All the News of the World Reaction to Mark McGwire's baseball home run record
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NO MATTER how reluctant McGwire is to be the slugger in the spotlight, his thunderous swings produce the sort of prodigious home runs that have turned him into a larger-than-life figure. Every fan loves watching baseballs rocket out of stadiums, so every fan has revelled in McGwire's prowess as he has slipped into his crouch, uncoiled and crushed another pitch. Especially this season. McGwire's captivating run to history culminated on Tuesday night when he belted his 62nd homer, to eclipse Roger Maris's hallowed 37-year-old record for the most in one season.

The New York Times

OVER THE past three seasons, in which he has hit 172 homers, the 34- year-old McGwire has established himself as the most prodigious slugger since Ruth. But he has also become, perhaps, the most open, demonstrative and sharing slugger since Ruth, as well. That kind of emotional largess came naturally to Ruth. For McGwire, it has been hard won - through a divorce, career-threatening injuries, horrible season-long slumps and several years of therapy.

The Washington Post

WHAT McGWIRE did was anything but easy, especially as the attention mounted to the crescendo [sic] it reached in the past two days in his home park. There were the fans. The mass media from around the world. The family of the man whose

record he would break. Despite it all, McGwire was undaunted by the occasion. He delivered in the face of it all, like the great athlete he's made himself.

The Dallas Morning News

McGWIRE'S FEAT has meant a great deal to St Louis, naturally. There is a great sense of pride that the great American hero of the moment plays in our city. And he loves us, his fans in

the great American outback!

We are, for a moment, no longer black and white, Asian, Latino, Amerindian; no longer male or female, homosexual or heterosexual; Christian, Jew or Muslim; rich or poor, urban or suburban - we are all St Louisans, wildly celebrating our hero. He is representative of us all. And it is in such moments that a place like St Louis becomes a true community, a house of many mansions, but one spirit.

The St Louis Post-Dispatch