On This Date In History: 61

 

On October 1, 1961, Roger Maris hit his 61st home run of the season.  With that swing of the bat, Maris became the first player to hit 61 home runs in a single season, surpassing Babe Ruth and his 60 home runs.  The game was played at Yankee Stadium, on the final day of the regular season, against the Boston Red Sox.  In his first at bat in the bottom of the first, Maris flied out to deep left field.  He came to the plate again in the 4th, and this happened .

 

 

 

The ball was caught by 19 year old truck driver Sal Durante, who received $5,000 in return for the ball. 

 

Asterisk or no asterisk, October 1, 1961 was one of the most memorable days in the history of baseball.

 

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