Roger Maris and Yankee teammate Mickey Mantle engaged in a home race during a pennant race, both trying to pass the season record of 60 home runs hit in 1927 by Yankee Babe Ruth.
In 1961 the American League expanded from 8 to 10 teams and increased its schedule from 154 to 162 games. Both the 1927 and 1961 Yankees played one tie game.
Venue: Griffith Stadium
Game Duration: 2:18
Day Game, on grass
Senators 5, Yankees 1
HR: Roger Maris (43, off Dick Donovan, 4th inn, 0 on, 1 out to Deep RF)