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About the Book 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. Read more Show Less

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"After Babe Ruth hit an amazing 60 home runs in 1927, the record stood for 34 years before Roger Maris bettered it, defying an incredulous sporting public. Fans' anger had barely faded by 1998 when along came Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, two goliaths who proved fans wrong again. Yet 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 and thoroughly updated edition of Ruth, Maris, McGwire and Sosa (1999) reviews the careers of each home run titan, with special attention to the record-breaking seasons. The author considers the cultural and social changes that may have affected both the players' season totals and fan reception.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786414413
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/21/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William F. McNeil is a long-time 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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
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
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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