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MLB home run record: list of most home runs in a season, single-season HR leaders as Aaron Judge watches history

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit his 60th home run of the season Tuesday night, in the Yankees’ 147th game of the season. It’s a truly historic season, as Judge leads the majors in home runs, RBIs, runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+, total bases, WAR and several other categories. He also leads the American League in batting average, which means he is currently in line to be the Triple Crown winner. Only Miguel Cabrera in 2012 has done it in the last 55 years.

Overall, Judge is hitting .316/.419/.703 (214 OPS+) with 60 home runs, 128 RBIs, 123 runs scored, 16 stolen bases and 9.7 WAR. Almost everything comes out of that line, but mostly it’s the 60 home runs.

One might have some questions about that brand, so let’s start with the all-time leaderboards. Just the facts here.

Most home runs in a single season, MLB

1. Barry Bonds, 73, 2001
2. Mark McGwire, 70 years old, 1998
3. Sammy Sosa, 66, 1998
4. Mark McGwire, 65, 1999
5. Sammy Sosa, 64, 2001
6. Sammy Sosa, 63, 1999
7. Roger Maris, 61, 1961
T8. Aaron Judge, 60, 2022
T8. Babe Ruth, age 60, 1927
T10. Giancarlo Stanton, 59, 2017
T10. Babe Ruth, age 59, 1921

Most home runs in a season, American League

1.Roger Maris, 61, 1961
T2. Aaron Judge, 60, 2022
T2. Babe Ruth, age 60, 1927
T4. Hank Greenberg, age 58, 1938
T4. Jimmie Foxx, age 58, 1932
6. Alex Rodriguez, 57, 2002
T7. Ken Griffey Jr., 56, 1998
T7. Ken Griffey Jr., 56 years old, 1997
T9. Jose Bautista, 54, 2010
T9. Alex Rodriguez, 54, 2007
T9. David Ortiz, 54, 2006
T9. Mickey Cloak, 54, 1961
T9. Babe Ruth, age 54, 1928
T9. Babe Ruth, age 54, 1920

Most home runs in a season, National League

1. Barry Bonds, 73, 2001
2. Mark McGwire, 70 years old, 1998
3. Sammy Sosa, 66, 1998
4. Mark McGwire, 65, 1999
5. Sammy Sosa, 64, 2001
6. Sammy Sosa, 63, 1999
7. Giancarlo Stanton, 59 years old, 2017
8Ryan Howard, 58, 2006
9.Luis Gonzalez, 57, 2001
10. Hack Wilson, 56, 1930

Fastest to 60 home runs (by team games)

1. Barry Bonds, 141 games, 2001
2. Mark McGwire, 142 games, 1998
3. Aaron Judge, 147 games, 2022
4. Sammy Sosa, 148 games, 1999
5. Sammy Sosa, 149 games, 1998
6. Babe Ruth, 154 games, 1927
7. Mark McGwire, 155 games, 1999
8. Sammy Sosa, 157 games, 2001
9. Roger Maris, 159 games, 1961

Fastest to 61 home runs (by team games)

S1 Barry Bonds, 144, 2001
S1 Mark McGwire, 144, 1998
3. Sammy Sosa, 149, 1999
4. Sammy Sosa, 150, 1998
5. Mark McGwire, 156, 1999
6. Sammy Sosa, 158, 2001
7. Roger Maris, 163, 1961

Fastest to 62 home runs (by team games)

1. Barry Bonds, 144, 2001
2. Mark McGwire, 145, 1998
3. Sammy Sosa, 150, 1998
T4. Mark McGwire, 157, 1999
T4. Sammy Sosa, 157, 1999
6. Sammy Sosa, 160, 2001

So as you can see, what Judge is doing in 2022 is truly historic. He has 15 games left to try to pass Maris and set a new American League standard for home run excellence in a single season. Judge will attempt to tie (and potentially break) the record on Friday night against the Red Sox.


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