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On Sport and Society

1991

Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, Ford Frick, Baseball, MLB, World records, Basketball, NBA, Olympics, Sportsmanship, MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Journalism

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Maris And The * - Dream Team Disaster - Pennant Race, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1991

Maris And The * - Dream Team Disaster - Pennant Race, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Tuesday, October 1, was the 30th anniversary of Roger Maris' 61st home run, which broke Babe Ruth's record of 60 homers set in 1927. That Sunday in 1961 in Yankee Stadium should have been a wonderful occasion for Roger Maris, but instead it was the end of a long season of agony. Sportswriters and fans in New York and around the nation had done their best to make life miserable for Maris, for having the temerity to challenge the single season home run record of Babe Ruth.