Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero

Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero

by Tom Clavin, Danny Peary
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Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero by Tom Clavin, Danny Peary

Tom Clavin and Danny Peary chronicle the life and career of baseball’s “natural home run king” in the first definitive biography of Roger Maris—including a brand-new chapter to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his record breaking season.

Roger Maris may be the greatest ballplayer no one really knows. In 1961, the soft-spoken man from the frozen plains of North Dakota enjoyed one of the most amazing seasons in baseball history, when he outslugged his teammate Mickey Mantle to become the game’s natural home-run king. It was Mantle himself who said, "Roger was as good a man and as good a ballplayer as there ever was." Yet Maris was vilified by fans and the press and has never received his due from biographers—until now.

Tom Clavin and Danny Peary trace the dramatic arc of Maris’s life, from his boyhood in Fargo through his early pro career in the Cleveland Indians farm program, to his World Series championship years in New York and beyond. At the center is the exciting story of the 1961 season and the ordeal Maris endured as an outsider in Yankee pinstripes, unloved by fans who compared him unfavorably to their heroes Ruth and Mantle, relentlessly attacked by an aggressive press corps who found him cold and inaccessible, and treated miserably by the organization. After the tremendous challenge of breaking Ruth’s record was behind him, Maris ultimately regained his love of baseball as a member of the world champion St. Louis Cardinals. And over time, he gained redemption in the eyes of the Yankee faithful.

With research drawn from more than 130 interviews with Maris’s teammates, opponents, family, and friends, as well as 16 pages of photos, some of which have never before been seen, this timely and poignant biography sheds light on an iconic figure from baseball’s golden era—and establishes the importance of his role in the game’s history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416596820
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 158,503
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Tom Clavin is the author or coauthor of sixteen books. For fifteen years he wrote for The New York Times and has contributed to such magazines as Golf, Men's Journal, Parade, Reader’s Digest, and Smithsonian. He is currently the investigative features correspondent for Manhattan Magazine. He lives in Sag Harbor, New York.
Danny Peary is a sports and pop culture historian who has published twenty books. His movie, television, music, and sports articles and interviews have appeared in such publications as FilmInk, Movieline, Satellite Direct, OnDirect TV, TV Guide, TV Guide-Canada, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, The Daily News, The Boston Globe, Sports Collectors Digest, The Soho News, The Philadelphia Bulletin, Films in Focus, Films and Filming, Slant, L.A. Panorama, Memories and Dreams, The East Hampton Independent, and Country Weekly. He is the New York correspondent for the Australian magazine FilmInk and a contributing editor for brink.com  He lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

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Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is truly a must read for all baseball fans. An excellent look at a misunderstood hero. A great nice guy that few people ever knew.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a wonderful thing to read...really liked it..anyways thanks for your time....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The family history of Roger Maris was very detailed. The reader can see very clearly how family relations formed the character of Maris. This was a very detailed and well presented story of the person and the player Roger Maris.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Roger Maris is a distant cousin of mine, and I would realy like to learn more about him. I am too young to have seen any of his games. However, research proves that the man who beat Roger's record in 1999 was on steroids, but they counted it anyway. Sooo unfair! In the rule book of baseball, druggs cannot be used in any way to improve personal abillities. I would know, I grew up with the game.Anyway, please tell me if this book would be helpful to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Epic get it!
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Alvinmc More than 1 year ago
Having watched the Yankees in the 60's on tv, I was a fan of both the M&M boys in the quest to break Babe's record. I later was fortunate to see Maris play with the Cardinals. he was a great outfielder and it is tragic he did not make the HOf, especially considering the players now who likely will. great book!!
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I really enjoyed this book. Outstanding and entertaining book. Very well done- It's not full of long descriptive box scores (thank goodness!), but rather tells the story behind Maris and let's us in on his upbringing. I enjoyed learning more about the behind-the-scene dramatics of the Yankee clubs in the 50's and 60's. Great insights into the games on the field, but also off the field.
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ARKVILLE More than 1 year ago
I GREW UP A MANTLE AND MARIS FAN. IT WAS ENJOYABLE AND TOUCHING FOR A CHANCE TO SEE THE HUMAN SIDE OF ROGER MARIS. I REMEMBER READING HOW THE M&M BOYS DID NOT GET ALONG AND I WAS GLAD TO SEE THAT LIE WAS LAID TO REST. I WISH ROGER WAS IN THE HALL OF FAME. THANKS FOR THE WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE.
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DrTQ More than 1 year ago
The story of Roger maris who broke Babe Ruth's record and earned the rath of Yankee fans. A complete analysis of his life from the human as well as from the athle. Ahero in hi time.tic side. A great Yankee, even a greater human being who endured the hardships of greatness and family discord. An excellent novel for young athletes to absorb. A remarkable man
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