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Members of the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals — manager Red Schoendienst (2), Roger Maris (9), Tim McCarver (15), Orlando Cepeda (30), (Middle L-R) Bob Gibson (45), Curt Flood (21), Julian Javier (25), Mike Shannon (18), Dal Maxvill (27), and Lou Brock (20) — pose during a team photo shoot at ┬áBusch Memorial Stadium. (Neil Leifer/SI)

Members of the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals — manager Red Schoendienst (2), Roger Maris (9), Tim McCarver (15), Orlando Cepeda (30), (Middle L-R) Bob Gibson (45), Curt Flood (21), Julian Javier (25), Mike Shannon (18), Dal Maxvill (27), and Lou Brock (20) — pose during a team photo shoot at  Busch Memorial Stadium. (Neil Leifer/SI)

Roger Maris lights a cigar for his Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle before a 1960 game against the Indians. (Herb Scharfman/SI)

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Roger Maris lights a cigar for his Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle before a 1960 game against the Indians. (Herb Scharfman/SI)
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Roger Maris would’ve celebrated his 88th birthday today. Maris famously set the single-season home run record in 1961, a mark that stood for 37 years before being broken by Mark McGwire in 1998. As this photo indicates, the legendary Yankees outfielder wasn’t just a big bat. (Corbis)

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Roger Maris would’ve celebrated his 88th birthday today. Maris famously set the single-season home run record in 1961, a mark that stood for 37 years before being broken by Mark McGwire in 1998. As this photo indicates, the legendary Yankees outfielder wasn’t just a big bat. (Corbis)
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Members of the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals including Roger Maris, Tim McCarver, Bob Gibson, Mike Shannon, Lou Brock, Orlando Cepeda, Curt Flood, Julian Javier, Dal Maxvill and manager Red Schoendienst, pose in the team’s locker room. St. Louis will face the Rangers in the 2011 World Series. (Neil Leifer/SI)

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Members of the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals including Roger Maris, Tim McCarver, Bob Gibson, Mike Shannon, Lou Brock, Orlando Cepeda, Curt Flood, Julian Javier, Dal Maxvill and manager Red Schoendienst, pose in the team’s locker room. St. Louis will face the Rangers in the 2011 World Series. (Neil Leifer/SI)LEMIRE: Underdog Cardinals knock out Brewers, advance to World Series VIDEO: Game 6 highlights | Pujols interview | Cardinals celebrate pennant

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris’ historic 61st home run, which broke Babe Ruth’s record of 60. But Maris could do more than just bat. In this photo, the Yankees right-fielder steals a home run by making a leaping catch against the wall. (Bettman/Corbis)

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Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris’ historic 61st home run, which broke Babe Ruth’s record of 60. But Maris could do more than just bat. In this photo, the Yankees right-fielder steals a home run by making a leaping catch against the wall. (Bettman/Corbis)
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