Fifty-two years ago Tuesday, the most famous single season home run chase in history came to an end. Roger Maris, having a season that was both a dream and a nightmare, sent a pitch from Boston pitcher Tracy Stallard into the right field seats at Yankee Stadium for his 61st home run of the season.
It was a record that would stand for the better part of four decades.
At that moment, a United Press International photographer captured the swing that broke the record set by Babe Ruth that had lasted since 1927. This classic image, framed almost perfectly by the man behind the camera, is part of a mammoth group of original, vintage photographs obtained by RMY Auctions that is up for bid right now.
61 FOR ROGER!
NEW YORK: Yankee Roger Maris swings…and hits his 61st homer of the season October 1st, to surpass the all-time high of Babe Ruth and place a new record in the books for the sluggers of the future to shoot at. Maris connected for number 61 off righthander Tracy Stallard in the fourth inning of game her between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The ball sailed some 360 feet into the lower right-field stands at Yankee Stadium where Ruth himself hit his 60th homer 34 years ago yesterday. And (incidentally) the blast decided the outcome of the game as Yanks triumphed 1-0.
Current high bid has surpassed $200 for the photo, with the auction closing Saturday. Click here to see more than 1,000 different photos from wire services and other sources that are part of a newly consigned collection that is currently up for bid.