Missouri Sports Hall of Fame considers Roger Maris

6:54 AM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
The plaque of Roger Maris is seen in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox on May 2, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the White Sox 12-3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) - Roger Maris spent part of his early baseball career in Missouri, and the last part. That may be enough to get him into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Hannibal Courier-Post reporter Dominic Genetti has been advocating on Maris's behalf. The Courier-Post reports that Marty Willadsen of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame says Maris is being considered, and could be selected next year.

Maris began his career in Cleveland in 1957, then played two seasons for the Kansas City A's before being traded to the New York Yankees. His 61 homers in 1961 were a record that stood for 37 seasons.

Maris finished his career helping the St. Louis Cardinals to the 1967 World Series championship and the 1968 National League pennant. He died in 1985.

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Information from: Hannibal Courier-Post, http://www.hannibal.net

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