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MLB Baseball Cardinals Card Vintage Roger Maris Topps No. 45 - RARE - Very Good Condition, Visible wear, One Fold upper left front but overall VERY GOOD CONDITION ... Valuable estate sale discovery great collectible ... Item 21  ... FREE SHIPPING 


Roger Maris was an American professional baseball right fielder who played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Athletics, and New York Yankees. He is best known for setting a new MLB single-season home run record with 61 home runs in 1961. The record remained unbroken until 1998 and remained the American League (AL) record until Aaron Judge broke it in 2022.


Maris was born in Hibbing, Minnesota, and played college baseball for the University of North Dakota. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1956 amateur draft and made his MLB debut in 1957. Maris was traded to the Kansas City Athletics in 1958 and to the New York Yankees in 1959.


Maris had a breakout season in 1960, hitting 39 home runs and driving in 112 runs. He was named to the American League All-Star team for the first time and won the Gold Glove Award for right fielders. In 1961, Maris set the new MLB single-season home run record with 61 home runs. He also led the American League in RBIs (142) and runs scored (132). Maris was named the American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the second consecutive season.


Maris's home run record was controversial at the time, as the previous single-season home run record (60, set by Babe Ruth in 1927) was set during a period when MLB teams played 154 games per season. In 1961, MLB teams played 162 games per season. Some people argued that Maris's record should not be considered legitimate because he played more games than Ruth did. However, Maris's record was officially recognized by MLB in 1962.


Maris continued to play for the Yankees until 1966. He then played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1967 and 1968. Maris retired from baseball in 1968 with a career batting average of .260, 275 home runs, and 851 RBIs.


Maris was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985. He died in 1985 at the age of 51.


Maris was a great baseball player who had a few outstanding seasons. He is best known for setting the MLB single-season home run record in 1961. His record stood for 37 years, and it is still considered one of the most impressive feats in baseball history.


Roger Maris Baseball Card Topps No. 45 - Rare

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