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Leading Off
September 21, 1998
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September 21, 1998

Leading Off

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24 Letters
116 The Life of Reilly

27 Scorecard

The mess in high school sports
Model quarterback
007 at the Masters
Will the Bosox crumble?
NFL's best run
Hoops hurts
Everyone into the pool league
Faces in the Crowd
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74 The NFL
84 Baseball
88 College Football
96 The NHL


48 The Race Is On
With a hot bat and a minimum of fanfare, Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs suddenly jumped up and served notice that the home run record is once more up for grabs
by Gary Smith

Home Run Chase
52 Where Do I Go from Here?
Mark McGwire reflects on his quest for the most revered record in American sports
by Mark McGwire with Tom Verducci

56 The Mother of All Pearls
The fans who retrieved Mark McGwire's monumental home run balls behaved with mythic unselfishness
by Gary Smith

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