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Race for the Record: 1998's Race to Break Baseball's Most Coveted Record [VHS] (1998)

Mark McGwire , Sammy Sosa  |  NR |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Major League Baseball
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: USA
  • VHS Release Date: May 16, 2000
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305175136
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"You gotta be kidding me!" shouts one exuberant sportscaster after the other in this exciting recap of the year that Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both eclipsed the age-old home-run record of 61 set by Roger Maris in 1961. Half an hour into this video, you can't help but notice that there simply aren't enough adjectives to describe the superlative achievements of these two baseball titans. Not even the cherub-like Bob Costas can relate just how incredible this year was for baseball and for the American people who cherish this sport. As political figureheads featured prominently in the news in 1998 for their sordid exploits, McGwire and Sosa produced a wonderful, spellbinding drama of their own that caught the heart and imagination of the entire nation.

This, however, is not just a documentary of hit after monstrous hit: intermingled throughout are touching interviews with the sons of Roger Maris, the teammates of both Sosa and McGwire, and an insightful moment with former Yankee Mickey Mantle. For those who have a love or even a passing interest in this sport, they will be moved to see what humble appreciation both players and managers have for the magical history for the game of baseball. This in itself puts into perspective what was achieved by these two heroes and ambassadors for our time, two men who remind you what sport and competition should be all about: the love of the game. --Jeremy Storey

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Race for the Record: 1998's Race to Break Baseball's Most Coveted Record

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Baseball was still struggling from the aftershock of the strike that shortened the season in 1994. Fans were slowly but surely coming back, but the "love of the game" was seemingly lost amid all the high-dollar contracts and bad-mouthing players. Baseball seemed to have lost some of its magic for good.
And then 1998 happened. And two guys, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, almost single-handedly made a nation fall in love with the game of baseball all over again.
"Race for the Record" details point-by-point the events that transpired during the homerun race of 1998. It focuses on early contenders like Ken Griffey, Jr. and Vinny Castilla, and then quickly shines the light on Big Mac and Slammin' Sammy.
Interwoven with all the hoopla surrounding the homerun race are interviews with teammates, managers, former players, and even the children of Roger Maris. They all give their insight on the season that was and what it felt like to be a part of it. The homerun race in 1961 between Maris and Mickey Mantle is touched upon here, as well.
The video climaxes, of course, with Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa doing the unthinkable. I found myself getting choked up at the accomplishments of these two superhuman sluggers. One thing that McGwire and Sosa had in 1998 that I don't think Barry Bonds had a lot of in 2001 is that people cared about the homerun race. They wanted to see two genuinely nice guys, who had also forged a close friendship over the course of the season, break the record. America wanted to embrace a new Homerun King. It's evident in the endless curtain calls each man received and how each man was treated warmly in every ballpark they played in.
"Race for the Record" is a dazzling review of the season that was in 1998. Any baseball fan should have this video sitting on his/her shelf. It reminded me once again why I have and always will love the game of baseball. When it's good, it's the greatest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the Most Exciting Baseball Season Ever September 3, 2002
The baseball season of 1998 turned out to be perhaps the most exciting and fun season ever. Two legendary sluggers, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire battled down to the last day of the season in the most historic chase ever-the elusive single season home run record of Roger Maris. McGwire got off to a fast start, having tallied 27 round-trippers by the end of May, while Sosa had only 13. But when the calendar turned to June, Sosa went on the greatest home run tear ever for a single month. He belted 20 long balls that month and set the stage for a dramatic back and forth battle for the rest of the season.
This video contains thrilling Sosa and McGwire home runs, as well as testimonials from other major leaguers and sports columnists. It also shows Sosa and McGwire in their early days, from McGwire's rookie record 49 home runs to a noticeably thinner Sosa connecting off of Roger Clemens for his first career home run. The video also shows the great Maris-Ruth battle and the struggles Maris went through while chasing the Babe. Testimonials from the Maris family make this video enjoyable, too.
Perhaps the best part of the video is the relationship formed by McGwire and Sosa. These two sluggers genuinely liked and rooted for each other to succeed. There are several clips of joint press conferences shared by them, as well as Sosa running in from right field to congratulate McGwire after his record breaking 62nd home run. This video is a must for baseball fans and will bring excitement each time it is watched.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Race for the * February 25, 2011
By Joker
Baseball season is just around the corner. I can't help but think of hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, pop, beer, ice cream bars, nachos, soft pretzels (are you hungry yet?), souvenirs, the Ferris wheel, carousel, and player statues at Comerica Park in Detroit, and.........................

Performance enhancing drugs. Steroids. Human growth hormone. Stuff like that. Oh, and overpaid players with overinflated egos. The game supposedly has been cleaned up. Maybe it has been. Home run totals have dropped.

Let's see...this video was produced by Major League Baseball, the very organization that knew about players using performance enhancing drugs and allowed it. A little history here: The baseball strike of 1994-95 caused a huge drop in fan attendance at games when the 144-game 1995 season began. This negative perception of baseball players as super greedy jerks was unprecedented. Major League Baseball had to do something to win fans back. Their solution? Juice up the baseball and allow players to use steroids and HGH. This would threaten the most hallowed record in baseball history - the single season home run record, then held by Roger Maris, who hit 61 home runs in 161 games played in 1961. This would win fans back and fill up the stadiums and generate a lot of interest. The huge influx of new stadiums popping up around the league was in its early stages. Most of the new stadiums of today are smaller than the stadiums of yesteryear, which increases home run totals. During the ten year period of 1993-2003 (with the exception of 1995), there was a huge increase in attendance around the league. The reason? Inflated home run totals by juiced up players, the extra playoff rounds (the wildcard) and fans who want to see the new stadiums.

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