Oct. 1, 1961
On the first day of October and the final day of the regular season, the Yankees outfielder broke Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs. Brooklyn truck driver Sal Durante tried to give Maris back the ball, but the Yankees slugger insisted that Durante sell the ball and keep the money. The fan ended up selling it for $5,000 to a restaurant owner who displayed the ball and eventually gave it to Maris. The ball now resides in the Hall of Fame.