DATE: 10/1/1961 
GAME: Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees
PLAYER: Roger Maris, New York Yankees
COMPLEX SAYS: While playing in the shadow of Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris made his own lane and name in the record books by bashing 61 homers in a single season. As one of the last truly clean power hitters to play the game, Roger Maris' 61st still stands—in our eyes—as the real home run record. No debate—or asterisk— necessary.