TSN Archives: Why Homer Roger Maris’s Sixties Caused Controversy (October 4, 1961, release)

This story, written by Haller Dan Daniel of Future Baseball Hall, first appeared in the October 4, 1961 issue of The Sporting News (a precursor to the Yankees-Reds “World’s Series”), under the headlines, “Well Bomber Fuel Engines for Cincy” and “Cloak stop the heavy cold – Rogge takes a day off after Walloping No. 60 Homer.” As Babe Ruth set the record with No. 60 in 1927 over a 154-game schedule and the MLB regular season was 162 games by 1961, Commissioner Ford Frick judged who held the record.

NEW YORK, NY – With the world championships looming, local anger over the efforts of home-run Roger Maris has largely subsided. Fans here have been too busy trying to buy tickets for the classic, but this time it’s more rare than ever.

People who haven’t cared much about baseball for many years now have all been steamed by the fight between the 1961 assassins and Fred Hutchinson pitchers.

Homer Maris 60 produced one of the most amazing performances in the stadium’s long history. Not even Babe when he set his record sixtieth on September 29, 1927, received the applause that Roger received. Maris hit his sixties by 20,000 fans. Roth got nearly 7,000 clients in attendance. Maris drive followed the only call in local memory.

Fans standing and cheering

When Homer Maris entered the stands and Umpire Ed Hurley signaled his official authenticity, fans en masse woke up and continued to cheer for a few minutes. The game had to be stopped because the noise continued. Finally, Ralph Hawk tells Maris to come out of the bunker, and come out in full view of the call. Maris, of course, was very happy.

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“The greatest thing that happened to me in baseball,” he said.

Mrs. Maris had come east from Rayton, Missouri, near Kansas City. She had not previously seen Homer by the right-hand man, and exploded when he stood with her for an army of paparazzi.

The next afternoon, when the Bombers with a makeshift lineup took on a 3-to-2 defeat of the Orioles, Maris, Mickey Mantell, and Bobby Richardson were out of the competition. Maris Hook reported exhaustion from the reaction to Number 60 and said he was both physically and mentally ill. Hook suggested that Roger sit down on the matter and he readily agreed.

Roger needs a rest

“I felt that if Roger removes this game, and rests during tomorrow’s break in the schedule, he will be back in our last three games, with the Red Sox, in good shape to add to his home run group,” the pilot explained. .

Mantle caught a cold in Baltimore and the team doctor finally ordered him to sleep. Another examination revealed that Mick had a hip abscess. because of the virus. It was removed in a minor operation at Lenox Hill Hospital, September 28. There the doctors indicated that the cloak would be held for three days and released in time to play the series.

Richardson was also sidelined with a bout of boils in his leg.

While New York was temporarily resting from the excitement of the home-run Maris, ready to take her into the World Series, the Yankees found themselves deficient in the services of the classic Outfielder/Pinch-Hitter Bob Cerv. Kerry injured his knee again in Boston, and it became so painful he went to Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Sydney Gaynor announced that the knee was so bad that the surgery was performed on September 28.

Accordingly, Hawk notified Commissioner Ford Frick that the Yankees had removed Cery from their series roster and replaced Jack Reed, who had been recalled some time ago from Richmond (international) but after the September deadline for world championship eligibility.

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It is recalled that the Bombers had a similar experience in 1950, when Tommy Heinrich had to miss the series against the Phillies, and Johnny Hope was bought from the pirates to replace him.

That same fall, the Phillies had to make two changes to their series roster. Called up for active duty in the army, Kurt Simmons is replaced by Joko Thompson, and ailing Bill Nicholson is replaced by Jack Mayo.

No doubt your cervix will be missed as a pinch hitter. He fought 0.357 against the Buccaneers last year, with five hits in 14 attempts in four games. In 1955 and 56, he wasn’t very impressive against the Dodgers, scoring 0.15 in five games that first year and making a single in his only appearance the following fall.

When Maris reached number 60 and matched the girl’s record, the debate over the record became hotter than ever.

A conversation with Commissioner Frick resulted in some interesting angles.

“I am excited to meet with the Baseball Writers Association Recording Committee and discuss my position on the Ruth Maris situation,” Frick said.

“However, I made my decision and it still stands. The home run record in 154 games is credited to GH Ruth, Yankees, at 60. The home run record in 162 matches is credited to Roger Maris, Yankees.”

It has been suggested that the delegate does not have the right to participate in the records. The commissioner asserted that he had the full right to participate in the records if they were important elements of the policy.

The decision to return fans

“I intend to participate any time a similar political issue arises in relation to the record,” Frick said.

“I have received a huge number of messages from fans on my platform, and they support me 99 percent.”

Yankee Doodles: Yankee players and sports writers are honored at Yankee Stadium, September 26, by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Silver medals were presented to Baseman Bobby Richardson II, Catcher Elston Howard, and clerks Jimmy Cannon and Dan Daniel. … Babe Ruth’s widow was in the stands the night of Roger Maris’ body number 60. Mrs. Ruth seemed to be affected by the blast, left her seat for a while, but then returned. …he began the move to review the rule that prevented Elston Howard from winning the batting title because he did not participate in at least 502 matches. It was pointed out that Howard saw a great favor as the catcher and assist don’t play as often as other regular players. Commissioner Ford Frick said he tends to agree on the issue of hunting.

TSN Archive: President Kennedy closely monitors Maris HR bid

WASHINGTON, DC – The situation in Berlin, disarmament talks, and other political issues have occupied most of President John F. Kennedy’s time lately, but the CEO hasn’t been too busy to keep up with the national pastime.

The president showed keen interest in Roger Maris’ attempt to break Babe Ruth’s record, Representative Melvin Price (D., Illinois). It was revealed in a letter to publisher JJ Taylor Spink from Sports News.

“In the past month, I’ve had two occasions at the White House,” Price wrote. “The first time, the first question President Kennedy asked me was:

Do you think Maris would do that?

The morning after the last game Maris had a chance to tie or break Ruth’s record, I was in the White House again and the president’s first note was: ‘Well, it didn’t work.


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