Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Roger Maris's family sues Budweiser

The family of Roger Maris, the New York Yankee slugger whose single season home run record stood for 37 years, has sued Anheuser-Busch for $2.5 billion to $5 billion in damages. The Maris family, whose lawsuit went to trial today in Gainesville, FL, claims that Busch executives hatched a plot to denigrate the Budweiser distributor in order to buy the distributorship for pennies on the dollar.

Maris received the distributorship from St. Louis Cardinals owner August Anheuser Busch Jr.. Maris played his last season with St. Louis in exchange for the beer distributorship. Roger and his brother ran the business until Roger's death in 1985. The Maris distributorship was the sole distributor of Budweiser in the Gainesville - Ocala area for 29 years.

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