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Roger Maris

Roger Maris
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Robert Vickrey, 26 Aug 1926 - 17 Apr 2011
Roger Eugene Maris, 10 Sep 1934 - 14 Dec 1985
Egg tempera on board
Frame: 93.3 x 67.9 x 2.9cm (36 3/4 x 26 3/4 x 1 1/8")
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Baseball Equipment\Baseball bat
Exterior\Sports arena\Baseball stadium
Roger Eugene Maris: Male
Roger Eugene Maris: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Baseball
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Scott Vickrey
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© Robert Vickrey / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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The New York Yankees had high hopes for Roger Maris when they acquired him in a trade in 1960, and the pull-hitting right fielder did not disappoint them. In his debut game with the Bronx Bombers, Maris exploded with two home runs, a double, a single, and four runs batted in. By the season's close he owned the American League's Most Valuable Player award and a Gold Glove. But if Maris's first season in Yankee pinstripes was promising, the 1961 season saw the promise fulfilled. After a slow start in April, Maris suddenly found himself in a home run derby with teammate Mickey Mantle that put both players in contention to overtake Babe Ruth's single-season record of sixty homers. It was Maris who prevailed, and on the final day of the season, he entered the record books with home run number sixty-one.
Collection Description
In 1978, Time magazine donated approximately eight hundred works of original cover art to the National Portrait Gallery. The museum is dedicated to telling the stories of individuals who have shaped the United States, and the Time Collection—featuring prominent international figures and events—enriches our understanding of the United States in a global context.
En 1978, la revista Time donó a la National Portrait Gallery cerca de 800 obras de arte originales creadas para sus portadas. Nuestro museo se dedica a narrar la historia de figuras que han contribuido a forjar el desarrollo de Estados Unidos, y es así que la Colección Time, que incluye retratos de importantes personalidades internacionales, nos ayuda a comprender mejor a nuestra nación en un contexto global.
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National Portrait Gallery