Short Info

DiedDecember 14, 1985, Houston, Texas, United States
SpousePatricia A. Maris
MarkFlattop haircut
FactOutfielder for four major league baseball teams, 1957-1968. In 1961, set the record for most home runs in a season (61).

Roger Maris was born on September 10, 1934, in Hibbing, Minnesota. His parents, Al and Ruth Maris, were both of French-Canadian descent. He had four brothers and sisters. His father worked in the iron mines and later as a bartender. His mother was a homemaker. Maris was a good student and an avid sports fan. He played baseball and basketball in high school. After graduation, he attended the University of Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship.

Maris began his professional career with the Cleveland Indians in 1957. He was traded to the New York Yankees in 1960. He quickly became one of the team’s best players. In 1961, he set a new record for home runs in a season, hitting 61. The record had been held by Babe Ruth for 34 years. Maris was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player. He retired from baseball in 1968.

Maris was married three times. His first marriage, to Patricia Palmer, ended in divorce. He married his second wife, Sharon Yawkey, in 1967. They had two children together. The couple divorced in 1999. Maris married his third wife, Diane O’Keefe, in 2000.

Maris died of cancer on December 14, 1985, at the age of 51.

General Info

Full NameRoger Maris
DiedDecember 14, 1985, Houston, Texas, United States
Height1.82 m
ProfessionBaseball player
EducationShanley High School


SpousePatricia A. Maris
ChildrenRandy Maris, Roger E. Maris Jr., Kevin J. Maris, Richard Maris, Susan A. Maris, Sandra Maris
ParentsRudolph Maras, Corrine Perkovich
SiblingsRudy Maris


AwardsAmerican League Most Valuable Player Award, Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
MoviesThat Touch of Mink

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#Marks / Signs
1Flattop haircut


1His last name was originally spelled, M-A-R-A-S.
2Roger Maris is honored by his hometown of Fargo North Dakota Where the Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tourney is Held Every June 23 and 24 Also Fargo Hold the prestigious Roger Maris Museum in the West Acres Mall.
3Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 545-547. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
4Appears in the novel "That Must Be Yoshino."
5Never lived as the sole single season home run champion. In 1991, Major League Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent removed the controversial asterisk from his single season home run record (61 in 1961), making him the home run champion. The record has since been broken by Mark McGwire (70 home runs in 1998) and Barry Bonds (73 home runs in 2001).
6The movie 61* is the story of his 1961 season.
7Children: Susan A. Maris; Roger E. Maris Jr.; Kevin J. Maris; Randy Maris; Sandra Maris; and Richard.
8Yankees honored Maris with a monument plaque in their historic Monument Park, located in the outfield of Yankee Stadium.
9His number 9 was retired by the New York Yankees, in 1984, one of 14 numbers retired by the Yanks.
10Maris' children were in attendance at St. Louis, when Mark McGwire broke his home run mark in September, 1998.
11Outfielder for four major league baseball teams, 1957-1968. In 1961, set the record for most home runs in a season (61).
12Broke Babe Ruth's Major League home run record by hitting 61 home runs in 1961. Record stood for 37 years, three years longer than Ruth's.
13Roomate of Mickey Mantle's while with the New York Yankees.
14Member of three World Series championship teams. 1960 & 1961 American League Most Valuable Player.
15Played Major League Baseball for four different teams from 1957 to 1968.



It's My Turn1980Rober Maris


That Touch of Mink1962our special thanks to: and to those New York Yankees


Baseball's Record Breakers1991VideoHimself
1983 Cracker Jack Oldtimer's Baseball Classic1983TV MovieHimself
Hee Haw1980TV SeriesHimself
1968 World Series1968TV SeriesHimself - St. Louis Cardinals Right Fielder / Himself - St. Louis Cardinals Pinch Hitter
1967 World Series1967TV Mini-SeriesHimself - St. Louis Cardinals Right Fielder
1964 World Series1964TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Center Fielder
1963 World Series1963TV SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Right Fielder
The Ed Sullivan Show1960-1963TV SeriesHimself / Baseball Player
1962 World Series1962TV SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Right Fielder
Safe at Home!1962Himself
1961 World Series1961TV SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Center Fielder / Right Fielder / Himself - New York Yankees Right Fielder / ...
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1961TV SeriesHimself
1961 MLB All-Star Game No.11961TV MovieHimself - AL starting right fielder
The Annual National Sports Awards1961TV SpecialHimself - Winner
The National Sports Awards1961TV SpecialHimself - Winner
1960 World Series1960TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Right Fielder

Archive Footage

30 for 302010TV Series documentaryHimself
HBO Boxing After Dark2010TV SeriesHimself
Bigger Stronger Faster*2008DocumentaryHimself
Costas Now2006TV SeriesHimself - Baseball Player
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Greatest Summer of My Life: Billy Crystal and the Making of '61*'2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History2001Video documentaryHimself
Race for the Record1998Video documentaryHimself
The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History1992Video documentaryHimself
Pinstripe Power: The Story of the 1961 New York Yankees1986Video documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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