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Matt Williams should have broken the home run record

By Dan Holmes    November 28, 2018

This fantastic photo was taken by Brad Mangin in 1991 at Candlestick Park. The Giants are wearing throwback uniforms from the 1925 season, when the Giants were still playing in New York.

Third baseman Matt Williams holds a bat in the center of the photo. Today, November 28, is Williams’ birthday. In 1994, Williams was having his best season when the schedule was halted by a labor strike. At the time of the strike, Williams had 43 home runs through 112 games (115 team games) on August 10th. More than a month later, with neither the players nor the owners budging, the season was cancelled. Williams never had a chance to make his run at the home run record, which was 61 at the time, by Roger Maris.

Had he maintained his pace, Williams would have hit 60.5 home runs. Would it have been 60 or 61? Could Williams have hit 62? Tell me what you think in the comments section below.

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About the Author

Dan Holmes is an author and baseball historian. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Major League Baseball. He once defeated George Brett in Texas Hold Em poker and faced Phil Niekro's knuckleball. He has two daughters and he writes regularly about baseball and many other topics.

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