The ball came off the bat like a laser, a deep drive heading right toward my section in the left field stands. Pandemonium. A burly American hero took his place in the record books with 62 home runs, more than any baseball player had ever hit in a season.
That was September 8, 1998 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, when Mark McGwire of the Cardinals broke the single-season record of 61 dingers set by Roger Maris 37 years earlier. Visiting my brother, I happened to have a seat 15 rows up, in line with the historic shot, and wrote about that moment as it reverberated across America, from the view of the people in my section.