Tracy Stallard Hand Signed Roger Maris 61st Home Run Story Ball

 

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On October 1, 1961, New York Yankee outfielder,  Roger Maris hit his 61st home run of the season off Boston Red Sox pitcher, Tracy Stallard, breaking Babe Ruth's single season record of 60. It was the most glamerous record in all of sports.

Tracy Stallard recalls yielding that most famous of home runs on a crisp, white OML Baseball. This limited edition mint ball is hand numbered and is signed by Tracy on a side panel with a "Maris 61st HR 10/1/61" inscription.  In his own hand, on adjacent panels, the inscription reads:

Final game of the '61 season. I arrived at  Yankee Stadium not knowing who was pitching. Pitching coach, Sal Maglie handed me the ball. 23,154 in the stands. 1st inning, I fooled Maris with an outside pitch he popped up to LF. 4th inning, no score, 1 out, bases empty. 2-0 the count. I threw a waist high fastball on the inner part of the plate. Maris hit it hard and deep into the right field seats for his 61st HR breaking Babe Ruth's single season record. When I came to bat in the 5th, the Yankee crowd cheered me for pitching to Roger. I faced him again in the 6th and struck him out. Maris thanked me later for having the nerve to pitch to him. I lost the game 1-0. It was one of the best games I ever pitched.

Tracy Stallard Enterprises Hologram, Matching Certificate of Authenticity and picture of Tracy signing your item is included in your cost.  

This is a Limited Edition offering of 61 items only.