Ever since 1961, when he hit 61 home runs, the fans have been booing Yankee slugger Roger Maris. Some of the jeers may have been deserved, but most seem to have come as a matter of routine from those who were convinced that Maris was no good simply because he has not been able to come near duplicating his titanic feat. So accustomed has Roger become to the hoots of the crowd that they rarely bother him anymore, and one night last week he thinks they even helped him. Two fans sitting behind the Yankee dugout had been yelling at Maris all evening, and they turned it on full blast as he stepped up to bat in the seventh inning with the Yankees trailing 5-2. Maris promptly stroked a two-run homer. Two innings later with the score tied 5-5 and Maris coming up again, the two men had some more ill-chosen words and gestures for him. As Maris went to bat, Catcher Elston Howard leaned off the bench and yelled, "Keep it up, fellas. Maybe you'll bother him as much as you did last time." They did, and Maris hit another home run to give the Yanks their 10th straight win. After that second homer, Roger gave a sweeping tip of the helmet to his two critics and blew them a kiss. "They were just two drunken louses," he said later. Maris was too busy getting hits to worry about boos—it was his hitting that led the Yankees in their streak. A .333 batter during the week, he raised his average from .270 to almost .290 during the Yankees' surge.