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CHICAGO (AP) _ Sammy Sosa hit his 50th homer Sunday, joining Mark McGwire and Babe Ruth as the only players to reach 50 in four different seasons.
Sosa sent a 3-2 pitch from St. Louis right-hander Dustin Hermanson into the right-center field bleachers in the first inning, setting off a loud ovation at Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs star emerged from the dugout for a curtain call and waved his helmet to the crowd.
Sosa has reached 50 in four straight seasons, just as McGwire did from 1996-1999.
McGwire had 52 in 1996, 58 in 1997, a record 70 in 1998 and 65 in 1999.
Sosa hit 66 in 1998 when he won the NL MVP and followed with seasons of 63 and 50.
Ruth hit 54 homers in 1920, 59 in 1921, 60 in 1927 and 54 in 1928.
Sosa has seven homers in his last 10 games to move within five of Barry Bonds, the major league leader. Sosa has a pair of three-homer games this month.
Sosa also has 15 homers in August. In June 1998, Sosa set the major league record for one month with 20.