Roger Maris — Athlete born on September 10, 1934, died on December 14, 1985

Roger Eugene Maris was an American professional baseball player who played four seasons in the minor leagues and twelve seasons in the major leagues. Maris played right field on four Major League Baseball teams, from 1957 through 1968... (wikipedia)

Every day I went to the ballpark in Yankee Stadium as well as on the road people were on my back. The last six years in the American League were mental hell for me. I was drained of all my desire to play baseball.
It would have been a helluva lot more fun if I had not hit those sixty-one home runs.
Maybe I'm not a great man but I damn well want to break the record.
I don't want to be Babe Ruth. He was a great ballplayer. I'm not trying to replace him. The record is there and damn right I want to break it, but that isn't replacing Babe Ruth.
You hit home runs not by chance but by preparation.