Aaron Judge surpasses Roger Maris’ home run record in a single season


Frankie Shaughnessy, Staff Writer

In 1961, Roger Maris set the record for most home runs in a single-season, leading the American league. Roger Maris set this record during his second season as a player for the New York Yankees at age 26. He was one of the Yankees’ most valuable players of all time because of his work ethic for the sport.

In 2016, Aaron Judge became a Yankee at the age of 24. In Judge’s time being a Yankee so far, he has shown that he is a top-notch batter and outfielder. Judge has been a consistent home run hitter in all of his seasons playing baseball. From the 2016-2021 seasons he has had a total of 158 home runs. Judge’s drive, passion and performance won him the American league “Rookie of the Year” title in 2017.

From the start of the 2022 season, the Yankees have played hard, resulting in 99 wins and 63 losses. This earned them the title of first place in the American League East, clinching the season title on September 27th, after beating the Toronto Blue Jays. Since the start of this season, the fans have watched his chase of beating history. As the season was coming to an end, people watched hopeful and nervous to see if Judge would be able to take the new title of most home runs in a single-season for the American League. On September 28th, Judge tied the record that Maris had previously set of 61 home runs in a single season. This coincidentally occurred 61 years later. On October 4th, the Yankees were playing their 161st game of the season against the Texas Rangers, when Aaron Judge hit his 62nd career home run in the top of the first inning. Aaron Judge currently holds the title of most home runs in a single-season in the American League, at age 30, bringing his total home run count to 220.