Fourteen years later, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees were each making legitimate runs at Ruth's then-34-year-old single-season home-run record of 60.
2,1961, just a day after he hit his 61st home run, baseball's new single-season home-run champ responded to McKelvey's request with a typewritten, signed letter.
The irate caller berated KMOX and host Randy Karraker, arguing that the media in town were making fans feel guilty about even the thought of cashing in on a McGwire home-run ball - should they be lucky enough to snag one in their outfield seats.
The angry caller continued to holier that super-rich, super-star McGwire should do the gentlemanly thing with any fan who offered to return a home-run ball to him - McGwire should do as the Cubs' Sosa had been doing with his fans.
On any given day, Jim Rice (who finished the season with a league-leading 39 homers), George "Boomer" Scott (who finished with 33), Butch Hobson (30), Carl Yastrzemski (28), Carlton Fisk (26), Fred Lynn (18), Bernie Carbo (15) and Dwight Evans (14) seemed to be engaged in their own home-run
As his Hall of Fame plaque states, he "won two World Series games from [the] Giants in 1911 with home-runs
thus getting name 'Home Run' Baker." Baker's two home runs would understandably gain attention.
In the course of his career, Piazza would pass all of the Hall-of-Fame catchers on the home-run list, including Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Carlton Fisk, and Gary Carter.
Table 1 shows career home-run tallies for Hall-of-Fame backstops, plus some notable non-HOF catchers, and the date Piazza passed each.
3 Besides Harmon Killebrew, the 10 other players to win a league home-run
title and be elected to the Hall of Fame since 1969 are Willie McCovey, Johnny Bench, Willie Stargell, Mike Schmidt, Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg in the National League.
Namely, he assumes that the main effect of steroids vis-a-vis home-run
production is to increase the batter's muscle mass by 10 percent.
"People were talking this year that maybe the numbers would be down a little, and they're not," said David Vincent, a computer programmer from Centerville, Virginia, who is the world's reigning expert on home-run
As compared with the home-run
records of other great stars of the diamond in days gone by or with those of today's heroes, Ty's record looms large on baseball's horizon.