Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fargo, North Dakota: Roger Maris Museum

This is a fine tribute to a great St. Louis Cardinal.

At least that's how Yankee-haters remember Roger Maris.

But every baseball fan has plenty of respect for Roger, who still holds the non-steroid-added record for home runs in a season with 61 in 1961. He was a modest, quiet man who was uncomfortable with all of the attention.

Maris was born in Minnesota, but moved to Fargo at a young age and always called it home. He hosted a celebrity golf tournament there. Sadly, he died of cancer at the age of 51.

Maris did live long enough to see this hometown tribute, located in the West Acres Shopping Center in the middle of town. He wanted it in a place where people would see it. The family donated a variety of trophies and other items of memorabilia, and they stretch out over the display case shown above. In addition, you can sit in old Yankee Stadium seats and watch a video about Maris in a room at the end of the case.

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