Roger Maris's mother dead at 90

Sept. 22, 2004 at 3:26 PM

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Baseball legend Roger Maris's mother, A. Corrine Maris, has died in Gainesville, Fla., at the age of 90, it was reported Wednesday.

She was born in Ironton, Minn., to Croatian immigrants and married Rudolph S. Maras in Hibbing, Minn., on Sept. 7, 1932. Maras later changed the spelling of his name to Maris to ease pronunciation.

In 1946 the family moved to Fargo, N.D., and the couple divorced in 1960. Roger Maris moved to Gainesville after retiring from baseball, and his mother moved from Fargo to Gainesville in 1980.

Roger Maris, the Yankees outfielder who in 1961 hit 61 home runs to break Babe Ruth's record, died of lymphatic cancer in 1985. His father died in 1992.

Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire broke Maris's record in 1998.

Corrine died Saturday, and Boulger Funeral Home of Fargo is arranging the funeral, the Fargo Forum reported.

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