While Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa have both seen their reputations tarnished after steroid accusations, their 1998 home run chase remains one of the seminal moments in baseball history over the last few decades.
ESPN has decided to retell that story via a "30 for 30" documentary entitled "Long Gone Summer". Due to the lack of live sports and the success of "The Last Dance" documentary, ESPN has moved the documentary's premiere up to June 14.
McGwire, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998, smacked 70 home runs, which set a new record and barely edged out the Chicago Cubs outfielder's 66. Sosa, however, took home the MVP that year, and his Cubs made the playoffs as a Wild Card team, while McGwire's Cardinals missed the postseason.
ESPN is bumping up the release dates of a few other documentaries, too, as two separate 30 for 30 features highlighting the rise and fall of cyclist Lance Armstrong, as well as the story of martial arts icon and actor Bruce Lee, will also be released beforehand. Armstrong's story will be a two-part event on May 24 and May 31, while Lee's film will be released on June 7.
McGwire and Sosa's successes in the late 1990s look like ill-gotten gains after revelations about their steroid use became public knowledge, but there was perhaps no more thrilling time in modern baseball history than when McGwire and Sosa would take turns clouting 500 foot home runs, and ESPN is here to retell that story once more.