Aaron Judge hit his 60th home run Tuesday night, matching Babe Ruth and moving within one of Roger Maris’ American League season record.
New York Yankees slugger led a sinker 3-1 Pittsburgh’s Wil Crowe 430 feet to the left field seats at the top of the ninth inning. Judge’s third home run in two games and ninth in September thrilled a screaming crowd at Yankee Stadium. He answered pleas for a curtain call despite New York’s 8-5 deficit.
He matched Ruth’s total for the 1927 Yankees and has 15 games left to match and beat Maris’s total for New York in 1961.
Judge leads the major leagues with 128 RBIs and is among the American League batting leaders with a .316 average as he seeks the first Triple Crown since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera achieved it in 2012.
Ruth became the first Major League Baseball player to hit 60 home runs when he hit Washington’s Tom Zachary for a two-run homer to right in the eighth inning on September 30, 1927, the penultimate game of the season.
Roger Maris Jr and Kevin Maris, sons of the former player, were present.
Fans stood in outfield seats as Judge came to home plate.