The Yankees announced today that they’re holding a pregame ceremony in honor of Roger Maris hitting his 61st home run in 1961. Here are the details.
The New York Yankees will hold a special pregame ceremony on Friday, September 23, to honor the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris setting a then-Major League record with 61 home runs in 1961.
The Yankees ask that fans take their seats by 6:20 p.m. with ceremonies slated to begin at 6:30 p.m., prior to the Yankees-Red Sox game scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m.
Joining the Yankees for the day’s celebration will be the families of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, as well as former teammates.
The group will be introduced as part of an on-field ceremony emceed by actor Billy Crystal. In addition, Roger Maris’ bat as well as the 61st home run ball – on loan from the Baseball Hall of Fame – will on the field during the ceremony. Following a video tribute, the Yankees Foundation will present a donation to the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, N.D.
Cheryl Howard, daughter of Yankees All-Star catcher Elston Howard who was a teammate of Maris’ from 1960-66, will sing the national anthem.