Speaking of Hall of Fame....it is time Roger Maris gets in, and he gets the record back
Why isn't Roger Maris in the Hall of Fame?
Roger Maris first became eligible for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. According to the rules of election, Maris was eligible for consideration by the Baseball Writers' Association (BBWAA) of America for fifteen years. During that span of time, Maris garnered a considerable number of votes, though never more than the 75% required for induction. In 1992, after a required three-year wait following the BBWAA voting period, Maris became eligible for consideration for induction by the Hall of Fame Committee on Baseball Veterans. At this time, Roger Maris remains eligible for consideration by the Hall of Fame Committee on Baseball Veterans, but not the BBWAA.
While Mr. Maris is not currently a member of the Hall of Fame, he is well represented in the Museum. Many artifacts from his career are part of the Museum collection. Both the bat and ball from his record-breaking 61st home run of the 1961 season are on display here at the Museum.
And his career stats:
195 Doubles, 42 Triples, 275 HRs,
By no stretch of the imagination are those Hall-of-Fame caliber numbers.
Here we go with the lameass "numbers" arguement.
Bill Mazeroski is in the fricken Hall because of his defense.
His career numbers are not all that great and he was never an MVP.
He was part of 2 World Series winning teams.
It's compete BS that Maris is not in the Hall of Fame.
He broke the most famous record in all of sports...and he held it for a long time before some beef-roid junkie broke the gol 'darnit thing!
-Record 61 homeruns in 1961
-2 time MVP
-4 time All Star
-Gold Glove in 1960
-Career Fielding %: .982
-Holds New York Yankees single season record for Home Runs (61 in 1961)
-Seven World Series (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968)
-3 World Series Championships
-Six World Series Home Runs
-And a good flippin' person!
-7 time All Star
-8 Gold Gloves
-3 World Series
-2 World Series Championships
You cannot compare stats because Maris player 12 seasons and Mazeroski played 17.
The whole notion of "numbers" is dumb.
If you want to look at numbers you have to look at average per season.
(110 avg. per season
(69 avg. per season
(16 avg. per season
(23 avg. per season
(71 avg. per season
(119 avg. per season
(45 avg. per season
(17 avg. per season
(8 avg. per season
(50 avg. per season
See, it's total bull that the Veterans Committee picked Mazeroski over Maris!
Yes, Maz had a great glove, but so did Maris even though he did not win as many Gold Gloves.
As far as "numbers" the 2 most important numbers are Runs and RBI's...and Maris has the edge there.
It's just a shame that Maris is not in the HoF.
It is an embarrassment to the game of baseball that a star like Maris is not in there.
He has the awards and the rings!
Plus...he is from Minnesota!