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Career Highlights and Honors for Roger Maris

Roger Maris received several awards and accomplished a number of achievements in his major league baseball career, including:

Awards

  • American League All-Star (1959–1962; 7/8 games)
  • American League Most Valuable Player (1960–1961)
  • American League Gold Glove (Outfielder, 1960)

Achievements

  • Major League home run champion (1961–1998)
  • American League leader in home runs, runs scored, and total bases (1961)
  • American League leader in RBIs and extra base hits (1960, 1961)
  • American League leader in slugging average (1960)
  • American League leader in fielding average as right fielder (1960, 1964)
  • National League leader in fielding average as right fielder (1967)
  • American League pennant team (1960–1964)
  • National League pennant team (1967, 1968)
  • World Series champion team (1961, 1962, 1967)
  • Lifetime 5.39 home run percentage

Records

  • American League: Single-season home runs (61, 1961)
    The 1961 single-season home run record stood for 37 years, longer than the record Maris broke of Babe Ruth’s 60 homers in 1927.

Halls of Fame, Retired Uniform

The Baseball City Hall of Fame, a self-proclaimed alternative organization to honor baseball legends the Hall of Fame has overlooked, has inducted Roger Maris and honors him among the greatest ever to play the game.

In a nod to the magnitude of Roger’s accomplishments, the National Baseball Hall of Fame includes Roger Maris artifacts. Permanently at Cooperstown are the bat Roger used to belt number 61, along with the immortalized baseball he hit off Tracy Stallard on October 1, 1961. His 1961 Yankees home jersey is also on display.

The Yankees retired #9, Maris’ uniform number, on July 21, 1984. A new Roger Maris plaque was also dedicated in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. The plaque calls Maris, “A great player and author of one of the most remarkable chapters in the history of major league baseball.” Maris participated in the ceremony wearing a Yankee number 9 uniform.

Statistics

Athletic Record

Roger Maris Athletic Record

 Year Team BA HR RBI Awards
 1950 Shanley High School       Football - All State & All City
 1951 Shanley High School       Basketball (16-7) Track - 100; 440 & 880 Relays & Shotput
 1951 Shanley High School       Football - Leading Scorer
 1952 Shanley High School       Basketball; Track 100 (2nd State) Shotput (3rd State) 440 & 880 Relays
 1950 Fargo, ND American Legion       Most Valuable Player (Team)
 1951 Fargo, ND American Legion        
 1952 Fargo, ND Moorhead Chicks, Fargo Cook Sign        
 1953 Fargo, ND Fargo-Moorhead Twins (Class C) .325 9 80 Rookie of the Year (League)
 1954 Keokuk, IA (Class B) .315 32 111  
 1955 Tulsa, OK (Class AA) Reading, PA .233 .289 1
19
9
78
 
 1956 Indianapolis .293 19 75  
 1957 Cleveland Indians .235 14 51  
 1958 Cleveland Indians/Kansas City Athletics .240 28 80  
 1959 Kansas City Athletics .273 16 72  
 1960 New York Yankees .283 39 112 Most Valuable Player (A.L.); Slugging Champ .581
 1961 New York Yankees .269 61 142 Most Valuable Player (A.L.); Hickok Belt (Best Pro Player); Top Catholic Athlete of the Year
 1962 New York Yankees .256 33 100  
 1963 New York Yankees .269 23 53  
 1964 New York Yankees .281 28 71  
 1965 New York Yankees .239 8 27  
 1966 New York Yankees .233 13 43  
 1967 St. Louis Cardinals (National League) .261 9 55  
 1968 St. Louis Cardinals .255 5 45  

Maris' 61 in '61 Homers

Roger Maris 61 in '61 Record

 HR No. Club's Games Maris' Game Date Inn. Opponent Pitcher
 1 11 11 April 26 5 @ Detroit Foytack
 2 17 17 May 3 7 @ Minnesota Ramos
 3 20 20 May 6 (N) 5 @ Los Angeles Grba
 4 29 29 May 17 8 Washington Burnside (L)
 5 30 30 May 19 (N) 1 @ Cleveland Perry
 6 31 31 May 20 3 @ Cleveland Bell
 7 32 32 May 21 1 Baltimore Estrada
 8 35 35 May 24 4 Boston Conley
 9 38 38 May 28 2 Chicago McLish
 10 40 40 May 30 6 @ Boston Conley
 11 40 40 May 30 8 @ Boston Fornieles
 12 41 41 May 31 (N) 3 @ Boston Muffett
 13 43 43 June 2 (N) 3 @ Chicago McLish
 14 44 44 June 3 8 @ Chicago Shaw
 15 45 45 June 4 3 @ Chicago Kemmerer
 16 48 48 June 6 (N) 6 Minnesota Palmquist
 17 49 49 June 7 3 Minnesota Ramos
 18 52 52 June 9 (N) 7 Kansas City Herbert
 19 55 55 June 11 3 Los Angeles Grba
 20 55 55 June 11 7 Los Angeles James
 21 57 57 June 13 (N) 6 @ Cleveland Perry
 22 58 58 June 14 (N) 4 @ Cleveland Bell
 23 61 61 June 17 (N) 4 @ Detroit Mossi (L)
 24 62 62 June 18 8 @ Detroit Casale
 25 63 63 June 19 (N) 9 @ Kansas City Archer (L)
 26 64 64 June 20 (N) 1 @ Kansas City Nuxhall (L)
 27 66 66 June 22 (N) 2 @ Kansas City Bass
 28 74 74 July 1 9 Washington Sisler
 29 75 75 July 2 3 Washington Burnside (L)
 30 75 75 July 2 7 Washington Klippstein
 31 77 77 July 4 8 Detroit Lary
 32 78 78 July 5 7 Cleveland Funk
 33 82 82 July 9 7 Boston Monbouquette
 34 84 84 July 13 (N) 1 @ Chicago Wynn
 35 86 86 July 15 3 @ Chicago Herbert
 36 92 92 July 21 (N) 1 @ Boston Monbouquette
 37 95 95 July 25 (N) 4 Chicago Baumann (L)
 38 95 95 July 25 (N) 8 Chicago Larsen
 39 96 96 July 25 (N) 4 Chicago Kemmerer
 40 96 96 July 25 (N) 6 Chicago Hacker
 41 106 105 Aug. 4 (N) 1 Minnesota Pascual
 42 114 113 Aug. 11 (N) 5 @ Washington Burnside (L)
 43 115 114 Aug. 12 4 @ Washington Donovan
 44 116 115 Aug. 13 4 @ Washington Daniels
 45 117 116 Aug. 13 1 @ Washington Kutyna
 46 118 117 Aug. 15 (N) 4 Chicago Pizarro (L)
 47 119 118 Aug. 16 1 Chicago Pierce (L)
 48 119 118 Aug. 16 3 Chicago Pierce (L)
 49 123 122 Aug. 20 3 @ Cleveland Perry
 50 125 124 Aug. 22 (N) 6 @ Los Angeles McBride
 51 129 128 Aug. 26 6 @ Kansas City Walker
 52 135 134 Sept. 2 6 Detroit Lary
 53 135 134 Sept. 2 8 Detroit Aguirre (L)
 54 140 139 Sept. 6 4 Washington Cheney
 55 141 140 Sept. 7 (N) 3 Cleveland Stigman (L)
 56 143 142 Sept. 9 7 Cleveland Gram
 57 151 150 Sept. 16 3 @ Detroit Lary
 58 152 151 Sept. 17 12 @ Detroit Fox
 59 155 154 Sept. 20 (N) 3 @ Baltimore Pappas
 60 159 158 Sept. 26 (N) 3 Baltimore Fisher
 61 163 161 Oct. 1 4 Boston Stallard
             

Career Record

Roger Maris Career Record

YR. CLUB LEAGUE RESERVED QAL G AB R H TB 2B 38 HR SG% RBI SH SF TBB IBB HP SO SB CS GDP PCT
53 Fargo-Moorhead Northern Fargo-Moorhead
011
114
418
74
136
207
18
13
9
.495
80
4
-
76
-
3
62
14
-
-
.325
54 Keokuk Three-I Reading
022
134
502
105
158
292
26
6
32
.582
111
1
1
80
-
4
53
25
-
-
.315
55 Tulsa Texas
25
90
9
21
25
1
0
1
.278
9
0
2
15
-
1
18
2
1
-
.233
55 Reading Eastern Indianapolis
13V
113
374
74
108
186
15
3
19
.497
78
1
4
77
-
4
60
24
-
-
.289
56 Indianapolis Amer. Assn. San Diego
14V
131
433
77
127
214
20
8
17
.494
75
2
5
41
-
4
55
7
-
7
.293
57 Cleveland American Cleveland
116
358
61
84
145
9
5
14
.405
51
3
2
60
5
1
79
8
4
6
.235
58 Cleveland American Cleveland
51
182
26
41
75
5
1
9
.412
27
0
3
17
2
0
33
4
2
0
.225
58 Kansas City American Kansas City
99
401
61
99
176
14
3
19
.439
54
2
2
28
1
2
52
0
0
2
.247
59 Kansas City American Kansas City
122
433
69
118
201
21
7
16
.464
72
0
4
58
5
3
53
2
1
4
.273
60 New York American New York A
136
499
98
141
290
18
7
39
.581
112
1
5
70
4
3
65
2
2
6
.283
61 New York American New York A
161
590
132
159
366
16
4
61
.620
142
0
7
94
0
7
67
0
0
16
.269
62 New York American New York A
157
590
92
151
286
34
1
33
.485
100
1
3
87
11
6
78
1
0
7
.256
63 New York American New York A
90
312
53
84
169
14
1
23
.542
53
1
1
35
3
2
40
1
0
2
.269
64 New York American New York A
141
513
86
144
238
12
2
26
.464
71
1
2
62
1
6
78
3
0
7
.281
65 New York American New York A
46
155
22
37
68
7
0
8
.439
27
1
1
29
1
0
29
0
0
4
.239
66 New York American New York A
119
348
37
81
133
9
2
13
.382
43
0
4
36
3
3
60
0
0
8
.233
67 St. Louis National St. Louis
125
410
64
107
166
18
7
9
.405
55
1
5
52
3
4
61
0
0
10
.261
68 St. Louis National St. Louis VR
100
310
25
79
116
18
2
5
.374
45
1
4
24
3
1
38
0
0
3
.255
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