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McGwire and Sosa's Home Run Chase

By: Kyle Sullivan

Even though it happened 10 years before I was born, I know that this is one of the greatest moments in baseball history. 


During the 1998 season two major league baseball players were competing for the single season home run title. The two players were Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals and Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs. McGwire finished the season with a record of 70 home runs which would stand for 3 seasons. In 2001 Barry Bonds beat that record with 73. Almost every time McGwire hit a home run, so did Sosa. 


Towards the beginning of the season there were three players in the race for the home run title. The third being Ken Griffey Jr who ended the season with 56 home runs.


 Every home run mattered as it felt like the minute one hit a homer, the other did too. McGwire led the chase almost the whole season, with Sosa leading for a little while in the back third of the season.


There was a press conference with Sosa and McGwire. McGwire said that it would be nice if they ended in a tie. For a while it looked like they would but then Sosa went on a cold streak without hitting a home run for a few games, which gave McGwire the lead for the rest of the season. 


McGwire and Sosa finished one and two for most single season home runs after that season. 


It was found that towards the back of the season it was found that McGwire was taking a substance that made players stronger. Although it wasn’t illegal it definitely helped McGwire win the race and beat Roger Maris’s record of 61 home runs.