Pa Disha Tosar
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The American League has a new home run king.

Aaron Judge made baseball history on Tuesday when he hit his 62nd home run of the season in a 1-1 tie in the first innings against Texas Rangers pitcher Jesus Tinokobreaking Roger Morris’ AL single-season home run record.

Aaron Judge of the Yankees hit a record 62nd home run of the season

On Tuesday at Texas, Aaron Judge broke Roger Morris’ AL single-season home run record with his 62nd homer of 2022.

The record explosion of the judge took place in New York Yankees‘ 161st game of the season and 157th in which he played. He had previously been without a homer in seven straight games knocking No. 61 on Wednesday in Toronto and then went five more games without a homer between Nos. 61 and 62.

The Yankees hitter is now the fourth player Major League Baseball hit 62 home runs in a season in history. Judge will forever be associated with these game-changing hitters who also smashed 61 home runs or more: Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Maris.

More than six decades ago, Maris broke Babe Ruth’s then-record 60 home runs in the 163rd game of a Yankees season, breaking Boston Red Sox 2-0 pitcher Tracy Stallard into right field at Yankee Stadium. After running the bases, Maris jumped out of the dugout and let out a cry of embarrassment.

Aaron Judge hits home run #61

Aaron Judge smashed his 61st home run of the season in Toronto on Wednesday, tying Roger Maris for the most single-season homers by an AL player.

Judge tied with Roger Maris in Toronto on Wednesday. The judge’s mother, Patty, knew right away that it was the same one. Sitting in the stands at the Rogers Center, her indomitable smile grew wider as Judge hit a historic 394-foot home run. Sitting next to Petty was Roger Maris Jr., who, like Judge’s mom, attended every Yankee game, patiently waiting for the special occasion.

It looks like there’s no end to Maris and Judge’s similarities. Maris won the American League MVP award in that magical 1961 season. There is a judge likely AL MVP in his 62-home run — and counting — season that earned his place in both Yankee and baseball history.

With just one game left in the regular season, Judge has little time to extend the streak, but he’s already made his mark as one of the greatest hitters the game has ever seen.

Disha Tosar is an MLB writer for FOX Sports. She previously covered the Mets for the New York Daily News. Follow her on Twitter at @Disha Tosar.

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