With just over 30 games left in the regular season, Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is just 22 home runs away from tying the all-time record for homers in a season. With 51 long-balls in 128 games played on the season, Stanton is having a historic year no matter how he finishes. Over his last 47 games played, dating back to early July, he has hit an absurd 29 homers.
Whether or not Stanton gets to 73 – most likely not – doesn’t matter quite as much as the company he could be in by the time his year comes to an end. With Stanton getting as close to 60 homers as anyone has in over a decade, we looked at the players he is chasing on the single-season home run list.
8. Babe Ruth – 60
Back in 1927, George Herman “Babe” Ruth was the very first player to cross the 60-homer plateau. He had come close in 1921, becoming the first player to hit 59 home runs. Really, at his time Ruth was the only player putting up 50-plus home run seasons on the regular. He is a well-known name, to the point where the average human being could probably tell you who Babe Ruth is before they could point to Giancarlo Stanton in a lineup.
The Hall of Famer has 714 career home runs, which is extra impressive when you consider that he was overweight, had an alcohol problem, and was a pitcher early in his career. And for that fact, a good pitcher. Ruth led the league with a 1.75 ERA in 323 2/3 innings in 1916. Anyway, his 60 home runs in 1927 set the record and stood in a class of its own for 34 years.