"But his brother...."
"That's right, he's talking to his brother, and if he had 150 brothers, they couldn't all come in, but he's only got one. If that isn't the funniest thing all year, you telling me a man has no right to talk to his brother."
When things calmed, someone said quietly to Houk, "The important thing is for him to make an appearance."
"I know that," Houk said, "and I know Maris, and now is not the time to talk to him. We'll all be more relaxed later on."
Eventually Maris reconsidered, relaxed and emerged.
"Any complaints about the umpiring tonight?" a Detroit newspaperman asked.
"Nope," Maris said, "and you got me wrong. I don't complain about umpiring."
When the reporters left, Mantle walked over to Maris. "Mick, it's driving me nuts, I'm telling you," Maris said.
"And I'm telling you, you got to get used to it," Mantle said. Houk then joined Mantle, and the manager talked to Maris for a long time.
The next night Maris hit number 57, the one Kaline retrieved, and a day later, after missing a home run by a foot when he tripled off the fence in right, he won the game for the Yankees in the 12th inning with number 58, a drive into the upper deck in right centerfield.