Date / Oct 1, 1961
Location / Yankee Stadium | Bronx, NY
Moment / In his second at-bat in the last game of the 1961 season, Maris hit his 61st home run of the season, breaking Babe Ruth’s mark, which had stood since 1927.
Impact / Maris’s accomplishment was not immediately well received. He was met by boos and curses from the press and fans for breaking fan-favorite Babe Ruth’s mark. Maris’s record stood until 1998, when both Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa broke it. Barry Bonds then set the record that stands today with 73 home runs in 2001.