For 61 years, Roger Maris' home run record had stood: 61 home runs, set by the New York Yankee in 1961

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untouched as the most homers hit in one season by any American League player.

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Now, all these years later, with a 62nd decisive shot off of Aaron Judge's bat, a new record has taken its place.

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Judge, the 30-year-old standout outfielder for the New York Yankees, hit his 62nd home run of the season

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during a Tuesday night game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.

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Fans in the stands erupted in cheers and his teammates gathered at home plate to meet him, offering hugs one after another.

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But it is very real, and to Roger Maris Jr., even more real than when Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds broke his father’s record several times over, beginning in 1998.

Judge has been an impressive slugger since his first major league at-bat, when he hit a home run on just his fourth pitch as a Yankee.

In his seventh season, the 30-year-old has shattered his previous bests. In addition to his 62 home runs, Judge has 131 RBIs — best in the American League