Entering 1998, no MLB player had ever hit more than 61 home runs in a season. Then Mark McGwire cranked 70 dingers, and Sammy Sosa hit 66 himself. Heck, Ken Griffey Jr. hit 56 homers too.
The chase to break Roger Maris’ home run record was *the* story in sports. You could find a graphic tracking the home run chase on the front page of the USA Today daily.
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