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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | March 1, 1999
When we last visited him, Baltimore native Irwin Sternberg was being outbid in January for Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball, thereby saving himself a cool $3 million.But Sternberg, a successful New York tie manufacturer, didn't leave the auction empty-handed that evening. For a mere $60,000, he came away with a baseball signed by Babe Ruth and Roger Maris, the two previous holders of the single-season home run record.Though a far less valuable commodity at the auction, Sternberg's ball has the more interesting -- or at least longer -- story line.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
BOSTON -- Orioles right-handed reliever Darren O'Day jumped on a flight to Boston this morning and arrived at Fenway Park during batting practice. He will be available to pitch in relief tonight. O'Day, who received two injections in his right hand and wrist area to reduce nerve inflammation that had been causing numbness and tingling in his fingers, was evaluated Wednesday morning after a bullpen session on Tuesday. “He said today he feels good, good enough to pitch,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Raymond Daniel Burke | August 11, 2013
Major League Baseball's suspension of 13 players in its most recent attempt to address the use of performance-enhancing drugs, including an unprecedented 211-game suspension of its highest-paid player, Alex Rodriguez, is a welcome sign that the game is serious about re-establishing the legitimacy of player accomplishments. The importance of such vigilance cannot be overestimated in a game where statistical comparison serves as a generational bond, and the integrity of those statistics is the adhesive that gives meaning to the experiences shared across time that are the game's narrative.
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By Raymond Daniel Burke | August 11, 2013
Major League Baseball's suspension of 13 players in its most recent attempt to address the use of performance-enhancing drugs, including an unprecedented 211-game suspension of its highest-paid player, Alex Rodriguez, is a welcome sign that the game is serious about re-establishing the legitimacy of player accomplishments. The importance of such vigilance cannot be overestimated in a game where statistical comparison serves as a generational bond, and the integrity of those statistics is the adhesive that gives meaning to the experiences shared across time that are the game's narrative.
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By PETER SCHMUCK and PETER SCHMUCK,SUN STAFF | September 4, 1998
Major-league home run king Mark McGwire has baseball's single-season home run record at very close range -- so close that every game he plays now has the potential for huge historic significance.It could happen this weekend or later this month or not at all.Busch Stadium will be bursting at the seams tonight with fans hoping for another multi-homer McGwire miracle like the ones he worked on Tuesday and Wednesday night in Florida. He hit four home runs in the space of 10 at-bats to draw within just two big swings of equaling Roger Maris' 37-year-old record of 61 homers in a season.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | September 6, 1998
During the final weeks of the 1961 season, New York Yankees outfielder Roger Maris visited a doctor in Baltimore, convinced that he had contracted a serious illness because his hair had begun to fall out in small clumps.It was not a happy time.The doctor reassured him that the hair loss was merely the result of the stress that accompanied Maris' quest to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record. It was the same kind of stress that undoubtedly is wearing on St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire as he closes in on the record Maris set 37 years ago.Only much, much worse.
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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,SUN COLUMNIST | May 30, 1997
The pressure would get to him; that's the conventional wisdom. Come September, if Ken Griffey closed in on Roger Maris' 61 home runs, the enormity of the challenge would overwhelm him, if the media didn't first.Ridiculous.The only thing that can stop Griffey from breaking Maris' homer record is another strike (no chance) or another injury (always possible). Sure, he needs 39 home runs in his final 111 games.But he hit 40 in 111 games before the 1994 strike.Griffey plays in the right era, hits in the right ballpark, bats in the right lineup.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | June 12, 1998
Fans show up for batting practice two hours before game time to marvel at his explosive swing, and Mark McGwire marvels right back. He can't understand the attraction.Batting practice, after all, is not a simulation of the actual competition between batter and pitcher. The ball is served up meekly, ready for slaughter. McGwire obliges with his effortless swing. The crowd goes wild as the ball heads for the upper deck or beyond, but it is not a real home run, because there is no one trying to prevent it."
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | August 22, 1998
In yesterday's Today section, a headline with an article about Mark McGwire's quest to set a new home run record incorrectly described the late Roger Maris as a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Maris, who holds the record for most homers in a single season, is not.The Sun regrets the error.Computer systems consultant Ken Vangeloff never imagined that he would make the baseball highlights on Chicago superstation WGN, but there he was Wednesday afternoon, clinging to Mark McGwire's 48th home-run ball and giving his first-ever television interview.
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By COX NEWS SERVICE | August 5, 1998
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- They are among the millions of baseball fans who grab the sports page first thing each morning to follow the Great Home Run Chase of 1998.Thirty-seven years ago their father was involved in a similar chase when he said: "Records are made to be broken."Two weeks ago Roger Maris Jr., the second of six children in the Maris family of Gainesville, said: "My family doesn't want to see Dad's record broken."The Marises have been saying that for years, well before Roger Maris died of cancer in 1985.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2013
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis understands that there are going to be whispers, and that those will grow louder if he continues his torrid home run pace. He is, after all, a muscle-rippling power hitter with video-game home run totals. He knows the steroid accusations are inevitable and will accompany his pursuit of home run records this season. “I think it sucks that guys in our day and age have to answer for mistakes that guys have made in the past. But it is part of it,” said Davis, who has 33 home runs in his first 92 games for the Orioles this season.
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By Matt Vensel | July 8, 2013
As Orioles slugger Chris Davis sits here in early July with 33 homers and 85 runs batted in, precisely as many as he had in each of those categories in all of last season, it seems like a foregone conclusion that if he stays healthy he will break Brady Anderson's franchise record of 50 home runs in a single season, set back in 1996. But will Davis be able to set the “legitimate” all-time major league record for home runs in a single season? Davis is on the record as saying that he still views Roger Maris as the single-season home run king because " he was the last guy to do it clean . " Ahead of Maris on the home run list are Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire (twice)
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September 1, 2011
September 26, 1961: Roger Maris tied Babe Ruth's single-season home run mark by hitting his 60th of the season against the Orioles.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | June 3, 2009
The Oriole with the hurricane swing turns 75 today. Happy birthday, Diamond Jim. What's the best gift for someone your age? "To live to be 76," Jim Gentile said. In the early 1960s, he was Baltimore's tempestuous slugger, a fiery first baseman with a whiplike cut that battered the air and roused the crowds, contact or no. Watching Gentile flail was as entertaining as seeing his home runs soar out of Memorial Stadium. Strikeouts begat tantrums, broken bats, smashed water coolers and ejections.
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By KATIE CARRERA | August 14, 2006
Ravens linebacker and Lubbock, Texas, native Mike Smith is entering his second NFL season. Smith played in six games on special teams during his rookie season before suffering a hamstring injury. What is your favorite movie? I don't really know if I have a favorite movie. I'm a movie person, I like all movies. I'm always at the movie theater. I'll see every single movie at the theater, no matter what it is. What was the last thing you saw? The one with Will Ferrell. There were some funny parts, but it was relatively average.
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March 3, 2004
On February 28, 2004, JEANNE MARIE HAWKINS-ROGERS, of Lusby, MD. Beloved wife of Jack Rogers; loving mother of Jeanne R. Latham and Judy Glaes; grandmother of Anthony Carl and David Allen Latham. Five great-grandchildren also survive. A Memorial Service will be held at Middleham Chapel, Rte 765, Lusby, MD, on Friday, March 5 at 10 A.M. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, Women's Heart Disease Program, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201, in her name.
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September 1, 2011
September 26, 1961: Roger Maris tied Babe Ruth's single-season home run mark by hitting his 60th of the season against the Orioles.
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By Steve Marcus and Steve Marcus,Newsday | August 1, 1991
The late Ford Frick was known as the asterisk commissioner, but Fay Vincent may earn an exclamation point for what he plans to do.Thirty years ago Frick attached a verbal asterisk to the fabled single season home-run record by separating Roger Maris from Babe Ruth. Maris hit 61 homers in a 162-game season in 1961. Ruth hit 60 in a 154-game schedule in 1927. Since 1961, baseball's record books have separated the two players by the number of games played.Vincent wants to change that. "I am inclined to do whatever can be done," he said yesterday.
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | March 1, 1999
When we last visited him, Baltimore native Irwin Sternberg was being outbid in January for Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball, thereby saving himself a cool $3 million.But Sternberg, a successful New York tie manufacturer, didn't leave the auction empty-handed that evening. For a mere $60,000, he came away with a baseball signed by Babe Ruth and Roger Maris, the two previous holders of the single-season home run record.Though a far less valuable commodity at the auction, Sternberg's ball has the more interesting -- or at least longer -- story line.
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By Claire Smith and PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER | January 1, 1999
What a challenge 1999 faces. Not only must it try to carve out a place in history while already overshadowed by the coming millennium. In sports, 1999 must also try to step out of the overwhelming shadow cast by the audacious year of 1998.Just recall once more the names, from Hall of Fame inductees to fresh-faced newcomers, who, along with the highs and lows, the glory and the body blows they produced, made '98 one for the books: Larry Bird. P.J. Carlesimo. The Chicago Bulls. Roger Clemens.
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