- Maris was nearly traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 1959 off-season. The Pirates and Athletics had a tentative deal: the Bucs would send shortstop Dick Groat and a minor leaguer to Kansas City for Maris and another player. But the morning after agreeing in principle to the swap, Pirates’ general manager Joe Brown had second thoughts about parting with Groat. The deal was cancelled, and Maris was dealt to the New York Yankees am few days later.
- When he was dealt to the Yanks, Maris had the reputation of being a hot/cold hitter. In ’59 he had hit .328 until he was sidelined with an appendectomy in June. Then in July he tore the league up with a .376 average and .615 slugging percentage. But in August, Maris spiraled to .089 with two extra-base hits and two RBI for the entire month!