Maris vs. Mantle vs. Ruth: 50th anniversary, May 6

May 6, 1961

This is the 50th anniversary of the greatest single season home run chase of all-time: Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle chasing the ghost of Babe Ruth. will be tracking the homers of these two great stars throughout the season.

On this date, Maris slammed his third homer of the season, a 5th inning solo off Eli Grba of the expansion Los Angeles Angels. The Angels won the game, 5-3. For Maris it was the 100th homer of his career.

On May 6, 1961 through 19 games:
Mickey Mantle had eight homers.
Roger Maris had three homers.

On May 6, 1927, through 19 games:
Babe Ruth had six homers.