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VOYA -Mark and Sammy. Sosa and McGwire. By the All Star break this year, the two sluggers had become linked by their common pursuit of the near mythical single-season home run record. The dramatic chase to surpass the Babe and Roger Maris captured the imagination of baseball fans nationwide. It also led to the development of a strong friendship between Sammy and Mark. From completely different backgrounds, the two men grew close in the midst of their neck-and-neck battle for the home run crown. In the end-and what a fabulous end it was-McGwire topped Sosa, seventy homers to sixty-six. Sammy just won the MVP award, however, and the truth is that neither man lost anything. Their mutual integrity and sensational performances have rejuvenated the grand old game.
These two biographies cover their subjects in identical fashion. Each players' childhood is touched upon, as is their progress through minor leagues and earlier major league experience, culminating in each case with a half-volume dissection of the 1998 season. Both books feature career statistics and color photographs. The one difference between the two is that the Sammy Sosa book contains both an English and Spanish text. Hot off the press, these quickie bios will satisfy fans eager to relive the excitement of one of baseball's most memorable competitions. Photos. Charts/Statistics.
Note: this review was written and published to address two titles-Sammy Sosa: A Biography and Mark McGuire: A Biography. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P M J S (Readable without serious defects, For the YA reader with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9, and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).