Roger Maris: Why Didn’t America Have Room In Their Hearts For More Than Just One Hero?

After watching the movie ’61*’ for the first time this evening, I have to say, I have never felt more anger towards Babe Ruth or his b*tch of a wife. (Yeah, say what you want. Her character in the movie was a… well, I can’t even say it! 😦 ) Nor have I ever hated Yankee fans more than I do now, and I am a HUGE Jeter fan.
I realize that a few people stumble upon this site looking for entertainment, or maybe even pornography (my name is a magnet for that sort of thing… sadly). So, for those of you that have no idea who Roger Maris is, let me give you a brief summary.

Roger Eugene Maris was born September 10, 1934 and sadly, died December 14, 1985. He was an American League right fielder in Major League Baseball who is primarily remembered for breaking Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record in 1961, a record that would stand for 37 years. And a record that was sadly broken by two not so deserving ball players, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Both were on steroids when they broke that record,(ALLEGEDLY!) and while steroids do not improve the way you hit the ball, it does improve strength and gives a tremendous boost of confidence, knowing that you are better than the guy before you does that, but Maris did it with out that extra boost. Maris did it against all odds. Maris reached his record while under the pressure of the game, fans, haters; you name it. He reached this record while all of America cheered for Mickey Mantle and cursed Maris’ name. Maris received thousands of hate mail and even experienced stress induced hair loss.

The one thing that angers me most about Roger Maris’ story, aside from the low life reporters that tarnished his image and the brain dead Yankee fans that fell for all the hype, the one thing that really angers me, is that Roger Maris beat Ruth’s record in complete fairness, and they took his success and named it as a disgrace by marking an asterisk next to it. Speaking at the 1980 All-Star game, he said of that season, “They acted as though I was doing something wrong, poisoning the record books or something. Do you know what I have to show for 61 home runs? Nothing. Exactly nothing.” Not only was he not put in the Hall of Fame, but it wasn’t until 1991 that the asterisk was removed from Maris’ record… 6 years after he died. Even though Maris’ died before the record was declared his, he knew in his heart what he had accomplished, and no one could ever take that away from him.


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