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Monday, June 5, 2017

Roger Maris Home Run graph by PA 1960-1961. Tied at PA 338.

This graph compares the Home Run totals by the Plate Appearances (PA) of Roger Maris for 1960 and 1961. Since Maris had many more PA in 1961, the graph uses all 578 PA of 1960 and the first 578 PA of 1961.

The Maris HR totals were tied as late as PA 338.

Maris started his record setting 1961 season slowly and did not hit his first HR until Yankee game ten. In his first Yankee season, 1960, Maris hit two HR in his first game. But his big early 1960 lead lasted quite a while. Maris hit 1960 HR #10 in PA 125 (Yankee game 32) on May 28, 1960 off lefty Jack Kralick; in 1961 Maris also homered in PA 125 but it was only HR #5 off Jim Perry in Yankee game 29 on May 19, 1961.

Some other milestones: PA, 1960, 1961
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2021961-06-11 (2)NYYLAAJohnny James
2011960-06-22NYY@DETHank Aguirre
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2211961-06-14NYY@CLEGary Bell
2111960-06-26 (2)NYY@CLEMudcat Grant
2221960-06-26 (2)NYY@CLEJim Perry
2311961-06-17NYY@DETDon Mossi
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Maris hit #24 in PA 265 in both 1960 and 1961.
2421960-06-29NYYKCARay Herbert
2411961-06-18NYY@DETJerry Casale
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2511960-06-30NYYKCABob Trowbridge
2511961-06-19NYY@KCAJim Archer
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Maris hit number 28 in 1960 in Yankee game 77 (46-31), which was exactly half of the 154 game schedule. In 1961 the American League would add two new teams and eight more games, a 5% increase. In 1960 Roger Maris was ahead of his 1961 home run pace at the 1960 half way point.
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Maris hit number 28 in 1961 in Yankee game 73 (46-27). Then two more 1961 homers in the next game to reach 30, half way to the Babe Ruth record of 60.
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The Maris HR totals were tied as late as PA 338, after which the 1961 Maris pulled away, helped in part by the injury that 1960 Maris suffered Sunday, August 14, 1960. See previous post:

Why look at Roger Maris in 1960? Because it provides a base of comparison to his record setting season of 1961, which, of course, had 5% more games and pitching diluted significantly...

Mantle had hit number 27 July 31 and so trailed Maris 35-27. Eventually, Mantle beat out Maris 40-39 to lead the AL in 1960.

What happened to Maris? He was injured. And then he slumped.
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