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Yankees Beat White Sox as Maris and Mantle Connect

July 13, 1961 - Thanks largely to soaring home runs by Roger Maris (pictured right after today's game) and Mickey Mantle, the Yankees regained the top of the American League standings today. The big bombers of Ralph Houk's club connected for No. 34 and No. 30, respectively, to pace a four-run first-inning assault on Early Wynn that paved the way to a 6-2 triumph over the White Sox in Chicago. The Maris homer put Roger 14 games and 15 days ahead of Babe Ruth's record pace. When the Babe set his mark of 60 homers in 1927, he didn't get his 34th until the Yankees' 98th game, on July 28. Mantle's homer was the 350th of his major league career.


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