(KTXL) — New York Yankees slugger and Linden native Aaron Judge is one homer shy of tying the American League record home run record of 61. 

The Linden High alum looks to tie and possibly break the record — set by fellow Yankee Roger Maris in 1961 — when the Yankees host the Boston Red Sox on for a four-game series this weekend.

The American League is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball, the other being the National League.

Judge’s 2022 historic run also includes him chasing MLB’s first “triple crown” since 2012. In baseball, a “triple crown” entails a player finishing with the lead in three statistical categories: home runs, RBIs, and batting average. 

Currently, Judge has the most home runs at 60 and is in the lead for RBIs with 128, but has the third-best batting average at .317. 

As Judge chases Maris’ American League record, here are the all-time leaderboards for most home runs in a single season for both.

Most single-season home runs for MLB

  1. Barry Bonds — 73, 2001

2. Mark McGwire — 70, 1998

3. Sammy Sosa — 66, 1998

4. Mark McGwire — 65, 1999

5. Sammy Sosa — 64, 1999

6. Sammy Sosa — 63, 1999

T7. Roger Maris — 61, 1961

T7. Aaron Judge — 61, 2022

8. Babe Ruth — 60, 1927

T10. Giancarlo Stanton — 59, 2017

T10. Babe Ruth — 59, 1921

Most single-season homes run for the American League

T1. Aaron Judge — 61, 2022

T1. Roger Maris — 61, 1961

T2. Babe Ruth — 60, 1927

T4. Hank Greenberg — 58, 1938

6. Alex Rodriguez — 57, 2002

T7. Ken Griffey Jr. — 56, 1998

T7. Ken Griffey Jr. — 56, 1997

T9. Jose Bautista — 54, 2010

T9. Alex Rodriguez — 54, 2007

T9. David Ortiz — 54, 2006

T9. Mickey Mantle — 54, 1961

T9. Babe Ruth — 54, 1928

T9. Babe Ruth — 54, 1920