On October 1, 1961, Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's single season home run record. Maris belted his 61st home run on the season's final day.
Maris was a two-time American League Most Valuable Player, a four- time All-Star and he also won a Gold Glove for fielding excellence.
In 1960, his first year with the Yankees, Maris had a great season. He hit 39 home runs and won the first of his back to back Most Valuable Player Awards.. In 1961, Maris got off to a slow start hitting only three home runs in his first 28 games. His bat came alive and he belted 24 home runs in his next 38 games and finished the season with 61.
There are many people who feel Roger still has the "legitimate" record since his mark was broken during the steroid era.
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