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Maris' bat and ball to be displayed at tournament

The 60th home run ball is on display at the Roger Maris Museum in Fargo. The empty space to the left is tells visitors the 61st ball is in Hall of Fame. Forum file photo2 / 2

FARGO – The bat that Roger Maris used to hit his record 61st home run and the ball that landed in the right-field stands of Yankee Stadium in 1961 will be on display at the 31st annual Roger Maris Celebrity benefit golf tournament.

The bat and ball will be on display on Monday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the Roger Maris Museum at the West Acres Shopping Center. The viewing is free and open to the public.

The bat and ball will also be on display at the tournament auction which will be held Sunday, June 22, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. They will also be displayed at the tournament banquet that night at the Holiday Inn.

Maris, who grew up in Fargo, clubbed his 61st home run in 1961 to eclipse Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 60 home runs set in 1927.

The 31st annual Maris golf tournament is scheduled to be held June 22-23 at Fargo’s Rose Creek golf course.