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Maris Set to Make a Financial Killing after Home-Run Spree

Sept. 23, 1961 - Although Roger Maris did not break Babe Ruth's home run record within the 154-game limit, he will probably earn more money, from endorsements, public appearances, and other commercial fees, than any other athlete in history. According to Frank Scott, Maris's business manager, Maris's near-record feat should earn him more than $100,000 in the next year. If Maris had broken the record, Scott believes the slugger could have earned $500,000. At least two companies, Macy's and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco for its Camel cigarettes, have scheduled ads bearing Maris's name or picture to run if and when he hits his 61st homer. Maris will appear with Mickey Mantle on the Perry Como television show for a combined fee of $15,000.


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