Athletic Record |
Maris' 61 in '61 Homers |
Roger’s career numbers.
- The 61 single-season home run record stood for 37 years, longer
than the record Maris broke of Babe Ruth’s 60-homers in
- Two-time American League Most Valuable Player, in 1960-61.
- Led the league in RBIs for two consecutive years (1960 and
- Played in 7 All-Star Games (1959-1962).
- Lifetime 5.39 Home Run Percentage.
Honors to Roger
Member of the Baseball City Hall of Fame.
The Baseball City Hall of Fame, a self-proclaimed alternative organization
to honor baseball legends the Hall of Fame has overlooked, has inducted
Roger Maris, and honors him among the greatest ever to play the
A Hall of Fame-quality player.
A 1998 USA Today article lists the following Maris accomplishments.
- American League MVP in 1960 when he hit 39 homers and led the
league with 112 RBIs.
- American League MVP in 1961 when he broke Ruth’s record
and led the league with 142 RBIs.
- 1,325 hits and 851 RBIs in 12 seasons.
- Gold Glove outfielder whom one former teammate says, “I
never saw make a mistake in the outfield. Could play all three
- An outstanding base-runner who frequently was injured breaking
up double plays at second base.
- Played on 7 World Series teams.
Other distinctions that point to greatness.
Parts of Maris’ legend are in the Hall of Fame.
- Maris hit 6 World Series home runs, including a homer in his
first at bat in a World Series.
- Roger won a Gold Glove in 1960.
- Maris is the only Yankee to be named Sportsman of the Year
by Sports Illustrated.
- Roger is the only player to win MVP’s in each of his
first two seasons with a team.
- Maris made a key Championship saving throw in Game 7 of the
1962 World Series.
In a nod to the magnitude of Roger’s accomplishments, the
National Baseball Hall of Fame includes Roger Maris artifacts. Permanently
at Cooperstown are the bat Roger used to belt No. 61, along with
the immortalized baseball he hit off Tracy Stallard on October 1,
1961. His 1961 Yankees home jersey is also on display.