Roger Maris' Achievement Should Speak for Itself

The failure to induct Roger Maris into the Hall of Fame should signal that it is time to reevaluate the system by which an athlete qualifies for this honor.

Few players have had an impact on the game of baseball as did Roger Maris. He broke Babe Ruth's record with 61 home runs in 1961, aging 10 years in the process. In his last year of eligibility, Maris finished ninth in the voting for an award he earned.

He may not have been a great interview, but let achievement speak for itself. If interview skills are the major criteria, how many years of eligibility does Bill (Spaceman) Lee have left?


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