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Associated Press, Published January 13 2010

Dorgan says Maris should be reconsidered for Hall of Fame

North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan says Roger Maris should be reconsidered for the Baseball Hall of Fame now that Mark McGwire says he used steroids.

Maris, who grew up in Fargo, set a single season record with 61 home runs in 1961. That record stood until McGwire belted 70 homers in 1998.

Dorgan says the Hall of Fame veterans committee should recognize Maris as “the legitimate home run king.” The Democratic senator says the three players who topped Maris’ record have been associated with performance-enhancing drugs.

Dorgan chaired the first Senate committee hearing on steroids in baseball in 2002.

“More than forty years after breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record, Maris now stands as the only player to do so without the use of steroids,” Dorgan said. “It’s important to set an honest example for our nation’s children who put themselves in danger when they try to emulate their sports heroes by bulking up with performance-enhancing drugs.”