Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 66th and final home run 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 Cubs' off-day on Sept. 24, 1998, Sammy Sosa hit home run No. 66 on Sept. 25, a 6-2 loss to the Astros. While the Cubs lost, Sosa kept pace for the MLB home run lead with just two regular season games remaining.

Mark McGwire did not homer in the Cardinals' 6-3 win over the Expos on Sept. 24, though he also hit No. 66 on Sept. 25, a 6-5 Cardinals' win. 

Of course, the race took a turn in McGwire's favor over the last two games of the regular season. Sosa failed to homer on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, while McGwire hit two each day.

Sosa had one last chance to tie McGwire on Sept. 28, as the Cubs and Giants played a one-game, winner-take-all tiebreaker to determine the NL Wild Card winner.

Hitting four home runs in one game was a rare feat then and still is today, though, and Sosa finished the game 2-for-4 with two singles in a 5-3 Cubs win. Consequentially, McGwire "won" the home run race over Sosa, 70 home runs to 66.

Fun Fact: Barry Bonds broke McGwire's record three years later, hitting 73 home runs with the Giants in 2001.


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