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.

Billy-Ball.com 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.