CELEBRATING 70: MARK MCQUIRE’S HISTORIC SEASON
The other day I picked up a book; Celebrating 70: Mark McQuire’s Historic Season. The book was for sale, as the library no longer wanted the book. I guess anybody can second-guess, but it is interesting how baseball needed stories about a situation in which nobody knew what was happening.
The forward by Jack Buck included; “Never in my forty-eight years in baseball had I seen anything like it. It was the most amazing thing, unparalleled, and not just in Saint Louis, it was everywhere we went.”
Page seventeen shows a picture of Mark and his arms were bigger than Johnny Mize’s. Fans posture; “Hey Mark we came, we came 1,000 mile to see you.” Later in the book there was a little bit about the men that came before, Babe Ruth and Roger Maris, but not too much.
Page thirty-eight has a McQuire quote; “How can you not get the chills? I was juiced up. I don’t know my own strength. I hope I don’t kill somebody.”
Then later the Mark Grace statement, “Not only is he a great player but he’s humble. He’s a gentle giant. He is definitely the premier power hitter in the game, today and possibly of all times.”
Mike Piazza, “It’s hard to believe that Babe Ruth could hit balls higher and longer.” Buck Showalter, Diamondbacks manager, “He’s part of the game we can be proud of. This is something people want to see.”
Then came the quote of all quotes by Shayne Bennett, Expos pitcher, “One thing about the game is that you don’t usually get to choose your fame.”
Yes, there were plenty of stories in 1998 and there are lots of stories now. But, that’s not the way we would like to see them?
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