December 14, 1985 – Former Yankee outfielder Roger Maris dies of lymphatic cancer in Houston at the age of 51.
Maris played seven seasons with the Yankees from 1960 until 1966 and won two World Series in ’61 and ’62. He is most famous for breaking Babe Ruth’s single season home run record with 61 in 1961. He was also a two time MVP, ’60 and ’61, and made three All-Star teams while playing in the Bronx.
Maris’ career peaked the season he broke the Babe’s record because of constant injury problems including 1965 when he played with a misdiagnosed broken hand. He was never really a fan favorite up until he was traded after the 1966 season, but later on in his life Yankee fans learned to appreciate what he had done for baseball and recieved some of the loudest ovations during Old-Timers’ Day. His number 9 was retired by the Yankees the year before he died in 1984.