He jogged around slowly, touched each bag firmly and carefully, and when he imbedded his spikes in the rubber disk to record officially Homer 60, hats were tossed into the air, papers were torn up and tossed liberally and the spirit of celebration permeated the place.” – New York Times, October 1, 1927
On September 30, 1927, Babe Ruth established a new record for homeruns in a single season by belting his 60th round tripper against the Senators’ Tom Zachary. Ruth’s milestone achievement not only bested his own mark of 59, set in 1921, but also surpassed the total of every other American League team as well as all but three in the National League.
In an era when the homerun has lost some of its luster, it’s easy to overlook the enormity of Ruth’s accomplishment, not to mention the entirety of his career, but for those who need a little reminder, and perspective, following is a unique leader board from the 1927 season.
1927 Homerun Leaders
|New York Giants||109|
|St. Louis Cardinals||84|
|St. Louis Browns||55|
|Chicago White Sox||36|
|Boston Red Sox||28|