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McGwire HR Heard at Other Ballparks

September 9, 1998

When Mark McGwire hit his 62nd homer, the crowd noise reverberated throughout baseball.

In Philadelphia, Phillies manager Terry Francona could tell from the crowd noise at Veterans Stadium.

``I heard the fans making noise and I thought it must have happened,″ he said. ``I thought it was kind of neat that so many people had radios and that they cared about McGwire. It’s just great for the game.″

At Fenway Park in Boston, both the Yankees and the Red Sox marveled.

``Just an amazing feat, right up there with Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak,″ Yankees pitcher David Cone.

Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez said he wouldn’t have minded exchanging places with the Cubs’ Steve Trachsel.

``If I had to give up 62 that would have been OK,″ Martinez said. ``I would battle, but that would be OK.″

At the U.S. Open, the large scoreboards atop Arthur Ashe Stadium flashed word of the home run to the crowd there for the night tennis matches.

In Seal Beach, Calif., the ball was just over the fence and they were spraying champagne at The Abbey, the small eatery put on the map when Mark McGwire made a ``The Abbey Seal Beach″ cap his lucky hat.

About 200 people were in the restaurant, where the posted capacity is 48. Some lit cigars with bands reading, ``No. 62 The Abbey 1998 I was here.″

``I gave up on baseball a few years back when the strike was on,″ said Barney Caton, once a disillusioned fan. ``McGwire brought it back. He’s made the game fun again.″

There was little cheering in Fargo, N.D., Maris’ hometown, his burial place and where his museum is located.

``Well, that takes care of that,″ Orv Kelly said.

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