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Big Mac passes Maris' HR record with No. 62
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Sept. 8, 1998

On the day that the Dow Jones makes history with its biggest one-day point gain ever (380), Mark McGwire also steps into history. In the Cardinals' 145th game, Big Mac scorches a low line drive off the Cubs' Steve Traschel for his 62nd homer of the season, breaking Roger Maris' record.

The drive is estimated at 341 feet, the shortest homer the St. Louis first baseman has hit this year. On his glorious trip around the bases, McGwire slaps hands with the Chicago infielders, taps his heart and points to the sky when he reaches home plate and lifts his 10-year-old son Matt, who is serving as batboy, in a bear hug.

His teammates stream from the dugout and he hugs them, as well as the Cubs' Sammy Sosa, who trots in from right-field. Then McGwire climbs into the Busch Stadium stands near the Cardinals' dugout and embraces members of the Maris family, including the late outfielder's four sons and two daughters.

McGwire, who has repeatedly said that he truly believes Maris is "watching and walking with me," will finish the season with 70 home runs.

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