Photo of the Day: Rookie Roger Leads Off

He’d spent more than three years in the minor leagues waiting for moments like this but in the spring of 1957, Roger Maris was wearing a big league uniform for good.

Cleveland Indians Roger Maris rookie year photo 1957Our Photo of the Day from RMY Auctions is this original shot of Maris in spring training just prior to his rookie year with Cleveland.

Originally signed by the University of Oklahoma as a football player, Maris spent only a semester in Norman before returning home and signing a baseball contract.

Maris 1957 photo backWhile Maris had yet to hit a big league homer when this photo was taken, it wouldn’t be long.  He debuted on April 16, 1957 and two days later, he belted a grand slam against the Tigers.

His Cleveland career wouldn’t last long.  He was traded to Kansas City about a third of the way into the 1958 season, then shipped to the Yankees in time for the 1960 campaign.  The following year, of course, he would turn baseball upside down by belted a record 61 homers.

The 7×9” photo carries identification on the back in pencil.

It’s one of dozens of vintage sports, news, entertainment and other rare news photographs stored for decades in an archive and now offered for auction.  Bidding continues through Tuesday at RMY