Roger Maris Museum
3902 13th Ave S
Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota
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The Roger Maris Museum is a 70-foot (21m) display case museum in West Acres Shopping Center in Fargo, North Dakota. It is dedicated as a permanent shrine to Major League Baseball player and local alumni Roger Maris.
The Roger Maris Museum was created by Fargo American Legion members Robert Smith and James McLaughlin. Originally, Maris declined to have a museum erected in his honor. However, he initially agreed only at the request that it be on public display and charge no admission, as he did not want to capitalize on his success. Maris also personally chose to have the museum site be located within West Acres. It was constructed and opened in 1984.
In 2003, the museum was remodeled during the mall's renovation. On July 26, 2016, the museum was burglarized during closing hours. Among the items stolen were the 1960 AL MVP plaque and the S. Rae Hickok Belt awarded to Maris in 1961. The culprits were never found nor the items ever recovered.
The museum is located in the southeast wing of West Acres. It features a small theatre with documentary films about Maris and is furnished with actual seats from Yankee Stadium. Among the exhibits are Maris' uniforms, a replica of his 1961 locker, his two MVP awards, Sultan of Swat Crowns, many bats and home run balls, baseball cards and memorabilia as well as relics from his amateur years.
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