The final five

Roger Maris hit  home run #57 fifty-years-ago today.

Visitors to the Roger Maris Museum at West Acres Shopping Center in Fargo can see the ball - which was thrown by Detroit Pitcher Frank Larry and hit out of Tiger Stadium.  Fifty-seven home runs in a single season is a feat still only achieved by 10 MLB hitters since 1921 (Baseball Almanac).

Fifty-years since 61 culminated with these last five:

  • September 16 - Game 151 vs. Detroit
  • September 17 - Game 152 vs. Detroit - off pitcher Terry Fox
  • September 20 - Game 155 vs. Baltimore - off pitcher Milt Pappas
  • September 26 - Game 159 vs. Baltimore - off pitcher Jack Fisher
  • October 1 - Game 163 vs. Boston - off pitcher Tracy Stallard

    Roger Maris hits historic home run 61

You can learn more about Maris' historic season online.  The Roger Maris Museum is free and features his Sultan of Swat crowns, autographed balls, jerseys, a replica of his Yankees locker and a video highlighting his career.

To experience baseball in Maris's hometown of Fargo - where he also started his baseball career - check out the FM RedHawks.