Roger Marisby Anne M. Todd
With a combination of speed, strength, power, and agility, Roger Maris knew how to help his team win games: He ran extra bases, bunted to advance teammates, and threw men out at home plate from right field. In 1961, Maris found himself in a sluggers' race with fellow Yankee Mickey Mantle. The goal was to overtake Babe Ruth's single-season home run record of 60. On the last day of the regular season, Maris cracked home run number 61 and entered the record books. Although some sports critics considered him a one-year wonder, Maris reached the World Series seven times in his 12-season career and was voted the Most Valuable Player in the American League for two consecutive years.
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