Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 64th and 65th homers in 1998


It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

After a five-game homerless-drought, Sammy Sosa hit No. 64 and No. 65 Sept. 23 against the Brewers in Milwaukee, tying Mark McGwire for the MLB lead.

Sept. 23 was the second consecutive game that McGwire failed to go yard, a streak that would extend to three games on Sept. 24. McGwire's mini-drought opened the door for Sosa to take over the MLB home run lead with less than a week to go in the season.

Sosa had a brilliant game, reaching base in all five of his plate appearances via three walks in addition to his two home runs. While both home runs were solo blasts, the second one put the Cubs ahead 6-0 in the sixth inning. 

Fun fact: The Cubs held a comfortable 7-0 lead entering the bottom of the seventh inning before things unraveled. Milwaukee scored in each of the last three innings en route to an 8-7 walk-off victory. 

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