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Roger Maris - A Man for All Seasons Hardcover – October 1, 1986


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (October 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0917657942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0917657948
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,240,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

As New York Post sportswriter Allen suggests, if ever a sports celebrity was victimized by the press, and by his own shyness, it was Maris. Happy with the Kansas City Athletics, Maris was dejected on being traded to the Yankees, but resolved to do his best nonetheless. His best included a record-setting 61 home runs in 1961, a season when he was virtually besieged by reporters, whom he met after every game and whose questions he answered politely though tersely. Overshadowed by his popular and extroverted teammate Mickey Mantle, he developed a reputation as being thorny, difficult, even hostile. In interviews with many who knew Maris, Allen shows him to have been a warm and friendly, if private, man. The book is an unabashed pitch for Maris, who died in 1985, to be elected to the Hall of Fame, but it is also most affecting, and the opening chapter is sportwriting at its best. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA Numerous interviews with Maris' friends and teammates reveal an honest and shy man who faced incredible pressure as he threatened and broke Babe Ruth's single-season home run record. The controversy concerning the difference in the length of their seasons is examined thoroughly. The book, which closely chronicles that famous season of 1961, will be particularly appealing to baseball fans of the late 1950s and on. It is written in reporters' style, but the ``real life'' quality of the interviews sustains interest, and readers become acquainted with that circle of friends who remained in contact with Maris until his death from cancer in 1985. Maris will remain somewhat of a mystery to readers even after all of the interviews. There is a general aura of sadness about his life of struggle with the pressures in 1961, the season-length controversy, and finally with cancer. An appendix of Maris' career playing record is included. Sue McGown, St. John's School, Houston
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By orbit13 on August 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Maury Allen's book is a touching tribute to one of baseball's greatest players. Written in part to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Roger Maris' 61 in `61 home run feat, it honors the tormented athlete with memories from the people who knew him best. Family, friends, and teammates reflect on and remember the man who was loved and hated for toppling Babe Ruth's home run record. Most of the book understandably focuses on the 1961 season and examines his upper Midwest childhood and his post-'61 career from such perspective. While Allen doesn't hesitate to weave Maris' record-breaking year into any stage of the narrative, he is careful to expose a gentler Maris the press actively ignored and defiled. The numerous interviews, including ones from Maris' father and high school coaches as well as players Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and Mike Shannon, bring great honesty to his tortured character. It also is a strong attempt to redeem a player who in life never rose to the glory he deserved.
This book serves more as a biography of Roger Maris the baseball player and man who broke Babe Ruth's home run record than Roger Maris the person, and there's little on his personal and family life, perhaps echoing on page the private man he was in life. Nevertheless, it more than adequately creates a portrait of a small town hero whose devotion to baseball was never bested by his love for his family and friends.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Hunt on April 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This was a very good life story of Roger Maris. You get a good look at his early baseball years with the Kansas City Athletics.
He is then traded to the New York Yankees.As a result of this trade he is able to play on several world championship baseball
teams.The year that Maris broke the all time season homerun record is well covered. You get a good coverage of the day to day events of his life until he breaks the record of 60 homeruns
set by Babe Ruth. You are also told of the 61st homerun by Maris in good detail. This is a very good book about a record setting
baseball player. Read this. You will enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By runrummer on June 13, 2008
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Roger Maris, the TRUE SEASON HOME RUN KING, was discredited during his playing time with the Yankees by New York fans, media, and baseball commissioner Ford Frick. This is a focused, well written book on the life & career of Maris as he really was, a talented no-nonsense player, one of the most competitive players who ever played the game. An all around athlete, he turned down a football scholarship with Oklahoma because he didn't want to deal with the academic burden (he still held at the time of writing the national high school record for most TDs (4) in a game following kickoff returns). He took a lot of crap from people in his quest for the season HR title in 1961, but persevered under enormous pressure and scutiny. He was a quiet person who was criticized for (among other things) having no media savvy. This book is at it's best when the narrative shifts to his fellow teammates who knew him best, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Mike Shannon and tons of others- they all loved him as a teammate. You never really get to know much about what he was like off the field, there isn't any comments from his devoted wife Pat. The author, Maury Allen, began writing this book just before Maris died from lymphoma in 1985 so I assume Murray, who was one of the few sports journalists who was sympathetic to Maris in the summer of '61, was aware of the family's need for privacy. Maris' dad was interviewed for the book, but he only supplies early vignettes of Maris as a boy. His parents divorce is never really mentioned. You never find out why his dad was seemingly ostracized from the family (he wasn't even invited to his own son's funeral).Read more ›
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