Maris died scorning his place in history because he himself was scorned for achieving it. This story has been told many times; the information is anything but new. But the irony in Roger's statement glares out once again with McGwire's admition. They acted like Maris was poisoning the record books when in fact he was simply and naturally making history. It was McGwire and Bonds who inarguably poisoned the record books, but instead of strife they received adulation and a possible spot in Cooperstown. But 49 years later, Roger Maris — the real home run king — is still getting the short end of the stick.
If Selig wants to finally put this right — now that all three men that broke Maris' record are admitted and/or implicated steroid users — the solution is very simple. Plan a day next season for Roger Maris that will be recognized in every ball park. Bring the Maris family back out, this time to Yankee Stadium, and anoint and announce to all of baseball that Roger Maris is the official single season home run king.
Oh... and wipe the statistics of these cheaters out of the record books for good, before the poisoning is permanent.