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Yanks Win as Maris Blasts 35th Homer; 20 Games Ahead of Ruth's '27 Pace

July 15, 1961 - Erasing a six-run deficit with a stirring late drive, the Yankees cut down the White Sox, 9-8, in ten innings today in Chicago. In a dazzling exhibition of all-around play that won over even the raucous partisans at Comiskey Park, Roger Maris excelled for the Yankees. In the third inning, the slugging right fielder blasted his 35th homer. Coming in the Yankees' 86th game, it put him 20 games ahead of the pace set by Babe Ruth in his 60-homer season of 1927. In the sixth, Roger touched off the four-run Yankee rally with a triple that came close to being an inside-the-park homer. Even more important, in the eighth he cut off at the plate what well could have been the winning run for the White Sox.


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