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SPECIAL COVERAGE Mac-nificent 62No. 62Mac salutesMac celebrates
SI Mark McGwire Special

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.


  • Tom Verducci’s story
  • Frank Deford’s exclusive online commentary


    Photo Galleries
    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
    Now that Mark McGwire has broken Roger Maris' home run record with his historic 62nd, how many will he hit? Sign up now for our Target 61 E-mail Alert and we'll e-mail you the minute Mark McGwire or Sammy Sosa hit their next home run. Sign up now!

    Your Turn: 62's Significance
    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
    Big Mac hit 62 - what's your record? Go yard with CNN/SI's Home Run Rally, a hot new game in which you get to make like McGwire and Sosa. You get 20 swings, so take your best shot and swing for the fences.

    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.


    Video VIDEO
    See the history making moment
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    McGwire gets the ball
    (652 K .mov)

    McGwire explains his motivation
    (2.04 M .mov)

    McGwire gets a special gift
    (1.55 M .mov)

    McGwire & Sosa share a moment
    (1.14 M .mov)

    McGwire shares his emotions
    (1.38 M .mov)

    Last 10 HRs
    Audio AUDIO
    Hear the KMOX (St. Louis) radio call.
    1 min, 11 sec (1.5 M .wav)

    The Shot
     Time: 9:19 pm EDT
     Distance: 341 feet
     Direction: Left
     Count: 0-0
     Pitch: Fastball
     Pitcher: S. Trachsel
     Situation: Bases Empty

    Mac at the Plate
    Tuesday's At-Bats
    1st Inn: Ground out to SS
    4th Inn: HOME RUN #62!
    6th: Intentionally walked
    8th: Walked
    Sosa at the Plate
    Tuesday's At-Bats
    1st Inn: Singled to left
    3rd: Grounded into DP
    5th: Walked
    7th: Flied out to left
    9th: Struck out swinging
    Final Box Score 

    By the Numbers
     Mac's HR Log
     Mac's Player Page
     Mac's Longest HRs
     50+ Homers
     1998 HR leaders

    From Sports Illustrated
     This Week in Mark McGwire History
     Target 61

    Roger Maris
     Player Page
     '61 Yankees Roster
     Photo Gallery
     SI Flashback

    "When I touched his bat - I knew that tonight was going to be the night"
    Mark McGwire, on touching Roger Maris' bat before Tuesday's game

    Local Look
     Baseball's finest hour, McGwire's finest

    * Forget the Number, Remember the Night
    * Happiness is a warm home run

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