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Retiring Teixeira to be honored in final homestand

The Yankees will return home Tuesday for their final homestand of the year, which will feature a three-game series against the Red Sox Tuesday through Thursday nights in David Ortiz’s final career regular season appearances at Yankee Stadium and a three-game set against the Orioles Friday night through Sunday.

Fan Appreciation Day will be Sunday, Oct. 2, when the Yankees will also honor first baseman Mark Teixeira in a ceremony prior to their 3:05 p.m. game against Baltimore. In honor of Teixeira’s final regular season game, fans may receive up to 25 percent off the price of tickets for this game when using the promo code TEX25 and a MasterCard at http://www.yankees.com, http://www.ticketmaster.com or at the Yankee Stadium Ticket Office. Please note that all ticket specials are subject to availability.

In addition, 25 fans wearing apparel with Teixeira’s inform No. 25 at the game Oct. 2 will be randomly selected to receive special prizes and 25 other fans will have the opportunity to be randomly selected for a lucky seat upgrade. All fans in attendance will also receive a voucher valid for two tickets to select 2017 Yankees regular season home games.

Fans can also take part in the festivities on social media. One lucky fan in attendance at the Stadium Oct. 2 who shares their game experience on Twitter or Instagram will be randomly selected during the game to win the “Ultimate Game Day Experience,” which includes an upgrade in the Legends Suite seating area and a gift bag. One other lucky fan will be randomly selected during the game to win the “Ultimate Game Day Experience” for any 2017 home game of their choice. The package will include 4 Legends tickets, a scoreboard message, and a gift bag.

During the entire homestand, the first 75 fans that check-in daily at the Stadium on Facebook can redeem a seat upgrade by showing their check-in to the staff at the AT&T Fan Zone located on the Main Level behind the plate. For further details on all of these promotions, please visit http://www.yankees.com/fanappreciation and follow the Yankees’ official Twitter and Instagram accounts – @Yankees.

Roger Maris Bobblehead Day will be Saturday, Oct. 1 on the 55th anniversary of his record-setting 61st home run. The first 18,000 people in attendance will receive a bobblehead, courtesy of AT&T. The bobblehead is part of a limited-edition series of collectible player bobbleheads, presented by AT&T — the fourth series in a collection of Yankees bobbleheads. Additionally, Maris’ son Randy will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Yankees will join with NewYork-Presbyterian — the official hospital of the New York Yankees — Columbia University Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medicine and Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure (fans4thecure.org) to help save lives from prostate cancer during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month by offering a free screening.

Prior to and during the 7:05 p.m. game against the Red Sox Wednesday, ticketed fans, game day employees and media members 40 years of age and older are encouraged to visit the area near Main Level Section 220, where medical personnel under the direction of Dr. James McKiernan, Urologist-in-Chief, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, will be standing by to administer quick and simple PSA blood tests to all who request one.
Youth Game ticket specials will run Saturday and Sunday, subject to availability. For a complete list of ticket specials, including game dates, seating locations, and terms and conditions, fans should visit http://www.yankees.com/ticketspecials.

Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.yankees.com, http://www.yankeesbeisbol.com, at the Yankee Stadium Ticket Office, via Ticketmaster phone at 877-469-9849, Ticketmaster TTY at 800-943-4327 and at all Ticket Offices located within Yankees Clubhouse Shops. Fans with questions may call 212-YANKEES [926-5337] or email tickets@yankees.com.

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Maris remembered fondly 50 years later

The Yankees treated Roger Maris more honorably Saturday in a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of his then-record 61-home run season than he was ever treated during his seven seasons with the team.

There is a bittersweet legacy to Maris’ accomplishment in 1961 that was forever smeared by then commissioner Ford Frick’s edict that the 61 home runs did not break Babe Ruth’s record total of 60 in 1927 because Maris achieved his mark in a 162-game schedule – eight games longer than when Ruth accomplished his feat. The American League schedule was expanded in 1961 from 154 to 162 games because of the addition of expansion teams in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The National League followed suit the next year when it added the Mets and a franchise in Houston.

This silly argument was revived somewhat Saturday by two of Roger’s sons, two sons of his old teammate, Mickey Mantle, and several other members of the 1961 Yankees. Randy Maris and Roger Maris Jr., Danny Mantle and David Mantle and Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and Bob Cerv agreed that they consider Maris’ achievement the real home run record, which is nothing more than wishful thinking.

It is a reaction to the tainted home run totals of sluggers during the steroids era. But since the commissioner says that all the records count, we have no recourse but to regard Maris’ 61 home runs as the eighth highest total in history. That does not mean, however, that it is not special.

To get mentioned in the same sentence with Ruth takes some doing. Yankees fans at the time would have preferred that Mantle break the record. He was a lifelong Yankee, the heir to Joe DiMaggio’s reign in center field. Maris was an outsider, brought from Kansas City by trade and never quite comfortable with New York.

Yankees fans have changed since then. Wade Boggs, Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez, David Cone, Scott Brosius and others came here from other teams in the 1990s and were embraced. They did not have to deal with falling into the shadow of a great ghost as Maris did with Ruth. A sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium Saturday got to witness Maris’ 61st homer in a video while his widow, four sons and two daughters stood in the infield alongside Mantle’s sons, Berra, Ford and Cerv, who was Roger’s roommate both in Kansas City and New York.

It was during the 1961 season that Mantle lived with Maris and Cerv in an apartment in Forest Hills, Queens. “We’ve got rules,” Cerv recalled telling Mantle, who was noted for his love of the nightlife while the other two were devoted family men. “Mickey lasted with us until about Labor Day.”

By then, injuries had caused Mantle to drop out of his race with Maris, who felt very alone that final month. Randy Maris said he was born that year about a month before the final game when Maris finally got to 61. “That was how Mom was able to come to New York that day,” Randy said.

Pat Maris was escorted to the field by Mariano Rivera. Craig Muder and Bill Francis brought down from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown the ball Maris hit that day and the bat he used. Sal Durante, the Brooklyn bus driver now living in Staten Island and who caught the ball in the right field stands that Oct. 1 afternoon, carried the ball onto the field. Derek Jeter carried the bat. The Yankees Foundation donated $10,000 to the Roger Maris Cancer Center in his home town of Fargo, N.D.

Also on hand were ’61 Yankees teammates Bobby Richardson and Moose Skowron and former bat boy Frank Prudenti. Cheryl Howard, the daughter of former Yankees catcher Elston Howard, sang the national anthem.

“I think Dad would have been excited about today,” Roger Jr. said. “He always said that the 1961 Yankees was the greatest team he ever played on. He has strong feelings about all of his teammates here. I know that when we were young and went to spring training it felt like we were all family.”

Yet it took a while for Maris to be treated like a true family member of the Yankees after he had been traded to St. Louis following the 1966 season. Credit former owner George Steinbrenner for bringing Maris back into the fold. The Boss invited Maris back to Old Timers’ Day celebrations and decided to retire No. 9 in his honor over such other worthy wearers of that number as Charlie Keller, Hank Bauer and Graig Nettles.

Maris has a fitting place in Monument Park, which was visited by Saturday’s guests. The reaction of the crowd to the ceremony was evidence that his memory has a fitting place with them now, too.