2. Roger Maris

Roger Maris was a seven-time all-star, a three-time World Champion, a two-time AL MVP and the single season home run king for 37 years. He is not in the Hall of Fame and so he comes in at number two on our list of the best number noines in New York sports history.

Maris is the baseball equivalent of Jim Morrison or James Dean. He only had a few good years, but those years were as impressive as any in the history of the game. In 1960 and 1961, while playing for the New York Yankees, Maris hit 100 of his 275 career home runs and had 253 of his 850 RBI.

A gold glove outfielder, Maris spent seven years roaming both center and right field in Yankee Stadium. In 1984 the Yankees retired Maris’ number noine.

Roger Maris will always be remembered for hitting 61 homers in 1961. We’ll remember him for being one of the best to ever wear the number noine in New York.

I've wanted to write about sports since the first time I read Mike Lupica of the NY Daily News rip George Steinbrenner about the Boss' treatment of Dave Winfield. The Pen truly is mightier than the sword. I still look forward to reading the sports section in the paper every morning. Writing about sports, even in a part time capacity is a dream come true.