynn produced his 3,000th hit.
Tonight, in Toronto, Aaron Judge produces his 61st home run.
Canada: The beautiful home of treasured baseball moments.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 29, 2022