66—True, $50,000 would've come in handy to Doug and Marilyn Chapman, "but look at the memories we have," says Marilyn. One is a videotape of Big Mac picking up Marilyn in the Bear Hug of the Year. "People tell us we were crazy," she says of giving back 66, "but we had so much fun!"
67, 68, 69—All sold to McFarlane for $50,000 and up. Texan Doug Singer (67) had no allegiance to McGwire. Hey, how else was Heath Wiseman (68) going to pay off $100,000 in vet-school bills? And what were the odds that Kerry Woodson Jr. would catch McGwire's 69th home run in the third inning on the last day of the season and have it not be the record-setter?
70—Another [1/16] inch of fingernail and Jason Kramer is a multimillionaire today. After all, he had one finger on number 70 as it sat at rest under a bleacher seat. He was stretched out as far as his ligaments would allow, but he could barely get a finger on it. Suddenly another hand snatched it—Philip Ozersky's.
True, Ozersky, a coworker and softball teammate of Kramer's, made about $3 million when he sold the ball to McFarlane, but, as he says, "Hey, I did buy Jason a beer."