"A lot of people wrote that
and I didn't like each other and that we didn't get along. Nothing could be further from the truth." -
"A season is a season, regardless of the number of games." - American League President
"He (Roger Maris) was not in the classic sense - a Mickey Mantle or
or Willie Mays - a power hitter. He was a very good line-drive hitter, who was playing in exactly the right ballpark and hitting just ahead of the exact right cleanup hitter." - ESPN columnist David Halberstam
"I don't think he (Roger Maris) wanted his record to be broken. I think he would be happy for Mark and proud for his accomplishments. He would have been proud of Mark as a player, but I think more so as a person." - Roger Maris, Jr.
"I think back and I really feel for what he went through, for all the negative stuff that was going on in his life. I wish it didn't happen." -
"I used to love to come to the ballpark. Now I hate it. Every day becomes a little tougher because of all of this. Writers, tape recorders, microphones, cameras, questions and more questions.
lost his hair the season he hit sixty-one. I still have my hair, but when it's over, I'm going home to mobile and fish for a long time." -
"I've posed with some real major leaguers, not bush leaguers like he is. He couldn't carry my bat. He didn't hit in two years what I hit in one." -
"Let me tell you about him. I gave him one point for speed. I do this because he can run fast. I give him another point because he can slide fast. Then I give him a point because he can bunt. I also give him a point because he can field, very good around the fences, even on top of the fences. Next, I gave him a point because he can throw. A right fielder has to be a thrower or he's not a right fielder. So I add up my points and I've got five for him before I even come to his hitting. I would say this is a good man." -
was as good a man and as good a ballplayer as there ever was." -
was a class act and I know exactly what he went through." -
"When he (Roger Maris) hit it, he came into the dugout and they were all applauding. I mean, this is something that's only happened once in baseball, right? And the people were all applauding. They wanted him to come back out. He wouldn't come out, so the players had to push him back out. They forced him to come out and take a bow. That's the kind of guy he was. He was great, and I really liked him." -
Ken Griffey, Jr.
single season home run record, he should get three asterisks: one for batting indoors, one for hitting a juiced baseball and one for inheriting superior genes." - Sportswriter Bernie Linciciome
"Up Your Asterisk" - 1962 banner seen in Yankee Stadium