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Maris, 51, loses battle with lymphatic cancer

Updated: December 9, 2001, 2:14 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Dec. 14, 1985

Roger Maris, a two-time American League MVP who broke Babe Ruth's cherished home-run record, dies in Houston after a two-year battle with lymphatic cancer. Maris was 51.

"All baseball is saddened by the loss of one of its true heroes," says Commissioner Pete Ueberroth.

"The greatest single feat I ever saw was Roger hitting 61 home runs to break Ruth's record," Mickey Mantle wrote in his autobiography, 'The Mick.' "I was with him practically ...

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