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No Asterisk for Aaron, So Why One for Maris?

August 17, 1991

The NFL, NBA and NHL have all had increases in the amount of games they play each season. These increases are much larger percentage-wise than the 5% (eight games a season) increase in baseball games. Yet no player in any of these leagues has ever had an asterisk put next to his name for breaking a record of some past great star. Likewise, Henry Aaron did not have an asterisk put next to his name when he broke Ruth's career home run record despite having 3,000 more at-bats.

Baseball erroneously tainted Roger Maris' record in 1961, and it's time to give the man full credit for his accomplishment.

JAMES L. TURNER, Hawthorne

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