The New York Yankees outfielder hits his 61st home run, breaking Babe Ruth's single-season record of 60 from 1927. But because major league baseball teams played 162 games instead of the 154 in Ruth's day -- and because Maris wasn't nearly as popular as teammate Mickey Mantle -- Maris' accomplishment wasn't fully appreciated in its day.
* Footage of home run No. 61: @
* Home run list (from www.baseball-almanac.com): @
* "Pursuit of No. 60: The Ordeal of Roger Maris" (Sports Illusrated, October 2, 1960): @
* Roger Maris Museum (Fargo, North Dakota): @
* Anniversary website: @
* "Maris Anniversary: The Catch of a Lifetime": @