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‘Long Gone Summer’ Director AJ Schnack on the Summer Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa Changed Baseball

The newest ESPN Films documentary looks back at the sluggers’ battle for the home run record

BBN-CARDINALS-CUBS SOSA MCGWIRE Photo by JOHN ZICH/AFP via Getty Images


We’re back early this week with a bonus podcast: It’s an interview with the director of Long Gone Summer, the newest ESPN Films documentary on Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa’s battle for the single-season home run record in the summer of 1998. We ask director AJ Schnack what made him want to make a film about this moment, the most difficult part of recounting this story, and why these two figures made that home run chase so compelling.