Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 7/26/13
Owning the homerun record in Major League Baseball is one of the most coveted achievements of our national pastime. To break this record a player must be able to display power, plate discipline and consistency over a grueling 162 game schedule while also battling fatigue and ever mounting pressure to join baseball’s elite company. Since 1927 the only players to hold the single season home run crown are Babe Ruth (held record for 34 years), Roger Maris (37 years), Mark McGwire (3 years) and Barry Bonds (since 2001). Each player that has owned the record after Ruth instantly became surrounded with controversy. This season, when Baltimore Orioles first basemen Chris Davis clubbed his 37th home run before the All-Star break, baseball finds itself again asking the question, “who owns the home run record?” When Maris recorded his 61st homerun in 1961, the commissioner of baseball, Ford Frick, helped sparked a national debate. Frick declared that the homerun record would not be considered ...
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