61 Home Runs by Roger Maris

Roger Maris Breaks Babe Ruth Record

1961: The year a record was broken, hearts were broken, and a man's life was changed forever. Roger Maris will forever be known as the man that took Babe Ruth's record. The man that changed the record books. Maris was hated, booed, cussed, and generally abused by the press and fans for his chase of the most well-known mark in all of baseball: Babe Ruth's sixty single season home runs.

Maris began the year as just another hard-hitting Yankee. If anyone, his battery mate, and media darling, Mickey Mantle was scheduled to be the one to take over the spot on the all time homer list. "Mick" was loved by the fans and the press, Maris was not. In fact, whenever Maris hit one of his home runs, he was quickly reminded that it was only because Mantle was behind him that he even saw a good pitch to hit. In fact, Maris spent his entire record setting year cast as the villain in a media-soap opera, while his good friend, Mantle, was seen as the good guy whose own teammate was trying to steal his thunder.

Maris suffered greatly during the season. He actually lost his hair and had his and his families lives threatened. The most heartbreaking part of his 1961 saga came after his record breaking long ball. Commissioner Ford Frick decided that Maris' record would not stand against Ruth's because it was not done during the same number of games.

Maris could not take the pride he deserved in his great achievement. Speaking in 1980 he said, "They acted as though I was doing something wrong, poisoning the record books or something. Do you know what I have to show for sixty-one home runs? Nothing. Exactly nothing." What should have been one of baseball's greatest achievements became one of its saddest stories.

Now, with great pride, Baseball Almanac presents, Roger Maris' truly remarkable record-breaking sixty-one steroid free home runs.

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"As a ballplayer, I would be delighted to do it (break Babe Ruth's single season home run record) again. As an individual, I doubt if I could possibly go through it again." - Roger Maris

The Historic 61

Roger Maris

Research by Baseball Almanac | Home Runs by Roger Maris

1
11
Detroit
Right
Away
5 th
2
17
Minnesota
Right
Away
7 th
3
20
Los Angeles
Right
Away
5 th
4
29
Washington
Left
Home
8 th
5
30
Cleveland
Right
Away
1 st
6
31
Cleveland
Right
Away
3 rd
7
32
Baltimore
Right
Home
1 st
8
35
Boston
Right
Home
4 th
9
38
Chicago
Right
Home
2 nd
10
40
Boston
Right
Away
3 rd
11
40
Boston
Right
Away
8 th
12
41
Boston
Right
Away
3 rd
13
43
Chicago
Right
Away
3 rd
14
44
Chicago
Right
Away
8 th
15
45
Chicago
Right
Away
3 rd
16
48
Minnesota
Right
Home
6 th
17
49
Minnesota
Right
Home
3 rd
18
52
Kansas City
Right
Home
7 th
19
55
Los Angeles
Right
Home
3 rd
20
55
Los Angeles
Right
Home
7 th
21
57
Cleveland
Right
Away
6 th
22
58
Cleveland
Right
Away
4 th
23
61
Detroit
Left
Away
4 th
24
62
Detroit
Right
Away
8 th
25
63
Kansas City
Left
Away
9 th
26
64
Kansas City
Left
Away
1 st
27
66
Kansas City
Right
Away
2 nd
28
74
Washington
Right
Home
9 th
29
75
Washington
Left
Home
3 rd
30
75
Washington
Right
Home
7 th
31
77
Detroit
Right
Home
8 th
32
78
Cleveland
Right
Home
7 th
33
82
Boston
Right
Home
7 th
34
84
Chicago
Right
Away
1 st
35
86
Chicago
Right
Away
3 rd
36
92
Boston
Right
Away
1 st
37
95
Chicago
Left
Home
4 th
38
95
Chicago
Right
Home
8 th
39
96
Chicago
Right
Home
4 th
40
96
Chicago
Right
Home
6 th
41
106
Minnesota
Right
Home
1 st
42
114
Washington
Left
Away
5 th
43
115
Washington
Right
Away
4 th
44
116
Washington
Right
Away
4 th
45
117
Washington
Right
Away
1 st
46
118
Chicago
Left
Home
4 th
47
119
Chicago
Left
Home
1 st
48
119
Chicago
Left
Home
3 rd
49
124
Cleveland
Right
Away
3 rd
50
125
Los Angeles
Right
Away
6 th
51
129
Kansas City
Right
Away
6 th
52
135
Detroit
Right
Home
6 th
53
135
Detroit
Left
Home
8 th
54
140
Washington
Right
Home
4 th
55
141
Cleveland
Left
Home
3 rd
56
143
Cleveland
Right
Home
7 th
57
151
Detroit
Right
Away
3 rd
58
152
Detroit
Right
Away
12 th
59
155
Baltimore
Right
Away
3 rd
60
159
Baltimore
Right
Home
3 rd
61
163
Boston
Right
Home
4 th
Roger Maris 61 Home Run Season | Research by Baseball Almanac
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Teammates stated Roger Maris ' hair literally fell out during the chase for sixty-one and you can read more quotes from and about Maris here on Baseball Almanac.

Click the player to Hear Roger Maris Hit Home Run #61

Roger Maris was walked ninety-four times during the 1961 season and led the American League in runs (one-hundred thirty-two), runs batted in (one-hundred forty-two), and of course home runs (sixty-one).

Did you know that a baseball signed by both Roger Maris and Tracy Stallard sold in a auction (held in 2002) for $3,541.00? Fifteen years later (late 2017), a photograph signed by that same duo sold in an auction for over $35,000!

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