Maris Charity Tournament Auction Victim of Burglary

The auction went on as scheduled but a burglary put a bit of a damper on the annual Roger Maris charity auction in Fargo, ND last week.

The auction is held as part of a celebrity golf tournament that honors the former slugger in his hometown and raises money for various charities.

Roger Maris golf tournamentThe chairman of the auction told local media that a storage facility which stores items the tournament includes in its live and silent auctions – was burglarized sometime in May.  Crooks used bolt cutters to break the lock and took more than 100 items including numerous autographed baseballs signed by Hall of Fame members that were to be sold at the live auction.

Also missing were approximately 20 DVD copies of the film “61*”, all autographed by members of the cast and crew of the movie that portrayed the 1961 home run chase.

Over 75 sports, music and other collectible items were still sold during the live auction.

Andy Strasberg, who was a huge Maris fan and is a friend of the family, contributed numerous items including some unpublished photos of Maris from his personal collection.

Read more about the burglary, the photos, the auction and the event in The Forum of Fargo-Morehead.  The auction coordinator says he will file a police report.