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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
 

ISBN-10: 0786414413

ISBN-13: 9780786414413

Pub. Date: 11/21/2002

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786414413
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/21/2002
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface xi

PART ONE : THE TEXT

1. The Evolution of the Home Run 3

2. Babe Ruth—The Early Years 10

3. Babe Ruth—A Hero Emerges 22

4. The 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s—An Historical Perspective 38

5. Roger Maris—The Early Years 45

6. Roger Maris—Home Run Champion 56

7. The 1960s to the 1990s—An Historical Perspective 71

8. Sammy Sosa—The Early Years 76

9. Mark McGwire—The Early Years 90

10. The Great Home Run Race of 1998 105

11. The Home Run War Continues 124

12. Barry Bonds—The Early Years 130

13. Barry Bonds—The Home Run King 161

14. The Champions—Side by Side 189

PART TWO : THE STATISTICS

1. Playing Statistics 207

2. Side by Side Comparisons 210

3. Home Run Statistics 212

4. Homer by Homer Comparisons 215

5. Babe Ruth in 1927 217

6. Roger Maris in 1961 219

7. Mark McGwire in 1998 221

8. Sammy Sosa in 1998 223

9. Barry Bonds in 2001 225

10. Major League Park Field Dimensions 227

11. Home Run Factors 230

12. Top Home Run Seasons, per At-Bat 234

13. Top Home Run Careers, per At-Bat 235

Bibliography 237

Index 241

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