MLB held two All-Star Games in 1959, 60, 61, and 62. He retired with a career total of 275 home runs after playing for the Cardinals in 1967 and 1968. Corrections? ) On January 23, 1961, an Associated Press reporter asked Maris whether the schedule changes might threaten Babe Ruth's single-season home run record; Maris replied, "Nobody will touch it... Look up the records and you'll see that it's a rare year when anybody hits 50 homers, let alone 60. , In 1961, the AL expanded from eight to ten teams. Maris hit a home run in Game 6 of the 1964 World Series. ", In 2011, George Vecsey of The New York Times called Maris "a terrific player for a few brief years". He hit his 61st home run on the final day of the season, October 1, 1961, against the Boston Red Sox to set a new record.  The Golden Days Era Committee (1950–1969) is scheduled to meet and vote for the first time in December 2020 for the 2021 Hall of Fame induction. I have always known that. From "Veronica Mars" to Rebecca take a look back at the career of Armie Hammer on and off the screen. , On September 24, 2011, at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees celebrated the 50th anniversary of Maris' single-season home run record.  Speaking at the 1980 All-Star Game, he said, "They acted as though I was doing something wrong, poisoning the record books or something. Roger Maris Stats. His father, who worked for the Great Northern Railroad, moved the family to North Dakota in 1942, where Roger and Rudy, his older brother by one-year, grew up. Phoenix, AZ 85004  He was inducted into the North Dakota American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. Roger Maris is Dead at 51, Set Record Home Runs By JOSEPH DURSO. Maris appeared in seven World Series; he played for Yankees teams that won the World Series in 1961 and 1962 and for a Cardinals team that won the World Series in 1967. Billy Crystal's acclaimed film, 61*, starring Barry Pepper and Thomas Jane, about the home run race in 1961, premiered in 2001. Maris did not appear on the Golden Era Committee ballot in 2011 and 2014 (one former player was voted to the Hall of Fame in 2011 and no one was voted in by the committee in 2014). She received three of the four possible votes. I will not argue with you about why or why not I should be elected. 555 N. Central Ave. #416 In the 2018 film Green Book, archive footage is featured of Maris hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants in game 6 of the 1962 World Series. He came up in the pros with the Cleveland Indians, and was soon dealt to the Kansas City Athletics, but it was his third team, the greatest of them all, the New York ... Self - St. Louis Cardinals Right Fielder / Self - St. Louis Cardinals Pinch Hitter, Flashback: Flatt & Scruggs Promote the Banjo on Live TV, Jim Bouton Dies: ‘Ball Four’ Author Who Broke Sports Taboos Was 80, Why 'The Good Wife' Might Be Network TV's Last Great Drama, Cracker Jack: Oldtimer's Baseball Classic, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Fran Jeffries, Buddy Hackett, Tom Poston, Dina Merrill, Don Ameche, Kitty Carlisle, Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History, The Greatest Summer of My Life: Billy Crystal and the Making of '61*', The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History, Pinstripe Power: The Story of the 1961 New York Yankees, What to Watch if You Miss the "Game of Thrones" Cast. , Maris had 59 home runs after the Yankees' 154th game and therefore failed to beat Ruth's 60 home runs within the original season length. Roger Eugene Maris was born on September 10, 1934, in Hibbing, Minnesota; in 1955, his father changed the surname from Maras to Maris. Maris finished his playing career as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1967 and 1968. Nothing. In 1966, the Yankees' and Maris' fortunes continued to decline as he played most of the season with a misdiagnosed broken bone in his hand. In four minor league seasons from 1953 to 1956, Maris hit .303 with 78 home runs.  Boston Red Sox pitcher Tracy Stallard gave up the record home run, which was caught by fan Sal Durante in the right field bleachers.  In the late 1950s, Kansas City frequently traded their best young players to the New York Yankees – a practice which led them to be referred to as the Yankees' "major league farm team" – and Maris was no exception. Updates? Roger Maris became one of the few baseball players ever featured on a United States postage stamp when the United States Postal Service issued its "Roger Maris, 61 in 61" stamp in 1999.