Last year, Jonah Crilly, a young baseball fan from Harlan, Iowa slid a DVD of the movie *61 into the family’s entertainment system and was mesmerized by Roger Maris’ chase of Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record.
Maris became a long-ago hero to Jonah who now regretted being born way too late to have seen the pride of North Dakota in action.
His family suggested there still might be a way to express that appreciation. Jonah did and the family of the late slugger was flattered by his interest.
It’s a feel good story you can read in the local newspaper.