• Roger That

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2011 · Comments (2)

    Via Chad Jennings -

    The New York Yankees will hold a special pregame ceremony on Friday, September 23, to honor the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris setting a then-Major League record with 61 home runs in 1961.

    The Yankees ask that fans take their seats by 6:20 p.m. with ceremonies slated to begin at 6:30 p.m., prior to the Yankees-Red Sox game scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m.

    Joining the Yankees for the day’s celebration will be the families of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, as well as former teammates.

    The group will be introduced as part of an on-field ceremony emceed by actor Billy Crystal. In addition, Roger Maris bat as well as the 61st home run ball on loan from the Baseball Hall of Fame will on the field during the ceremony. Following a video tribute, the Yankees Foundation will present a donation to the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, N.D.

    Cheryl Howard, daughter of Yankees All-Star catcher Elston Howard who was a teammate of Maris from 1960-66, will sing the national anthem.

    This is a nice treat for the fans who will be there this evening. I just hope it doesn’t rain during the ceremony.

    Comments on Roger That

    1. 77yankees
      September 23rd, 2011 | 9:48 am

      Is Wee Willie Crystal going to bat leadoff again tonight too?

      That aside, something that the late Boss George did that he didn’t get enough credit for was bringing Maris back into the Yankee family.

      For all of us from a later generation who didn’t understand what the disconnect was between Maris and the Yankees/fans/press, it was a privilege to see Maris get the appreciation and accolades that he deserved from raising the Championship banner with Mickey on Opening Day in 1978 to having his number retired in 1984.

    2. September 23rd, 2011 | 2:38 pm

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