In a sport rich in preserving its history and worshiping its special players, there are two unique categories associated with the biggest hit a player can hit. We refer to the home run, the only hit that by itself is only capable of immediately yielding one run and at least one RBI.
The strides are the barrier for 60 home runs in a season, something the New York Yankees outfielder accomplished on Tuesday night. And the other is the 700-career barrier, something Albert Pujols is poised to climb this season, entering Wednesday’s game with 698 in his pocket.
Well, it turns out that 60 homers in a season have only been accomplished under Judge by six players in history. 700 mark for just three.
For the purpose of this article, today we will focus on recognizing six to hit 60 home runs in one season. When Pujols hits 700, we’ll delve into the feats that put Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Bambino Babe Ruth in the top three spots in that club.
But it is worth highlighting the specialness of these unique groups. For example, there are 26 pitchers with more than 300 major league wins; and 33 players with more than 3,000 hits.
Perhaps the only comparable is that there are six pitchers with 400 or more strikeouts in a season; and only four with more than 4,000 career strikeouts.
With that said, here are six with at least 60 home runs in a season:
Not only does the American lead in most home runs connected in a season, with 73, but he also leads the list for most hits in the Majors with 762. Ironically, he just passed the 60 home run barrier. once, in 2001, when he set a historic mark. Unfortunately, both of his records are asterisked due to the use of anabolic steroids that came into play during some part of his illustrious career. As a result, he was not elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association’s constituency group. His name has yet to be rated by veterans.
Former Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals was the first player in history to hit 70 home runs. He did it in 1998. He also broke the 60 mark in 1999 by hitting 65. He finished his career with 583 home runs. Like Barry Bonds, he was also implicated in the use of anabolic steroids, so his numbers also have an asterisk. As a result, he was not elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association’s constituency group. His name has yet to be rated by veterans.
The Dominican baseball player is the only South American to hit more than 60 home runs in a season and the only one overall with three such seasons. In 1998 he hit 66, in 1999 he hit 63, and in 2001 he added 64. He finished his career with 609 home runs but carries the star for his involvement in anabolic steroid use. He has not been elected to the Hall of Fame because of it.
The former Yankees player set the record for most home runs in an American League season in 1961 when he hit 61 homers, breaking the previous baseball record of 60 by Babe Ruth in 1927. His hit was a Major League Baseball record until Mark. McGwire broke it in 1998. For years, the brand carried a star because it broke Babe Ruth’s record for more seasons than the Bambino. It should be noted that Maris’ year in 1961 was unusual. His second season high was 39 home runs in 1960 and his third season high was 33 in 1962.
The newest member of the roster with at least 60 home runs has reached the mark in his seventh season in the majors. His previous best number of home runs was 52, which he hit in his rookie year in 2017, which is a record for a rookie in the majors. As of this writing, he is on pace to tie and possibly break Roger Maris’ record for most single-season homers in New York Yankees and American League history. This mark is 61 home runs.
Babe Ruth is the iconic reference of a leading home run hitter. From 1920 to 1961, he held the record for most home runs in a season. Initially with 54 home runs and later with 60. He hit more than 50 home runs in four seasons and more than 40 in seven other seasons. The term Bambinazo as a synonym for a home run comes from him, as he was called the Great Bambino. Rut is a member of the Hall of Fame.