MacGregor: Regulation League wool center baseball, 1961. First Edition. Very Good.
Signed and inscribed by Roger Maris to Yankees 1961 team photographer, David Blumenthal: "To Dave Blumenthal/ My Best Regards/ Roger Maris." In excellent condition with some very light soiling and a few minor smudges. [with] Blumenthal, David. Roger Maris' Batting Secrets. White Plains, NY: David Blumenthal Associates, Inc., 1961. First edition. 24pp., each leaf with a photograph of Maris in one of several stages performing a swing. A fine copy. Roger Maris played 12 seasons of Major League Baseball from 1957-1968 with 4 different teams, most notably the New York Yankees. Maris is most remembered for his historic 1961 season where he broke Babe Ruth's single season home run record with 61 home runs, which came in the fourth inning of the last game of the season on October 1, 1961. Maris also led the New York Yankees to a World Series Title that same year. Maris is a 7x All-Star, 3x World Series Champion in 1961, 1962, and 1967, 2x A.L. MVP in 1960 & 1961, & 1960 Gold Glove Winner. Maris's number '9' was officially retired by the New York Yankees in 1984. The recipient of the baseball, David Blumenthal, worked as the sports photographer for the New York Yankees and New York Jets. Most notably, Blumenthal was responsible for photographing Maris' historic 1961 season doing slow-motion studies of batters and opposing pitchers. Roger Maris' Batting Secrets demonstrates Blumenthal's slow-motion study of Maris' swing with Maris' commentary and tips for hitting success. Some of Blumenthal's other work for the Yankees include Babe Ruth's farewell speech ("Babe Ruth Day") in 1948.