Yankee teammate Mickey Mantle came in second place in the voting. He almost overcame Maris in the voting (202-198). The stats WERE close. Maris (.269, 61 HR, 142 rbis. Mantle .317, 54 HR, 128 rbi)
For the $64,000 question, who came in 3rd in voting? Try not to use your Google-fu before answering. He wasn’t TOO far behind Maris and Mantle in votes and actually had a higher batting average, on-base percentage AND slugging percentage than Maris.