Race for the Record

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9780061073595: Race for the Record

The official publication of Major League Baseball, here, in words and photos, are the incredible moments in the extraordinary race to eclipse baseball's most cherished record.

In their pursuit of the single-season homerun record set by Roger Maris in 1961, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa captured the hearts and imagination of baseball fans--and many non-fans--across the nation. Race for the Record brings it all back with a blow-by-blow account of the unbelievable 1998 season. Relive every historic homer with colorful descriptions of how and where they happened (and off of which pitcher)...and relive the emotional rollercoaster that these two lords of the long ball rode all season long as the pushed the record--and each other--to previously unimaginable heights. With more than 100 full-color photographs.

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Mark McGuire's 62nd home run, the hit "heard around the world," broke Roger Maris's long-standing record of 61 homers, and captured the hearts of baseball fans everywhere. This amazing account of McGuires's historic season details his journey from game one until his final, record-setting 70th home run in his last at bat for the 98 season. Complete with color photos, this is a must-have for any sports library.

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Fans of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa's unforgettable assault on the magical numbers hung by Babe Ruth and Roger Maris can continue celebrating the most riveting extended mano a mano in baseball history with this high-gloss commemorative volume carrying Major League Baseball's official sanction. Text takes a back seat to a stunning, photographic retelling, but there are more than enough words to keep the intertwined tales of the two diamond powerhouses--dispensed in a month-by-month chronicle--fresh. Designed for the graphically astute '90s, Race for the Record is smart enough to pay tribute to the past, as well, with evocative tributes to Maris and Ruth. Stats buffs should appreciate the logs of relevant info for each of the 136 combined dingers that McGwire and Sosa sent into orbit. --Jeff Silverman

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