How Steroids May Help Roger Maris Roger Maris was never quite allowed to hold baseball's most famous record. Maris hit 61 home runs for the New York Yankees in 1961. That broke Babe Ruth's record, but because Maris did it in a longer season, officials put an asterisk next to his number. Maris' record was later surpassed. But the state senate in his native North Dakota wants baseball to restore him to the top spot. Recent players who broke his record have since been accused of steroid use.