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With this mighty swing, Mark McGwire sent his 62nd home run over the fence and himself into a special place in America’s pantheon
As an adoring nation watched, McGwire’s time arrived. On Tuesday night he broke the most mythologized, most revered and most American of sporting records. He hit his 62nd home run of a season that has rekindled the country’s interest in baseball.
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Relive the excitement as Mark McGwire makes history with home run No. 62 on Tuesday. And revisit the events of Monday when Big Mac matched Maris. Capture the flavor of the moment in over 40 images in our photo galleries. McGwire's Mark
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Your eyes are blurry from all the McGwire-related commentary out there, but CNN/ SI offers a remedy: Have your say. What does the record mean to you? Give your opinion here. Home Run Rally
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Baseball needed McGwire -- and he delivered
The man with the red goatee and the Popeye biceps made athletic and American history Tuesday with one swing of a wooden club, smacking a baseball 341 feet into the night and breaking a revered record a generation old.
Trachsel joins Stallard, Zachary on flip side of HRs
Tom Zachary, Tracy Stallard and now, Steve Trachsel. While Mark McGwire homered his way into history, Trachsel pitched his way into it.
Radio, TV calls will go down in history with No. 62
Mark McGwire's record home run screamed out of the park so fast, there was barely time for a dramatic call.
Crewman returns No. 62; bat, uniform also headed to Cooperstown
The talk had flowed everywhere for weeks. Who'd catch it? Should they keep it? Would the IRS come calling?
Maris' hometown sorry to see record fall
Orv Kelly remained reclined in his chair at his home Tuesday night when Mark McGwire broke local hero Roger Maris' home run mark by crushing No. 62 out of the park.
McGwire always seemed destined for greatness
He started with a home run in his very first Little League at-bat. Years later, when he reached the majors, he set a home run record for rookies.
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