On November 15, 1961 — For the second consecutive year, New York Yankees outfielder Roger Maris is named American League Most Valuable Player. The new single-season home run record holder with 61 edges his teammate Mickey Mantle by four points, 202-198. Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles finishes third with 157 points. Maris broke Babe ruth’s record of 60 home runs in a single season, the record was said to have an asterisk because baseball increase the games played per season from 154 to 162. There was never actually an asterisk.



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