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Roger Maris

Artist
Robert Vickrey, 26 Aug 1926 - 17 Apr 2011
Sitter
Roger Eugene Maris, 10 Sep 1934 - 14 Dec 1985
Date
1961
Type
Painting
Medium
Egg tempera on board
Dimensions
Frame: 93.3 x 67.9 x 2.9cm (36 3/4 x 26 3/4 x 1 1/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Scott Vickrey
Restrictions & Rights
© Robert Vickrey/Licenced by VAGA, New York, NY
Object number
NPG.88.TC191
Exhibition Label
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.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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