PRESS RELEASE – 1961 was a magical year for baseball, not only had Major League baseball added new teams, but America was treated to the first great homerun race. All summer long, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle battled to see who would be the first to break Babe Ruth’s hallowed single-season home run mark. Ultimately, Maris won the race, topping the Babe when he hammered his 61st home on October 1, 1961.
On Saturday, August 20th, Fifth Third Bank and the River City Rascals, with permission from the Maris family, salute the 50th anniversary of Maris’ famous 61 in ’61 season. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive a Roger Maris True Home Run King bobblehead doll. As a special treat, those who miss out on the bobbleheads at the park will still be able to go to any Fifth Third Bank location and pick up one of the remaining 500 bobbleheads.
“The single season home run record is THE record in sports. Since Roger did it in 1961, only three other men (Bonds, Sosa, and McGwire) have topped 61 in a season” said Rascals President John Kuhn. “Roger Maris set the record in 1961. His record lasted for 36 full seasons until home runs began being hit at an amazing, and questionable rate. We feel that Roger Maris is still the True Single Season Home Run King and his feat needs to be remembered by all true baseball fans.”
Maris spent his final two seasons in St. Louis; helping the Cardinals reach the World Series in 1967 and 1968. The Cards won the Series in 1967 when Maris hit .385 with one homer and seven RBI. “Every Cardinal fan over the age of 50 remembers Roger Maris as a key cog to the ’67 Series title,” continued Kuhn “and we are happy that we can keep alive the legacy of a True Home Run King.”
For tickets and information call 636-240-2287 or go to www.rivercityrascals.com.