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Aaron Judge Ties Roger Maris’ Record with 61st Home Run

Yankee slugger equals American League Mark

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.

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Per ESPN.com:

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).

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