NEW YORK YANKEES #6 HITS 61ST HOME RUN
New York City (JFK+50) Fifty-five years ago today, October 1, 1961, Babe Ruth's 34 year old single season home run record was broken in Yankee Stadium by Roger Maris*.
Maris hit his 61st home run against Boston Red Sox pitcher Tracy Stallard in the final game of the season.
A controversy developed because Ruth hit his 60th in 154 games while Maris hit his 61st in 162 games. In 1991, Major League Baseball awarded Maris the record officially.
*Roger Eugene Maris (1934-1985) was born in Hibbing, Minnesota & was a star athlete in basketball & football in high school. REM signed a professional baseball contract with the Cleveland Indians & after being traded to Kansas City joined the New York Yankees in 1960. Maris was a star hitter alongside Mickey Mantle during the early 1960s. He was a 7 time all star. Maris died of complications of Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1985.