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PURSUIT OF NO. 60: THE ORDEAL OF ROGER MARIS
Roger Kahn
October 02, 1961
When he hit his 59th home run of the season in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium one night last week, Roger Maris stood one swing away from baseball's household god, George Herman Ruth. For the entire previous month, as he pursued the magic mark of 60, Maris lived under suffocating, unrelenting pressure—pressure such as no ballplayer has ever had to endure, not even Babe Ruth himself. Throughout most of that month Roger Kahn, on assignment from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, was an unobtrusive but constant observer of Maris' triumph and trials. Here is his story.
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October 02, 1961

Pursuit Of No. 60: The Ordeal Of Roger Maris

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"That's all I know," Roger Maris said. "That's the only way I know how to be. That's the way I'm gonna stay."

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