On September 10, 1934, Roger Maris was born in Hibbing, Minnesota. He was the son of Croatian immigrants and his birth name was Roger Eugene Maras, which he later changed to Maris. Maris played with four teams during his twelve year Major League career -- the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Athletics, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals. He appeared in seven World Series and won three World Series Championships in 1961, 1962, and 1967.
Maris was the New York Yankees right fielder from 1960-1966 and he helped lead the Yankees to five straight pennants. Maris is primarily remembered for breaking Babe Ruth's home run record. On the last day of the Yankees' 1961 season, Maris broke Babe Ruth's 60 single-season home run record (which had been in place for 34 years) by hitting his 61st against the Boston Red Sox. Maris hit the homer into right field stands in Yankee Stadium against Boston's Tracy Stallard in the fourth inning. In 1966, the Yankees sent Maris to St. Louis, where he played two seasons before retiring in 1968 and settled in Gainesville, Florida.
On July 21, 1984, the Yankees retired Maris' number 9 and dedicated a plaque in his honor to hang in Monument Park in Yankee Stadium.
"When he (Roger Maris) hit it (home run #61 in 1961), he came into the dugout and they were all applauding. I mean, this is something that's only happened once in baseball, right? And the people were all applauding. They wanted him to come back out. He wouldn't come out, so the players had to push him back out. They forced him to come out and take a bow. That's the kind of guy he was. He was great, and I really liked him." -- Mickey Mantle
On September 9, 1997 Philadelphia Phillies legend Richie Ashburn passed away at the age of 70. Ashburn was commonly referred to, and still is, as Whitey due to his blazing blonde hair. He was also known for his blazing speed, both on the base paths and in his center field position. Twelve of his fifteen seasons were played in a Phillies uniform. He was a six-time all star with a career batting average of .308, 2,574 hits and 586 RBIs. Ashburn's #1 was retired by the Phillies in 1979, he was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995.
We could not think of a better way to honor Whitey, than by playing a video to his tribute narrarated by none other than his best friend, and fellow Philadelphia legend, Harry Kalas.
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Before he was donned "The Hit Man" or "Donnie Baseball", Donald Arthur Mattingly was one of the top prospects in the nation in 1979. Born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, Mattingly played ball at Reitz Memorial High School. He signed a letter of intent with Indiana State University before entering the draft. For this reason most Major League Baseball teams avoided drafting him. The New York Yankees were willing to take a chance and drafted Mattingly in the 19th round of the 1979 amateur draft. This risk would be one of the best the Yankees would take.
Mattingly played most of his rookie season as a part-time first basemen and outfielder. At 21 years of age he made his Major League debut on September 8, 1982.
"Donnie Baseball" remains a fan favorite till this day, playing 13 years for the Yankees (1982 - 1995) and coaching for three (2004 - 2007), although he never won a World Series.