Chasing Babe Ruth: 6 Myths About 1961's Home Run Race

As the Yankees' Roger Maris hit his way toward 61 home runs in the 1961 baseball season, a legend's record was broken—and a host of myths were born. Here are the most persistent misconceptions about Maris's pursuit of Babe Ruth's season home run title, half a century later:

Read more about the 1961 season: "Roger Maris's Misunderstood Quest to Break the Home Run Record"

Presented by

Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A Miniature 1950s Utopia

A reclusive artist built this idealized suburb to grapple with his painful childhood memories.

Video

Why Principals Matter

Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her school. Then the Internet heard her story.

Video

A History of Contraception

In the 16th century, men used linen condoms laced shut with ribbons.

Video

'A Music That Has No End'

In Spain, a flamenco guitarist hustles to make a modest living.

More in Entertainment

Just In