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The home run record that was considered 'modern' in 1919 was set by Gavvy Cravath of the Philadelphia Philles in 1915 who hit 24. The pre 1900 record was 27 Ed Williamson of the Chicago Colts set in 1884. For career home runs, Ruth broke the record of Roger Connor who had 138 career home runs.

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When Babe Ruth hit 29 home runs in 140 games for the Boston Red Sox in 1919, he broke the record of 27 set in 1884 by Ned Williamson of the Chicago White Stockings of the National League. Williamson set the record in a 112-game season with different ground rules.

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Ned Williamson of the Chicago White Stockings hit 27 home runs in 1884. That was the record for 35 seasons before Babe Ruth hit 29 home runs in 1919.

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Before Babe Ruth, Roger Connor held the home run record, with 138 home runs.

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