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Computer Says Maris Unlikely to Break Ruth’s Record

Sept. 17, 1961 - Despite hitting his 57th home run yesterday, Roger Maris's chances of breaking Babe Ruth's home-run record are extremely slim, according to Casey the Computer. The electronic brain programmed by the Statistical Tabulating Corporation to figure the chances of Maris and Mickey Mantle reaching the 61 mark in 154 games now says that Roger's chances are only 5 out of 100 - 20 to 1 against him. Mantle's chances are a string of zeroes. At present, the computer predicts Maris will hit 62 homers in the full 162-game season and Mantle 58.


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