'Roger Maris On Stage' tells tale of hometown heroFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A true story, detailing the stressful life and rapid rise of Fargo's hometown hero, is a homerun hit.
By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY
A true story, detailing the stressful life and rapid rise of Fargo's hometown hero, is a homerun hit. Roger Maris On Stage premiered at the Fargo Moorhead Community Threatre tonight, but the promising play throws a few curveballs. The hour long play has only two actors; A local playwright, and another man playing more than 20 characters, all outlining Maris's journey leading up to the infamous 1961.
The play begins with Maris playing American Legion baseball in Fargo with his brother back in 1950. Maris was MVP that year. From there, it follows the New York Yankees slugger up to October 1st, 1961 when he hit his historic 61st homerun that year. The play revisits the many personal stresses and professional pressures Maris went through trying to break Babe Ruth's record. The baseball legend lost his hair, had a skin rash, and didn't get along with the press.
David Lassig – Plays Roger Maris: “You hear about all this pressure that he went through trying to break this record but when you see the show, I think people will see it's a lot more than what you originally think it's going to be. And you know nobody really wanted him to break this record. They wanted Mickey Mantle to break it so he always had that on his back too that he shouldn't be the one breaking this record.”
You can catch the play outdoors at Jack Williams Stadium in Fargo, Saturday night at 7:30. 75% of proceeds go to the Roger Maris Cancer Center.