Aaron Judge scored a 60th in his home game Tuesday night, matching Babe Ruth and surpassing one of Roger Maris’ American League season records.
The New York Yankees driver sank 3-1 from Pittsburgh’s Wil Crowe 430 feet to the left court seat leading into the ninth inning. Judge’s third home run in two games and his ninth in September wowed a screaming crowd at Yankee Stadium. He answered pleas for a curtain call despite New York’s 8-5 deficit.
He equaled Ruth’s game total for the Yankees in 1927 and had 15 games left to play and surpassed Maris’ total for New York in 1961.
Judge leads the major leagues with 128 RBIs and was one of the AL leads with an average of 0.316 as he attempted to win his first Triple Crown since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.
Ruth became the first major jumper to reach 60 home team players when he connected with Tom Zachary of Washington for a two-legged run in the eighth inning on September 30, 1927, next game to the end of the season.
Roger Maris Jr and Kevin Maris, the former player’s son, were present.
The fans in the front row were already standing when Judge took the plate.