MLB Home Run Record: List of Most Home Runs in a Season, HR Leaders for One Season as Aaron Judge Reaches No. 60

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit his 60th home run of the season on Tuesday night, in the 147th game of the season for the Yankees. It’s a truly historic campaign as Judge leads the majors in home runs, RBI, runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+, total bases, WAR and several other categories. He also leads the AL in batting average, meaning he is currently in line to become the Triple Crown winner. Only Miguel Cabrera in 2012 has done that in the past 55 years.

In total, Judge hits .316/.419/.703 (214 OPS+) with 60 homeruns, 128 RBI, 123 runs, 16 stolen bases and 9.7 WAR. Almost everything comes from that line, but it’s usually the 60 home runs.

You might have a few questions about that figure, so let’s get started with the all-time leaderboards. Just the facts here.

Most home runs in one season, MLB

1. Barry Bonds, 73, 2001
2. Mark McGwire, 70, 1998
3. Sammy Sosa, 66, 1998
4. Mark McGwire, 65, 1999
5. Sammy Sosa, 64, 2001
6. Sammy Sosa, 63, 1999
7. Roger Maris, 61, 1961
Q8. Aaron Judge, 60, 2022
T8. Babe Ruth, 60, 1927
T10. Giancarlo Stanton59, 2017
T10. Babe Ruth, 59, 1921

Most Home Runs in One Season, American League

1. Roger Maris, 61, 1961
T2. Aaron Judge, 60, 2022
T2. Babe Ruth, 60, 1927
T4. Hank Greenberg, 58, 1938
T4. Jimmie Foxx, 58, 1932
6. Alex Rodriguez, 57, 2002
T7. Ken Griffey Jr., 56, 1998
T7. Ken Griffey Jr., 56, 1997
T9. Jose Bautista, 54, 2010
T9. Alex Rodriguez, 54, 2007
T9. David Ortiz, 54, 2006
T9. Mickey Cloak, 54, 1961
T9. Babe Ruth, 54, 1928
T9. Babe Ruth, 54, 1920

Most Home Runs in a Season, National League

1. Barry Bonds, 73, 2001
2. Mark McGwire, 70, 1998
3. Sammy Sosa, 66, 1998
4. Mark McGwire, 65, 1999
5. Sammy Sosa, 64, 2001
6. Sammy Sosa, 63, 1999
7. Giancarlo Stanton, 59, 2017
8. Ryan Howard, 58, 2006
9. Luis Gonzalez, 57, 2001
10. Hack Wilson, 56, 1930

Fastest to 60 home runs (per team matches)

1. Barry Bonds, 141 games, 2001
2. Mark McGwire, 142 games, 1998
3. Aaron Judge, 147 games, 2022
4. Sammy Sosa, 148 games, 1999
5. Sammy Sosa, 149 games, 1998
6. Babe Ruth, 154 games, 1927
7. Mark McGwire, 155 games, 1999
8. Sammy Sosa, 157 games, 2001
9. Roger Maris, 159 games, 1961

Fastest to 61 home runs (per team games)

T1. Barry Bonds, 144, 2001
T1. Mark McGwire, 144, 1998
3. Sammy Sosa, 149, 1999
4. Sammy Sosa, 150, 1998
5. Mark McGwire, 156, 1999
6. Sammy Sosa, 158, 2001
7. Roger Maris, 163, 1961

Fastest to 62 home runs (per team games)

1. Barry Bonds, 144, 2001
2. Mark McGwire, 145, 1998
3. Sammy Sosa, 150, 1998
T4. Mark McGwire, 157, 1999
T4. Sammy Sosa, 157, 1999
6. Sammy Sosa, 160, 2001

So, as you can see, what Judge does in 2022 is really historic. He has 15 games left to try and catch up with Maris and set a new American League standard for homer excellence in a single season. Judge will try to match (and possibly break) the record against the Red Sox on Thursday night.

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