Roger Maris

Roger Maris

by 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

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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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Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
This "Baseball Superstars" series biography profiles Roger Maris who was born in 1934 and played baseball for high school and American Legion teams in North Dakota. A scout invited Maris to a Cleveland Indians' tryout camp, and Maris signed a contract with that team in 1953. By the 1957 season, Maris moved from minor to major league baseball. The Indians traded Maris to the Kansas City Athletics before the New York Yankees acquired him in 1959. Maris's performances won him such titles as 1960 and 1961 American League Most Valuable Player. This book chronicles the 1961 attempt by Maris and teammate Mickey Mantle to score 61 home runs in a season, one more than Babe Ruth's record. Injuries, especially a broken hand, challenged Maris. The Yankees traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1966. He retired two years later. Despite Maris's accomplishments, this biography explains why he was not elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Before Maris died in 1985, the Yankees retired his number and presented him the Lou Gehrig Pride of the Yankees award. Sidebars examine such subjects as American Legion baseball. The book also includes information on Maris's major league statistics, archival images, chronology, a glossary, a bibliography, and recommended web sites (including a link to the website for Maris's museum), but no endnotes or lists of supplemental texts are provided. This book does not give modern readers recent monetary comparisons for salary rates during Maris's career. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791097342
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Series:
Baseball Superstars Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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