1959 Topps Roger Maris #202
Experience a piece of baseball history with this 1959 Topps Roger Maris #202 card. This highly collectible card features a young Maris in his Kansas City Athletics uniform, just before he made his mark with the New York Yankees. The card is in excellent condition, showcasing vibrant colors and sharp corners, making it a must-have for any serious baseball card collector.
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Roger Maris, born on September 10, 1934, in Hibbing, Minnesota, and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, was an American professional baseball player. Maris, an outfielder, is best remembered for his time with the New York Yankees, where he broke Babe Ruth's single-season home run record in 1961 by hitting 61 home runs. His record stood for 37 years until it was broken by Mark McGwire in 1998.
Maris began his Major League Baseball career with the Cleveland Indians in 1957, later playing for the Kansas City Athletics before joining the Yankees in 1960. During his time with the Yankees, Maris was a key contributor to the team's success, helping them win two World Series championships in 1961 and 1962. In addition to breaking the home run record, Maris was a two-time American League Most Valuable Player (1960 and 1961) and a seven-time All-Star.
Despite his remarkable accomplishments on the field, Maris faced significant challenges during the 1961 season as he chased Babe Ruth's record. He was subjected to intense scrutiny from the media and fans, and many baseball purists did not want to see Ruth's record broken. The stress took a toll on Maris, both physically and emotionally.
After leaving the Yankees in 1966, Maris played two more seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals before retiring in 1968. He passed away on December 14, 1985, at the age of 51 after a battle with cancer.
Although Roger Maris was never inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, his incredible achievements and perseverance in the face of adversity have left an indelible mark on the history of baseball, and he is remembered as one of the sport's most iconic figures.