61 in ’61: How the Roger Maris Asterisk Came and Went


It’s the most famous asterisk that never was. In the annals of punctuation mark history, it has its own chapter. In the Hall of Fame for punctuation marks, it has its own wing. In the annals of baseball history, it’s one-word identification for Roger Maris and the 1961 season. Here was the scene: it was the first year of “expansion baseball.” The American League added two new franchises (while moving Washington to Minnesota), putting the Los Angeles Angels and the “new” Washington Senators into the league, expanding the roster of teams from eight to ten, and adding eight games to…

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Marty Appel

Yankees historian Marty Appel is the author of 24 books including Thurman Munson: An Autobiography (with Munson), and Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain.

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