The Single-Season Home Run Kings: Ruth, Maris, McGwire, Sosa, and Bonds / Edition 2 by William F. McNeil | 9780786414413 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
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 the years

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 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

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

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