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  • Title: Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero
  • Author: Tom Clavin Danny Peary
  • ISBN: 9781416589280
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Hardcover

  • The definitive biography of the baseball legend who broke Babe Ruth s single season home run record the natural way and withstood a firestorm of media criticism to become one of his era s preeminent players ROGER MARIS may be the greatest ballplayer no one really knows In 1961, the soft spoken man from the frozen plains of North Dakota enjoyed one of the most amazing The definitive biography of the baseball legend who broke Babe Ruth s single season home run record the natural way and withstood a firestorm of media criticism to become one of his era s preeminent players ROGER MARIS may be the greatest ballplayer no one really knows In 1961, the soft spoken man from the frozen plains of North Dakota enjoyed one of the most amazing seasons in baseball history, when he outslugged his teammate Mickey Mantle to become the game s natural home run king It was Mantle himself who said, Roger was as good a man and as good a ballplayer as there ever was Yet Maris was vilified by fans and the press and has never received his due from biographers until now.Tom Clavin and Danny Peary trace the dramatic arc of Maris s life, from his boyhood in Fargo through his early pro career in the Cleveland Indians farm program, to his World Series championship years in New York and beyond At the center is the exciting story of the 1961 season and the ordeal Maris endured as an outsider in Yankee pinstripes, unloved by fans who compared him unfavorably to their heroes Ruth and Mantle, relentlessly attacked by an aggressive press corps who found him cold and inaccessible, and treated miserably by the organization After the tremendous challenge of breaking Ruth s record was behind him, Maris ultimately regained his love of baseball as a member of the world champion St Louis Cardinals And over time, he gained redemption in the eyes of the Yankee faithful.With research drawn from than 130 interviews with Maris s teammates, opponents, family, and friends, as well as 16 pages of photos, some of which have never before been seen, this timely and poignant biography sheds light on an iconic figure from baseball s golden era and establishes the importance of his role in the game s history.
    Tom Clavin Danny Peary
    Tom Clavin is the author coauthor of eleven books His most recent is That Old Black Magic Louis Prima, Keely Smith, and the Golden Age of Las Vegas.His articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, Men s Journal, Parade, Reader s Digest, and others.He was a contributing reporter for the New York Times for fifteen years.


    Andy Miller
    This is an interesting read for a baseball history junkie. A largely sympathetic biography that addressed how the media and fans treated Maris unfairly during the 1961 season when he hit 61 homers, though the book also acknowledges how Maris often made things worse by how he reacted.A few things stand out; his genuine friendship with Mickey Mantle, his redemption and renewed enjoyment of the game after being traded to the St Louis Cardinals, his committment to his wife and children, and his whac [...]

    61 in ’61 is there a better or more well known sports related alliteration ? Roger Maris achieved the unthinkable, for baseball fans, in 1961, hitting 61 baseballs out of the park, besting the once thought unbreakable Babe Ruth’s 60.“Baseball’s Reluctant Hero” performs a thorough job of giving us the story of Roger from Minnesota to North Dakota to the Big Apple where he met his fate, and then onto St. Louis.You’ll need a scorecard to get through the first few chapters as the authors [...]

    Tom Gase
    A pretty good book on one of the most misunderstood men in baseball history, Roger Maris. Maris broke the single season record of home runs with 61 in 1961, but what most people forget is that he wasn't a one-year wonder. He also won the 1960 MVP and has solid years in 1962 and 63. He was a true winner as well, having played in 7 World Series in just over 10 years. I liked this book because even though its main focus was the 1961 season, it told a lot about his other years as well. I had forgott [...]

    Tim Dunn
    Just finished reading it, and it was very touching in the final few chapters the middle, the record, the problems with the media and such it got very bogged down, and at times was boring, but by the closing chapters, it was a read well worth it.

    Anup Sinha
    I really enjoyed this and came away with more understanding of and appreciation for Roger Maris. I wasn’t so sure at the beginning of the book. The background narrative for Maris’s ancestry was rough. There was a lot of well researched information, but it was poorly conveyed. I admittedly skimmed through a lot of the detail, but enjoyed it more once Roger was born and growing up. The chapters of his career and aftermath were all excellent.As with any good athlete bio, Clavin and Peary do a s [...]

    Dave Moyer
    A straight-forward biography, chronological, told old-style. It is obvious that the writers admire their subject. In light of the hoopla in baseball regarding performance enhancing drugs, a second look at Maris' career is not a bad thing.

    Jim Kulhawy
    Fantastic overview of a man who was greatly misunderstood, unfaily judged and, at times, poorly treated by the baseball establishment, its fans and the press. The book chronicles Maris' life, from humble beginings in Minnesota, to his passing and beyond. It sheds light on not just the ballplayer, but the misunderstood person who he was. Roger Maris was a not just a home run hitter, but a complete ballplayer, who gave 110% every game on the field. He played through the pain of injuries, the injus [...]

    Dale Stonehouse
    After all my years of following baseball, all the books I have read about the great Yankees teams of the 1960s, one would think there was nothing more to learn about the life and career of Roger Maris. That was not true as this well-researched book went so far beyond what I expected a 5-star rating does not do it justice.From the Maras family's (only Roger's parents changed the spelling over some family quarrel, allegedly) Croatian roots to early-20th century beginnings on Minnesota's iron range [...]

    B Shea
    Roger broke the single season home run record 50 years ago and it may very well still be standing today if it had not been for the steroid pumped stats of Bonds, McGuire and Sosa. The sports writers of the day really gave Roger a bad rap, especially the New York writers and fans believed what they wrote so Roger never got the appreciation he deserved. He finally got some redemption in St Louis in his last two years as the NY team went into decline. Interesting that Mickey Mantle, the Yankee spor [...]

    As someone who sat in the bleachers at old Yankee Stadium in the early 1960s, I heard and saw the abuse "fans" heaped on Roger Maris. This biography of Maris not only describes the abuse Maris endured but analyzes its causes. I would have loved this book for its descriptions of baseball as it was in the 1960s, the players I idolized in those days, and the dramatic story of Maris and Mantle's race to break Babe Ruth's single season record. What I love most about the book is the three dimensional [...]

    Can't be totally objective. He is one of my heroes. Came along at the wrong time in history, when media was evolving or devolving?? Ironic how those around resented his breaking Ruth's record, be careful what you wish for, huh? Look who they have now Sections that deal with playing career go to level of box scores and play by play too much for a biography in my opinion. I was happy to learn that at the end of his career and life, Maris was happy and content with his achievements, he deserved tha [...]

    A really great bio. I already knew a lot about Maris since he's one of my favorite past players but I felt I learned so much more about the man behind the record. The only thing that I was disappointed about was towards the end, the authors got a major fact wrong. They said the Yankee Stadium that closed in 08 was the same stadium Ruth had played in which isn't true. The new stadium that was built is the 3rd one. Being a huge Yankee fan, this fact was important to me and something I wish they do [...]

    Great book. If you grow up in North Dakota and are a baseball fan, Maris is high on your list of heroes. The movie 61* was a great story about this great man, but the book seemed even more accurate and told a lot more about him growing up in Grand Forks and Fargo. Great read, did lag a bit in going into his family tree, but overall an above average book, highly recommend to any baseball/Maris fans.

    Douglas Graney
    If you're aware of all the press and fan abuse Maris had to put up with in his Yankee years you will not learn much knew information from this book. However the game-game review of 1961 is described effectively. For me the real value of this book was learning about his experiences with the Indians, A's and Cardinals. Maris was a good guy.

    I read this book because I adore Roger Maris, and it pretty much reiterated everything I thought about him. But I also go the added bonus of feeling like a champ for being a St Louis Cardinals fan, because the contrast in how he was treated from NYC to St Lou is so striking.So, three stars for the writing style, and the fourth star for making the St Louis Cardinals and their fanbase heroes ;)

    Roger Maris is my favorite baseball player of all time. I have read as many books about him as I have found. I believe that this book is the best that I've read. The 61 season, of course, is highlighted. But Roger, the person, is also a focus of the book. If you like baseball, you will enjoy this book.

    The only negative thing I can say is I wish that Roger had lived to provide some answers to the questions that the authors could only speculate on. I have always been a fan of his all around skill on the field and felt that he was truly underappreciated. What the NY Press did to him is a crime and all those "reporters" should be ashamed of their complicity in ruining Maris' love for the game.

    Enjoyable read - based on the facts presented, Roger should really be considered for the Hall of Fame. Roger was a major cog for championship teams in NY and St. Louis and loved by his team mates. Interesting how the press rejected him while he was chasing one of the all time baseball records.

    Took me a long time to read this book. Found it almost too newspaperish writing style and put me to sleep. I enjoyed learning more about Roger Maris but this book never grabbed my full attention. Very disappointing.

    A excellent book for a Yankee fan! The historical research was great. I live in Rogers hometown so the story touched me at more of a personel level. Steriod free home run king, lets get him in the hall of fame!

    Frank Ogden
    This is an excellent biography with an excellent title. Maris was a MLB player who happened to break an iconic baseball record - 60 home runs in one season. Maris was ridiculed and defamed for breaking Babe Ruth's record.Highly Recommended!

    Jim Bartruff
    Having spent several years in the Red River Valley near Fargo, I was always interested in favorite son and neglected all star, Maris. This book humanizes and eloquently describes Maris, his family and friends. A really wonderful sports biography.

    Casey Wheeler
    The book started out slow, but picked up about a quarter of the way in. Part of the challenge is that the dual authors do not have a background in writing about sports and tended to focus too much on family related issues at times.

    Actually, I only got through the 61 season, then I just couldn't make myself read any more. Interesting guy, poor writing.

    This book was very interesting but a little too heavy on individual game details. It made me really like Roger Maris and really hate the Yankees.

    Terry Dullum
    Definitive biography of Roger Maris.

    Quiet hero. Documentation of a man dedicated to principle and family. A contrast to his friend and teammate, Mickey Mantle.

    First two chapters -- family history -- are very hard to follow, but the book gets really good after that.

    Doug Galli
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book about one of the most misunderstood athletes of all time.

    Chad Simons
    Great book about a true legend. I am not a Yankee fan, but I loved reading about great ball players and can respect their abilities and accomplishments.

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