NEW YORK (PIX11) – Yankees slugger Aaron Judge smashed his 60th home run of the season Tuesday night, matching the legendary Babe Ruth’s single-season best.
Judge’s home run came in the ninth inning off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Wil Crowe at Yankee Stadium. He hit it 430 feet to left field, tying Ruth’s season total from 1927.
Judge is now one home run away from tying Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 home runs in a single season set in 1961.
“When you talk about [Babe] Ruth and [Roger] Maris and [Mickey] Mantle and all these Yankees greats that did so many great things in this game, you never imagine as a kid getting mentioned with them,” Judge said after the game. “It’s an incredible honor, and something I don’t take lightly at all.”
Judge’s historic home run sparked a miraculous ninth-inning comeback for the Yankees. Giancarlo Stanton hit a walk-off grand slam to give the Yankees a 9-8 win after entering the final inning trailing 8-4.