Maris remained bitter about the experience. Speaking at the 1980 All-Star Game, he said, "They acted as though I was doing something wrong, poisoning the record books or something. Do you know what I have to show for 61 home runs? Nothing. Exactly nothing." Despite all the controversy and criticism, Maris was awarded the 1961 Hickok Belt as the top professional athlete of the year, and won the American League's MVP Award for the second straight year. It is said, however, that the stress of pursuing the record was so great for Maris that his hair occasionally fell out in clumps during the season. Later, Maris even surmised that it might have been better all along had he not broken the record or even threatened it at all.
Both Roger Maris and Barry Bonds were sour pusses, made more sour after breaking the season home run record, although by the time that Bonds did it, Babe Ruth had been passed five times by two more: Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
The only one who seemed to have enjoyed it was the Babe.