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.
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.
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 7x9” 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 Auctions.com.