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Review of Roger Maris Museum

Roger Maris Museum
Ranked #8 of 38 things to do in Fargo
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Owner description: The legendary baseball player and Fargo's hometown hero is honored with a 72-foot long glassed-in exhibit at the West Acres Shopping Mall, tracing all aspects of his career, including major awards, uniforms and some of the home run balls from 1961, the year he broke Babe Ruth's record with 61 home runs.
Fargo, North Dakota
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Nice Idea”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

Easy access to view the memorabilia in a mall. Open to the public, no charge. Interesting displays with all the items you'd expect in a Hall of fame.

Visited December 2013
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West Covina, California
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“Museum in the Mall”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

One thing you don't expect to find in a mall is a museum, especially a museum for someone who made Major League Baseball history. Nonetheless, the West End Shopping Center in Fargo, ND is where you'll find the Roger Maris Museum. in 1961, Maris broke Babe Ruth's single season home run record by hitting 61 homers in 1961. The museum has a small theater with seats from Yankee Stadium, 1960s era. A 15-minute film depicts Maris' career, and especially the 1961 season. Outside of the theater is a display area with many of Maris' awards, uniforms and mementos.

A museum in a mall might not seem much of an honor for a baseball record setter, but Maris said if they wanted to build a museum in his honor it had to be free and accessible for everyone.

Incidentally, Maris still holds the American League record for most homers in a single season. Also most people don't realize he played in seven All-Star games, and five World Series. And still, he's not in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Visited July 2013
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Texas
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“Baseball History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

The museum was tiny and located in a mall. But the quantity of stuff to see was incredible. There was game used balls and bats and even seats from Yankee Stadium.

Visited July 2013
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Buffalo, New York
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“Nice little exhibit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

his is a fine tribute to a great St. Louis Cardinal.

At least that's how Yankee-haters remember Roger Maris.

But every baseball fan has plenty of respect for Roger, who still holds the non-steroid-added record for home runs in a season with 61 in 1961. He was a modest, quiet man who was uncomfortable with all of the attention.

Maris was born in Minnesota, but moved to Fargo at a young age and always called it home. He hosted a celebrity golf tournament there. Sadly, he died of cancer at the age of 51.

Maris did live long enough to see this hometown tribute, located in the West Acres Shopping Center in the middle of town. He wanted it in a place where people would see it. The family donated a variety of trophies and other items of memorabilia, and they stretch out over the display case shown above. In addition, you can sit in old Yankee Stadium seats and watch a video about Maris in a room at the end of the case.

You obviously have to see a baseball fan to want to find the place, and it's not a huge area. But I was glad I made the trip.

Visited August 2013
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Fargo, North Dakota
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30 reviews
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“A baseball legend.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

For anyone who is a baseball fanatic. I highly recommend this attraction. The true homerun champ. All those interested in baseball history must see.

Visited January 2013
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