Roger Maris, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Roger Maris

American baseball player

Date of Birth: 10-Sep-1934

Place of Birth: Hibbing, Minnesota, United States

Date of Death: 14-Dec-1985

Profession: baseball player

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Virgo


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About Roger Maris

  • Roger Eugene Maris (September 10, 1934 – December 14, 1985) was an American professional baseball right fielder.
  • He is best known for setting a new major league baseball single-season home run record with 61 home runs in 1961; the record remained unbroken until 1998. Maris played in the minor leagues from 1953 to 1956, and in the major leagues from 1957 to 1968.
  • He reached the major leagues in 1957 as a player for the Cleveland Indians.
  • He was traded to the Kansas City Athletics during the 1958 season, and to the New York Yankees after the 1959 season.
  • Maris finished his playing career as a member of the St.
  • Louis Cardinals in 1967 and 1968.
  • Maris was an American League (AL) All-Star from 1959 through 1962, an AL Most Valuable Player in 1960 and 1961, and an AL Gold Glove Award winner in 1960.
  • 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. Maris' home run record was controversial.
  • The previous single-season home run record (60, set by Babe Ruth in 1927) was set during a period when Major League Baseball teams played 154 games per season.
  • Before Maris broke Ruth's record, the American League baseball season had been extended to 162 games.
  • Maris hit his 61st home run in the very last game of the season, which led to questions about the legitimacy of his record.
  • In 1998, Mark McGwire set a new Major League record with 70 home runs; in 2001, Barry Bonds surpassed that mark with 73.
  • Maris continues to hold the American League record for most home runs in a season.

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