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Reward for Man Who Caught Maris’s Record Blast

Oct. 1, 1961 - Sal Durante (right), a 19-year-old truck driver from Coney Island, was the fellow who caught Roger Maris's 61st home-run ball of the year as it dropped into Yankee Stadium's right-field stand, 10 rows back and about 10 feet to the right of the Yankee bullpen. For this achievement, the young man won a $5,000 award and a round trip to Sacramento, Calif., offered by a Sacramento restaurant proprietor, as well as a round trip to the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle. In addition, Mr. Durante will receive two season passes for the Yankee home games next year from Dan Topping, president of the club.

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