Rare Movie Footage Shows Babe Ruth Hitting # 60 in 1927 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 31 July 2010

In today’s 24/7 world of sports programming, when it’s possible to watch every minute of every MLB game on your TV, computer or web-enabled phone, it’s still possible to appreciate the timeless majesty of Babe Ruth’s 60th home run of the 1927 season.  Watch as “The Bambino” approaches the plate on September 30, 1927 (the second to last game of the season) and lives up to his moniker as “The Sultan of Swat.”

In doing so, he set the first truly long-term single season home run standard, which would stand for 34 years before being surpassed by fellow Yankee legend Roger Maris who went yard 61 times in 1961.

The Colossus of Clout virtually created the category when he set his first Major League home run record during the 1919 season when he connected a then unbelievable twenty-nine times with the Boston Red Sox. The 1919 plateau was considered at the time an "unreachable mark" until the following year when the Bambino smashed his own record by going deep fifty-four times — then beat that record just one year later when he went deep fifty-nine times. A few seasons passed and the 1920 record seemed safe until 1927, when the Ruth blasted sixty long balls in just one hundred fifty-one games.

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