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Family says Roger Maris is the true home-run king

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 Yankees' legend Roger Maris says he hopes baseball chiefs "do the right thing" by recognizing his father as the sport's greatest pure home-run hitter.

"Too many things have gone on and now this has come out," Rich Maris, the son of Roger Maris told the San Francisco Chronicle The San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young.[2] The paper grew along with San Francisco to become the largest circulation newspaper on the West Coast of the .

"We think baseball will end up doing the right things with the records.

"We think baseball will get it right, whether they restore or make some sort of mark on what's what."

The families comments come in the wake of Mark McGwire's admission Monday that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade, including during the 1998 season when he broke Maris' then single-season home run record.

McGwire feels his legacy should be one of a great long-ball hitter because he claims he didn't need performance-enhancing drugs to break Maris' 1961 record of 61 homers. Facts about Mark McGwire

But McGwire also said the Maris family have "every right to" consider their father's 61 home runs as the authentic record. McGwire hit 70 and then Barry Bonds surpassed him with 73 in 2001.

Both McGwire and Bonds have been linked to performance-enhancing drugs leaving the Maris family to question whether their father should be considered the true single-season home run king.

"I think my dad still holds the record," Rich Maris said.

McGwire called the widow of Roger Maris, Pat Maris, on Monday before he went public with his admission and Rich said the family is willing to accept his apology.

"He told her he had something to tell her," Rich Maris said to the Chronicle. "He just wanted her to know the news was going to break and that he did steroids.

"He apologized and that speaks volumes to the kind of guy he is.

"We love him like a brother. I am glad he got it out."

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 network, McGwire said, "I felt that I needed to do that. They've been great supporters of mine. She was disappointed and she has every right to be."

McGwire has been eligible for American baseball's Hall of Fame for the past two years but he received a minuscule 23.5 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers' Association of America his first year on the ballot and this year received 23.7 percent.

McGwire claims he used drugs like Androstenedione androstenedione /an·dro·stene·di·one/ (-di-on) an androgenic steroid produced by the testis, adrenal cortex, and ovary; converted metabolically to testosterone and other androgens.  and human growth hormone human growth hormone (HGH): see growth hormone.  to rehabilitate his body from injury and not to cheat.

McGwire didn't hesitate to blow his own horn when asked during a MLB Network interview if he could have hit 70 home runs in a single season without steroids.

"Look at what God gave me," McGwire told the network. "There is not a pill or an injection that will give an athlete the hand-eye co-ordination to hit a baseball.

"They still talk about home runs I hit in high school."
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