Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Roger Maris

Two-time American League MVP, four-time All-Star, Gold Glove winner, member of seven World Series teams and the first man to break Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record. These are just some of the accomplishments outfielder Roger Maris achieved in his 12-year baseball career. Born September 10, 1934 (seventy-five years ago) Roger Maris signed a baseball contract right out of high school. Maris was an all-around player who inspired a generation of baseball fans. Learn more about his magical summer with Ron Smith’s “61*”, one of the most captivating summers in baseball history; a summer that the most celebrated record in baseball fell. This book covers every thing from its spring training dispatches, through each and every home run, through the controversial so-called 'asterisk' ruling, to the final record-breaking home run, 61* chronicles in week-by-week format the home run race, up to and including the Yankees' World Series victory that year.

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