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Top 10 MLB Single-Season Home Run Records: Unleashing the Power of the Long Ball

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The single-season home runs record in Major League Baseball (MLB) is one of the most prestigious and closely watched records in all of sports. It is a testament to a player’s power, skill, and consistency at the plate. The current record holder is Barry Bonds, who hit 73 home runs for the San Francisco Giants in 2001.

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Here is a look at the top 10 players in MLB history in terms of single-season home runs:

Top 10 List of the Most Home Runs in an MLB Single-Season

Sr. No. Name of the Player
1 Barry Bonds 
2 Mark McGwire
3 Sammy Sosa
4 Mark McGwire
5 Sammy Sosa
6 Sammy Sosa
7 Aaron Judge
8 Roger Maris
9 Babe Ruth
10 Babe Ruth

Barry Bonds (73)

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  • Record Year: 2001
  • Team: San Francisco Giants (NL)
  • Years Active in MLB: 1986-2007

And topping the list is none other than Barry Bonds. Bonds made his MLB debut with the Giants in 1986. He established himself as one of the best players in the game in no time. He was a seven-time All-Star and a seven-time Silver Slugger Award winner with the Giants. Bonds’ 2001 season is considered to be one of the greatest seasons in MLB history. He hit 73 home runs, which was the most in MLB history at the time. He drove in 137 RBIs and batted .328. Barry also won the NL MVP award and the Silver Slugger Award.


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Mark McGwire (70)

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  • Record Year: 1998
  • Team: St. Louis Cardinals
  • Years Active in MLB: 1986-2001

Cementing his position at number two, we have Mark McGwire making yet another entrance. He had his best season in 1998, when he hit 70 home runs, which was the most in MLB history at the time. He broke Roger Maris’ single-season home run record of 61 home runs.

McGwire and Sosa made baseball the most popular sport in America again, and they inspired millions of people with their achievements.

Sammy Sosa (66)

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  • Record Year: 1998
  • Team: Chicago Cubs (NL)
  • Years Active in MLB: 1989-2007

Sammy Sosa makes yet another entrance in this prestigious list, proving that he indeed was stuff of the legends. Sosa’s best seasons came in 1998 and 1999, when he chased the single-season home run record. In 1998, he hit 66 home runs, which was the second-most in MLB history at the time. He finished second to Mark McGwire, who hit 70 home runs. Sosa’s home run chase in 1998 was one of the most memorable seasons in MLB history. He and McGwire were locked in a neck-and-neck race all season long, and they both broke Roger Maris’ single-season home run record of 61 home runs.

Mark McGwire (65)

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  • Record Year: 1999
  • Team: St. Louis Cardinals
  • Years Active in MLB: 1986-2001

Coming in at number four, we have Mark McGwire. This is his second entrant in this list (as we will see he had a better season than this). What makes the 1999season special, not only for Mark but for the entire league, is that this was the record-breaking year for home runs hit in a season by the entire league. Throughout the season, McGwire had a whopping 147 RBIs, and played in 153 games.


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Sammy Sosa (64)

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  • Record Year: 2001
  • Team: Chicago Cubs
  • Years Active in MLB: 1989-2007

Sosa makes yet another entrance into the list. 2001 season was a marked success for him. He had to his name 160 RBIs and ended the season with a mighty impressive .328 batting average in 160 games.

 Sammy Sosa (63)

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  • Record Year: 1999
  • Team: Chicago Cubs
  • Years Active in MLB: 1989-2007

At number six, we have another southpaw of the game, whose name is enough to make people realize his caliber. 1999 was yet another record year for Sosa, who played all 162 games, concluding the season with a .367 on base percentage.

Aaron Judge (62)

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  • Record Year: 2022
  • Team: New York Yankees
  • Years Active in MLB: 2016-Present

In at number seven, we have Aaron Judge. His feat of 62 home runs in the 2022 season was a sight to behold. His record, though maybe seventh on the technical list, is the reigning American League record for home runs in a season nonetheless. Furthermore, it is also the record for home runs in a season by a player who has never been suspected of using performance enhancing drugs, taking home MVP honors in the process.


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Roger Maris (61)

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  • Record Year: 1961
  • Team: New York Yankees
  • Years Active in MLB: 1957-1968

A three-time world series champion and seven time All-star, Roger broke numerous records throughout his career. It is worth mentioning that his single season home run record of 61 stood until 1998, when Sosa and McGwire both broke it. Maris’ records still stood as the American League record until 2022.

Babe Ruth (60)

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  • Record Year: 1927
  • Team: New York Yankees
  • Years Active in MLB: 1914-1935

Ruth makes another appearance in the list. Needless to say, that the sport of baseball is rather synonymous with Babe Ruth. A seven-time World series champion, he was one of the first five inaugural players into the MLB All century team. Such was his impact in the game, that the New York Yankees, a team in which he spent the majority of his career, retired his jersey number.

Babe Ruth (59)

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  • Year: 1921
  • Team: New York Yankees
  • Years Active in MLB: 1914-1935

Starting off, we have the legendary Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth is considered to be the legendary baseball player of all time. He revolutionized the game with his prodigious home run hitting, and he helped to make baseball the most popular sport in America. He dominated the 1921 season, leading the league in RBIs, runs scored, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, total bases, extra base hits, as well as home runs. What is worth noting is that throughout the season, he never showed any signs of slump or slowing down; much to the delight of the fans.


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