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September 15, 1998 | By Tom Avril, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Sammy Sosa is in the thick of baseball's home-run race without using androstenedione, the controversial testosterone-booster used by rival slugger Mark McGwire. Two members of the Assembly, one a physician and the other a champion drug-free power-lifter, think New Jersey's young people ought to follow Sosa's example. Herbert C. Conaway Jr. (D., Burlington) and Francis J. Blee (R., Atlantic) introduced a bill yesterday to ban the sale of "andro" to those under 18. It is believed to be the first such proposal in the country.
SPORTS
September 6, 1998 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A lovely full moon hung over the center-field wall of Three Rivers Stadium last night, peering in to get a glimpse of Sammy Sosa's pursuit of history, joining 37,711 excited fans. And Sosa didn't disappoint. The Chicago Cubs rightfielder socked his 58th home run of the season - his second in two nights and fifth in the last seven days - in the sixth inning of his team's 8-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The shot, which put Sosa two home runs behind Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals, served as further evidence of how delicious the riveting pursuit of Roger Maris' major-league record of 61 homers is. Sosa knocked one out of the ballpark on Friday night.
SPORTS
September 8, 1998 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
The quiet moment will have to come later, Mark McGwire told the four sons of Roger Maris. When the season is over, when Roger Maris joins the hundreds of sluggers in baseball's rear-view mirror and McGwire or his foil, Sammy Sosa, has left behind a new single-season home run record, he would like to sit with the Maris family without a mass of reporters leaning in on every word. "I said I would love to meet with them someday and talk to them and basically tell them the feeling of what their father was going through at that time," McGwire said after tying Maris's 1961 record yesterday with his 61st home run. "Because it is an amazing feeling and I would love to sit down and talk to them and have them understand it. " This was one of many conversations that ended an exhaustive and enthralling day for the Cardinals slugger, who drove himself into a share of history with a first-inning home run off Chicago Cubs righthander Mike Morgan, and drove the 50,530 at Busch Stadium into a breathless roar.
SPORTS
September 25, 1998 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One series. One series left in the season. One series left in the Great Home-Run Race of 1998. All those months. All those miles traveled. All those words spoken about the Babe and Roger. All those home runs flying through the baseball heavens. And now it all has come down to this. One series. On the green scoreboard at Busch Stadium last night, the numbers said it as eloquently as it needed to be said: McGWIRE 65. SOSA 65. And those numbers would stand unchanged through one more evening.
SPORTS
September 9, 1998 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
No one roots for Goliath, Wilt Chamberlain once said. No one wants to see monster-sized men triumph, to see size dictate success. Well, they do now. They did last night. Again. It seems when people see that the size of the heart matches the size of the superstar, they see all man and no monster. With his recordbreaking home run in last night's 6-3 Cardinals victory over the Cubs, Mark McGwire, at 6-5, 260 pounds, became officially the largest Muppet ever made. He spends millions on abused children.
SPORTS
May 16, 2000 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Watch your back, Mike Schmidt. Mark McGwire is gaining on you. The redheaded Bambino hit two more home runs Sunday afternoon, the 535th and 536th of his career, moving him into a tie for eighth place all-time with Mickey Mantle. McGwire, who comes to Veterans Stadium tonight with the St. Louis Cardinals, has cranked up his home-run stroke after missing several games in April with a sore back. He has 14 homers, and needs just 12 more to pull into a seventh-place tie with Schmidt, the Phillies Hall of Famer.
SPORTS
September 6, 1998 | By Christopher K. Hepp, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Should Mark McGwire, as expected, hit a record-breaking 62d home run in the coming days, the Cardinals slugger says he doesn't see the ball being "worth a dime. " Fat chance. Try 10 million dimes. Catch that ball, become a millionaire. So says Rich Altman, of Hollywood Collectibles, a leading authority on sports memorabilia. "It's one of the most cherished feats in baseball," he said of Roger Maris' major-league home-run record of 61, which McGwire, with 60 as of yesterday, is fast approaching.
SPORTS
April 18, 1998 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies came into lively Busch Stadium last night fearing Mark McGwire's lethal bat. As it turned out, Willie McGee's spikes did just as much damage. McGee knocked Garrett Stephenson out of the game in the bottom of the third inning when he spiked the Phils righthander on the right ankle in a close play at first base. Stephenson's untimely exit allowed the St. Louis Cardinals to get into the Phillies' bullpen early. Ultimately, the Cards feasted on relievers Matt Whiteside and Darrin Winston, battering them for three home runs and six runs in 2 2/3 innings.
NEWS
April 30, 1999 | By Lewis Kamb, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Bucks County collectibles dealer whom authorities say sold baseball bats bearing bogus Mark McGwire autographs has agreed to pay $22,500 to settle a civil suit brought by the state of Missouri. Harris Bogdnoff, 47, of Doylestown, and his businesses, East Coast Collectibles and Sports Cards Etc., did not admit any wrongdoing but agreed to pay fines and court costs in that amount as part of a deal approved yesterday in a St. Louis court. He also agreed not to sell or market counterfeit memorabilia in Missouri, where the bats were eventually sold.
NEWS
October 1, 1998 | By Lewis Kamb, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The powerful hands of home-run king Mark McGwire are best associated with the thin end of a Louisville slugger. Rarely will they be found holding an autograph pen. But McGwire's signature is appearing these days on a lot more objects than he ever signed, collectors and law-enforcement authorities say, as some vendors try to profit from the home-run record of a star who in recent years has signed memorabilia only for fans who come to watch him...
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February 24, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
'GOD KNOWS I'm a Hall of Famer," is what Barry Bonds said Saturday during his introductory press conference as a hitting coach for the Miami Marlins. Unfortunately for the all-time home-run leader, God does not waste time on something as trivial as casting a ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame. And since God also graced human beings with free will, Bonds can't count on any divine intervention to sway the voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Those mere mortals are the ones who hold the key to unlocking the door to Cooperstown for Bonds, and so far he is 0-4 in the selection process.
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November 11, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Former Phillies closer Billy Wagner was among 15 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for next year that was released Monday. Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman highlight the new additions. Among those remaining on the ballot from previous years are former Phillies starter Curt Schilling, Mike Piazza, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, and Tim Raines. Wagner, 44, converted 422 saves over a 16-year major-league career spent predominantly with the Houston Astros, Phillies and New York Mets.
SPORTS
August 27, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
BEFORE THE well-deserved inductions of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine into the Baseball Hall of Fame last month, an old, familiar advertisement from 1998 made the rounds on the various social-media platforms of the day. "Chicks dig the long ball" was a Nike campaign that took off, thanks, in large part, to the deadpan deliveries of the two everyman-looking Cy Young arms, who, after watching women fawn over the batting-practice blasts of Mark McGwire,...
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June 15, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
They may be calling it the "Battle of the Unwritten Rule Book," but several Diamondbacks and Dodgers players and coaches are getting written-out punishments for their beanbrawl outing on Tuesday night. Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy was suspended for 10 games and Diamondbacks infielder Eric Hinske for five when Major League Baseball senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr. finally figured out what to do on Friday. (Can't blame him for taking his time - it seemed as if everybody on both teams was involved.)
SPORTS
June 13, 2013
Chavez Ravine hosted a beanball war between the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks late Tuesday night that had something most baseball brawls don't: old-timers going at it. It all started in the fifth inning, when Dodgers starter Zack Greinke plunked Cody Ross. Then in the sixth, Arizona starter Ian Kennedy struck the Dodgers' sensational rookie, Yasiel Puig, in the face. Greinke retaliated in the top of the seventh, getting Miguel Montero in the back. Both teams ran onto the field, but it was a typical baseball scrum: a lot of jawing and little else.
SPORTS
November 29, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
BARRY BONDS, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are listed on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, setting up an election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era. The 37-player ballot was announced Wednesday. More than 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will vote through next month. Candidates need 75 percent for induction, and the results will be announced Jan. 9. Bonds is the all-time home run champion with 762 and won a record seven MVP awards.
SPORTS
September 7, 2012 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE QUESTION, really, is not who Michael Vick is today; but, rather, what Michael Vick is today. Almost 5 years removed from his conviction for running a dogfighting ring and 3 years removed from his 19-month prison stretch, Vick enters his second season as the acknowledged starting quarterback in the fifth-largest media market. He clearly is the biggest name in Philadelphia, a football city before all else. But is he liked? Adored? Endured? Marketable? A rehabilitated criminal . . . or a charismatic charlatan?
SPORTS
October 20, 2011
ST. LOUIS - Long before he was an oft-doubted manager, Charlie Manuel was a no-doubt hitting coach. He had a kind, supportive manner, enjoyed the same kind of passionate support that Mark McGwire now receives and, like the St. Louis hitting coach, had developed his theories over decades of trial and error. We should remember this amid our winter of discontent, after Manuel's boss, Ruben Amaro Jr., questioned both the approach and batting averages of his entire lineup after the Phillies' latest aborted playoff run, putting either the manager or some players on notice, depending on your view.
SPORTS
November 30, 2010 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's the most perplexing time of the year. A Hall of Fame ballot will soon arrive at my home and I will once again stare at the names of some of the greatest players in baseball history, trying to decide if they are worthy of a trip to Cooperstown, N.Y., that will jack up the price of their signatures and solidify their status as legends. This has never been an easy task, and many would argue that baseball writers have no business deciding who should and should not be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
SPORTS
May 20, 2010 | By David Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tongue-lashing via Cooperstown The Marlins' Hanley Ramirez is a huge talent, a 26-year-old shortstop with a seemingly limitless ceiling. Two Hall of Famers, Andre Dawson and Tony Perez, took him aside Tuesday and tried to remind him of that. Ramirez had found himself on the bench Monday night after failing to hustle after a booted grounder. On Tuesday, he ripped into Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez for singling him out. Dawson and Perez, both Marlins employees, met with Ramirez behind closed doors later Tuesday.
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