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“The second biggest thrill that day for me was to meet Roger. I offered him the baseball, and he said, ‘No. You keep the baseball and make yourself some money.’ That’s the kind of guy Roger was, very thoughtful, generous man. I met him a couple of times after that, and he was the same way.”

Wearing white gloves, Derek Jeter brought onto the field the bat Maris used to hit the record-breaker. Durante brought the ball onto the field, also using white gloves. Both items were on loan from the Hall of Fame.