Goodbye, Roger Maris
Roger Maris, the 1960 and 1961 American League Most
Valuable Player, will be forever remembered as the
man who astonished the baseball world by hitting
61 home runs in 1961 (breaking Babe Ruth's 34 year
record by one). He played professional baseball
from 1956 to 1968, most notably with the New York
Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals.
Marris was the
second most famous person from Hibbing, Minnesota
(Bob Dylan being the first).
He died on December 14, 1985. This funeral program
was signed by Tracy Stallard (the pitcher who
gave up Marris' 61st home run), former President
Gerald Ford and Yankee Hall of Fame shortstop,
Phil Rizzuto (who, as the Yankee's announcer,
"called" Marris' 61st home run).