Making History


Brendan Kuty

Aaron Judge celebrates his 61st home run of the season with his mom.

Chase Carty, Staff Writer

   New York Yankees’ right fielder Aaron Judge is en route to breaking the American League record for the most home runs by a single player in one season, previously held by Roger Maris 60 years ago.

    It took a mere 3.8 seconds for Judge to drill a pitch thrown by the Toronto Blue Jays’ Tim Mayza 394 feet out for his 61st home run Wednesday night. Judge–who hasn’t struck a home run since their 6-0 run last week–understands the significance of his accomplishment.

   “It’s definitely some relief, getting to 61… it’s a chance to tie Roger Maris,” Judge said when interviewed by The Times writer David Waldstein. “[This is] the stuff you dream about. It’s not even real.”

   Fortunately for Judge, it is real. Umpire Brian O’Nora congratulated him shortly after the Yankees’ 8-3 victory, along with giving him the official lineup card. Judge was spotted celebrating with his mom, Patty Judge, and previous record holder’s son Roger Maris Jr. in the front row. The two have been there for the majority of his home runs this season, and they were fortunate enough to witness the 61st live in Toronto.

   Judge has seven more games to beat Maris’ record, and as of now he’s recorded one home run every 2.54 games, putting him on pace to break the record this season.

   The Yankees remain on their home turf for tonight’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, where Judge will potentially make American history.