In an attempt to make Roger Maris a more prominent figure amongst baseball stars, a North Dakota billboard company has erected a pair of billboards with the slogan “Legitimate Home Run King” to promote their local hero.
The Newman outdoor Advertising company has decided that between people not accepting Maris getting extra games to hit 61 in and steroid users further clouding his place in history they’d decide to rectify the situation with the billboards.
“He’s our boy — Fargo’s golden boy,” said company executive Russ Newman, who got to know Maris in the early 1980s “and became really enamored of him. He was such a gentleman.”
They also envision that these billboards could potentially help his Hall of Fame chances. The company is planning more billboards to this effect with potential slogans like, “who really belongs in the Hall of Fame?”
“We haven’t given up hope on the Hall of Fame,” he said.
North Dakota doesn’t have much, but one thing they have is Maris and, damn, they love Roger Maris.