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Red Sox legend David Ortiz is now less than two weeks away from playing in his final regular-season game. But that didn’t stop him from making some history on Monday night.

That’s because Ortiz connected for his 35th home run — this a two-run shot off Orioles righty Dylan Bundy — which set a new single-season record. Here’s the visual:

What record did Ortiz set? The most home runs in a season by a player aged 40 or older. Previously Darrell Evans owned that crown — and had since 1987. Evans’ mark had, for the most part, gone unchallenged, even during the steroid era. Before Ortiz, Raul Ibanez‘s 29-homer effort in 2013 was the only time someone had came within five long ones of Evans:

PlayerSeasonAgeHR
David Ortiz20164035
Darrell Evans19874034
Raul Ibanez20134129
Ted Williams19604129
Barry Bonds20074228

Of course, Ortiz isn’t just having an impressive season relative to his age. He entered Monday hitting .317/.403/.626, which is good for a 163 OPS+, or the second-highest mark in baseball, behind Mike Trout.

If Ortiz is dead-set on retiring, and he seems to be, then he’s going out on top.


Source: CBS Sports Headlines / WATCH: David Ortiz sets single-season HR record by a player aged 40 or older