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Roger Maris’ Widow Ill Again

September 9, 1998

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Roger Maris’ widow was hospitalized Tuesday after developing an irregular heartbeat for the second time this week.

Patricia Maris was listed in satisfactory condition at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and was expected to be released Wednesday morning.

Her family brought her to the emergency room several hours before Tuesday night’s Cubs-Cardinals game in which Mark McGwire broke her husband’s 37-year-old record of 61 home runs in a season.

``She’s fine, medically,″ hospital spokesman Todd Cooper said. ``But it’s a little crazy out there tonight and we felt she just needed a nice quiet night.″

Patricia Maris, 62, flew to St. Louis from Gainesville, Fla., on Sunday with her four sons and two daughters to watch McGwire. She was taken to the hospital before that game when she first developed an irregular heartbeat.

``I think it’s just exhaustion,″ son Randy Maris said after his mother was hospitalized the first time. ``The last three or four months, a lot has been going on with all this attention.″

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