Back in the early 20s, the home run record wasn’t anything close to what it is today. However, the stars were still kept and people got excited when the major records got broken. And it so happened to be that the person who broke the home run record way back in 1921 would go on to become the greatest Baseball player ever.
It was on this day, July 18th, 1921, that Babe Ruth hit the 139rd home run of his career. The home run moved Babe Ruth in front of Roger Connor as the all-time MLB home run leader.
Babe of course, was just getting started. He would finish 1921 with an astonishing 59 home runs. Year in and year out – he would continue to assault the record books. In 1927, he hit 60 homeruns, breaking the record he had set 6 years earlier. Before it was said and done, Babe Ruth would finish with 714 homers. His career ended at the age of 40, may fans wanted him to play for another two years so that he could hit 800 home runs. Babe’s home run record stood for a very long time, until the great Hank Aaron came along.