Former Major League outfielder Roger Maris passed away on December 14, 1985, following a two-year battle with lymphatic cancer. Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, John Blanchard, Bill Skowron, Whitey Herzog, and Bob Allison served as pallbearers at his funeral.
5 thoughts on “This day in baseball: Roger Maris dies”
always loved Roger, one of the few Yankees I could…tremendous athlete, quiet, well-liked and respected by teammates, much better outfielder than given credit for, handled death as he did life, with dignity…another childhood hero gone
I have always found Maris fascinating. He certainly didn’t receive the respect and credit he deserved during the 1961 season.
RIP, Mr 61 (and damn the asterisk)