66 Single Season Home Runs by Sammy Sosa

After being a respected hitter for years, Sammy Sosa emerged as one of baseball's greatest players in 1998. His home run race with Cardinal Mark McGwire drew the attention of the nation and the scrutiny of the media. Sosa did achieve the goal of overtaking the sixty-one single season home run mark posted by Roger Maris in 1961, but he happened to hit is sixty-second five days after McGwire. While Sosa did not "win" the race, he gained a large fan following that follows him to this day.

Sosa began the season quite normally, hitting six (6) long balls in April and seven (7) in May. However, Sosa broke a single month home run record in June by knocking twenty (20) balls out of the park. Sosa and McGwire's race was on. Throughout the summer, the men jockeyed for position and constantly fought media reports of bad blood. In fact, McGwire and Sosa were very proud of each other, and enjoyed the healthy competition.

Sosa hit number sixty-two on September 13 off Milwaukee's Eric Plunk. He finished the season with sixty-six, but did not win the National League home run title, as McGwire finished his season with seventy homers. Two years later, Sosa would finally get the title with fifty home runs. With all of the success that followed, 1998 will forever be know as Sosa’s best season, his record changing year.

"Beisbol has been very very good to me." - Sammy Sosa
66 Single Season Home Runs by Sammy Sosa
"The Big Sixty-Six"

A Frame by Frame Photographic Tribute To Number Sixty-Two

In Chronological Order

# Date / Box Pitcher Team T H/A I OB Length
1 04-04-1998

Marc Valdes

Montreal

R H 3 0 371'
2 04-11-1998

Anthony Telford

Montreal

R A 7 0 350'
3 04-15-1998

Dennis Cook

New York

L A 8 0 430'
4 04-23-1998

Dan Miceli

San Diego

R H 9 0 420'
5 04-24-1998

Ismael Valdez

Los Angeles

R A 1 0 430'
6 04-27-1998

Joey Hamilton

San Diego

R A 1 1 434'
7 05-03-1998

Cliff Politte

St. Louis

R H 1 0 370'
8 05-16-1998

Scott Sullivan

Cincinnati

R A 3 2 441'
9 05-22-1998

Greg Maddux

Atlanta

R A 1 0 440'
10 05-25-1998

Kevin Millwood

Atlanta

R A 4 0 410'
11 05-25-1998

Mike Cather

Atlanta

R A 8 2 420'
12 05-27-1998

Darrin Winston

Philadelphia

L H 8 0 460'
13 05-27-1998

Wayne Gomes

Philadelphia

R H 9 1 400'
14 06-01-1998

Ryan Dempster

Florida

R H 1 1 430'
15 06-01-1998

Oscar Henriquez

Florida

R H 8 2 410'
16 06-03-1998

Livan Hernandez

Florida

R H 5 1 370'
17 06-05-1998

Jim Parque

* Chicago

L H 5 1 370'
18 06-06-1998

Carlos Castillo

* Chicago

R H 7 0 410'
19 06-07-1998

James Baldwin

* Chicago

R H 5 2 380'
20 06-08-1998

LaTroy Hawkins

* Minnesota

R A 3 0 340'
21 06-13-1998

Mark Portugal

Philadelphia

R A 6 1 410'
22 06-15-1998

Cal Eldred

Milwaukee

R H 1 0 420'
23 06-15-1998

Cal Eldred

Milwaukee

R H 3 0 410'
24 06-15-1998

Cal Eldred

Milwaukee

R H 7 0 415'
25 06-17-1998

Bronswell Patrick

Milwaukee

R H 4 0 430'
26 06-19-1998

Carlton Loewer

Philadelphia

R H 1 0 380'
27 06-19-1998

Carlton Loewer

Philadelphia

R H 5 1 380'
28 06-20-1998

Matt Beech

Philadelphia

L H 3 1 366'
29 06-20-1998

Toby Borland

Philadelphia

R H 6 2 500'
30 06-21-1998

Tyler Green

Philadelphia

R H 4 0 380'
31 06-24-1998

Seth Greisinger

* Detroit

R A 1 0 390'
32 06-25-1998

Brian Moehler

* Detroit

R A 7 0 400'
33 06-30-1998

Alan Embree

Arizona

L H 8 0 364'
34 07-09-1998

Jeff Juden

Milwaukee

R A 2 1 432'
35 07-10-1998

Scott Karl

Milwaukee

L A 2 0 428'
36 07-17-1998

Kirt Ojala

Florida

L A 6 1 440'
37 07-22-1998

Miguel Batista

Montreal

R H 8 2 365'
38 07-26-1998

Rick Reed

New York

R H 6 1 420'
39 07-27-1998

Willie Blair

Arizona

R A 6 1 347'
40 07-27-1998

Alan Embree

Arizona

L A 8 3 438'
41 07-28-1998

Bob Wolcott

Arizona

R A 5 3 390'
42 07-31-1998

Jamey Wright

Colorado

R H 1 0 375'
43 08-05-1998

Andy Benes

Arizona

R H 3 1 374'
44 08-08-1998

Rich Croushore

St. Louis

R A 9 1 400'
45 08-10-1998

Russ Ortiz

San Francisco

R A 5 0 361'
46 08-10-1998

Chris Brock

San Francisco

R A 7 0 480'
47 08-16-1998

Sean Bergman

Houston

R A 4 0 360'
48 08-19-1998

Kent Bottenfield

St. Louis

R H 5 1 368'
49 08-21-1998

Orel Hershiser

San Francisco

R H 5 1 430'
50 08-23-1998

Jose Lima

Houston

R H 5 0 440'
51 08-23-1998

Jose Lima

Houston

R H 8 0 380'
52 08-26-1998

Brett Tomko

Cincinnati

R A 3 0 438'
53 08-28-1998

John Thomson

Colorado

R A 1 0 414'
54 08-30-1998

Darryl Kile

Colorado

R A 1 1 482'
55 08-31-1998

Brett Tomko

Cincinnati

R H 3 1 364'
56 09-02-1998

Jason Bere

Cincinnati

R H 6 0 363'
57 09-04-1998

Jason Schmidt

Pittsburgh

R A 1 0 374'
58 09-05-1998

Sean Lawrence

Pittsburgh

L A 6 0 417'
59 09-11-1998

Bill Pulsipher

Milwaukee

L H 5 0 464'
60 09-12-1998

Valerio de los Santos

Milwaukee

L H 7 2 430'
61 09-13-1998

Bronswell Patrick

Milwaukee

R H 5 1 480'
62 09-13-1998

Eric Plunk

Milwaukee

R H 9 0 480'
63 09-16-1998

Brian Boehringer

San Diego

R A 8 3 434'
64 09-23-1998

Rafael Roque

Milwaukee

L A 5 0 344'
65 09-23-1998

Rod Henderson

Milwaukee

R A 6 0 410'
66 09-25-1998

Jose Lima

Houston

R A 4 0 462'

#

Date / Box

Pitcher

Team

T

H/A

I

OB

Length

Key

* = American League Team, T = Throws left/right handed,
H/A = Home / Away, I = Inning, OB = On Base



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