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Yankees Top Tigers, 6-4, as Maris Hits No. 58

Sept. 17, 1961 - Roger Maris hit his 58th home run of the season today. He did it in the 12th inning of the Yankees' game in Detroit after missing a homer by a foot in the 7th. But Roger's blast in the 12th had No. 58 written all over it. It crashed against the lower facing of the upper deck in right center 400 feet away. It put him within two of the Babe Ruth record of 60, and it gave the Yankees a 6-4 victory. Since this was the Yankees' 151st game, Roger now has three games remaining if he is to equal the Ruthian mark of 60 within the 154 games set by Commissioner Frick.


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