Roger Maris was born in Minnesota and grew up in South Dakota. He broke with Cleveland in 1957 (14 HR) but wound up with Kansas City.
After the 1959 season, Maris was traded to the New York Yankees and won the AL MVP in 1960. Then came 61 in 1961, the story that put him on the front pages. He finished his career with the Cardinals and played in the 1967 and 1968 World Series.
Overall, he finished with 275 HR (203 with the Yankees 1960-66). Sadly, he died in 1985 from cancer. The asterisk next to his home run record was eventually removed in 1991.
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