Sixty-One in '61: Roger Maris Home Runs Game by Game

Sixty-One in '61: Roger Maris Home Runs Game by Game

by Robert M. Gorman


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Much has been written about Roger Maris and the historic summer of 1961 when he broke Babe Ruth's single-season home run record yet little is known about the pitchers on the other side of the tale. One of the many knocks against Maris was that he faced inferior pitching in an American League watered down by expansion from eight to 10 teams. But was that really the case? Did Maris face has-beens and never-weres while Ruth confronted the cream of AL pitching? Who were these starters and relievers and how good were they?
Drawing on first-hand accounts, interviews and a range of contemporary sources, this study covers each of Maris' 63 home runs that season, including the lost one and his game-winning World Series dinger. Biographies of each of his 48 victims cover the pitcher's career, pitching style and the circumstances of the game. Maris faced some really fine pitching that summer despite what many contended then—and now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476672625
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/30/2019
Pages: 347
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert M. Gorman is a retired university reference librarian with more than 40 years of professional research experience. He received the 2009 Sporting News–SABR Baseball Research Award for the book he and David Weeks wrote, Death at the Ballpark (McFarland, 2009; 2d ed. 2015). He lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi

Preface  1

Introduction  3

1. Overcoming Obstacles  5

2. Roger Maris Before 1961  41

3. April–May  58

4. June  92

5. July  134

6. August  187

7. September  228

8. October  280

Aftermath  295

Appendix: Roger Maris by the Numbers  301

Chapter Notes  303

Bibliography  327

Index  333

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