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Maris Credits Red Sox Pitcher Who Gave Up 61st Homer

Oct. 1, 1961 - After today's game, Roger Maris gave credit to Tracy Stallard (pictured), the Red Sox player whose pitch resulted in Maris's 61st homer of the season. "I appreciate the fact that he was man enough to pitch to me and to try to get me out when he got behind." Stallard, a few hundred feet away in the Red Sox' dressing room, wasn't too worried about his sudden fame. "I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. I'd rather he hit the homer off me than I walk him during the game," he said.


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