Roger Maris grave.

Roger Maris's Grave

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Fargo, North Dakota

Roger Maris became "Baseball's Single-Season Home Run King," in 1961, hitting 61 home runs in a season -- one more than Babe Ruth, who hit 60 in 1927. This would seem to be a clear-cut claim to fame, except that Ruth hit his 60 in a 154-game season, while Maris hit his 61 in a 162-game season. And Babe Ruth went on to hit more home runs, a lot more. Roger did not. His power stroke vanished, he was traded to St. Louis, and six years after his record-setting season he was out of baseball.

Maris died of cancer -- age 51 -- less than 18 months after his hometown museum opened in Fargo's West Acres Mall. He's buried only a couple of miles away, in Holy Cross Cemetery, one of a row of tiny burial grounds lining the south side of Fargo's 32nd Avenue North. Holy Cross is the last in line, under the landing path of Hector Airport's runway. His tombstone is diamond-shaped (the way a baseball infield would look when viewed by a blimp or an angel), and jet black.

Also see: Sultan of Swat - Roger Maris

Roger Maris's Grave

Holy Cross Cemetery

1502 32nd Ave. N, Fargo, ND
Take Broadway north to the edge of town, then turn left onto 32nd Ave. North. At the far end, in Holy Cross Cemetery, adjacent to Hector Airport's runway. The tombstone resembles a large black baseball diamond.
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