(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist The mark is 61, no matter what the record books say.
Roger Maris is the single-season home run champion, regardless of how many home runs Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa managed to hit. He will be until someone deposits No. 62 over a fence and then does something even more difficult by convincing us that it was done without the benefit of modern chemistry.
That someone could be Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles. He has 45 home runs with 38 games left, and is on a pace to threaten the record if not break it.
It won't be easy, and the pressure will mount with each at bat. Maris himself starting losing hair in clumps as he chased the mark of 60 held by Babe Ruth a half century ago, enduring hate mail and death threats along the way.
At least Davis has some control over what happens on the field. He doesn't when it comes to the court of public opinion.
If he hits a lot of home runs he must be juiced. Period, end...