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CNN 20: Mark McGwire's 70th Home Run, September 27, 1998

Aired September 27, 2000 - 1:51 p.m. ET

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MARK MCGWIRE, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: Seventy almost felt like 62, with the crowd, the players on the Expos shaking my hand.

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BOB LORENZ, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: I don't know that anybody expected that he would hit that many. But I think once he got to the 61 mark, and then 62, and finally shattered Maris's single-season mark, there was a sense that, at this point, the pressure is off, and the sky is the limit.

Nobody knew at that point how many he would get. I suppose there are a few people who thought he would get somewhere in the mid-70s, but the fact that the record had been broken certainly set it up for the fact that he would -- it is very conceivable and he ultimately did reach 70.

I think the significance is that not only is the signature for that season. You can talk about any team winning the World Series that year or who went to the All-Star Game, or the pennant races, but the one thing that stands out is not only McGwire doing that, but the fact that he and Sammy Sosa had that classic dual. It forever changed not only the game, because it brought a lot of fun back into the game, but it changed the perception of those two players.

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MCGWIRE: It has been exciting, it has been nerve wracking. I am proud that I have been doing what I am doing with Sammy Sosa.

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LORENZ: They were already fan favorites, but they became the ultimate superstars of that season.

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