May 8, 1962

The Red Sox were in New York to begin a two-game series with the Yankees with chip on their collective shoulders, courtesy of Roger Maris.

In the fall of 1961 Maris chased Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record of 60. He later complained that the Red Sox hadn’t given him anything to hit in their last series at Fenway Park.

He cited Bill Monbouquette specifically for pitching scared.

Maris didn’t mention Tracy Stallard who, on Oct. 1, 1961, served up No. 61 at Yankee Stadium.

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