The venerable Sporting News
, located in St. Louis, was around and flourishing when the Babe set the mark of 60 in 1927, and when Roger Maris broke it with 61 in 1961. It saved the real celebration, though, for its hometown hero: Mark McGwire is virtually coronated in this smart, photo-rich, comprehensive veneration of his record-breaking season compiled under the Sporting News
aegis. Each home run gets the royal treatment: every McGwire at-bat of the game is codified, the pitcher identified, the count remembered, and a picture of the ballpark shows where the shot landed and just how far it was hit. There are lots of fascinating bits and pieces--facts and figures, quotes and observations--thrown in to complement solid reportage and good writing, ending with a table of fascinating historical data to give McGwire's achievement added perspective, as if the number 70 wasn't perspective enough. --Jeff Silverman
From Library Journal
Each memorable trajectory launched by St. Louis Cardinals' first baseman Mark McGwire during his booming 1998 season is here in this fan's guide. During his race to break Roger Maris's 1961 season home-run record, McGwire fended off a field of the game's greatest sluggers before settling into a good-natured and unprecedented contest with the Cubs' Sammy Sosa. Their national home-run derby so enthralled the country that it often edged out the Lewinsky scandal. McGwire's 70 arcing drives are dissected in this basic yet evocative record, which gathers over 200 news photographs, commentary by beat reporters from the great home-run campaign, game summaries, and a profile of each clout's victim ("I turned around and admired it," confessed the Mets' pitcher Bobby Jones of home run 47). No doubt the first of many celebratory books, this quickly produced "keepsake" album well represents the color and hyperbole of McGwire's peerless season and the press carnival that surrounded him. Sammy Sosa gets his mention, if not quite his due. Recommended for public libraries.?Nathan Ward, "Library Journal"
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