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Roger Maris


1934 Born September 10 in Hibbing, Minnesota
1938 Family moves to Grand Forks, North Dakota
1944 Family moves to Fargo, North Dakota
1948 Enters Fargo High School
1949 Joins American Legion summer baseball team as outfielder and pitcher
1950 Named summer baseball league's MVP
1950 Transfers to Bishop Shanley High School and competes in football, basketball and track
1952 Graduates Shanley High
1953 Begins professional baseball career Cleveland Indians system in Class C Northern League and named Rookie of the Year
1954 Moves to Class B Three-Eye League
1955 Changes spelling of last name from "Maras" to "Maris"
1956 Helps carry Class AA Indianapolis farm team to Little World Series Championship
1956 Marries Pat Carvell
1957 Promoted to major leagues with Cleveland Indians
1957 Traded to Kansas City Athletics at end of season
1960 Traded to New York Yankees
1961 Baseball commissioner Ford Frick announces home run record will be qualified, due to increased number of games in season
1961 Hits 61 home runs, beating Babe Ruth's record
1966 Traded to St. Louis Cardinals
1968 Retires at end of season
1984 Yankees retire Maris' number
1985 Dies of lymphoma on December 14
1991 Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent removes asterisk from Maris' home run record

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