by Matt Christopher
When St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire hit home-run number 62 on September 8, 1998, he broke a record few thought could ever be broken-Roger Maris’s 61 homers in one season had stood since 1961. Yet Mark McGwire did not just beat that mark, he pulverized it by smacking 70 home runs by the end of the season. At the same time, he reminded people that baseball is fun, with heroes who play for the love of the sport, not the love of money. The seventeenth biography in this popular series explores the events that lead up to McGwire’s historic sixty-second trip around the bases.