Fargo isn’t the only place full of people that think Roger Maris should be a Hall of Famer.
The former Fargo Shanley standout that broke Babe Ruth‘s single-season home run record in 1961 was recently the subject of a column by the New York Times’ George Vescey.
Vescey – whose blog post on the subject is available here – wondered whether or not Maris should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He ultimately concluded that he didn’t think so.
But many of his readers did, and they let their opinions be known to him.
It’s definitely a two-sided topic, and both sides can be quite vocal.
As for me? I really don’t know. I’ll put it this way: In my book, he’s not a Hall of Famer. However, do I think he could get elected? Yeah, actually. I do.
After all, it wouldn’t be the first time that the Veterans Committee elected someone that surprised me. Guys like Joe Gordon and Bill Mazeroski certainly had their share of detractors, and those are just some of the recent inductees courtesy of the Veterans Committee.
So if you twisted my arm, I’d say that I do think Maris one day will get elected. His 61 homers in a single season, his back-to-back MVP awards and his seven World Series appearances in the 1960s will be enough as far as the Veterans Committee is concerned. I’m just glad I’m not the one who has to make a decision like that.