Mark McGwire 62nd Home Run Ball
Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire home run race was for breaking Roger Maris single-season homer record of 61. He won the contest with his 62nd dinger.
McGwire's 62nd home run was shot on 8 September 1988 against the throw by Cubs pitcher Steve Trachsel. It flew a distance of 341 feet, landing just outside the stadium wall.
Fans were confident that McGwire would be breaking the record that day. Multiple groups debated on the auction price of the ball to be at least $1 million.
Meanwhile, Forneris had a selfless nature as he cherished the memory of being able to pick up the legendary ball and give it back to McGwire rather than obtaining the monetary value it hold through the auction.
The ball hit by McGwire on 8 September 1998 held the historic value of breaking the former record of 61 homers by Roger Maris in 1961.
Cardinals Big Mac and Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa started a friendly competition to break the Roger Maris home run record from the MLB season 1961.
After winning the contest on 8 September 1988, McGwire went on to end the season with 70 dingers that year.