The Single-Season Home Run Kings: Ruth, Maris, McGwire, Sosa, and Bonds / Edition 2

The Single-Season Home Run Kings: Ruth, Maris, McGwire, Sosa, and Bonds / Edition 2

by William F. McNeil
     
 

After Babe Ruth erased Buck Freeman's record in 1919, the new mark stood for 34 years before Maris bettered it, defying as he did an incredulous sporting public. And just as fans' anger grew old and Maris was grudgingly credited—or discredited—with an unrepeatable hot streak, along came Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, two goliaths who in 1998 and the years

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Overview

After Babe Ruth erased Buck Freeman's record in 1919, the new mark stood for 34 years before Maris bettered it, defying as he did an incredulous sporting public. And just as fans' anger grew old and Maris was grudgingly credited—or discredited—with an unrepeatable hot streak, along came Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, two goliaths who in 1998 and the years just after proved fans wrong again. But when in 2001, only three years after McGwire seemed to put the record beyond reach, Barry Bonds topped him by three. This time fans were staunch in their disbelief, and while many celebrated Bonds' achievement, others questioned its significance.

This revised edition of Bill McNeil's Ruth, Maris, McGwire, and Sosa ("libraries especially will want this"—Library Journal) reviews the careers of each home run titan, with special attention to the record-breaking seasons. The cultural and social changes that may have affected both the players' season totals and fan reception are also considered.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786414413
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/21/2002
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

William F. McNeil is a longtime baseball historian and the author of numerous books on the game. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), he is the recipient of five Robert Peterson awards for increasing the public's awareness of the Negro Leagues. He lives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1The Evolution of the Home Run3
2Babe Ruth - The Early Years10
3Babe Ruth - A Hero Emerges22
4The 1930s, '40s, and '50s - An Historical Perspective38
5Roger Maris - The Early Years45
6Roger Maris - Home Run Champion56
7The 1960s to the 1990s - An Historical Perspective71
8Sammy Sosa - The Early Years76
9Mark McGwire - The Early Years90
10The Great Home Run Race of 1998105
11The Home Run War Continues124
12Barry Bonds - The Early Years130
13Barry Bonds - The Home Run King161
14The Champions - Side by Side189
1Playing Statistics207
2Side by Side Comparisons210
3Home Run Statistics212
4Homer by Homer Comparisons215
5Babe Ruth in 1927217
6Roger Maris in 1961219
7Mark McGwire in 1998221
8Sammy Sosa in 1998223
9Barry Bonds in 2001225
10Major League Park Field Dimensions227
11Home Run Factors230
12Top Home Run Seasons, per At-Bat234
13Top Home Run Careers, per At-Bat235
Bibliography237
Index241

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