The big bang

Thanks to the epic feats of Big Mac, baseball is having a blast

Updated: March 15, 2013, 11:53 AM ET
By and Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's Sept. 21, 1998, issue. Subscribe today!

THE SPECIALLY TAGGED BALLS, numbered 1 through 75, were placed in a box when Mark McGwire got within one home run of the magical 60. One was randomly selected and put in play when McGwire came to the plate in the first inning on Sept. 5 at Busch Stadium. McGwire promptly blasted it into the leftfield seats. It turned out to be ball No. 3, an irony that numbed McGwire. He noted that Babe Ruth ...

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