Roger Maris: A Case For Cooperstown

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While Roger Maris is not currently inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame, there is a free access glass-encased Roger Maris Museum taking up space in the West Acres Shopping Center in Fargo, North Dakota.

Sportsblogger Steve Buttry makes a compelling argument in favor of Maris for the Hall of Fame. He feels it is the subjectivity of sports writers keeping him out and objectively states that his brief 12-year injury-riddled career is not the only thing working against him.

https://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/if-journalists-were-objective-roger-maris-would-be-in-the-baseball-hall-of-fame/

Hall of Famer and all-time great Mickey Mantle said that Roger Maris was one of the best all around players he had ever seen.

Broadcaster Bob Costas thinks he should be in. “Stature grows with each passing year…career stats short but historical importance huge.”

Without his mighty 1961 season, he likely wouldn’t even be considered a candidate. Johnny Vander Meer tossed back-to-back no-hitters and Jim Bunning threw a perfect game yet neither of them are Hall of Famers.

Voting rule #6 specifically prohibits automatic elections due to broken records: “No automatic elections based on performances such as a batting average of .400 or more for one (1) year, pitching a perfect game or similar outstanding achievement shall be permitted.”

Yet Maris is a two-time MVP and a four-time all-star whose trade to the Yankees helped them make it to the World Series five years in a row. He also won two pennants and a championship with the St. Louis Cardinals as well.

Buttry points out that Rajah broke Babe Ruth’s single season home run record against all odds when even fans, teammates and sportswriters were rooting against him, making his consideration that much more meaningful.

It’s his belief that writers are still biased against him.

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One Response to “Roger Maris: A Case For Cooperstown”

  1. Steve Buttry Says:

    Thanks for the mention! How many guys in the Hall of Fame have had movies as good as 61* made about their achievements? Now, that’s fame!

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