|ｩ Joe Cohen
1990. Used by permission.
Vote would do Maris justice
as appeared in Sunday
Sports - The Chicago Sun-Times
January 7, 1990
F. Kennedy took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 1961, becoming the 35th
president of the United States. Near the end of his inauguration
address he said, "With a good conscience our only sure
history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land
we love...' (listen to mp3 audio)
month later, a young man went forth
to the New York Yankee baseball spring training camp at St. Petersburg,
Fla. His name was Roger Maris and in the summer ahead he would hit 61
1961, baseball players didn't make
the huge salaries as they do these days. Any rehabilitation was for
injuries suffered by a player from the game, not from the use of drugs.
1961 we saw some real hot bats. That's baseball bats...not bets.
Sunday, Oct. 1, 1961, at Yankee
Stadium, Maris hit his 61st home run. President Kennedy sent Maris a
telegram that read, "My heartiest congratulations to you on hitting
your 61st home run. The American people will always admire a man who
overcomes great pressure to achieve an outstanding goal."
surrounded Maris's feat.
Some would say that he had 162 games to hit 61 home runs, which did not
break Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs in 154 games in 1927.