Maris jersey from historic 1961 season lands in Cooperstown
A historic donation from one of Maris’ biggest fans will help tell the story of that season for all time in Cooperstown.
On Oct. 7, 1961, Maris homered in Game 3 of the World Series. The Yankees had started off the 1961 Fall Classic with a win before the Reds evened things with a victory in Game 2.
With both teams vying to take a series lead, Game 3 was tied at 2-2 going into the ninth. Maris stepped to the plate to lead off the frame and promptly drove a pitch from right-hander Bob Purkey to right field for a home run, giving the Yankees their first lead of the game.
Yankees lefty Luis Arroyo tossed a scoreless ninth to close out the victory, and the Yankees won the next two games in commanding fashion to secure the title for New York.
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So, in 2021 – the 60th anniversary of Maris’ storied 1961 season – Strasberg sent the jersey to Cooperstown, where it is now on exhibit on the Museum’s second floor, in the Timeline display dedicated to the 1950s and ’60s Yankees dynasty.
“The most wonderful thing has happened, and that is, now it can be enjoyed and viewed at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown for everybody to see,” Strasberg said.
Janey Murray is the digital content specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum