New York Yankees’ Judge Aaron just made baseball history.
The 30-year-old hit his 61st homer of the season in a Sept. 28 game against the Toronto Blue Jays, officially tying Roger Maris‘ American League record. The historic shot came in the seventh inning, when the judge smashed a ball from Tim Mayza over the left field wall at Rogers Centre.
Before Maris, Baby Ruth held the record with 60 homers in one season in 1927.
With seven more games to play, Judge could very well surpass Maris’ 1961 record for most homers in a season. However, he will still need another dozen successful hits if he wants to match barry bondThe MLB record of 73 homers in a season, which was set in 2001 during the league’s controversial “steroid era,” according to ESPN.
But that doesn’t mean Judge can’t redo the history books anymore. After all, Bonds recently predicted the outfielder will be able to homer more after his 61st hit.
“Trying to get to that 61 is the hardest part,” he told the outlet on Sept. 26. But trying to get there is the most difficult, this 61 is going to be the most difficult. It’s a big moment out of 61.”