Baseball’s Roger Maris: the slugger who surpassed the Babe

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It was 50 years ago, on Oct. 1, that Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run mark by hitting his record-breaking 61st home run on the 1961 season’s final game. Only 23,154 witnessed the the solo shot in Yankee Stadium. Maris is surely the least known of baseball’s greatest sluggers. Test your own Maris knowledge with this quiz.

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1. Growing up on Minnesota’s Iron Range in Hibbing, Roger and his brother excelled in what winter sport?

Like many boys growing up in Minnesota, Roger Maris and his brother, Buddy, loved to play ice hockey, and were quite good at it. Hibbing, their hometown, had one of the first indoor rinks in Minnesota’s Iron Range, in the northern part of the state.

Like many boys growing up in Minnesota, Roger Maris and his brother, Buddy, loved to play ice hockey, and were quite good at it. Hibbing, their hometown, had one of the first indoor rinks in Minnesota’s Iron Range, in the northern part of the state.

Like many boys growing up in Minnesota, Roger Maris and his brother, Buddy, loved to play ice hockey, and were quite good at it. Hibbing, their hometown, had one of the first indoor rinks in Minnesota’s Iron Range, in the northern part of the state.

Like many boys growing up in Minnesota, Roger Maris and his brother, Buddy, loved to play ice hockey, and were quite good at it. Hibbing, their hometown, had one of the first indoor rinks in Minnesota’s Iron Range, in the northern part of the state.

Sled dog racing

 

Ice hockey

 

Ski jumping

 

Ice sailing

 
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