50th Anniversary of Roger Maris's Record-Breaking SeasonYankee Stadium, NY (WDAY TV) - It was a day to celebrate the 50th anniversary of an unbelievable accomplishment done by Fargo’s own Roger Maris.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
It was a day to celebrate the 50th anniversary of an unbelievable accomplishment done by Fargo’s own Roger Maris.
Today was a day 50 years in the making as the Yankees honored Roger Maris's record-breaking season with a special on-field ceremony. The Yankees brought back several of Maris's old teammates who gave us some insight to that game 50 years ago here in the Bronx.
Yogi Berra – Maris Teammate, Hall of Famer: “I'll never forget I was on deck when he hit the home run, 61. I was the first guy that shook his hand. It was good fun for us to see those two guys fight it out for the home run lead. It was déjà vu all over again, I wish they had kept going. We had to push Roger out of the dugout so he could take a bow when he hit number 61.”
Bob Cerv – Maris Teammate: “During the year, when we'd be going to the park Maris had a car and he'd drive us. We'd talk about the pitchers and we'd say, ‘who's going to pitch today’ and ‘what do you know about him?’ Then all the sudden it got to be a homerun contest between Mickey and Roger. I never got to see him hit 61, but I watched it on TV. I had blown my knee out in Boston the week before.”
Sal Durante – Caught 61st Home Run: “I met Roger and that was the second biggest thrill for me that day, was to meet Roger. I offered him the baseball and he said, ‘no, you keep the baseball and make yourself some money, alright’. That's the kind of guy Roger was.”
It seems fitting that the Yankees are playing Boston today. The current Yankee captain Derek Jeter presented the Maris family with a bat that Maris hit homerun number 61. It was against Boston that Maris hit the record-breaking homerun 50 years ago.