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Milestone homers in Mark McGwire's career

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
ESPN Classic doesn't strike out on fans

Disgusted with the MLB players decision to strike? Have you had it with millionaires and billionaires not being able to agree about millions and billions of dollars? ESPN Classic wants you to remember the game where it should be played -- on the field -- when it presents a 30-hour "Best of Baseball since the 1994 strike" from Saturday, Aug. 31 at midnight until Sunday, Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa
McGwire and Sosa made MLB's greatest moments list.
ESPN Classic will show a number of memorable moments including the McGwire-Sosa home run race in 1998; Cal Ripken's new "Iron Man" record; the Indians comeback from 12 runs down in the final three innings against Seattle last season; some nail-biting playoff finishes; and several unforgettable pitching performances. Here's the complete schedule:
All time Eastern

ESPN Classic
2002 MLB Strike
Saturday, Aug. 31 - Sunday, Sept. 1
midnight - 9 p.m. ET

Saturday, Aug. 31

Midnight - Giants at Cardinals (1998)
Mark McGwire hit a tying two-run home run in the 12th inning, but the Giants outlasted the Cardinals, 9-6, in 17 innings. McGwire tied Ken Griffey Jr.'s major league record for most home runs by the end of May (he'd break it with his 25th home run in the next game). The Cardinals led 4-2 in the ninth before Barry Bonds cracked a two-out, two-strike, two-run homer to tie it. Jeff Kent put San Francisco ahead 6-4 with a two-run homer in the 12th. The Giants then took advantage of a two-base throwing error by Kent Mercker in the 17th.

2 a.m. - Braves at Diamondbacks (2000)
Randy Johnson strikes out 13 in seven innings and outpitches Tom Glavine as the Diamondbacks win, 2-1. Johnson allowed one run on seven hits and walked none. Glavine failed in his second try at becoming the majors' first 20-game winner of 2000. Luis Gonzalez hit an RBI-single and Jay Bell broke a tie with a seventh inning homer. Chipper Jones hit his sixth homer in 18 career at-bats against Johnson in the sixth.

4 a.m. - Dodgers at Rockies (1996)
Hideo Nomo pitched a no-hitter in the Dodgers' 9-0 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. Nomo walked four and struck out eight. The Japanese sensation, who struck out Dante Bichette three times, also contributed at the plate, slapping an RBI single in the eighth. Tim Wallach smacked a two-run homer for Los Angeles. Nomo threw the Dodgers 23rd no-hitter and first since Ramon Martinez no-hit Florida on July 14, 1995.

6 a.m. - 1999 NLDS, Game 3: Braves at Astros
Brian Jordan had only one homer in his final 139 at-bats of the regular season since being hit on the hand by a pitch on June 22. You wouldn't have known that in Game 3. Jordan followed up a three-run homer in the sixth with a two-run double in the 12th inning to help the Braves score a 5-3 decision at Houston to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Omar Vizquel
Omar Vizquel, right, celebrates after his bases-clearing triple in the ninth brought the Indians all the way back from a 12-run deficit against Seattle.
8 a.m. - Mariners at Indians (2001)
The Indians tied a major league record and became the first team in 76 years to overcome a 12-run deficit to win, defeating the Mariners 15-14 in 11 innings. Jolbert Cabrera's broken-bat, one-out single in the 11th, the 40th hit of the game, scored Kenny Lofton from second with the winning run. Seattle led 12-0 after three innings and 14-2 in the seventh. Lofton, Marty Cordova and Omar Vizquel, who had a three-run triple in the ninth, each had four hits for the Indians.

11 a.m. - 1999 NLCS, Game 6: Mets at Braves
Andruw Jones drew a bases-loaded walk from Kenny Rogers with one out in the 11th inning to help the Braves survive a final string of Mets' comebacks, beating New York 10-9 to win the NLCS, 4-2. New York trailed 5-0 in the first inning and came all the way back to take a 9-8 lead on Todd Pratt's sacrifice fly in the 10th. The Braves tied it in the bottom of the inning on pinch-hitter Ozzie Guillen's single.

1 p.m. - 1995 ALDS, Game 2: Mariners at Yankees
Jim Leyritz got his revenge against the Mariners, hitting a two-run homer in the 15th inning which gave the Yankees a 7-5 victory to end the longest game in AL playoff history. Leyritz, who vowed retaliation after he was hit in the face by Seattle's Randy Johnson on May 31, was hit again in this game after the Yankees connected for consecutive home runs by Ruben Sierra and Don Mattingly in the sixth inning.

4 p.m. - 1999 ALDS, Game 5: Red Sox at Indians
Troy O'Leary smashed two homers and had seven RBI and Pedro Martinez struck out eight in six hitless innings of surprise relief as the Red Sox rallied for a 12-8 victory that clinched the series after being down two-games-to-none. O'Leary hit a grand slam in the third and snapped an 8-8 tie in the seventh with a three-run homer. Boston became the fifth major league team to rally from an 0-2 deficit in a best-of-5 series. Jim Thome homered twice and Travis Fryman hit a solo shot for the Indians.

6 p.m. - 1999 MLB All-Star Game
Boston's Pedro Martinez struck out the National League's first four batters and finished with five strikeouts in all as the American League took home a 4-1 victory at the 70th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Fenway Park. AL pitchers struck out 12 NL hitters. Martinez was named Game MVP. The game will be remembered for Ted Williams throwing out the first pitch.

8 p.m. - Angels at Orioles (1995)
Cal Ripken Jr. finishes what he started on May 30th, 1982 as he eclipses Lou Gehrig's iron-man record by playing in his 2,131st consecutive game. To add to the drama, Ripken hits a solo home run in the Orioles 4-2 victory.

10 p.m. - 1995 ALDS, Game 5: Yankees at Mariners
In the fifth game of the 1995 American League Division Series, the Mariners defeated the Yankees 6-5 in 11 innings on Edgar Martinez's two-run double as Ken Griffey scores from first. Randy Johnson came on in relief to get the win.

Sunday, Sept. 1

Midnight - Cubs at Astros (1998)
Chicago's Sammy Sosa hammered an 0-1 pitch off Jose Lima for his 66th home run, but the Astros won, 6-2. Sosa's bomb traveled 462 feet into the third deck in left-center.

Pedro Martinez
Pedro struck out a career best 17 to highlight a 3-1 victory over the Yankees in Sept. 1999.
2 a.m. - Red Sox at Yankees (1999)
Pedro Martinez tossed a one-hitter with a career-high 17 strikeouts to earn his major league-leading 21st win, leading the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees. Martinez retired the final 22 batters, allowing just a second inning homer to Chili Davis. Mike Stanley hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth as the Red Sox won for the 13th time in 17 games.

4 a.m. - 2000 NLDS, Game 3: Giants at Mets
Benny Agbayani blasted a home run in the bottom of the 13th inning to lift the Mets to a 3-2 win over the Giants in a pivotal Game 3 of the NLDS. The Giants led 2-0 before Edgardo Alfonzo's two-out double off relief ace Robb Nen in the eighth tied it. Nen had converted 28 straight save chances. San Francisco scored twice in the fourth against Rick Reed.

6 a.m. - Red Sox at Tigers (1996)
On the same night that Roger Clemens tied Cy Young for the Red Sox team record for career victories (192) and career shutouts (38), he also tied his 10-year-old major league mark for most strikeouts in a nine-inning game, striking out 20 Detroit Tigers in a 4-0 triumph. Clemens got No. 20 by fanning Travis Fryman to end the game.

8 a.m. - Cubs at Cardinals (1998)
Mark McGwire ties Roger Maris' single season home run mark with number 61 off of Mike Morgan in the Cardinals' 3-2 victory over the Cubs and Sammy Sosa, who at this point had 58 home runs.

10 a.m. - Expos at Cardinals (1998)
The St. Louis Cardinals' slugger ended his assault on baseball's sacred home run record as mightily as he started it. He hit his 69th and 70th homers in his last game as the Cardinals' won, 6-3. With the score tied at 3 in the seventh, McGwire launched his legendary 70th home run off Carl Pavano, lining a first-pitch fastball 370 feet over the left-field wall for a three-run blast.

Noon - Astros at Cubs (1998)
Cubs' 20-year-old rookie Kerry Wood equalled Roger Clemens' major-league record with 20 strikeouts in the Cubs' 2-0 win over Houston. It was just the fifth major league start and first complete game for Wood, who allowed only one hit. Wood did break the NL record of 19 strikeouts in a nine-inning game, held by Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver and David Cone.

2 p.m. - Red Sox at Yankees (2000)
Trot Nixon's two-out, two run homer in the ninth gave Boston a 2-0 victory as Pedro Martinez outdueled Roger Clemens in a classic matchup of Cy Young winners. Martinez and Clemens matched one another, each holding a three-hitter into the ninth. Clemens struck out 13 and Martinez put down nine Yankee hitters.

4 p.m. - 1999 NLCS, Game 5: Braves at Mets
No matter what the score, this was a classic. Robin Ventura's grand slam-single drove home the winning run in the 15th inning to give the Mets a most improbable 4-3 comeback victory. Atlanta was three outs away from winning after Keith Lockhart's two-out, run-scoring triple in the top of the 15th broke a 2-2 tie. In the bottom half, Todd Pratt earned a bases loaded walk before Ventura's heroics.

7 p.m. - Cubs at Cardinals (1998) His seventh home run in seven games left Busch Stadium on a laser streak and hit sports history in its heart -- the 62nd of Mark McGwire's astonishing season. McGwire's shortest home run of the season (341 feet) broke Roger Maris' 37-year-old record for most home runs in one season in a 6-3 Cardinals victory.