Taking a look at the Roger Maris MuseumFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Tonight we'll take you inside the Roger Maris museum, now 27 years old, the brainchild of Fargo resident Jim McLaughlin, who has seen it grow and educate the young and the old.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
Tonight we continue our series celebrating the careers of two North Dakota’s best athletes, Phil Hansen and Roger Maris.
Tonight we'll take you inside the Roger Maris museum, now 27 years old, the brainchild of Fargo resident Jim McLaughlin, who has seen it grow and educate the young and the old.
Jim McLaughlin – Maris Museum Founder: “We had hoped people would enjoy it and get to know roger, thought it last a few year, grows all the time.
McLaughlin has been the force to keep the museum fresh since it's dedication. He was the reason in 2003 that West Acres donated $250,000 to renovate the place and educate all visitors and family members on Fargo’s most popular resident.
Richie Maris – Roger’s Grandson: “It's truly amazing, to be honest, i had a grandpa who played for the New York Yankees, you realize it this guy was a legend.
Rusty Papachek – West Acres Director: “There's a reason we put$ 250,000 into refurbishing it. We did it because we thought people would come out to see it and it's proven true,
Inside the museum you get a greater sense of the Maris legacy, with pictures from his 61 home run season there's also a tote board of every home run he hit during his 1961 campaign, there are also seats from the original Yankee Stadium, before the renovation in the mid 70. And you won't find an hour in the day when someone doesn’t' poke their head to get a glimpse of the Maris legacy.
Now 27 years in the rearview mirror, McLaughlin can sit back and now he's given Fargo a national monument.
Jim McLaughlin: “I’m really proud that I can do that proud to keep it going, proud like I said, ‘why me?’”
McLaughlin told me the hottest attraction these days are the 2 MVPs that Maris won in 1960 and 61.